Creamy Garlic, Thyme, and Roasted Cauliflower Pasta


I think this is the most excited I’ve ever felt for a Monday morning because WE’RE GETTING MARRIED IN 5 DAYSSSS!! What?!?! Like, seriously, where did the time go? I feel like we’ve been planning for ages now and it honestly felt like the big day would never come.

But here we are. Five days out and I don’t even know what to do with myself.

Of course there is still SO much to do, especially since we took on a lot of DIY projects, but I luckily have lots of help from family traveling in early. Therefore, I’m going to *try* to just relax and enjoy these next few days of preparation.

Someone remind me I said that in two days, please. #typeAproblems


Creamy Garlic, Thyme, and Roasted Cauliflower Pasta {vegan, gluten free option} //


These past few months of wedding prep have already brought such joy to my life, between extra visits with friends and family at our engagement party and bridal shower, long chats with my mom and mother-in-law over ALL the intricate details, the crafting (ohhh yeahhhh i’ve been loving it), and this beautiful virtual bridal shower that my blogging buddies threw me a few weeks ago.

YOU GUYS, I was almost in tears when I opened my Instagram and saw all these gorgeous recipes these ladies had created, all inspired by my favorite foods: pumpkin and peanut butter, of course 🙂 It made me realize how lucky I am to have these amazing virtual friendships, created simply by our shared love of all things food, even though so many of us have never met in person. These ladies are so thoughtful and generous and I’m so glad to have met them through this crazy blogging world! What a beautiful thing, especially in a time where the negative is so prevalent.

So be sure to check out their recipes—- I seriously can’t wait to try ALL of them:

Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Granola from The Foodwright

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter from Fooduzzi

Pumpkin Spice Baked Brie from Fork in the Kitchen

Gluten Free Baked Pumpkin Donuts from Nourished the Blog

Pumpkin Spice Whiskey Hot Chocolate from Spice & Sprout

Honey Apple Peanut Butter Tart from Nommable

Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies from Joy Food Sunshine


Creamy Garlic, Thyme, and Roasted Cauliflower Pasta {vegan, gluten free option} //

Creamy Garlic, Thyme, and Roasted Cauliflower Pasta {vegan, gluten free option} //


Now onto this PASTA! This is an adaption of one of my very favorite pasta dishes on this blog, this Creamy Garlic & Leek Autumn Pasta. I decided to simplify it a bit with some tender roasted cauliflower, fresh thyme, and LOTS of minced garlic. Ohh and the biggest noodles I could find at Whole Foods 😉

It’s warm, creamy, cozy, and oh-so-perfect for this fall season (even though it doesn’t quite feel like it yet here in NC). I throw it together a lot on weekday nights because it tastes so indulgent, but it’s super quick and healthy!

It’s also very versatile— you can easily substitute your favorite fall veggies in place of cauliflower, maybe some roasted delicata squash or crispy brussels sprouts, or even add some crispy chickpeas or chicken if you’re looking for extra protein. Just load up that creamy, dreamy sauce!


Creamy Garlic, Thyme, and Roasted Cauliflower Pasta {vegan, gluten free option} //

Creamy Garlic, Thyme, and Roasted Cauliflower Pasta {vegan, gluten free option} //


So I’m going to let you know that I will be taking the next week off of blogging— you know, with that whole wedding business happening this weekend. I hope to post some details from our DIY prep this week, so follow along on Instagram or Snapchat (@pumpkinandpb)!

I know I’ve been posting a little more sporadic lately, with everything that’s been going on and all, but I’ll be back in full force next Wednesday with a recipe that I’m SO SO excited to share for my 2 YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY!! Oh and there’s going to be a HUGE GIVEAWAY that you won’t want to miss out on—- so be sure to stop back next week!

Have the most beautiful week everyone and see you when I’m no longer a single lady 😉


Creamy Garlic, Thyme, and Roasted Cauliflower Pasta {vegan, gluten free option} //

Creamy Garlic, Thyme, and Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Serves 4-6
Cook time 30 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan
Meal type Main Dish


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 10oz pasta of choice (use gluten free if needed)
  • fresh thyme, for garnish

for the cream sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour of choice (I used whole wheat, but use gluten free if needed)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • salt and pepper, as desired


adapted from my creamy garlic & leek autumn pasta


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Chop cauliflower into bite-sized florets, toss then in 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spread across a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing once or twice throughout.
Step 2
In the meantime, boil water in a large pot. Add in pasta of choice and cook according to directions. Drain and set aside.
Step 3
To make your creamy garlic sauce, start by drizzling 1 tbsp of olive oil in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add in minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Add in 3 tbsp of flour and mix until coated. Slowly pour in the milk a little bit at a time, whisking as you pour. I used a little over 1 cup of milk in my sauce, but use more if you want a thinner consistency. Add in a hefty pinch of salt and pepper, thyme, and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until sauce has reached the desired consistency.
Step 4
Drain your pasta, top it with the sauce and cauliflower, and stir to coat. Top with a little more freshly chopped thyme and dig in!

Creamy Garlic, Thyme, and Roasted Cauliflower Pasta {vegan, gluten free option} //


Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


  1. Eeeexciting! I didn’t realize your wedding was already coming up this week [I’m terrible at keeping up with all kinds of dates/birthdays etc.]. Keeping my fingers crossed it will be all you could ever ask for!
    This dish sounds amazing – creamy sauce and roasted cauliflower, amazing. The extra garlic must add a serious flavour punch, too.

    • Awwww thanks so much lady!! It felt like it was so far away for SO long, then in the past month it just came so quickly. It’s funny how that happens 🙂

  2. You had me at creamy garlic 😍 your countdown is REAL! Enjoy every minute of it!!! 😊

    • Thanks Becca!! Eeeeee I’m seriously over the moon right now!

  3. Eeep! I cannot believe your wedding is so close! I hope you enjoy every second – trust me it goes by soooo fast!!

    And this pasta! Cauliflower for the win! I could eat it every day I think! haha

    • Thanks Ashley!! I’m definitely going to try to savor those moments— now we’re just crossing our fingers the hurricane doesn’t hit us too hard :/

  4. This is so exciting, Liz! Ahhh, so so soon <3 I can't wait to hear all about it 🙂 This pasta looks right up my alley, so creamy and garlicky, THE BEST. Also, your photos are on point girl, such awesome work!

  5. Mmm, this sounds so good, Liz! Roasted cauliflower is like candy to me—I can’t stop eating it! How exciting that your wedding is in just a few days! So happy for you two! Can’t wait to see how beautiful you are in your wedding dress…I hope you post lots of pics!

    • Thanks so much Joscelyn!! I totally agree— I could eat roasted cauliflower every day and never get sick of it 😉

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