Whenever I'm craving comfort food, chipotle pasta comes to mind. I love pasta! When someone tells me they don't eat pasta because it's "bad for you," I disagree. My chipotle pasta recipe, for instance, contains whole-wheat pasta or gluten-free pasta, fresh vegetables, and a healthy, slightly spicy sauce. And vegan chipotle pasta cooks in under 20 minutes from start to finish.
Pasta is made from grain, one of the basic food groups in a healthy diet. It's a good energy source and provides healthy fiber, too, if it's made from whole grain. Once vegetables and other whole-food ingredients are added, chipotle pasta is a healthy and filling plant-based meal.
One-pot chipotle pasta is done in under 20 minutes.
One of my favorite aspects of this recipe is it all cooks in one pan. I don't know about you, but any time I can make an entire dinner and only have one pan to clean up, it's a good day.
And, when it takes less than 20 minutes to cook dinner, it's even a better day.
What are chipotle peppers?
When I first went plant-based, I looked high and low for chipotle peppers. Little did I know, they were in a small can in from of me the whole time. To this day, Paul and I laugh every time I grab a can of adobo chili peppers from the shelf in the Mexican section of the grocery store.
Chipotle pepper and adobo peppers are, in fact, the same. A chipotle is a smoke-dried ripe jalapeño chili pepper used for seasoning. It is a chili used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines, such as Tex-Mex and Southwestern dishes.
What do Chipotle peppers taste like?
Chipotles taste earthy, which has a smoky flavor with a hint of spice when cooked. Beware, though, because if you use too much, you can ruin a delicious meal.
The rule of thumb is always to add spicy slowly and taste. Then, of course, you can always add more spice, but you can't take it away once it's added to your food.
What ingredients are needed for the chipotle pasta recipe?
- Whole-grain penne pasta or pasta of choice (gluten-free pasta works as well)
- White or yellow onion, cut into thin slices
- Garlic, minced
- Yellow Bell Pepper
- Red Bell Pepper
- Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
- Frozen Peas
- Vegetable broth
- Green onions and Micro-greens (garnish)
Cashew cream or bean cream (nut-free option)
- Cashews (or white beans for a nut-free option)
- Nutritional Yeast
- Vegetable Broth
- Adobo Chili Sauce (the sauce, not the peppers)
Making vegan chipotle pasta is quick and easy
Since the chipotle pasta recipe is made in one pot, it cooks in stages.
First, saute the garlic and onions until translucent.
Then add the red and orange bell peppers and saute for a few minutes.
Next, add the dry pasta, vegetable broth, and diced tomatoes. That's it; then, bring the mixture to a boil and cover it for 13 minutes.
Now, remove the cover and add the frozen peas and asparagus. Stir to combine and cover it one more time for 3 minutes, because that's all the asparagus and peas need to cook through.
Next, pour in the chipotle cashew cream (or bean cream) over the pasta and vegetables and stir uncovered. As a result, the sauce thickens as it heats.
Once thick and creamy, serve in individual bowls. Also, I served Arugula Salad as a side salad. However, crusty bread is also terrific to drag through the bowl to soak up all the extra sauce of this vegan chipotle pasta.
Are you looking for quick and easy meals for a busy week?
- Easy One-Pot Meals
- One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta
- Creamy Mushroom Pasta Recipe
- Chickpea Pasta Salad
- Creamy Tomato Pasta
- Fajita Pasta
- Vegan Cajun Pasta
- Bruschetta Pasta
- Lemon Pasta
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