Whether you want an easy family-friendly weeknight dinner option or are looking to impress your guests on special occasions, this collection of 17 satisfying vegan pasta recipes is for you. You'll find a variety of dishes featuring assorted pasta shapes and delicious dairy-free, meatless sauces. And many of the recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less!
Whether you're in the mood for something light and nutritious or rich and indulgent, these vegan pasta recipes showcase a wide variety of options. And if you choose wheat-free noodles, they can all be prepared gluten-free.
Enjoy them for lunch or dinner, on their own or with your favorite salads and side dishes. This mouthwatering roundup of vegan pasta recipes includes something for everyone, including creamy, meaty, and vegetable-based dishes.
Make them your own with different pasta shapes and a sprinkle of fresh herbs, vegan parmesan cheese, or nutritional yeast at the table.
Why you'll love these recipes
- They are loaded with flavor and easy to prepare, many in as little as 30 minutes.
- They feature a variety of ingredients including seasonal vegetables, aromatic herbs and spices, and whole-food, plant-based proteins.
- They are a great way to enjoy pasta without relying solely on store-bought bottled sauces.
Most dried pasta you find at the supermarket, like spaghetti, linguine, fettucine, penne, rotini, etc. is naturally vegan. Fresh refrigerated pasta may contain egg, so be sure to read the package ingredients.
Fill a large pot with water and add salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove the lid, stir in the pasta, and slightly lower the heat so that the water doesn't boil over. Cook the pasta until al dente, reserving about a cup of the starchy cooking water, then drain in a colander over the sink. Return the cooked pasta to the pot and toss with the sauce, adding a little reserved pasta water, as needed.
A good rule of thumb is to add 1 tablespoon per 4 quarts of water, which enough to cook a pound of pasta. The salt serves to season the pasta as it cooks.
Reserved pasta water is the water the pasta was cooked in. It contains some of the starch from the pasta, which makes it work as an emulsifier to allow the pasta sauce to cling to the pasta noodles. You can use a coffee mug to scoop out some of the water before draining the cooked pasta in a colander. Then, if needed, add a little bit at a time as you toss the cooked pasta with the sauce. And if you don't end up needing it, you can discard it by pouring it down the drain.
While both semolina pasta and whole-wheat pasta contain gluten, many gluten-free varieties are readily available. Gluten-free pasta can be made from corn, rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet, chickpeas, beans, lentils, yellow peas, or a combination of two or more of these ingredients.
Tomato-based pasta recipes
Traditional tomato-based pasta recipes are some of the most popular, and for good reason. From traditional Italian classics to homestyle favorites, these dishes feature fresh or canned tomatoes.
Vegetable-centric pasta recipes
Tomatoes aren't the only type of produce that can be turned into a mouthwatering vegan pasta sauce. Vegetables like zucchini, artichokes, and leafy greens pair perfectly will al dente noodles.
Meaty vegan pasta recipes
Dairy-free creamy pasta recipes
Just because you're vegan or lactose-intolerant doesn't mean you have to miss out on luxuriously creamy pasta dishes. These recipes taste every bit as indulgent and satisfying.
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