Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower. Cauliflower is tossed in homemade Cajun spice blend and baked, then served over easy creamy Garlic sauce Penne Pasta. Vegan Garlic Pasta Recipe. Can be Nut-free gluten-free!!

This Easy Pasta comes together quickly and makes an amazing meal. Toss the Cauliflower in Cajun spice blend and put it in the oven to bake. Boil the pasta, simmer the sauce to thicken and fold in the pasta. Put it all together, garnish with parsley or basil. Perfect!

The baked Cajun Cauliflower is amazing! Make just that and serve it with a cooling dip as a starter or appetizer. The garlic sauce is easy and cheesy. Add elbows to it and make into a mac bake, covered with breadcrumbs mixed with smoked paprika or some of the cajun blend. So much Flavor!

If you use other veggies or double the recipe, also double the spice mix to adjust. Use cashew milk for creamiest result. To make nut-free, use soy-milk . To make this oil free, use aquafaba instead of oil to bake the cauliflower.

Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower Recipe
Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower. Cauliflower is tossed in homemade cajun spice blend and baked, then served over easy creamy Garlic sauce Penne Pasta. Vegan Recipe. Can be Nut-free gluten-free.


Cajun cauliflower:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower cut into florets 3 heaping cups
  • 2 teaspoons oil

Cajun Blend:

  • 2 tsp paprika (I use 1 tsp sweet mild paprika and 1 tsp smoked hot paprika)
  • 1/4 tsp or more cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or use more smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt ( 1/4 to 1/2 tsp to preference)

Garlic pasta:

  • 8 oz penne glutenfree if needed
  • 2 tsp olive oil divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups unsweetened non dairy milk such as almond milk or soymilk or use cashew milk for creamier
  • 1 tbsp flour or use rice flour to make gluten-free
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch or cornstarch
  • 10 cloves of roasted garlic
  • 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp or more dried thyme ,+ dashes of other herbs such as basil, sage
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp or more salt
  • chopped basil or parsley for garnish
  • black pepper or cayenne and lemon juice for garnish

Cajun Cauliflower:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Add the Cauliflower florets to a large bowl. Drizzle oil and mix using a spatula or rub it in using hands.
  • In a small bowl, mix the ingredients under cajun spice blend. Add a bit more paprika if using mild. Sprinkle all over the cauliflower florets and toss to coat. (use 1.5 tbsp or more of premade cajun blend).
  • Bake for 25 to 30 mins.

Garlic Pasta:

  • Make the pasta according to instructions on the package, drain and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium low heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile blend the rest of the ingredients (except garnish) until smooth. Add to the pan. Increase heat to medium.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust salt and flavor carefully. Simmer for another 2 minutes. Fold in the pasta. Take off heat, cover and let sit for 2 minutes.
  • To serve, add warm baked Cajun Cauliflower on top. Garnish with chopped parsley or basil, some cayenne/pepper and lemon juice.


  • Watch the heat. Smoked paprika can be really hot depending on brand, use less or use sweet paprika and reduce cayenne and pepper for heat in the Cajun Blend. 
  • The sauce is a mild flavored sauce to balance the cajun blend. For additional flavor in the sauce, add some cajun blend, add some more herbs, add a tsp of miso. The right amount of salt int he sauce will also be helpful to bring out the overall flavors. Adjust to preference. 
  • For creamier dish, reduce the pasta amount or double the sauce. You can also use vegan alfredo with the pasta
  • Watch the salt. Premade cajun blend can already have salt. Adjust accordingly. 

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 395Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g15%
Sodium 580mg24%
Potassium 306mg9%
Total Carbohydrates 60g20%
Dietary Fiber 9g36%
Sugars 2g
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A21.6%
Vitamin C25.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.