Vegan Broccoli Pasta with Almond Bacon

This Vegan broccoli pasta with almond bacon is simple to make and delicious, full of contrasting flavours! It's garlicky, tangy, smokey and crunchy. Can be made gluten-free!



  • ½ tsp tomato concentrate
  • ¼ tsp liquid smoke (or ½ tsp smoked sweet paprika)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or sugar
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp all purpose soy sauce or tamari (if GF)
  • 45 g / ½ cup almond flakes


  • 200 g / 7 oz tenderstem broccoli
  • 160 g / 6 oz spaghetti (GF if needed)
  • ½ hot chilli (optional), deseeded and diced very finely
  • 3-4 tbsp / 45-60 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, diced very finely
  • juice and zest, 1-2 lemons (adjust to taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Preheat the oven to 120° C / 250° F (100° C / 210° F fan) and line a baking tray with a piece of baking paper.
  2. Mix the almond bacon marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Toss the almond flakes in the marinade and spread them on the prepared baking tray.
  3. Place the tray in the oven for about 30-35 minutes, giving the almonds a good stir halfway through the baking time. They may appear to still be a little soft when warm but will crisp up once out of the oven and cooled.


  1. While the almond bacon is getting ready, chop your broccoli into same size pieces. You could either steam it (3 minutes), stir-fry it or roast it on a hot griddle pan. Once cooked, season with salt and set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta al dente following the packet instructions.
  3. Heat up 3 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan on a very low heat.
  4. Throw in the diced garlic and chilli (if using). Fry them both on a very low heat, stirring frequently, until the garlic releases its aroma but do not allow it to brown as it will taste bitter.
  5. Toss the cooked pasta in the garlic oil. Season with liberal amounts of lemon juice (I used about 3 tbsp), the zest of one lemon, salt and pepper.
  6. Fold in the warm broccoli.