Vegan Sausage Pasta

I used to make this creamy sausage spinach pasta with regular ingredients all the time but I wanted to recreate this with plant based ingredients. I was so surprised how well this turned out because it almost tasted like the real thing!

The cashew cream is seriously a game changer here. It’s also a great sub for cream if you’re lactose intolerant. I couldn’t find nutritional yeast while I was testing this recipe so I made another ‘parmesan’ substitute with raw cashews! If you’re looking to incorporate more plant based ingredients in your diet, give this a try! You won’t be disappointed 🙂

Vegan Sausage Pasta

Servings 4 people
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces penne
  • ounces plant based sausage casing removed
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or white wine
  • 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cashew cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Cashew Parmesan to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil

Cashew Cream

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • pinch of salt

Cashew 'Parmesan'

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Let's prepare the cashew cream.
  • Soak the cashews in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain and transfer into a blender with salt and water. Set aside.
  • Next, let's prepare the cashew 'parmesan'.
  • In a blender, mix raw cashews, salt, garlic powder, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes. Blend into a powder.
  • Moving onto the pasta! Boil a pot of water and salt it generously. Add the penne or pasta of the choice and cook until desired doneness. I like it al dente!
  • In a pan, add oil and the sausage. Break up the sausage into small chunks with your spatula. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until browned.
  • Once browned, add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Pour in the vegetable stock and flour. Make sure to whisk the flour into the stock.
  • When the mixture has slightly thickened, add the canned tomatoes, cashew cream, spinach, salt, pepper, and cooked pasta.
  • Mix until fully combined and top with cashew parmesan to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian

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