Tossed in a creamy, but still vegan cashew sauce, this lemon pepper pasta is surprisingly rich, with lots of garlic.
If you’re on the prowl for a meal that’s nourishing, easy to make, and quick enough to toss together at the end of a busy day (i.e., 30 minutes or less), then this Vegan Creamy Garlic Lemon-Pepper Pasta is about to make your wildest plant-based dreams come true.
Not only does it come together in 30 minutes flat, it requires just 8 ingredients (plus s + p). Better yet, you’re bound to have most, if not all, of the ingredients on hand.
This pasta is ultra-creamy with a captivating zesty, garlicky, and peppery bite. The sauce is made with cauliflower, raw cashews, plant-based milk, oodles of garlic, big pinches of pepper, and a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice.
And it’s out. of. this. world.
Serve this silky pasta to hippy-dippy, tree-hugging vegans or meat lovers with big, bold appetites. It’s a crowd-pleaser that knows no bounds and leaves no appetites unsatiated.
- 12 ounces gluten-free linguine or rigatoni
- 2½ cups small cauliflower florets
- 1 cup unsweetened plain plant-based milk (I use almond milk)
- ¼ cup raw cashews*
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
- ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
- Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water, and transfer the cooked pasta to a large bowl.
- Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets to the pot and boil for 7 minutes or until very fork-tender. Strain off the water.
- Add the boiled cauliflower florets, almond milk, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, sea salt, and black pepper to a high-speed blender.
- Blend on high for 2 minutes or until completely smooth and creamy. Set within reach of the stove.
- Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large sauté pan over low heat. Cook for 2 minutes, or until soft and fragrant.
- Stir in the cauliflower sauce, increase heat to medium, and simmer for 3 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
- Turn off the heat, add the pasta to the pan, and toss to coat.
- If desired, stir in the pasta water, ¼ cup at a time, to thin the sauce.
- Taste and season with more sea salt and black pepper, if desired.
- Serve immediately.