Get out of your boring dinner routine and cook up some pasta! Pasta is naturally vegan, super delicious, and way versatile. Proof: these 20 delicious vegan pasta recipes. Try one tonight!
Pasta makes appearances at my dinner table at least a couple of times a week. There's so much to love about pasta! It cooks in minutes, can be dressed up in so many ways, and it's naturally vegan.
Yes, Pasta is Vegan!
Almost every time I post a pasta recipe I get questions from some confused readers who are under the impression that pasta is made with egg. Fresh pasta might be. But dried pasta is generally vegan.
I say generally because are a few exceptions, including egg noodles and some protein-added pastas that are made with whey.
I'm sure there are other dried non-vegan pastas out there, so always check your ingredients!
A Few Pasta Cooking Tips
- Salt your water! Click here to learn how. Your pasta will have better texture and flavor.
- Is there really a difference between cheap and expensive pasta? I recently learned that in fact, there is! It's all about the texture: the cheap stuff has a smoother surface that doesn't mingle with the sauce as nicely. More details on all that here.
- Put your pasta water to use! This is a great tip for saucy pasta dishes: reserve a half cup or so of your pasta's cooking water, then combine it with your pasta and sauce in a hot pan. Heat everything up long enough to reduce the excess water you just added. You'll be left with just a little bit of extra starch, which will create a nice bond between your pasta and sauce.
- Looking for ways to healthy-up your pasta? Try whole wheat or bean pasta. Lately I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's red lentil pasta. It's a bit firmer than regular pasta and it does taste a bit like lentils, but I actually kind of really dig that.
Now that we've cleared all that up, here are some delicious vegan pasta recipes to try out. Oh, and be sure to head down to the bottom of the page, where I've included a video demonstrating five of my favorites!
Classic Tomato Pasta Recipes
If pasta with tangy tomato sauce is your jam, check out a few of these veganized classics!
Lots of red pepper flakes (or fresh peppers! If that's how you roll) give this easy pasta quite a kick! I love this one with my lentil meatballs.
The hearty cauliflower walnut crumbles make this one a reader favorite.
Another spicy one, but this one gets a dose of richness from coconut milk.
This vegan pasta puttanesca doesn't hold back when it comes to flavor! Made with olives, capers, fresh basil and a spicy tomato sauce. Best of all: this one can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Creamy Vegan Pasta Recipes
Yes, you can make creamy pasta sauce without dairy! Cashews and coconut milk are a couple of my go-to ingredients for this, and both are featured in the recipes below!
A mix of raw cashews and canned pumpkin puree blend up smooth and creamy to make the sauce for this fall favorite!
Spoiler alert: the sauce has tofu in it. It works though...trust me!
The roasted garlic adds so much delicious flavor and amazing texture to the vegan Alfredo sauce in this one.
This one is perfect for anyone who can't have cashew-based sauces. It uses coconut milk instead!
People always ask me what the point is of vodka in this one, since it's nothing but alcohol and water. Here it is: when the vodka cooks off it actually changes the sauce chemically (somehow or another. I'm not a chemist!), and alters the flavor! Give it a try and see if you can taste it yourself.
This lighter vegan Alfredo sauce is made with sneaky veggies! Sounds weird, but it's incredibly tasty! Recipe here.
Light & Simple Vegan Pasta Recipes
Looking for a lighter vegan pasta dish where veggies are the star? You've come to the right place!
This one is perfect when you've got a fridge full of veggies to use up!
For anyone out there that thinks they don't like Brussels sprouts: you need to try this dish! Sprouts are sliced thin and sautéed in a lemon-garlic sauce to make them absolutely irresistible.
Tofu & artichoke hearts stand in for the shrimp in this veganized version of a classic.
Made with seared asparagus in a zippy balsamic sauce with a touch of red pepper flakes, this flavor-packed dinner is as easy as it is delicious!
Roasting cherry tomatoes brings out their sweetness and makes them perfect for topping some pasta in this summery favorite.
Baked Vegan Pasta Recipes
Yes, you can veganize classic pasta bakes like lasagna, stuffed shells and ziti! And in most cases nobody would guess these dishes were vegan.
With layers of pasta, roasted veggies, and a creamy ricotta that you'd never know was dairy-free, this vegan lasagna will knock your socks off!
These taste just like the cheesy stuffed shells I grew up eating, but with the addition of spinach!
This one uses the cauliflower walnut meat sauce that I linked to above, for a super hearty dish that would please vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike!
Anyone who loves pesto needs to try these shells!
Kale goes deliciously with the creamy cashew-tofu ricotta that's used to stuff these pasta tubes.
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