These Vegan Pasta Recipes make the best easy dishes for lunch or dinner. From homemade creamy tomato sauce to pesto pasta and more.
Vegan Pasta Recipes
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It’s a busy day and you haven’t thought about dinner. Good thing you made that fresh tomato sauce the other day. Now all you have to do is boil some pasta, toss it in the sauce and voila! Dinner!
Simple, easy and by swapping out the Parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast, this basil pesto pasta is a vegan home run! Tell the kids dinner will be ready in 20 minutes!
In this pasta dish, the cream sauce is for comfort, the sun-dried tomatoes are for an acid-y tang. The chili flakes? They’re the explosion of flavor that brings all of the other ingredients together.
No one wants to admit this, but the secret to a successful stroganoff has always been the mushrooms — not the beef. Who’s going to tell the beef that we never needed him in the first place?
Did I hear that right? Avocado-spinach pesto? Count me in. No more pesto that separates or is too oily. This one will be super creamy and will coat everything right from the get-go.
Did you know that vegan pasta puttanesca can be made in minutes with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry? It’s also a mouthful of flavor that everyone at the table will love.
Want to save the planet and help to eliminate food waste? By using the broccoli florets in the pasta and the stems in the pesto, there’s nothing to throw away. It’s healthy, economical and really delicious.
Think fresh. Think Springtime. Think a lightened up pasta dish so full of healthy flavors that you can eat as much as you want without feeling guilty. This one-pot primavera has my vote for sure.
Question: How does a vegan get the cream into a creamy sauce? Answer: With cashews, of course. They bring all of that richness to this yummy tomato and basil pasta party.
10. Pumpkin Pasta
Want a seasonal pasta sauce that’s super healthy, low in calories and gluten-free? How about making a batch of pumpkin pasta sauce? It checks all the boxes and can be ready in 20 minutes.
By day, the humble white bean hangs out in chili and the occasional dip. By night, she gets naughty, becoming creamy and adding silky richness to pasta sauces. Who knew white beans led a double life?
This dish is like a grown up macaroni and cheese who graduated, earned its master’s degree and is embracing adulthood. Kale, mushrooms, potatoes and fresh thyme make this pasta dish a fully mature expression of delicious.
What can you do in 20 minutes? Watch most of a sitcom. Walk a mile. Answer a couple of emails. Know what else? You can make a super healthy meal of lemon basil pasta that your whole family will love.
Do my eyes deceive me or does this lentil sauce looks just like meat sauce? Who knew lentils, walnuts and onions could not only give meat sauce a run for it’s money but leave it in the dust!
This dish combines a silky butternut squash puree with whole grain linguine or fettuccine and oh boy does it work. Add some fried sage and you have a restaurant-quality meal at home.
This pasta recipe is genius. Sure, you can see the roasted broccoli but what you can’t see is that the sauce is made from pureed cauliflower! Two great vegetables in one fantastic dish!
If you’re having a comfort food attack, just make this one-pot vegan hamburger helper and life will make sense again. It’s got plant-based sausage and you can add any fun-shaped pasta. Welcome back to the good old days.
This pasta has a surprise for you. At first glance, it looks like another creamy, sweet tomato-type pasta. It fooled you! It’s got some tomato but then takes a smoky and spicy chipotle detour into yum.
19. The Best Lasagna
Two words — tofu ricotta. Three more words — store-bought marinara. Do you see where I’m going with this? All the way to vegan lasagna and it’s going to be delicious.
Ah, there’s nothing quite like Tuscany. If you can’t travel there, you can still enjoy this Tuscan Rigatoni Pasta. Sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and spinach — the whole thing comes together in under 30 minutes, a perfect mid-week meal.
Who needs clams in their linguine? Not me. This dish doesn’t miss a beat. It’s so full of flavor from the seasonings and only takes 20 minutes to make. Super good and super fast!
22. Artichoke Pesto
This one’s a game changer. Artichoke pesto is not only easy to make but it can go on anything from a quick pasta to roasted veggies. Yum!
Move over tomato sauce, it’s roasted red pepper’s time to shine. This sauce starts on the stove, moves to the blender and goes back to the stove. The result is a serious bomb of flavor.
Oh this pasta dish has it going on. The freshness of the basil, the tart sweetness of the cherry tomatoes, the bitter green of the kale, all in a creamy sauce…it doesn’t get much more wholesome than this.
25. Penne Alla Vodka
You’ve seen it on many Italian restaurant menus, and now you can make penne alla vodka at home — vegan style! It’s got all of the creaminess, flavor and spice of the original dish.
Deep down, I’ve always suspected Fettuccini Alfredo was missing mushrooms and now I’ve been vindicated by this recipe. Add that earthy umami to the creamy cheesiness and you have a heavenly combination.
You’ll think you’re in a cozy little trattoria in Tuscany when you taste this dish. Creamy, garlicky with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. Never fear, it pulls the old switcheroo, turning chicken into chickpeas and poof — it’s fully vegan.
28. Hummus Pasta
I was shocked to find out you could make a creamy pasta sauce out of hummus. How did I not know this? Then I found out that this 5-ingredient dish can be finished in 15 minutes! Double gasp!
One of the most decadent pasta dishes has to be Pasta Carbonara. If you thought that you’d kissed that dish goodbye when you became vegan, think again. Reinvented and reinvigorated, taste it and you’ll be a believer.
I don’t mean to be over-dramatic here, but I think this French onion lasagna concept has changed my life. The best thing in the world combined with the other best thing? I’ll need some time to digest this. Literally.
Can you hear the crickets and cicadas now that the sun’s going down? This recipe feels like a Summertime evening on a plate. Tomatoes, basil and dry rosé wine. It makes me wistful just thinking about it.
32. Enchilada Pasta
All of those South of the border flavors you love in a one-pot pasta wonder. Peppers, onions and two kinds of olives! This enchilada pasta’s an olive-palooza and I’m here for it!
More recipes for your vegan pasta cravings:
- Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Veggies
- Red Pepper Pasta
- Basil and Avocado Pesto Pasta (Oil-free)
- Spaghetti with Italian Meatballs
- Pesto Pasta with Spinach and Avocado
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The 32 Best Vegan Pasta Recipes for Lunch or Dinner
- basil pesto
- marinara sauce
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