Linguini with Vegan Cashew Pesto

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*Singing* “I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide it! I’m about to lose control and I think I like it. I know, I know, I know, I know, I want to!”

Today, I received an email from the Foodbuzz editorial staff indicating that I have been nominated for a Foodbuzz blog award in the “Best Veg Blog” category!

To say that I am honored simply to be nominated is an overstatement! And the fact that I could potentially win… WOWZA! ๐Ÿ˜€ So…. I have a request to make of you–a favor of sorts. If you enjoy Como Water, please vote for my blog on the Foodbuzz awards page. And if you really, really like Como Water, please spread the word about voting for Como Waterย on Twitter and Facebook. Tell your friends. And tell your friends to tell their friends because every vote counts! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And vote soon… because the ballot closes on October 17th. Winners will be announced early next month, so I’ll be sure to update y’all no matter what happens! THANKS!

And now… on to the food! Oh, the food. Well, I must admit–this is the second to last recipe in my summer repertoire. Folks who follow Como Water regularly know that I started a new job last month. And in starting that job, my schedule completely changed. In anticipation of the change, I went on a crazy cooking/baking/blogging spree in August and created a cadre of posts that I’d be able to pull from while I eased into my new position. This is the last recipe from that cadre. Lucky for me (and for all of you!), two weekends ago, I reunited with my kitchen and whipped up some mighty tasty fall treats. I am super excited about them and have blocked off copious amounts of time this weekend to work on the posts. So… stay tuned!

And to my foodie friends, thanks for staying patient with me! I have more posts in my foodbuzz inbox than I’m willing to admit publicly, but I will catch up by the end of the upcoming long weekend. I am determined! So, with that, I leave you with a vegan take on a classic–pesto. Instead of super expensive pine nuts, I used cashews, which I also find particularly lovely because cashews are creamy and make you forget that there’s no Parmesan cheese in this pesto. Serve with pasta like I did or in a veggie sandwich. Either way, it’s a perfect comfort sauce as the weather starts to cool and the leaves start to change colors.

Linguini with Vegan Cashew Pestoย (printable recipe)


1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup olive oil

1/3 cup salted, roasted cashews

1-2 cloves fresh garlic


black pepper

red pepper flakes

1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional)

linguini cooked al dente (I used whole wheat)


*Add basil to bowl of food processor (or blender) with cashews. Pulse until mixture resembles a course meal. Add garlic and pulse a couple of times. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a steady stream. Once all of the olive oil is added, turn off the processor, scrape down the sides, add a pinch of salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add nutritional yeast, if using. Pulse. Remove from processor, give the pesto a good stir. Adjust seasoning. Serve with linguini.


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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DCโ€™s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraโ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Congratulations! And good luck!

  2. I am surprised you only got nominated for Best Vegan, I nominated you for 3 categories. Oh well, you have my vote. The pasta looks awesome.

  3. Great pasta! And congratulations!

  4. Congrats on the nominations!! I voted for you earlier today! This pasta looks wonderful, I love cashews with pesto!

  5. I was just thinking about you! (I’ve been a bit behind in my visiting!) This pasta looks amazing…I love the twist of the cashews in the pesto (I think they are more flavorful than pine nuts anyway!). And congratulations on your well deserved nomination! You most definitely got my vote!!!

  6. This linguine looks phenomenal! I’d love to try some! Thanks for sharing, looks great, buzzed it =]

  7. Delicious – stunning pictures and many congratulations!

  8. i just found ur blog and love your recipes! Congrats for the nominations! hope to read lots more from u!

  9. Congrats, I’m off to vote for you after this. =) This looks awesome and your photos look super yummy.

  10. So happy for your nomination! You deserve that!
    Great pesto… just a little “but”: in Italian we say linguinE, not linguinI ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Congratulations! You truly deserve the nomination. You have saved me several times when I’ve had vegan friends over for a meal. Thank you so much for being here.

