This easy and comforting Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta is a cozy way to celebrate the changing of seasons. With sweet corn, tangy tomatoes, and flavorful cream sauce with a bit of a kick, this simple yet delicious pasta dish has it all.
You guys know I’m a sucker for a great pasta dish, and this delicious creamy pasta with corn and tomatoes is no exception. It is a great combination of bright flavors from the corn and tomatoes, balanced with the creamy and slightly spicy sauce.
As summer is coming to an end in our neck of the woods, it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to the flavors of summer and trade those for the slight chill in the air and the cozy meals soon to come. This dish is hearty, satisfying, and total comfort food. Yet it has a cream sauce made from cashews (and plenty of seasonings), which might be a healthier alternative to other traditional cream sauces.
How this Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta comes together
- Cook your pasta (and boil your cashews if needed).
- Saute the onions, and the corn, and meanwhile slice the tomatoes.
- Blend the sauce.
- Combine, and enjoy
You can see that this is one heck of an easy dish. Which is VERY welcome in my house, given the typical chaos happening on any given day. You can soak the cashews overnight, which can serve as a shortcut when you’re preparing the sauce. Alternatively, you can boil the cashews in a saucepan while you’re making the pasta. The goal is to get them softer for blending. Either way, this Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta is really simple and really delicious.
The cashew cream sauce is actually one that is versatile to include the seasonings of your choice. The base is delicious, and is the sauce for my Pasta with Vegan Cashew Cream Sauce. I hope you give that one a try too, because it’s so yummy with Italian seasonings, broccoli, and sauteed carrots.
Other yummy add-ins
This Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta lends itself to a variety of substitutions or additions that you may have on hand. A list of delicious options are below.
- sauteed mushrooms
- sun-dried tomatoes
- sauteed or steamed broccoli florets
- roasted cauliflower
- roasted asparagus
- roasted or sauteed zucchini
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I use the blender to make creamy, smooth sauces or dreamy smoothies. I’ve had great luck with this affordable option.
Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta
- 1/2 lb. pasta
- 1 tsp oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1.5 cups corn
- 3/4 pint tomatoes sliced
- 2 cups cashews*
- 2 cups warm vegetable broth
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp paprika or chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 3/4 to 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
- Cook pasta in salted water until just al dente.
- Meanwhile, add oil to pan with onions. Cook until translucent, then add 1.5 cups corn and cook another 3 min.
- Add the sliced tomatoes and set aside.
- Add the remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until very smooth.
- Serve with hot pasta and corn/tomato mixture.