Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Pasta Skillet Recipe (Video)

Guess what we ate for dinner a lot before going vegan?

Hamburger Helper and those Birds Eye Voila Skillet Meals. 

Don't judge me.

I liked the convenience of those meals and really thought cooking a homemade meal would take too long.

I was wrong.

As you can see in the dinner recipe video below, this meal will only take about 30 minutes and its filling, simple and delicious.

I usually double the ingredients to serve my family of 5.

The ingredients listed below are for 4 people.

This meal should take you about 35 minutes and you can serve it with vegan garlic bread and a salad.

Don't like mushrooms? I think more vegetables, black beans or vegan sausage (from a brand like Field Roast) will work as a good replacement.

Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Pasta Skillet Recipe

by Brown Vegan

Keywords: vegan vegetarian

Ingredients (Serves 3-4 people)

  • 1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 12 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • (2) 15 oz cans of coconut milk
  • 1 lb farfalle/bow-tie pasta (uncooked)
  • 3 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • Salt & pepper to taste


In a large skillet, saute the onion for 5 minutes on medium heat.

Add in mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.

Mix in red bell pepper, garlic, cumin and vegetable broth.

Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Shake the cans of coconut milk, open and pour into the skillet along with the bow-tie pasta.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium.

Be sure to mix the pasta every 2-3 minutes to ensure that it doesn't stick together (should be ready in 20 minutes).

Mix in spinach and cook for about 1 minute.

Season to taste with salt & pepper.

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Let me know what you think once you try the recipe.




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Here's How To Make Your Favorite Recipes Vegan

I'm working on improving the quality (and consistency) of the videos on my YouTube channel, so I've been watching a lot of cooking video for inspiration.

Majority of the videos I come across online aren't vegan, but with a few adjustments, you can make nearly any recipe vegan. 

Here's what you do...

Continue to eat some of your favorite dishes, but switch out ingredients for vegan options that are more compassionate (to animals and the planet) and your body.

In the two examples below, I will show you how you can easily switch out the meat, dairy, etc. to make each recipe vegan. 


Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken from the Tasty YouTube channel

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Here are the ingredients we need to switch out to make it vegan....

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Instead of honey, use agave nectar or Bee Free Honee.


Instead of animal flesh, you can purchase vegan chicken from brands like Beyond Meat and Gardein (frozen section at Target).

If you make this recipe, be sure to add the vegan chicken in as the last step because it's already cooked.

Loaded Baked Potatoes from Tasty YouTube channel

Here are the ingredients we need to switch out to make it vegan....


Replace with brands like Field Roast or Daiya 


A couple of options to replace it...

1) Purchase coconut bacon from Phoney Baloney

2) Make your own coconut bacon with this recipe 


A couple of options to replace it...

1) Buy it in the store- Tofutti is the brand I see most often

2) Make your own -

  • 15 oz can full-fat coconut milk

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice

  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Put the unopened can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Open the can and remove the creamy coconut on top (you can use the water for smoothies).

Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl and serve as usual.


Replace this with Earth Balance vegan margarine or olive oil.


Replace with unsweetened almond, coconut milk, soy or almond milk. 


Have you veganized any of your fave recipes lately?

Let me know in the comments. :-)


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