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Quick Date Night Pasta with Asparagus and Cashew Parmesan

If you want a romantic pasta recipe, but you don't want to spend all evening in the kitchen: You'll love this Quick Date Night Pasta with Asparagus and Cashew Parmesan.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 936kcal
Author Bianca from Elephantastic Vegan


  • 2 cups egg-free penne
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 8 green asparagus
  • 1/3 zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + more to taste
  • 15 cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato purée/passata
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • fresh oregano for garnish
  • cashew parmesan


  • Boil the penne in a large pot with water. 
  • Meanwhile, peel and chop the onion. Remove the woody ends off the asparagus and peel the 1/3 lower end. Cut the asparagus in bite-sized chunks. Cut the zucchini in cubes. 
  • In a large pan, heat the olive oil and toss in the chopped onion. Let it cook on medium to high heat until the onion is translucent. Then add in the asparagus and zucchini. Season with salt and let it cook while stirring occasionally until the asparagus softens. Add the halved cherry tomatoes and let it cook until they're warm.
  • Reduce the heat and add in the tomato passata and dried herbs. Add more salt to taste. 
  • Once the sauce is hot, the penne should be done by now. Drain them and add them to the pan. Give everything a good mix. Sprinkle with fresh oregano. Serve and sprinkle with Cashew Parmesan!


Calories: 936kcal | Carbohydrates: 176g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 1395mg | Fiber: 24g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 2175IU | Vitamin C: 61.4mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 6.3mg