Who says you need cheese to make a big bowl of gooey, comforting goodness... Jenna Zoe shares her delicious vegan-friendly creamy lemon pasta

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Food influencer Emily Mariko's creamy lemon pasta is going viral on TikTok, with over 18.4 million views and counting. Made with three simple ingredients: a generous amount of parmesan, good hunk of butter and lemon, she delivers a delicious-looking bowl of gooey goodness that we just want to chow down on right now.

But vegan pals need fret not, as nutritionist Jenna Zoe has kindly shared how to make a plant-based version of the energy-giving dish. Thank us later. 

“Lemon pasta for me is the comfort food I turn to when I’ve had a bad day. Food is emotionally nourishing and that’s a gift we can use to our advantage. It lifts us up, helps us bond with others and makes us feel good. And when you feel good, you feel healthy. Having a healthier version of a comforting food in your cooking arsenal is crucial to making a balanced life feel achievable.”

Jenna Zoe's Vegan Creamy Lemon Pasta 

Serves 3

375 Kcal, 49g Carbs, 15g Protein, 12g Fat


  • 1 medium cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 tbsps cashew nuts or pine nuts 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder salt and pepper
  • the zest of 3 lemons
  • 3 servings of an alternative pasta of your choice: try an alternative to wheat flour pasta such as quinoa pasta, edamame pasta or black bean fettuccine (all of which you can find on Amazon), or go for spiralised zucchini


1. Bring a pot of water to boil and add the cauliflower florets. Leave them to boil for about 6 minutes until softened.

2. Meanwhile, place water and nuts in a blender and process until your mixture is completely smooth.

3. Once ready add in the cauliflower, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, and onion powder.

4. Cook pasta of choice according to the brand’s instructions.

5. Once cooked, transfer to a pan and add in the sauce, olive oil, and lemon zest and toss well. Season with salt and lots of pepper.

6. Divide the mixture into 3 and serve hot.

This vegan recipe idea was originally published in the Get The Gloss  Ultimate Vegan Recipe Guide , created with Jenna Zoe to complement our  Project Me health and fitness programme .