Creamy “Vegan” Pasta Primavera

Creamy “Vegan” Pasta Primavera

Umami-rich nutritional yeast doubles for the Parmesan Cheese. Add hamburger with red pepper for protein – non-vegan.
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Aspargus, Pasta, Peas
Servings: 4 people


  • small skillet
  • 8 qt pot
  • slotted spoon


  • ¼ cup olive oil divided
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp garlic minced & divided
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • cup pine nuts
  • 5 tbsp nutritional yeast divided
  • 2 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup panko
  • cup baby carrots thinly diagonally sliced – multicolored if available
  • 2 cups asparagus cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen green peas thawed
  • 12 oz gemelli pasta uncooked
  • 1 lb grass fed beef
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 bunch basil


  • Heat pan over medium and coat with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add onion and 2 tbsp garlic; cook until lightly browned ~ 10 minutes.
  • Transfer onion mixture to a blender; add almond milk, pine nuts, 3 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1 tsp salt and pepper. Blend high speed until smooth, ~ 1 minute. Set aside.
  • Heat small skillet over medium-high and add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add remaining garlic; cook until fragrant ~ 30 seconds.
  • Stir in panko, 1/4 tsp salt, and remaining nutritional yeast. Cook until panko is crispy and toasted, ~ 2 minutes.
  • Bring pot of salted water to boil. Add carrots; cook 2 minutes. Add asparagus; cook 1 minute.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove vegetables to an ice bath. Let cool; drain. Stir in green peas.
  • Add pasta to boiling water; cook until al dente, ~12 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Drain pasta, and return to pot.
  • Stir in vegetables, basil, sauce, pasta cooking liquid, and remaining ¾ teaspoon salt. Cook over medium until heated through, ~2 minutes. Mix in panko.
  • Heat small skillet and cook grass fed beef. Add crushed red pepper and season with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon pasta into shallow bowls. Mix in grass fed beef if not vegan. Serve immediately.