Don’t think you have enough time to make dinner? Think again! Flavorful vegan Scampi made with cashews takes just a few minutes to cook. Dinner will be ready before you know it! It's perfect for busy weeknights, but it's also great for date night and dinner parties. This easy recipe takes just about 10 minutes from start to finish. It's vegan with a gluten-free option.
Vegan Scampi made with Cashews
The first recipe I made from Hannah Kaminsky's 2018 cookbook Real Food, Really Fast was Cashew Scampi. Who can resist the combination of a sauce made with white wine and lemon juice combined with the flavorful salty goodness of miso and capers? And I pretty much never say no to a recipe with cashews.
In this dish, cashews take the place of the traditional shrimp. They’re boiled along with the pasta, which may sound a little strange, but trust me when I say that it’s amazing. Using nuts to take the place of meat isn’t really a new idea, but it’s pretty genius in this dish!
This dish really was really fast, living up the book’s title. It took about 10 minutes from start to finish, including chopping time for the shallots and garlic. Ordering takeout would have taken longer, so not having time to make dinner is no longer a good excuse for not cooking.
What You Need
You only need a few ingredients to make this recipe.
- Linguini, spaghetti, or fettuccini
- Raw whole cashews
- Olive oil
- Vegan butter
- Chickpea or white miso paste
- Nutritional yeast
- Dry white wine or vegetable stock
- Lemon juice
- Black pepper
- Fresh parsley
- Capers (optional)
See the recipe card for exact amounts.
If you follow a gluten-free diet, make sure your pasta is gluten-free. I used Banza chickpea linguine. This recipe also works really well with spiraled zucchini.
How to make Vegan Scampi
This recipe is super easy to make!
- First you boil the pasta and cashews.
- While the pasta is boiling, you make the sauce. You heat the oil and butter together in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. and sauté the shallot and garlic until fragrant and translucent, which takes about 2 minutes.
- Then you stir in the miso paste and nutritional yeast, mashing and mixing until they dissolve smoothly into the sauce.
- Next you quickly deglaze the pan with the wine, simmering for about 2 minutes.
- You add the lemon juice and pepper next, cooking for a minute or two longer for the flavors to meld.
- Finally you transfer the cooked pasta and cashews into the skillet and toss to thoroughly coat with sauce. You can add in a little reserved pasta cooking water if needed, and then you stir in the parsley and capers and serve right away.
Real Food, Really Fast
As a food blogger, my meals can sometimes be elaborate, with plates of full of veggie-filled paella or homemade polenta lasagna. But there are other times when I don’t want to spend lots of time in the kitchen. So dinner might be boxed mac and cheese with some pre-cut broccoli thrown in. Thankfully, I have Hannah Kaminsky’s wonderful cookbook Real Food, Really Fast for those days when I want a quick dinner. No more boxed foods for me!
As you might have guessed from the name, Real Food, Really Fast is loaded with recipes that are ready super quickly. In fact, they’re all ready in 10 minutes or less! These meals are much tastier and much more healthful than anything you could order from a take-out restaurant. And they’re ready way faster than a delivery guy could get to your house with a pizza or Chinese food.
In addition to their speedy cook time, these recipes use easy-to-find ingredients that won’t break the bank. Most of the ingredients are staples that you probably already have on hand in your pantry anyway.
If you’re new to vegan cooking, this book will help you get the hang of things. Hannah offers lots of cooking advice, and she includes lists of pantry and kitchen essentials. She includes tips on how to cook meals quickly, too.
Chapters in Real Food, Really Fast include:
- Warp-Speed Secrets and Fast Fundamentals
- Essential Equipment
- Ingredient Glossary
- Conversions and Equivalents
- Snacks and Apps
- Desserts and Sweets
Must have Cookbook!
I loved my vegan scampi, and have more recipes bookmarked. Future meals will include Everything Bagel Salad, Seitan Bulgogi, Pizza Waffles, and Garlic Bread Soup.
Real Food, Really Fast is a gorgeous hardcover book filled with Hannah’s own photography. This is a must have for busy days when it seems like there isn’t enough time to make dinner. It’s also perfect for lazy days when spending a lot of time in the kitchen is the last thing you want to do. It’s a terrific book for those who are new to vegan cooking and are feeling a little overwhelmed in the kitchen. Seasoned vegans who are looking for quick meals, will enjoy it, too.
- ½ Pound Linguini, Spaghetti, or Fettuccini
- 1 Cup Raw Whole Cashews
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Vegan Butter
- 1 Medium Shallot Finely Diced
- 4 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 1 Tablespoon Chickpea or White Miso Paste
- 1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
- 3 Tablespoons Dry White Wine or Vegetable Stock
- 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- ¼ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- ¼ Cup Fresh Parsley Minced
- 1 Tablespoon Capers Optional
- Begin by cooking the pasta first so that it's ready to go at the same time as the sauce. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil and add in the dry pasta and cashews together. Cook until the noodles are al dente; drain, reserving ½ cup of the starchy water. Do not rinse the noodles.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil and butter together in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Sauté the shallot and garlic until fragrant and translucent; about 2 minutes. Stir in the miso paste and nutritional yeast, mashing and mixing until they dissolve smoothly into the sauce. Quickly deglaze the pan with the wine, simmering for about 2 minutes to soften the bite of the alcohol. Add the lemon juice and pepper next, cooking for a minute or two longer for the flavors to meld.
- Transfer the cooked pasta and cashews into the skillet and toss to thoroughly coat with sauce. Add in a splash of the reserved pasta cooking water to loosen up the sauce, adjusting the consistency to taste. Stir in the parsley and capers (if using) and serve right away.
More recipes from Hannah Kaminsky include:
- Harvest Pie from Sweet Vegan Treats
- Melted Truffle Dark Chocolate Ice Cream recipe from Super Vegan Scoops!
I'd like this book, as I've been a very lazy cook lately and have been relying on packaged foods. Quick recipes sound great. My favorite relatively quick recipe is Sicilian Panelle.
My favorite fast food vegan recipe is black bean burritos.
I'm so grateful for your kind, thoughtful, and thorough review! Thank you so much for sharing and spreading the Real Food love!
My favorite vegan fast food right now is a baked (microwaved) sweet potato. This scampi recipe looks good!
Thank you for sharing the book with me, Hannah!
My fav fast vegan food right now is hot extra spicy ramen with any veggies we might have in the fridge thrown in.
I love how quickly burritos with beans and veggies come together!
This looks very good and easy, and I've got everything in the pantry now! Dinner tonight!
Frozen veggie burger cooked up. Add air fryer fries. See why I need help?
Looking forward to making this because pasta is my fav vegan fast recipe!!
I always have cooked beans and brown rice, so I like to make bowls adding some avocado and tomatoes.
My favorite fast vegan food is one pot pasta.
My favorite fast vegan food is pasta with raw tomato sauce.
I also fall into the boxed macaroni and cheese trap (minus the veggies, I love the purity of pasta and cheese!) as a default "quick and easy recipe." I have my first baby coming next month, and this book seems like the perfect tool for this big change!
Usually Taco Salad is my go to!
I love sauted mushrooms with a little low sodium soy sauce and chilli powder and then add spinach and our over pasta.
My fail safe quick vegan food is either a big salad bowl with whatever I have available or some kind of big pasta bowl with veggies thrown in!!
I find salads are easy to throw together. =)
A simmer sauce for tofu and vegetables.