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Black Pepper Fettuccine with Chardonnay Sauce and Grilled Asparagus

“We created the Chardonnay sauce to be creamy and flavorful, arousing the senses,” says the Stanford Inn by the Sea coproprietor Jeff Stanford. Ravens’ serves house-made pasta; VT adapted the recipe to use dried fettuccine. Keep extra sauce in the fridge up to five days.


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1 cup raw cashews
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1 cup Chardonnay wine
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1 Tbs. nutritional yeast
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1 Tbs. lemon juice
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1 ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

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3 oz. uncooked fettuccine
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1 cup baby spinach
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6 asparagus spears (¼ lb.)
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¼ red bell pepper, cut into thin strips


1. To make Sauce: Blend cashews and 1 cup water in blender or food processor until smooth. Strain out solids using fine mesh strainer; discard solids.

2. Simmer Chardonnay in small saucepan over medium heat 7 to 10 minutes, or until reduced to approximately 1/3 cup liquid. Stir in cashew mixture, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and ground black pepper. Keep warm.

3. To make Pasta: cook fettuccine in boiling salted water according to package directions.

4. Meanwhile, bring 1/4 cup water to a simmer in small skillet. Add spinach, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until wilted. Keep warm.

5. Heat grill pan over medium heat. Grill asparagus 7 minutes, turning once. Grill bell pepper strips 2 minutes, or until wilted. Keep warm.

6. Drain fettuccine, and return to pot. Toss with Sauce, and divide between 2 plates. Top each serving with wilted spinach, asparagus, and bell pepper strips.

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15 g
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16 g
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3 g
49 g
0 mg
184 mg
5 g
6 g
Serves 2

Comments on this Recipe

My husband loved this but it was way too spicy for me. I might make it again with about a quarter of the black pepper.

This was amazing! My husband didn't know it was vegan, it was so creamy tasting!Very easy to make.

made this last week, it looks delicious but i won't make it again. the cashews gave it a tinge of sweetness which i'm not fond of.

doubling the recipe made enough for a full pound of pasta. Delicious!

Yum!!! Made this for my in-laws and they loved it! I didn't strain the cashews, but left the bits in the sauce. We all agreed that the texture from the bits of cashews was a good addition. I also doubled the recipe.

I made this dish and it was so good. I would use less pepper next time as it was a bit over powering. Could have been the pepper I was using, but thought I'd throw it out there. I'm also not a huge black pepper fan.

This was really delicious. I halved the sauce and it was perfect for two servings. I also disliked the sweetness at first taste, but I found that adding plenty of salt counteracted that. I used a little less pepper and added a dash of dried thyme, basil and marjoram. The sauce thickens up a lot as it sits, so you might not want to make it too early in the process. This is a great dish to make with day-old wine and whatever veggies you've got on hand.

I would not make this again. The flavors were a little off. The chardonnay tasted funny, or maybe is was because of being mixed with the cashews and pepper. I would suggest using less chardonnay, maybe replace it with a little vegetable broth?

looking forward to trying the dish; however, I do like alcohol (wine). Any ideas to substitute?

Since when has asparagus been a winter vegetable?

I thought this meal was a good substitute for a cream sauce. I did add onions, garli, and toasted pinons to it and thought it was pretty good.

I added sautéed garlic with olive oil before adding the wine. Also I used a nice bottle of chardonnay and I did not strain the cashews. I felt the sauce was a little to pasty to mix with the fettuccine, so I poured a little of the cooked spinach water on the noodles and it came out perfect. This meal was fulfilling and delicious.

I live in Spain and cashews are hard if not impossible to come by - any other nut substitutes????

What is nutritional yeast please?

Hi Amber, give almonds a try. I'd recommend soaking them for an hour or two first (unless you have a Vitamix or other high-powered blender). Please let us know how it turns out!

Hi Antonia, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast (meaning it won't make dough rise) that has a nutty, cheesy flavor. Check out this blog post for more info: can try almonds but there is no real substitute for the flavour of cashews. Do not use walnuts, they are too bitter. Perhaps sure to remove the skin or but them skinned, again the skin is bitter. Hope that helps.

Do I need to soak the cashews first for an hour or so?

Is there a substitution for the wine? It sounds heavenly, but we are alcohol free... I know, the alcohol burns off, but I don't want to have to buy wine for just one dish!

No nutritional yeast in Japan, help! What can U replace it with?

I have found that grinding raw cashews in the store gives the best consistency. Jarred raw cashew butter does not work as a shortcut as the cashew flavor overpowers for some reason.

Tasty! Prep is a bit of a pain since you have to prepare and cook many of the ingredients separately in addition using a food processor, but worthwhile if you have the time (and don't mind the dishes). The only thing that seemed a bit off to me is the amount of pasta called for. 3oz?? Are they feeding two baby birds? I wonder if it was meant to be 13? I used half a package of fettuccine, and increased the amount of sauce. Worked out well. Also roasted asparagus in the oven with olive oil, salt & pepper rather than grilling as the recipe called for. Alexandra, no you don't have to soak cashews, they are much softer than almonds. As for those who prefer not to use alcohol, try cooking wine (available at the grocery store). I used white cooking wine because the liquor store was closed when I went shopping and I thought the flavour worked. Ana, unfortunately I don't think anything really replicates the cheesy/salty flavour that nutritional yeast offers. While it may not be common in Japan, there does seem to be a few places that offer it. Through a quick web search I found some at a store called Tengu Natural Foods.