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Kalamata Olive Pasta With Cauliflower

Creamy whole-food, plant-based sauce made with fresh lemon, garlic, white beans, and kalamata olives. Pair with oil-free roasted cauliflower and your favorite pasta for a delicious and healthy weeknight meal.
Vegan and free from nuts, soy and oil.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy vegan pasta, olive pasta, whole-food plant-based pasta recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Lori Rasmussen


  • 16 ounces dried whole-wheat penne or your pasta of choice
  • 1 extra large head cauliflower, cut into florets (For a more vegetable-rich dish, go for two heads!)
  • 3 cups cooked cannelini beans, divided
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp hemp hearts or other raw seed such as sunflower
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, divided Check ingredients; jarred varieties are usually oil-free.
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • handful fresh basil or parsley
  • Vegan Cheesy Sprinkle (Parm), optional garnish


  • Place a baking sheet in the oven, and preheat to 400 degrees F. Once hot, removed baking sheet, and arrange florets in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt. Roast until barely fork tender, about 30 minutes, flipping at the halfway point.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions, and drain in a colander.
  • Combine the lemon juice, hemp seeds, garlic, half of the cannellini beans, and 1/2 tsp salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add about half of the olives (12 to 15 olives), and blend again. Taste and adjust salt/liquid and add a few more olives if desired.
    Add a splash of water if you need to thin the sauce.
  • While the pasta drains, pour the kalamata sauce into the pot to warm it through.¬†Add the pasta, cauliflower, and remaining white beans to the pot and stir to coat. Slice the remaining olives, and sprinkle on top along with the basil or parsley.
  • Serve with Vegan Cheesy Sprinkle if desired.


Store leftover pasta in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Nutrition Facts
Kalamata Olive Pasta With Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 455mg19%
Carbohydrates 81g27%
Fiber 15g60%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 18IU0%
Vitamin C 66mg80%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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