  12. Congrats on being nominated-well deserved!
    I love pasta dishes and just the idea of cashew pesto has my mouth watering. This makes for a great side or main course. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  13. Yum! Delicious dish as always!
    Congrats Tiff! I am soooo happy you got nominated (I have nominated you in that category, so I am double happy)! I have already voted too, so I really hope you win my friend!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Congrats on nomination on foodbuzz blogger,you deserve it, your vegetarian dish recipe is always inspired me ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet that cashew pesto taste YUMMY.

  15. You had me at cashew.

    And you KNOW I instantly voted for you ๐Ÿ™‚ If you don’t win I see an angry letter in my future!

    Buzzed ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. First, congrats on your nomination, you totally deserve it! I’m so far from a vegetarian, but everything you make makes me hungry. Second, this linguini looks amazing! I love cashews, so I’m guessing they make a great pesto!

  17. Congratulations! And this dish looks perfect.

  18. Just the thought of your buttery cashew pesto makes me want to start some water fro pasta, and it’s only 7 am! Theresa

  19. Yaaaaayy! Congrats! I just voted! Also, I want this pasta in my mouth NOW. I mean, cashews? Awesome idea!

  20. I also nominated you with probably many others since they need more than one nomination to make a cut, I voted twice already for you and I hope hope hope to see you on top!!!! Congrats girl, you totally deserve it!!!

    Your pasta is perfection for the taste buds..very very beautiful and delicious dish!!!

  21. Congratulations! I voted for you yesterday when I saw the list come out. Best of luck to you!!

  22. This pasta look de-lish! And congratulations on your nomination!!

  23. I’m digging the cashews in this and wish I could’ve voted for you more than once. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  24. Congratulations on your nomination! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Well, I am among the peeps who nominated you for that category. Congrats, girl! And a lovely dish this is.

  26. Congratulations!! I have just gone there and voted for you. Sure hope you win!! This pasta looks so delicious.

  27. Voted for you honey! I wish you nothing but the best of luck you totally deserve it!!

  28. Congrats on the nomination! Pesto is always a good idea, yours seems a great one!

  29. Congratulations! I already knew it though and I voted for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way, this pesto could not have come at a better time. I found some raw cashews that I bought not too long ago and I thought, what the heck should I do with these?? I already have this recipe stored. Don’t be surprised if you see a link back to you for this recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I just found out about your site via the foodbuzz nominations list and I’m so happy to have found your blog! I’ve already bookmarked a few of your recipes and I can’t wait to try ’em out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. I love pesto sauce and that my fav sauce with pasta. This looks delicious.

  32. Woah, woah, WOAH! Y’all are so freaking supportive! And I appreciate it SOOOOOOOOOOO much! Keep your fingers crossed and spread the word! THANKS!

  33. Tiffany! This is fantastic news, my friend – and not surprising since you SO deserve this! On a roll, girl – way to go. You’ve got my vote (just hope it counts since not a featured Pub.) You not only have so many wonderful healthy dishes to share with us but always love your posts, your thoughts and positive support always. You rock.

  34. First of all congratulations Tiffany!!! Yay so happy for you:) I’ve missed so much by not having stopped by sooner, sorry. I hope all is well at your new job. The linguini looks so so good! Thanks for sharing.

  35. Great recipe for pasta. Vegan or not,pasta is one of my favorite.
    Congrats for the nomination!

  36. Congrats on your nomination! Well deserved! Your linguini looks awesome. I love a good pesto!

  37. congrats on the nomination! that’s an amazing accomplishment ๐Ÿ™‚ and that pesto…sounds delicioussss

  38. CONGRATULATIONS on the nomination, Tiffany!! You’ve got my vote! Good luck!!!!

  39. Voted!! And this pesto? Awesome!!

  40. congratulations on the NOMINEE! well deserved :). and i love the vegan cashew pesto! yummy~

  41. Congrats on the nomination , I saw it today and was like yay!! This vegan cashew pesto is genius and reminds me I MUST get around to making vegan cashew cheese, it’s been on my “to do” list for ever!!