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Creamy Creole Penne with Cabbage

Sam Cooks Kindness
Creamy and full of spice, this dish is healthy but tastes so decadent! Loaded with veggies, healthy fats, and completed with deliciously Crispy Italian Tofu "Sausage" Scrambles.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4 large servings


  • 1 small onion sliced thin
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ⅛-¼ teaspoon cayenne Leave out if you don't like spicy
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small green cabbage about 6 cups thinly sliced
  • cup water
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes ((24 oz))
  • 3 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 8 oz penne gluten free if needed
  • ½ recipe Crispy Italian Tofu "Sausage" Crumbles*

Cashew Cream

  • ½ cup raw cashews soaked overnight or boiled for 10-15 minutes to soften
  • ½ cup water


  • Make Cashew Cream - Blend soaked (or boiled) cashews with ½ cup water until very smooth and creamy. Set to side
  • Prep cabbage by cutting into four, removing core and thinly slicing each quarter. Set pot of water for pasta on high heat to boil.
  • Add sliced onions and garlic to large, non-stick skillet on medium-low heat. Sauté, stirring occasionally and adding small splashes of water when food begins to stick for about 5-7 minutes till softened.
  • Add spices to skillet, mix and toast for about 30 seconds till fragrant.
  • Add cabbage to skillet with ⅓ cup water. Mix to combine, cover and let cook on medium for about 5 minutes till cabbage begins to soften.
  • Add cashew cream, tomato puree and nutritional yeast to skillet and mix to combine. Simmer on low heat, uncovered while cooking pasta according to instructions.
  • Remove sauce from heat, Thin sauce with splashes of pasta water if too thick. Stir in apple cider vinegar and cooked pasta and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • I recommend serving immediately topped with Crispy Italian Tofu "Sausage" Crumbles!!


*I highly recommend serving this pasta with my Crispy Italian Tofu "Sausage" crumbles! It adds a great flavor and a nice mix of textures! 
Keyword cabbage, creamy cajun pasta, tofu sausage