Spice Up Your Evening with Vegetarian Cajun Pasta Recipe

As a passionate vegan chef, I am always on the lookout for creative yet delicious ways to make plant-based meals that everyone can enjoy. Today, I’m excited to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes – Creamy Vegetarian Cajun Pasta!

This recipe is a perfect combination of zesty cajun spices and creamy vegan goodness, along with some tasty veggies thrown in for good measure. The creamy sauce is perfectly balanced with the slightly spicy cajun seasoning, making it suitable for even those who can’t handle too much heat.

What I love most about this dish is how easy it is to make – all you need is one pot, a handful of ingredients, and less than 30 minutes of your time. Whether you’re cooking for one or for a crowd, this comforting pasta dish is sure to please.

So why not try something new tonight? Indulge in the flavors of the south with this delicious and satisfying Creamy Vegetarian Cajun Pasta that will leave your taste buds dancing!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Creamy Vegetarian Cajun Pasta
Creamy Vegetarian Cajun Pasta

Are you looking for a delicious and easy-to-make pasta dish that’s bursting with flavor? Look no further! This creamy vegetarian cajun pasta recipe is the perfect choice for anyone who loves a little heat in their meals.

Not only is this dish vegan and dairy-free, but it’s also incredibly creamy and satisfying. The combination of the cajun seasoning and the creamy sauce creates a unique blend of flavors that will leave you wanting more.

But that’s not all – this recipe can be made in just one pot, saving you time and effort. And the best part? You can use any type of pasta you have on hand, whether it’s linguine, penne, or even gluten-free pasta.

Whether you’re a vegan or simply looking to switch up your pasta game, this recipe is sure to impress. Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself and see why you’ll love this creamy vegetarian cajun pasta!

Ingredient List

 A spicy twist on a classic pasta dish
A spicy twist on a classic pasta dish

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make Creamy Vegetarian Cajun Pasta:

Pasta and Sauce

  • 8 oz linguine or penne pasta
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp flour

Vegetables and Seasonings

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Parmesan cheese (vegan or dairy)
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Note: Use gluten-free pasta if needed. Also, you may use different kinds of vegetables such as cauliflower or chickpeas instead of mushrooms or peppers to have various flavors.

The Recipe How-To

 The ultimate comfort food with a Cajun kick
The ultimate comfort food with a Cajun kick

Step 1: Cook the Pasta
– In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook 8 oz of linguine pasta or penne pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the starchy pasta cooking water and then drain.

Step 2: Prepare the Cajun Sauce
– While the pasta cooks, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 tablespoons of vegan butter or oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil and butter sizzles, add in 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 sliced red onion, and 1 thinly sliced red bell pepper. Sauté them for around 5-7 minutes or until onions become translucent.
– Add in 2 cups of vegetable broth, 1 cup of skim milk or plant-based milk, and 1 tablespoon tomato paste into the skillet. Stir well to combine.
– Next, mix in around 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes into the skillet. Allow it to simmer down for at least 10 minutes on low heat to allow flavors to blend nicely.
– Sprinkle on around 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (use vegan Parmesan cheese if you prefer) into the skillet. Stir well.

Step 3: Add the Veggies
– While allowing your creamy cajun sauce to simmer, add in your desired veggies such as diced tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, or quartered artichokes. Feel free to use your preferred veggies.

Step 4: Final Assembly
– Once everything is done, add in your cooked pasta into the creamy cajun sauce along with some of the starchy pasta cooking water that was reserved earlier. Combine everything nicely.
– Serve immediately with some extra Parmesan cheese or fresh parsley on top, if you like.

Remember that this recipe can be adjusted based on your preferences. Try adding proteins like faux chicken strips or tofu chunks to convert this vegetarian recipe into a vegan one . You can also replace some ingredients with others like using coconut milk instead of skim milk in case you’re dairy free / gluten free option such as gluten-free linguine pasta . This dish is extremely versatile so feel free to experiment!

Substitutions and Variations

 Creamy pasta that's completely vegan? Yes, please!
Creamy pasta that’s completely vegan? Yes, please!

If you’re looking to put your own unique spin on this creamy vegetarian cajun pasta recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try out! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Protein: While this recipe calls for firm tofu as a protein source, you could easily swap it out for chickpeas, black beans, or even vegan chicken or sausage. If you prefer a creamier sauce, consider using coconut milk instead of skim milk.

– Pasta: This recipe works great with linguine or penne pasta, but feel free to use whatever pasta shape you like best. Gluten-free options that would go nicely include brown rice pasta or lentil pasta.

– Veggies: I love the combination of red onion, bell peppers, and mushrooms in this dish, but any veggies you have on hand can be used. Try adding some chopped cauliflower or zucchini for extra nutrition and flavor. For a seafood-inspired variation, add some crab cakes on top of the pasta.

– Spiciness: Cajun seasoning is known for its heat levels, but if you prefer a milder flavor profile you can always decrease the amount by a teaspoon or two. You can also add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for an extra kick.

No matter which substitutions and variations you choose to make, remember that the key to making this dish delicious is balancing flavors and textures. Experiment with different combinations until you find the perfect mix that works for your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 Tasty, comforting and perfect for any occasion
Tasty, comforting and perfect for any occasion

No dish is complete without the perfect serving and pairing. When it comes to the Creamy Vegetarian Cajun Pasta Recipe, this hearty and indulgent meal is best served in generous helpings with a side that can complement and balance out the bold flavors.

To keep it simple yet satisfying, I suggest pairing this vegan cajun pasta with a fresh green salad or roasted vegetables that can help cut through the richness of the creamy sauce. The tender yet toothsome linguine or penne pasta provides a sturdy base that can handle the spicy, smoky, and aromatic cajun seasoning.

