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Creamy Cajun-Inspired Pasta with Veggies & Chick'n

This Creamy Cajun-Inspired Pasta with Veggies & Chick'n is loaded with flavor and a hearty mix of corn, zucchini, roasted peppers, and plant-based chick'n. It has a simple cauliflower cream sauce that comes together in the blender, for a twist on traditional cream sauce. Topped with scallions and extra hot sauce for spicy heat!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Keyword: cajun, cheesy pasta, chick'n, sprouts
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. shell pasta
  • 14 oz. frozen cauliflower
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt divided
  • 1 tsp. pepper divided
  • 1 tsp. chili powder divided
  • 1 ½ tsp. garlic powder divided
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 to 3 tbsp hot sauce to taste
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 package Like Meat Grilled Chick’n
  • ½ cup finely chopped roasted red peppers
  • Juice of ¼ to ½ lime to taste
  • 1/3 cup scallions thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp spicy jalapeno peppers jarred type

Instructions

  • Cook the shell pasta according to the package directions in salted water until al dente, then drain.
  • Steam 14 oz. frozen cauliflower until tender. Transfer cauliflower to a blender, with 1 tsp. dried parsley, ½ tsp. kosher salt, ½ tsp. pepper, ½ tsp. chili powder, ¾ tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. dijon mustard, 2 to 3 tbsp. hot sauce (to taste), ¾ cup vegetable broth, ½ cup full-fat coconut milk, and 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast. Blend until smooth, scraping down sides of blender as needed.
  • Meanwhile, add 2 cups frozen corn, 1 tbsp. avocado oil, and ½ cup finely chopped red onion to a large pan. Cook for 3 min, stirring occasionally. Add ½ tsp. smoked paprika, dash of cayenne, 1 medium diced zucchini, 1 package Like Meat Grilled Chick’n, remaining ½ tsp. kosher salt, ½ tsp. pepper, ½ tsp. chili powder, and ¾ tsp. garlic powder. Stir, cover with a lid, and cook for 4 to 5 min until the Like Meat Grilled Chick’n is tender, adding a couple tablespoons of water to prevent burning if needed.
  • Add cooked pasta and sauce to the pan, along with ½ cup finely chopped roasted red peppers and juice of ¼ to ½ lime (to taste). Stir together and top with 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions, 2 tbsp. spicy jalapeno peppers, and more hot sauce.