Spicy Cheesy Vegan Pasta Bake

You know that your student life is sad when the most exciting thing you’ve done in the course of four weeks in taking a pan full of warm, cheezy pasta out of the oven.

vegan pasta bake with cheesy cauliflower topping

Not that this pasta bake isn’t all rad and basically the best pasta dish ever (with permission of this very awesome vegan lasagna which you should totally check out now if you haven’t), but I’m kinda missing Friday nights where the wildest thing done isn’t staying up until 5am doing physics and all. the. beer.

vegan pasta bake with cheesy cauliflower topping


And also long, relaxed strolls to the farmer’s market, walks to the beach, concerts on the weekends and spontaneous trips to the UK (also missing having the time to write a travel post about them by the way!!)… I WANT MY LIFE BACK!

vegan pasta bake with cheesy cauliflower topping

Can it be Christmas yet pretty please? I need to swim on a pool full of gingerbread cookies, warm hot chocolate and alllllllll the ugly sweaters. But basically I need Christmas to come soon so I don’t die snowed under all these assigments.

vegan pasta bake with cheesy cauliflower topping

You know that university life has 200% ruined me when I’m looking more forward to the classes being over rather than all those delicious cookies coming my way. Where are my priorities?

vegan pasta bake with cheesy cauliflower topping

Enough whining for the day. Let’s get back to warm, cheezy pasta and all the things which make life worth living.

In other words: spicy tomato sauce.

vegan pasta bake with cheesy cauliflower topping

And love and friendship and all that jazz but really, guys, have you tried putting some tabasco in your average tomato sauce???????

HOLY TOMATO.

vegan pasta bake with cheesy cauliflower topping

So good, so smoky, so fiery! Perfect complement to a pile of sauteed veggies + some pasta. And then there’s this creamy, cheesy without the actual cheese, ooey topping.

Life = complete.

Thank you for giving me another reason to get through all those exams, mr pasta bake.

vegan pasta bake with cheesy cauliflower topping

And the best part #5263517 is that it’s super cheap to make so it’s a saviour for all of us broke students spending our money in physics lessons we’ll never pass *bangs head against a wall*

Veggies + pasta + nutritional yeast + spices = all that’s needed to make this beauty.

Which, as you may have guessed, also make it super good for your health (and soul too! Carb-y goodness anyone?)

vegan pasta bake with cheesy cauliflower topping

Soooo, busy students around the world, take a break from all that homework making you want to throw all your very expensive books off the highest cliff in the world and get yourself some cheesy pasta. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

And so I will if you invite me over.

Spicy Cheese Vegan Pasta Bake
Serves 6
Vegetables and pasta covered in a spicy tomato sauce and then topped with a creamy cauliflower "cheese" topping. So good!
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For the pasta
  1. 1 yellow onion
  2. 2-3 garlic cloves
  3. 1 red bell pepper
  4. 1 medium eggplant
  5. 1 medium zucchini
  6. 1 medium carrot
  7. 1/2 a small broccoli head
  8. 700 grams tomato sauce
  9. 1-2 tsp. tabasco sauce
  10. 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  11. 1/2 tbsp. dried basil
  12. 300 grams whole wheat pasta
  13. salt and pepper to taste
For the topping
  1. 1 small head of cauliflower
  2. 1 small onion
  3. 2-3 garlic cloves
  4. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  5. 300 ml. rice milk
  6. 10 grams nutritional yeast
  7. 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  8. 100 grams breadcrumbs
  9. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the pasta according by directions in the package.
  2. To make the sauce, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a saucepan and add the chopped onion and garlic when it's warm.
  3. Cook until golden and remove from the saucepan.
  4. Heat another tbsp. of olive oil in the pan, and when it's warm, add the remaining chopped veggies.
  5. Sautee for 10-15 minutes until soft.
  6. Add in the tomato sauce, tabasco, spices and salt and pepper.
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Cook for 5-10 minutes more and remove from heat.
  9. Pour pasta in an oven-safe pan.
To make the topping
  1. Boil the cauliflower until tender.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan and add the chopped onion and garlic and cook until golden and fragant.
  3. Add in the cauliflower, rice milk, nutritional yeast and spices.
  4. Blend with an inmersion blender until smooth.
  5. Pour mixture over the pasta.
  6. Add some breadcrumbs on top.
  7. Bake at 200ΒΊC (400F) for 15-18 minutes or until top is golden.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can use any kind of veggies you have at home.
  2. Any kind of unsweetened veggie milk will work here.
  3. Leftovers last up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
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vegan spicy cheesy pasta bake

Hope you’re all having a great week pals! I myself am incredibly busy with exams and a million of exciting projects I’m working on (stay tuned for more info!!) but all is well. How’s life going for y’all?

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6 Comments

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm November 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Such stunning photos that amplify how delicious your dish looks! I love your ability to make an inexpensive meal look like it came from a gourmet restaurant. Total inspiration for dinner time! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Reply whiskandshout November 19, 2015 at 1:01 am

    This looks delicious! Spicy tomato sauce is my fave and I love that topping πŸ™‚ Pinning!

  • Reply Ashley November 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Oh gosh this bake looks fantastic! I’ve been having such issues with dairy lately so I definitely need to give this a try!!

  • Reply athleticavocado November 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    this looks amazing! I love the cauliflower cheese sauce! so creative!

  • Reply Jess @ What Jessica Baked Next November 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    This pasta looks delicious, Consuelo! Super comforting and perfect for a chilly winter night! Can’t wait to give the recipe a try! πŸ™‚

  • Reply superfitbabe November 25, 2015 at 7:36 am

    What a wonderful Christmas recipe idea! I love the cheesy crumble on top!

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