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Vegan Cheesy Broccoli Pasta: A Nutrient-Dense Meal

While plain wheat pasta may be a bit of an empty-calories choice for dinner, because it is very low in nutrients, black bean pasta is a different story. It contains much of the health benefits of black beans, though of course I recommend making whole foods (aka black beans) the bulk of your diet, and eating slightly processed foods like pasta seldomly. Hence, this vegan cheesy broccoli pasta is much more nutrient-dense than your regular pasta recipe.  

vegan cheesy broccoli pasta

All that being said, this vegan cheesy broccoli pasta is incredible nutrient-dense. As such, it contains the delicious oat-based cheese sauce, as well as a ton of delicious and slightly crispy broccoli. Fonally, after eating a lot of this stuff, I got to a point where all I wanted was the broccoli with the cheese sauce rather than the pasta. In fact, you could actually skip it in this dish. But if you are craving a slightly heavier meal, go for it. If you are going to have pasta, this is the perfect version. Fat free, protein rich, and absolutely yummy-licious. Can you believe you can make delicious cheese sauce from nutrient-rich oats? I just love plants, seriously… 

vegan cheesy broccoli pasta

Fat Free Protein-Rich Cheesy Broccoli Pasta

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1


For the cheesy sauce

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup sauerkraut juice or water if using water, be sure to add a bit extra salt to taste
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 2/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea miso paste
  • 1 red pepper seeded
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

For the broccoli

  • 3-4 cups roughly chopped broccoli

For the pasta

  • 3 cups bean pasta I used black bean

Sprinkle on top

  • Red pepper flakes and extra black pepper optional


For the cheesy sauce

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth

For the broccoli

  • Steam for 3-5 minutes, or until slightly tender

For the pasta

  • Cook according to package directions
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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.
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