Pasta with Creamy Basil Sauce

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This Pasta with Creamy Basil Sauce is a great dish for special occasions or company, because it tastes like you worked on it all day, but you didn’t.   So you’re not too tired to spend a lively evening with your guests.  The all-important sauce goes together quickly with the help of a food processor and ready-made hummus – the secret ingredient.   The sauce is something like a blending of pesto sauce (providing that sweet, basil flavor) and alfredo sauce (providing that rich, creamy mouthfeel).  But it’s all plant-based, of course.

Pasta with Creamy Basil Sauce

Pasta with Creamy Basil Sauce

By December 22, 2013


  • 1 cup - pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup - soy milk, plain and unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp - lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup - fresh basil, loosely packed
  • 1 8 oz pkg - hummus
  • 1 16 oz pkg - whole-grain pasta, such as shell or chiocciole


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, blend the pine nuts in a food processor until they reach a fine crumb. Add the soy milk, basil, lemon juice, and hummus, and blend until smooth. Salt to taste.
  3. Drain the cooked pasta and toss with the creamy basil sauce.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition (per serving): 608 calories, 51% calories from carbohydrates, 12% calories from protein, 37% calories from fat, 13.1g fiber.

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