When it comes to pasta, I’ll try almost anything as a sauce. It’s led to some interesting fails but also some fantastic, funky ideas. This carrot pasta uses two of my favorite components, which makes this an easy 15-minute meal during the week.
I always feel like I overdo on carrots but for good reason. The flavor is the perfect balance of earthy and savory, and I’ve yet to find a use for carrots I don’t like. This pasta might be a bit out there for some, but if you’re in love with carrots, I highly recommend you try this.
There’s nothing quite a solid as a good cashew cream, which works well with the creaminess of the carrots. However, cashews can get a bit expensive. This carrot pasta works well with sunflower cream as well.
Greens with Carrot Pasta
I love the peppery-ness of the arugula, but different greens would work. Try kale (massaged with a bit of lemon and salt) or sautee chard/collards with garlic and olive oil. There’s no right or wrong way to go, but don’t skip the greens; they balance out the carrot/miso blend.
A creamy main that features a simple miso carrot pasta sauce and peppery arugula for freshness.
8 ounces pasta, choose your favorite
⅔ cup carrot puree
1 tablespoon light miso
⅓ cup cashew or sunflower cream
1 clove garlic, minced
Zest and juice from half a lemon
Pinch of salt
2–3 handfuls arugula
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Black pepper, for topping
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving some of the pasta water.
- While the pasta is cooking, combine the ingredients for the sauce and stir until smooth. Once you’ve drained the pasta, add the sauce to the pot and heat over low heat. Add splashes of pasta water to thin the sauce down as needed then stir in the cooked pasta. If the sauce still feels too thick, add a bit more liquid.
- In a small bowl, combine the arugula, olive oil, and sesame seeds. Toss to coat the arugula.
- Divide the pasta into 3 to 4 bowls then top with the arugula. Add fresh black pepper before serving.
If you make the carrot puree and cashew puree day-of, get about a two hour head start.