Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower

Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower. Cauliflower is tossed in homemade cajun spice blend and baked, then served over easy creamy Garlic sauce Penne Pasta. Vegan Recipe. Can be Nut-free gluten-free.

Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower

Ingredients
Cajun cauliflower:
  1. 1 small head of cauliflower cut into florets 3 heaping cups
  2. 2 teaspoons oil

Cajun Blend:
  1. 2 tsp paprika (I use 1 tsp sweet mild paprika and 1 tsp smoked hot paprika)
  2. 1/4 tsp or more cayenne
  3. 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  4. 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or use more smoked paprika
  5. 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  6. 1 tsp dried oregano
  7. 1 tsp garlic powder
  8. 1/4 tsp onion powder
  9. 1/2 tsp salt ( 1/4 to 1/2 tsp to preference)

Garlic Sauce Pasta:
  1. 8 oz penne glutenfree if needed
  2. 2 tsp olive oil divided
  3. 3 cloves garlic minced
  4. 2 cups unsweetened non dairy milk such as almond milk or soymilk or use cashew milk for creamier
  5. 1 tbsp flour or use rice flour to make gluten-free
  6. 1 tbsp arrowroot starch or cornstarch
  7. 10 cloves of roasted garlic
  8. 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp smoked paprika
  9. 1/4 tsp or more dried thyme ,+ generous dashes of other herbs such as basil, sage, oregano
  10. 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  11. 1/2 to 3/4 tsp or more salt
  12. chopped basil or parsley for garnish
  13. black pepper or cayenne and lemon juice for garnish

Instructions
Cajun Cauliflower:
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Add the Cauliflower florets to a large bowl. Drizzle oil and mix using a spatula or rub it in using hands.
  • In a small bowl, mix the ingredients under cajun spice blend. Add a bit more paprika if using mild. Sprinkle all over the cauliflower florets and toss to coat. (use 1.5 tbsp or more of premade cajun blend).
  • Bake for 25 to 30 mins.