30 minute Vegetable Cajun Pasta (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Everyone needs a couple of easy weeknight dinners in their back pocket. I make sure I keep the pantry staples to make this on hand and the veggies are on my grocery list each week. This dish comes together quickly with minimal effort. I love spicy foods and this is a dish that you can make as mild as needed for the kiddos, and then spice up your dish with additional seasonings. If you have someone in your house that prefers more animal based protein, you could easily add some cooked chicken breast, chicken sausage or some wild shrimp to this dish. This dish is definitely packed with veggies but if you are looking to up your veggie game, you could toss in some baby spinach in the last 1-2 minutes of cook time! This is super versatile! I hope it makes your busy weeknights a little easier.

This pasta dish is:

Packed with perfectly cooked al dente veggies

Full of flavor

Easy to customize

Creamy and fresh!

I hope you enjoy it!

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Ingredients:

1 bunch broccoli

1 bunch asparagus

1 red pepper

1 - 12 oz box of gluten-free penne pasta (I use Jovial Foods)

1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)

1 can Great Northern Beans (15.5 oz)

1 can full fat coconut milk (13.5 oz)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

cajun seasoning to taste

2 teaspoons avocado oil (or other mild tasting oil)

Method:

  1. In a medium size sauce pan, add the water to the boil your pasta. Place pan on stovetop on high heat.

  2. Chop your broccoli, asparagus and red pepper into bite size pieces.

  3. When the water is boiling, add your pasta, reduce the heat to medium and set a timer for the suggested time on the box.

  4. In a large dutch oven or other 8 quart pot, add the 2 tsp avocado oil and set burner on medium heat. When heated (approximately 2 minutes), add the asparagus, broccoli and red pepper. Cook for 4 minutes.

  5. Add the diced tomatoes, coconut milk, beans, 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp salt. Add cajun seasoning to your taste. Cajun seasonings can be very different. Some are very spicy, some are very mild. If you do not like things very spicy, start with a teaspoon or two and taste it. I use 2 tablespoons. The kind I usually buy is not very spicy so I use a lot.

  6. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for approximately 2-3 minutes.

  7. Your pasta should be done now. Drain the water and add the cooked pasta to your pot. Stir to combine, taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.