Thursday, September 12, 2013

Summer Pasta in a Light, Vegan Cream Sauce:

This is the kind of pasta that you get when you don't want to dirty another pan to make a sauce and when you're out of most of the ingredients that you usually use to make said cream sauce. 
(In other words, this recipe is perfect who those of you who are just starting out as vegans and have absolutely no idea what nutritional yeast is, let alone where to buy it). 

I have a TON of different recipes for vegan cream sauce. In fact, I rarely make the same one twice. I will tell you, however (no matter how convoluted this particular recipe may be), that every single one of my cream sauce recipes is pretty simple to make. 

All day at work, I was dreaming about a creamy pasta, laden with vegetables. I knew that I had broccoli that I needed to use up, and I almost forgot about the bell peppers that were hiding in my fridge. I also knew that I had almond milk and a little bit of vegan margarine sitting on the door of the fridge, so I figured I'd combine the ingredients. The result? This delicious and (almost) guilt-free vegan pasta. 

Because I usually use Tofutti products and nutritional yeast to thicken my cream sauces, and because I had neither of which when I made this, the sauce is thinner, and thus, has a much lighter feel. It's perfect during these waning days of summer.

In fact, I enjoyed it while sitting on my front porch, watching my neighbors walk their dogs. There was a light breeze, and the sun was just beginning to set. I'm finally starting to feel a bit settled in. :)


1 box Farfalle pasta, cooked according to package instructions
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 1/2 cups broccoli, cut into medium florets
1 small yellow onion, sliced
5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1/4 cup white cooking wine, divided
1/4 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp. vegan margarine
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
Dash of paprika

Serves 4 to 6.
Total Cook Time: about 25 minutes.


1. Once the pasta water is boiling, add the pasta and the crushed garlic. Cook according to package instructions. 
2. While the pasta is cooking, add the onions, a dash of salt, and about 1/4 tbsp. of the olive oil to a large skillet. Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes, and then add about 1/8 cup of the white cooking wine to the skillet. Continue cooking until almost tender, about 6 minutes. 
3. Next, add the red pepper, broccoli, and the remaining white cooking wine to the skillet. Add another dash of salt and the paprika. You probably also want to add another 1/4 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook on medium-high heat for another 5 to 7 minutes.
4. Drain the pasta, and then add the vegan margarine, the remaining salt, and another dash of paprika. Stir, and add the almond milk. 
5. Turn the burner on low, and let the almond milk thicken up a bit, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for another 3 minutes or so. (The sauce should thicken up a bit more).
6. Stir the veggies in with the pasta and serve.

Another favorite: Rotini in Vegan Lemon Cream Sauce.


  1. Recipes that don't involve multiple dirty pans are always winners with me!

    1. Most definitely...they're my favorite kinds of recipes!

  2. Farfalle makes a dish so pretty! Yummy!
    xo ella

    1. Thanks! I LOVE farfalle.. It's one of my favorite pastas.

  3. I love scouting out recipes for cream sauce that don't actually have any cream! Need to try this one!

    1. Yay! I'm glad you like it. I'll be posting some more in the near future. :)


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