Cashew Basil Pasta

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Cashew Basil Pasta
Serves 4

This is a quick delicious pasta loaded with goodness. Cashews are now being recognised as a great gut-supporting food thanks to their resistant starch – a prebiotic that helps feed the good guys in your gut.

The avocado adds some green raw goodness to this mousse, with a boost of fibre, healthy fats, potassium, folate and vitamins C, E and K. If you like more garlic, crush a few cloves and pan fry them with the zucchini flowers.

I’ve included Thermomix instructions for those of you who have a Thermomix.


  • 150g dry roasted cashews (see Tips)
  • 30g parmesan (see Tips for dairy-free/vegan option), plus extra to serve
  • 180g avocado flesh
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 50g fresh basil leaves (or spinach leaves)
  • 1/3 cup (4 tbs) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to cook zucchini flowers
  • 1/3 cup (4 tbs) filtered water
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 cup cooked peas
  • 1 packet (approx. 12) baby zucchini flowers, halved lengthways
  • 4 portions/servings San Remo Fibre Fest pasta (or your preferred pasta), cooked to packet instructions
  • Watercress, to serve (optional)


  1. Roughly chop 50g of the cashews and set aside.
  2. Place remaining 100g cashews and parmesan into a food processor and process to a ground consistency (Thermomix: 5 sec/speed 8).
  3. Add avocado, lemon juice, lemon zest, basil, olive oil, water and garlic and process until creamy and smooth (Thermomix: 20 sec/speed 5, scrape down sides and process a further 20 sec/speed 9) . Adds peas and process until peas are just crushed (Thermomix: 2 sec/speed 5).
  4. Season generously with sea salt and pepper.
  5. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and sauté zucchini flowers until golden brown and tender.
  6. Toss sauce through hot pasta and sprinkle with the toasted cashews and extra parmesan, shaved. Serve topped with zucchini flowers and watercress (optional).


  • For vegan option, omit the parmesan and replace with 1 ½ tbs nutritional yeast flakes.