For those who are looking for an extra protein boost or a seafood twist, you can try topping this creamy cajun pasta with vegan sausages, chicken-style strips, or tofu cubes that have been seared or marinated in cajun spices. Or, if you’re craving for something more exotic, you can mix in some vegan crab cakes or chick’n strips that can add a hint of umami and texture to the dish.

To enhance the flavor of this vegetarian cajun pasta recipe, sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast on top before serving. You can also garnish it with some chopped herbs like parsley or cilantro that can brighten up the colors and aroma of the dish.

This pasta recipe is not only perfect for a family dinner or potluck gathering but also ideal for meal prep or leftovers. Keep any unused portions in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to 1 month. To reheat, simply microwave them for a few minutes until heated through or bake them in the oven at 350°F for 15-20 minutes covered with foil.

Enjoy this vegan creamy cajun pasta as it brings together indulgence and healthiness with each satisfying spoonful!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The ideal recipe for busy weeknights
The ideal recipe for busy weeknights

Once you have made this creamy vegetarian cajun pasta, you can easily store it in airtight containers and keep it in the fridge for up to five days. This way, you can savor its flavors when needed without any extra effort.

If you plan on making this pasta ahead of time or storing it for later, be sure to avoid over-cooking the pasta during the initial preparation process as that might lead to soggy results upon reheating.

When you’re ready to serve, reheat the dish in a pot on the stovetop, adding some more vegetable broth or water if necessary while stirring occasionally until it’s heated through. Alternatively, use your microwave to reheat your leftover pasta in a microwave-safe dish for 2-3 minutes while frequently stirring at thirty-second intervals till thoroughly heated.

This vegan creamy cajun pasta is also an excellent meal prep option that can be enjoyed throughout the week. It keeps well in the freezer for up to two months. Just make sure to let the dish cool properly before storing it in individual portions or freezer-safe containers.

When reheating from frozen, you can let it defrost overnight in the fridge, then fully thawed using either method described above. Also, remember that gluten-free and dairy-free options may require different reheating times due to their different compositions.

Overall, with its storage options being as flexible as any other pasta recipe, this vegetarian cajun pasta is a great choice for busy individuals and families looking for healthy yet flavorful meals they can make ahead of time and enjoy at their convenience.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A vegan and gluten-free option that packs a punch
A vegan and gluten-free option that packs a punch

If you want a perfect result for this creamy vegetarian cajun pasta recipe, then there are some tips that you should keep in mind. Here are some of them.

First, make sure to cook the pasta al dente. Overcooking the pasta can lead to a soggy and mushy texture which is not ideal for this dish. Follow the package instructions and check your pasta regularly while cooking.

Second, don’t overcrowd your pot when cooking the pasta. Cook it in batches if needed. This will help prevent the pasta from sticking together.

Third, do not skip on seasoning. Cajun seasoning adds a great flavor to this dish but don’t forget to taste and adjust if necessary. Add more salt or cajun seasoning as needed to suit your preference.

Fourth, add vegetables of various colors to make the dish visually appealing and nutritious. You can add bell peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower or chickpeas.

Fifth, use firm tofu as a protein alternative to chicken or shrimp. It is a great source of plant-based protein and adds a creamy texture to the dish.

Sixth, use gluten-free pasta if needed. There are many types of gluten-free pasta available in stores that work well with this recipe.

Lastly, let the sauce simmer until it thickens up to get that creamy texture. This should take about 5-7 minutes but you can also adjust according to your desired consistency.

Following these tips will help ensure a delicious and hearty meal that everyone will enjoy!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this creamy vegetarian cajun pasta recipe is a must-try for all vegans and non-vegans out there. With its combination of flavorful ingredients, this dish is a perfect fusion of Cajun-inspired flavors in a creamy vegan sauce that will leave you wanting more. One of the best things about this recipe is that you can easily customize it to your taste and dietary preferences, whether you are lactose intolerant, gluten-free, or trying to cut down on calories.

Moreover, this recipe is easy and quick to prepare; it requires just a few simple steps and everyday ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. You’ll be surprised by how delicious and satiating this vegan creamy cajun pasta can be without any animal products.

So, I highly encourage you to give this recipe a try and indulge in a guilt-free, mouth-watering experience. Not only is it nutritious, but also incredibly tasty, which makes it perfect for weeknight dinners or even weekend gatherings with friends and family. So why not impress them with your culinary skills and serve them up a bowl of creamy vegetarian cajun pasta? Trust me; they won’t regret it!

Creamy Vegetarian Cajun Pasta

Creamy Vegetarian Cajun Pasta Recipe

I took a number of cajun pasta recipes and created my own version. Though we do eat meat, I love having meatless options so we always eat this vegetarian. 🙂 Enjoy!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Calories 510.2 kcal


  • 454 g linguine, dry
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Cook linguine according to package directions.
  • Heat oil over med-high heat and stir fry the red pepper, red onion and garlic to your liking.
  • In a small sauce pan whisk together broth, milk and flour. Place over med-high heat stirring often until it begins to thicken.
  • Once thickened, remove from heat and add Cajun seasoning, Parmesan and salt and mix well.
  • Pour sauce over cooked linguine and mix well.
  • Serve stir fried veggies over top of pasta.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 394gCalories: 510.2kcalCarbohydrates: 96.4gProtein: 19.8gFat: 4.2gSaturated Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 4.5mgSodium: 684.6mgFiber: 4.9gSugar: 5.5g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Low Cholesterol
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