Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

Who doesn’t love pasta? This recipe has been one of my most requested! It is mouth-watering, literally. Just be careful when you’re making the sauce. I kept “testing” it. To make sure it was good, you know? Anyway, I was so full that I only had a couple of bites when I sat down to eat it. The good news? It makes a lot, and the leftovers the next day didn’t disappoint!

I always boil my tempeh. Mostly because I’m not too fond of the slightly bitter flavor and cooking it for about 10 minutes removes all of that acrid taste. I like the Lightlife brand, but I’m not beholden to it. If you have a brand, you prefer then definitely use it.

The creole spice mix is so good and keeps well if you decide to make it. Otherwise, any store-bought creole/cajun spice mix works. If heat isn’t your thing, then skip the red pepper flakes and add black pepper instead.  Be sure to get a good quality rigatoni.  I like to buy my pasta in bulk directly from DeLallo, or the Italian Food Online Store. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and it becomes a favorite part of your dinner rotation!

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Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch



Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

  • 12 oz jar roasted red peppers, drained (Reserve 1/3 cup peppers, and thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup béchamel sauce
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish) 




  1. Cut tempeh rectangle in half. Cut each square into two triangles.
  2. Add tempeh to skillet with just enough water to cover and simmer for 10 minutes. (Helps to remove the slightly bitter flavor)
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Season each side of the tempeh with Voodoo Magic Creole Spice Mix.
  5. Warm a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil. When the oil is shimmering, add tempeh. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. When golden brown, remove from heat and set aside.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add onions. Sauté until onions become translucent—about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds—season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  2. In a high speed, blender add the béchamel, stock, roasted red peppers, basil, salt, and red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add sauce to the onion mixture. Stir well, and add dried parsley and reserved red peppers, and tempeh. Simmer over medium heat until sauce is warmed through entirely—taste for seasoning.
  4. Cook pasta until al dente (about 6-8 minutes)
  5. Serve in a pasta bowl. Top with vegan parmesan and fresh minced basil. Enjoy!


I like to use this tempeh.


ve 1/3 cup

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