Vegan Baked Penne with Spicy Rose’ Sauce


This Vegan Baked Penne with Spicy Rose’ Sauce is a nice vegan and gluten-free pasta dish that is perfect if you like a little spice.

My boys absolutely love pasta in any shape or form so luckily it’s a pretty versatile meal and can be changed up very easily just by using different sauces and toppings.

This was a new version that I liked because it had lots of fresh vegetables, a creamy vegan sauce. and minimally processed ingredients.

The sauce is a little spicy, which you can adjust to your preference, and can be made in a matter of minutes with a Vitamix.

And it’s vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.

Here are some ingredients I found online for a traditional “creamy rose sauce“:


Not terribly bad, but it’s not vegan (parmesan cheese, cream cheese, chicken broth) and unless the ingredients are organic or Non-GMO Project Verified, they will contain GMO’s.




5 Fast Facts About Cashews:

  • packed with dietary fiber
  • rich in “heart healthy” fats
  • rich source of minerals
  • high in magnesium and copper
  • good source of antioxidants

5 Fast Facts About Spinach:

  • contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • high in anti-oxidants
  • super high in vitamins A and K
  • phytonutrients provide anti-cancer benefits
  • can help improve cardiovascular health

5 Fast Facts About Red Bell Peppers:

  • high in anti-oxidants
  • 1 cup contains 195.8% RDA of vitamin C
  • excellent source of carotenoids
  • potential anti-cancer benefits
  • helps reduce inflammation

5 Fast Facts About Nutritional Yeast:

  • vegan source of vitamin B12
  • a complete protein containing 18 amino acids
  • boosts immune system
  • excellent anti-oxidant
  • contains 15 minerals

5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Milk):

  • helps to regular cholesterol and blood pressure
  • energy booster
  • loaded with protein, calcium and fiber
  • high in anti-oxidants
  • helps to reduce risk of heart disease

5 Fast Facts About Tomatoes:

  • high in lycopenes – cancer fighting agents
  • high in beta-carotene
  • anti-oxidant
  • high in vitamin A and K
  • good source of chromium

5 Fast Facts About Onions:

  • rich source of healthy sulfur compounds
  • excellent for cardiovascular health
  • inhibits bone loss in women
  • reduces blood pressure
  • helps to lower blood cholesterol levels

5 Fast Facts About Garlic:

  • regulates blood sugar levels
  • lowers high blood pressure
  • anti-bacterial and analgesic properties
  • anti-viral
  • helps to lower cholesterol

5 Fast Facts About Cilantro:

  • powerful antioxidant
  • helps to remove toxins and heavy metals
  • anti-inflammatory
  • helps to control blood sugar
  • promotes healthy liver function

5 Fast Facts About Jalapenos:

  • excellent anti-oxidant
  • thermogenic food
  • anti-inflammatory agent
  • high in vitamins A and C
  • contains anti-bacterial properties

5 Fast Facts About Lemons:

  • extremely alkaline
  • blood purifier
  • excellent for detoxification
  • balances blood sugar levels
  • contains powerful anti-bacterial properties

5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:

  • contains 84 minerals
  • unrefined, unprocessed, raw
  • promotes stable pH balance in cells
  • controls water levels in the body
  • aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
























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Tip #1:  I made half of it baked in the oven and the other half unbaked.  The unbaked version would certainly save time and would probably be healthier because the spinach, red bell peppers, cashews, etc) would all still be considered “raw”. My family liked both versions.

Tip #2:  I try not to use any processed/packaged foods if I don’t have to, but vegetable broth is one that I do buy even though I don’t really use it that often.  The brand I used, “Pacific Natural Foods Organic Vegetable Broth” has an ingredient list free of any additives or toxic ingredients:

(Filtered Water, Organic Carrots, Organic Tomatoes, Organic Celery, Organic Onions, Organic Garlic, Organic Leeks, Sea Salt, Organic Bay Leaves, Organic Parsley, Organic Thyme).  It’s also gluten-free.

Tip #3:  I make my own homemade almond milk, but feel free to use your favorite non-dairy milk.

Tip #4:  If you can’t find gluten-free bread crumbs, you can make your own or use my recipe for “How To Make Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs“.

Tip #5:   This recipe will make (4) large servings.  If you don’t need that many or don’t want leftovers, just 1/2 all the ingredients in the recipe.


Vegan Baked Penne with Spicy Rose’ Sauce (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) The Healthy Family and Home


  • 1lb organic penne pasta (bionaturae organic, gluten-free brand)
  • 2 cups organic baby spinach (chopped in thin strips)
  • 1 organic red bell pepper (diced)

For the sauce

  • 1 1/3 cup organic raw cashews
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2/3 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 Small organic tomato
  • 2 Small organic jalapeno
  • 1/4 Medium organic onion
  • 4 Small organic garlic cloves (freshly crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons organic cilantro
  • 1 Small organic lemon (freshly juiced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt

For the topping

  • 1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs (or panko for non gluten-free)


Step 1 Prepare pasta according to package directions. Set aside.

Prepare the veggies: dice the red peppers into small pieces and cut the spinach into thin strips. Set aside.

Put all ingredients for the sauce (cashews, non-dairy milk, vegetable broth, tomato, jalapeno, onion, garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and pink himalayan salt) into a Vitamix and blend until it's smooth and creamy.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pasta, sauce, spinach and red bell peppers and stir until well combined.

Option 1: Serve and enjoy!

Option 2: Put the mixture into a 9 x 13 glass baking dish and sprinkle bread crumbs over the top.

Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned.



Recipe adapted from:


Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat



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