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A piece of vegan poblano & corn baked ziti on a white plate with the baking dish in the background

Vegan Poblano & Corn Baked Ziti 

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 30 min.
  • Cook Time: 45 min.
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 min.
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Boil, Blend, Sauté, Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


A healthy baked pasta made with poblano peppers and corn with a creamy cashew-cauliflower sauce. This vegan poblano corn baked ziti is a delicious plant-based meal that is bound to delight everyone in household!




  • 1 Small Cauliflower (Separated into Florets, Approx. 3 Cups)
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cashews
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (Peeled)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Poblano-Corn Mixture:

  • 3 Poblano Peppers (Diced)
  • 1 Large Onion (Diced)
  • 1 Clove Garlic (Minced)
  • 2 Cups Corn (Boiled Fresh Corn or Frozen Corn)
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme

Pasta & Garnish:

  • Dried Ziti Pasta Noodles or Similar Noodle (Gluten-Free if Needed)
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme (Optional Garnish)


  1. In a stock pot, with enough water to keep the ingredients covered.  Boil the cauliflower and nuts for 10 minutes. Strain and add to a blender with the rest of sauce ingredients. Blend on high until very smooth. Approx. 1 minute. 
  2. Sauté onion until fragrant, approx. 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the poblano pepper and sauté for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Next add the corn, garlic and dried thyme. Cook for 1 more minute. Set aside. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°. Cook the pasta as per the directions on the box for al dente. 
  4. Coat an 8×8 pan with a small amount of oil and spoon a layer of the sauce on the bottom. Next add a layer of the corn and poblano sauté. Followed by the cooked noodles. Repeat this step until the pan is full or the ingredients are gone. We like to end with a layer of the sauce to help keep the moisture in while baking. 
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!
  6. Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.


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Keywords: Vegan Baked Ziti, Poblano-Corn Pasta, Plant-based Pasta Recipe