This is the basic cream sauce recipe that I use as the start of so many amazing pasta dishes and bakes. This sauce is somewhere in between an Alfredo sauce and a cream of chicken soup base. With this recipe, you'll have enough sauce for 1 pound of dry pasta.
Quick soak the cashews by covering them with boiling water, and allowing them sit for about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse.
Combine all ingredients in a HIGH SPEED blender, and blend until creamy. The sauce will be on the thinner sauce, but it will thicken as you cook it.
Pour the sauce into a large pan, and turn to a medium heat. It's best to start the sauce out in a cool pan to avoid scorching. Stir the sauce continuously as it cooks to avoid and burning on the bottom of the pan.
When the sauce has warmed through, and thickened to the desired consistency, add your pasta to the sauce directly from its cooking liquid. If the sauce is too thick after adding the pasta, add a tablespoon or two of the pasta water to thin it out.
*I love the flavor that the "No Chicken" Better Than Bouillon gives this sauce. It can be omitted, but you will need to adjust the salt accordingly. I like the depth of flavor that the bouillon gives. It doesn't really read as "chicken" so much as "savory". You could also use one Edward and Son's "Not-Chick'n" bouillon cube if that's all you can find.