19 November 2017

Pesto Cashew Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells in Baked Marinara

Pesto Cashew Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells in Baked Marinara

Prep Time: 40 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Serves: 2 people

For the Marinara Sauce:
1 tsp rapeseed oil
1 white onion
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp mixed dried herbs
1 cup hot water
Salt and pepper

For the Pesto Cashew Cheese:
Juice 1 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp pine nuts
1 cup cashew nuts
2 large handfuls fresh basil
Salt & pepper

250g Conchiglie pasta shells
Fresh, chopped parsley to garnish

Make the Marinara Sauce by heating the oil in a large saucepan, then finely dice the white onion and add it to the pan, allowing it to soften for 5 minutes. Mince the garlic, add it to the pan and fry it off for a few minutes before then adding in the tomato paste and dried herbs. Mix it well and fry that off for a further few minutes, then add in the chopped tomatoes, hot water and season it well with salt and pepper. Leave it to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

In the mean time cook the pasta in boiling, salted water for 5-7 minutes and then pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Whilst the pasta is cooking, make the pesto by adding all of the ingredients to a blender, starting with the lemon juice and olive oil to ensure it blends smoothly. Blend for 3 minutes until a pesto cashew cheese forms.

In a large baking dish, spread out 2/3's of the sauce in the base, drain off the pasta then layer the shells on top of the sauce. Fill each shell with around 1 1/2 tbsp of the Pesto Cashew Cheese, add the remaining Marinara Sauce on top and sprinkle with the fresh chopped parsley. Place it in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, then serve hot.


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