After a couple of years back in Chicago, I’m in the middle of another cross-country move to California. Am I crazy? Maybe. I have to admit, May is kind of a ridiculous time to leave the midwest. It’s finally sunny and warm here! While moving is exciting, it’s also really stressful. When I’m stressed and seeking comfort food, I always gravitate towards hearty pasta dishes. In this time of transition, our Creamy Spicy Vegan Sausage Pasta with Spinach is exactly what I want and need. Fill up my bowl!
I lovingly blame my obsession with carbs on my parents (thanks, mom and dad). Growing up we had no shortage of bread, noodles, and pizza on our dinner table. To this day, these are the foods that bring me comfort and joy. To lighten up what could be a really heavy meal, I used whole-wheat noodles and covered them in cashew cream sauce. This stuff is so delicious and versatile. It reminds me of vegan alfredo sauce, which is never, ever a bad thing.
For protein you can use your favorite vegan sausage (mine is Field Roast) or swap it out for roasted broccoli or fresh peas. Both of these veggies are great sources of plant-based protein. For the greens, I went with spinach but feel free to use kale, chard, or arugula – chose your own adventure. A sprinkle of hemp seeds to finish it off adds an extra punch of protein, while red chili pepper flakes bumps up the heat factor.
Our Creamy Spicy Vegan Sausage Pasta with Spinach is the ultimate vegan comfort food. It’s easily made gluten-free by using Banza Chickpea Pasta (our favorite) and a vegan and gluten-free protein source. We hope this dish becomes a weeknight favorite at your dinner table!
Creamy Spicy Vegan Sausage Pasta with Spinach
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Vegan
Our Creamy Spicy Vegan Sausage Pasta with Spinach is the ultimate vegan comfort food. It’s easily made gluten-free by using Banza Chickpea Pasta (our favorite) and broccoli or peas as your protein source.
- 8 oz. Banza Chickpea Pasta (or another gluten-free or whole-wheat pasta)
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight or boiled for 10 minutes
- 1 cup water
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. paprika
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 ½ tsp. lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 vegan sausages, sliced into ½-inch rounds
- 2 cups baby spinach
- Hemp seeds and red chili pepper flakes, for garnish
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop the pasta in. Return to a boil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or as indicated on the packaging. Drain and rinse the pasta and return it to the pot.
- Meanwhile, add the soaked or boiled cashews, water, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice to a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix. Blend on medium-high for 2 minutes. If you have a regular blender, blend for 4 to 5 minutes and add a touch more water as needed to keep things moving. Adjust seasonings to taste (more cayenne pepper if you like heat!)
- Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Arrange the vegan sausage pieces in a single layer and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip the pieces over and cook on the other side for 2 to 3 minutes, then turn off the heat.
- Pour the sauce from your blender over the pasta and return to low heat. Add the vegan sausage pieces along with the oil from the pan. Stir in the baby spinach and warm briefly until wilted, another minute more.
- Divide the pasta between four bowls and garnish with hemp seeds and red chili pepper flakes.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 568
- Sugar: 5.4 g
- Sodium: 728.4 mg
- Fat: 28.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 51 g
- Protein: 33.4 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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So good to hear! Glad the whole family enjoyed it!
Loved, loved, loved this recipe! So simply and quick to make, and delicious. The whole family loved it, including my picky 15-year-old son!
Made this tonight & it was a hit. I boiled broccoli in the water with the pasta for 6 minutes, left out the spinach because I didn’t have it on hand, and used Beyond sausages.
This was SO GOOD!! I added two garlic cloves to the sauce and some broccoli florets to the pasta and it was the perfect meal! So creamy and the perfect amount of spice! Thank you for sharing!
Hello, I just want to say Thank You for this simple yet delicious recipe, my family really enjoyed it and had seconds. I will definitely try more of your recipes ❤
This recipe is very delicious it is nice and creamy from the Cashews and I like the spinach in it. I also put cherry tomatoes in mine and would recommend doing it 🙂
I'm 17 and I'm totally about to make this for dinner lol...I dont cook often so we'll see how this goes !
This is so easy to make and extremely tasty. I like to add a little nutritional yeast to the sauce, but other than that we follow the recipe perfectly and it always turns out great.
Excellent recipe!! will definitely make again, I used the Beyond spicy sausage. I am doubling the sauce next time!
This is freakin' delicious! I've made it at least once a week since discovering it. Sometimes I add in vegan shrimp or mushrooms too. So GOOD!!!!!
Thank you Alexandra! You've made our weekend. 🙂
I rarely comment on recipes but this was too good not to leave one. I have been eating plant based for 6 months now and have tried countless ‘creamy pasta’ recipes but this one was by far the best! It has the perfect level of spice, so flavorful, and is actually creamy!
This recipe was excellent. I'm new to the veg world and sceptical about cashew cream; but I was trying to replicate an old family favourite. I added a couple teaspoons of tomato paste to the blender, and softened onion and chilli flakes in the frypan. I didn't have spinach on hand, so had to skip that. The recipe was so easy and fast and was a perfect replacement for my old creamy pasta. I'll definitely make this again, and I'll consider using cashews more in my cooking. Two thumbs up!
I have now made this twice and each time it was fantastic!
this recipe is honestly amazing, so quick, simple and delicious!!! best way to use veg sausages
When I have defrosted frozen cashew sauces in the past, they can sometimes separate a bit and be not as smooth as they originally were. That being said, I think it would be a fun thing to try! Worst case your sauce is a little lumpy 🙂 Let us know how it goes!
If I undercooked the pasta would this freeze well? I've never frozen a cashew sauce.
Had bought some vegan sausages and had no idea what to really use them for. Normally I would just make hotdogs, but I had grown tired of just using them for hotdogs alone. So I tried this recipe and it was absolutely wonderful! Extremely easy and tasty! I would definitely make it again! Family also found it really great.
I was skeptical... I was. I made this while my husband made the real alfredo for him and kids. I followed the directions exactly...its really, really good. I'm shocked. I have never, ever left a comment for anyone...and there have some good ones. You deserve a medal!!! Please...go get your raw cashews and make this. Its awsome...I'm gonna put it on everything!!!! And go broke buying raw cashews as I do it...lol
Sarah De la Cruz
I love everything about this! Carbs? Yes! Field Roast Sausage? Double Yes! This looks delicious—carbs are my ultimate comfort food too!