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Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta

by Capri Lilly

Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta. A rich, luscious, spicy pasta filled with colorful peppers, meaty mushrooms, and tons of cajun flavor! This 30-minute pasta dish is super easy to make and can be made gluten-free by using your pasta of choice!

If you love creamy vegan dishes, you’ll definitely want to try my Cashew Cream Veggie Pasta or my Creamy Wild Mushroom Rice Soup next!

ingredients to make Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta with peppers and mushrooms and cajun spices

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It doesn’t get any better than this! Who doesn’t love a creamy, mouthwatering pasta dish loaded with colorful veggies and delicious cajun spices!? This Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta comes together quickly and easily for a filling, healthy meal.

ingredients to make Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta with peppers and mushrooms and cajun spices

What You Need To Make This Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta

  • Pasta: I use Gluten-Free Penne Pasta. Here’s a link to the pasta I used for this recipe: Jovial Grain-Free Cassava Pasta. Feel free to use your favorite pasta!
  • Mushrooms: Portobello mushrooms and crimini mushrooms serve as the “meat” in this recipe. You can also add any extra protein to this dish. Just cook the recipe as directed and add your protein of choice on top!
  • Peppers: It would not be cajun pasta without the vibrant peppers! Use any color you like!
  • Cashew Cream Sauce:
  • Cajun Seasoning: Cajun seasoning is a blend of spices you can easily make home! You’ll need smoked paprika, thyme, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. This pasta is not spicy and only packs a little bit of heat. For a milder version, omit the cayenne pepper. For an extra spicy version, use extra cayenne and/or hot sauce.
  • Aromatics: The mushrooms and peppers will be cooked with garlic, onions, and thyme for an added layer of flavor.
ingredients to make Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta with peppers and mushrooms and cajun spices

Cajun Cashew Cream Sauce

Cashew Cream Sauce is the base for this flavorful pasta! It is a luscious sauce made from soaked cashews, broth, and a few other simple ingredients. You can use cashew cream sauce as a tasty dairy-free/vegan alternative to traditional white sauces (like alfredo). It’s a versatile sauce that can be used for anything from pasta to tacos to pastries!

Not only is cashew cream sauce savory and velvety, but it also has wonderful health benefits! It’s:

  • Filled with heart-healthy essential fatty acids, which help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Packed with Protein: 5 grams of protein per ounce!
  • Good source of copper and magnesium–important for bone health and maintenance of collagen and elastin in our bodies
  • Antioxidant-rich with tons of Vitamin E and K

How to make Cashew Cream Sauce:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Pour the hot water over the cashews and allow the cashews to soak for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Drain the cashews. Add the cashews to a blender with broth, seasonings, and garlic. Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta with peppers and mushrooms

How To Make Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta

Making this creamy cajun pasta dish is easy and can be done in less than 30 minutes! Here are a couple of tips to making this recipe seamlessly:

  • Start by boiling the water to soak the cashews. The raw cashews will need to soak in boiled water for at least 15 minutes so they can be used to make the creamy cajun sauce. (The longer you can soak your cashews, the better. I like to soak my cashews for 30 minutes.)
  • Prepare the pasta according to package instructions. While the cashews are soaking, make the pasta. Then, start by preparing the veggies for the pasta.
  • Saute the onions and mushrooms first. I slice my mushrooms large, which makes them take a bit longer to cook (about 5-7 minutes). Then, the peppers are added and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the Cashew Cream Sauce. Once the cashews are done soaking, add the drained cashews to a blender along with broth garlic, and few seasonings. Blend for 1-2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy!
  • Add the cajun seasonings and cooked pasta. Mix everything together and you’re all done! If you would like your pasta to be a bit creamier, stir in a bit of vegetable broth (about 1/4 cup).
  • Garnish with parsley, lemon, and red crushed peppers. Enjoy!
Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta with peppers and mushrooms

I hope you enjoy this Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta!

