Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add olive oil (1 Tbsp as original recipe is written), garlic (4 cloves as original recipe is written), mushrooms, and asparagus. Season with a healthy pinch each salt and pepper and stir.
Lower heat on the skillet to low and add olive oil (2 Tbsp as original recipe is written) and minced garlic (4 cloves as original recipe is written). Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside.
To a blender add remaining raw minced garlic (2 cloves as original recipe is written), sautéed garlic (4 cloves as original recipe is written), vegan cream cheese, almond milk, vegan parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, red pepper flake, and another healthy pinch sea salt and black pepper.
*My new go-to gluten-free penne is by the brand Bionaturae. But I also love Trader Joe's gluten-free fusilli.
*My favorite vegan cream cheeses are by Tofutti and Trader Joe's. But if you can't find vegan cream cheese, you can try subbing 1 cup soaked cashews in its place. However, I haven't tested the recipe this way and can't guarantee the results. For other similar options, check out my Best Vegan Gluten-Free Mac 'n' Cheese.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without additional vegan parmesan cheese.