Learn how to make Creamy Vegan Pasta with Peas

The amazingly creamy pasta sauce is made with  butter beans! It's blended with pasta water, red pepper flakes, and garlic, so this dish is packed with spice and flavor!

Add the olive oil, shallots, garlic, and pine nuts to the small saucepan  with a pinch of salt. 

Stir the mixture occasionally for 3 minutes or so as the nuts develop a pale golden color.

Add red pepper flakes, chopped oregano, & beans and stir for 3 more minutes. Taste and adjust salt as needed. Set aside the bean mixture to cool. In the meantime, cook pasta.

Carefully transfer ½ cup to ¾ cup salted pasta water to the blender along with the bean mixture. Add the nutritional yeast.

Carefully blend  for 30 to 60 seconds on medium speed until creamy and set aside.

Drain the pasta in a colander, reserve pasta water.  Place bean sauce in large saucepan. Add the cooked pasta along with ½ cup of the starchy water.  Mix well to combine.

Bring to a gentle simmer & add peas. Stir for 5 minutes, cooking at low to low-medium heat until sauce thickens slightly. Stir in lemon juice & lemon zest just before serving.

TIPS: Serve in shallow bowls and garnish with freshly ground black pepper and oregano leaves. Serve immediately since the sauce thickens as it cools.