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5 from 9 votes

Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta

Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta. A rich, luscious, spicy pasta filled with colorful peppers, meaty mushrooms, and tons of cajun flavor! This 30-minute pasta dish is super easy to make and can be made gluten-free by using your pasta of choice!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword: 30 minute, cajun, Cashew Cream Pasta, creamy cajun, dairy free creamy sauce, gluten free pasta, vegan, vegan cajun recipe, vegan pasta recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 590kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

Cajun Seasoning

  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Cajun Pasta

  • 8 oz Gluten-Free Dried Penne Pasta, or pasta of choice
  • 1 Medium red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 Medium green pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Medium orange pepper, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/2 Small onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Vegan Butter (or cooking oil)

Cashew Cream Sauce

  • 1.5 cups Raw Cashews
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

Making the Cashew Cream Sauce

  • Place the raw cashews in a small bowl. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Pour the boiled water over the raw cashews and let the cashews soak for at least 15 minnutes.
  • After soaking, drain and transfer the cashews to a food processor or blender. Add the broth, garlic, and salt to the food processor. Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Set Aside

Making the Cajun Pasta

  • Cook the pasta according to instructions on package and set aside.
  • Combine the ingredients for the Cajun Seasoning in a smal b
  • Heat the vegan butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic add onion, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms, thyme, and a pinch of salt. Cook the mushrooms for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Add pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes, until slightly softened.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the cashew cream sauce and the seasonings to the pan and mix well.
  • Fold in the cooked pasta. Toss to coat with the sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, slowly stir in vegetable broth (up to 1/4 cup.
  • Remove the pasta from the heat. Garnish with parsley, lemon wedges, and red crushed pepper.

Notes

Cajun Seasoning: You can follow my homemade cajun seasoning recipe above or you can use store-bought seasoning if you like.  I’ve only tested the recipe with my blend (written above). 
Mushrooms: I use 2 large portobello mushrooms and 1/2 cup of crimini mushrooms. 
STORE: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
 
 

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16 comments

Marta May 20, 2021 - 4:11 am

5 stars
I’ve been adding more vegan recipes to our dinners as a way to help us eat healthier. This dish was so good, we forgot there was no meat in it. Winner!

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Capri Lilly May 20, 2021 - 4:52 pm

Yay! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

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Robin May 24, 2021 - 6:26 am

5 stars
I added some vegan Italian Sausage to the recipe and we all gobbled it up – it was that good!

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Capri Lilly May 24, 2021 - 3:44 pm

Yumm! What a great addition! I am glad you like the recipe! 🙂

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Jessica May 24, 2021 - 3:08 pm

5 stars
This is one of those perfect “use up the produce” meals that comes together quickly for the perfect weeknight meal. I had all of the ingredients on hand so decided to try it and I’m so glad I did. Next time I will try with gluten free pasta!

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Capri Lilly May 24, 2021 - 3:45 pm

I couldn’t agree more! The more veggies the better! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Chef Mireille May 25, 2021 - 12:16 am

5 stars
love the creamy consistency achieved with the cashews. My vegan friends loved this when I made it for a lunch party this weekend!

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Capri Lilly May 26, 2021 - 1:12 am

Hi! I am glad to hear it! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Chenée May 26, 2021 - 12:07 am

5 stars
This pasta was SO good! The cashew cream sauce was my favorite part — I could eat that all by itself!!

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Capri Lilly May 26, 2021 - 1:10 am

It’s my favorite part too! I am glad you liked!

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Shanna Jones May 26, 2021 - 3:25 am

5 stars
So good, so rich, so creamy! I enjoyed every bite of this pasta dish. I have since used your cashew cream in other recipes. Thank you for sharing!

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Capri Lilly May 26, 2021 - 7:39 pm

Hi Shanna! I am glad to hear that you enjoy the cashew cream! It is most certainly my favorite! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Tamara May 26, 2021 - 10:43 am

5 stars
I had a couple friends over for dinner last night and I made this pasta for them. My vegan friend said it was one of the most flavorful pastas she has ever had! I’m definitely going to be making this again!

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Jazz May 26, 2021 - 5:32 pm

5 stars
The flavors are on point in this pasta recipe. We will be making it again for dinner next week!

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Capri Lilly May 26, 2021 - 7:38 pm

Yay! I am glad to hear it! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Jen Sim May 26, 2021 - 9:33 pm

5 stars
Yum! This pasta was so delicious! I love adding Cajun seasoning to food it always adds
So much flavour.

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