Pasta is one of the world’s favorite dishes, and even if you are following a vegan diet, you shouldn’t have to miss out on its creamy, delicious sauce options. Today I’m going to share with you a collection of vegan pasta recipes. There’s something here for everyone to satisfy whatever type of mood you are in!
35 Incredible vegan pasta recipes: tasty, colorful, and perfect for any occasion!
1. Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
This vegan and gluten-free recipe features a classic pasta sauce that’s perfect for the fall and winter. This recipe from Minimalist Baker has a creamy texture and a subtle sweetness. It’s great served with vegan parmesan and fresh herbs and uses just ten ingredients in total. You’ll begin your cooking by roasting up the red peppers until they are soft and delicious, which helps to give your sauce that beautiful orange color and creamy texture.
2. Vegan Carbonara
Just because you are following a vegan diet, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the joys of pasta carbonara! This vegan carbonara is rich and creamy and is perfect for any night of the week, as it takes just thirty minutes to prepare. Loving it Vegan uses mushrooms to replace the bacon, and the sauce incorporates a vegan tofu scramble and cashews to create the effect of eggs.
3. Vegan Pasta Primavera
Packed with flavor, this spaghetti dish uses asparagus, peas, spinach, and lemon in its preparation. This recipe from A Couple Cooks is the perfect choice for when you are looking for a fresh and light pasta dish for dinner. There are plenty of variations you can use to adjust this recipe to your liking and incorporate your favorite seasonal vegetables.
4. Creamy Lemon Asparagus Vegan Pasta
This recipe from Minimalist Baker takes just thirty minutes and nine ingredients and has a zesty twist with the addition of lemon. Asparagus is a great ingredient to use and is a healthy addition to any pasta dish. It’s packed with vitamins C and K and is anti-inflammatory, as well as high in fiber. It’s easy to sneak green vegetables into pasta dishes when they are this delicious!
5. Vegan Pesto Pasta with Kale
Pesto is one of my favorite sauces to go with pasta, and with so many different twists on pesto to make, you’ll never get bored with this sauce. Lazy Cat Kitchen uses up leftover kale in this recipe, and it’s a great way to get even more greens into your dinner. Accompanied with zucchini, green peas, and asparagus, it’s a delicious, nutritious meal.
6. Pasta Aglio E Olio
This pasta with garlic and oil is a simple dish to prepare and requires only five ingredients. However, don’t be deceived – it is full of flavor! It’s a spicy dish, but you can control the spice level by using less pepper as desired. It’s naturally vegan and doesn’t need any alternative products to create this delicious meal. This Healthy Kitchen has a super easy recipe to follow, and it will take you just twenty minutes to cook this dinner that will please your whole family.
7. Amazing Vegan Mac and Cheese
One of the dishes most vegans miss the most is mac and cheese. This classic comfort food relies on the creaminess of the cheese, and you’ll be impressed by how similar to cheese this vegan dish tastes. Cookie + Kate created this amazing recipe that you’ll return to over and over again this winter. Nutritional yeast and grated potato are key to this sauce’s success, as they add the flavoring and color to make it similar to the real thing.
8. Vegan Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce Pasta
For the perfect pasta for fall and winter, this recipe from Carve Your Craving uses butternut squash to create a delicious, creamy sauce. Simply blend the butternut squash to create a smooth puree, and you’ll add it to your pasta of choice. The dish takes only thirty minutes to create from start to finish, so it’s a good, warming meal to prepare after work.
9. One-Pot Vegan Cajun Pasta
This is another fantastic recreation of a popular chicken pasta dish and uses vegan chicken to recreate it. This spicy, creamy vegan Cajun pasta from Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen uses just one-pot, minimizing hassle and washing up time! It needs just eight simple ingredients such as onions and tomato paste and only takes about 20 minutes to prepare.
10. Vegan Pasta Bake
This recipe is perfect for the whole family and is suitable for vegans as well as those who follow a gluten-free diet. It’s a healthy dish that is low in fat and filled with fresh mushrooms and spinach. This recipe from ElaVegan uses a head of cauliflower to make a creamy sauce, which can easily be prepared in a food processor.
11. Easy Vegan Baked Ziti
You can still enjoy one of your childhood favorites, even if you are following a vegan diet now. Using seitan sausage and a homemade mozzarella sauce, The Curious Chickpea has a great vegan baked ziti recipe that will please everyone in your family. The vegan cheese sauce is so easy to create, and the cashews and tapioca starch in the recipe activate once you cook the dish. You don’t even need to heat the sauce, as it will cook well in the oven!
12. Vegan Taco Pasta
For a healthy and filling weeknight dinner, this vegan taco pasta from Choosing Chia takes just twenty minutes to prepare, and you can select any type of pasta that you like. This is the perfect combination of tacos and pasta and is great for when you don’t have all the ingredients around for real tacos. It’s easy to make this recipe grain or gluten-free simply by switching out the pasta to suit your needs.
13. Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
This recipe from Bianca Zapatka is super easy to make and takes only twenty minutes to prepare. It’s gluten-free and nut-free and is healthy, creamy, and mouth-wateringly delicious. This recipe is also very versatile, and the sauce can be used over mashed potato, rice, or quinoa.
14. 10-Minute Hummus Pasta with Zoodles, Greens, and Lemon
For a high protein vegan pasta dish, this hummus pasta from Quite Good Food incorporates zoodles, hummus, greens, and lemon. If you’ve never tried hummus with pasta, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s an extremely versatile ingredient that makes even the most basic meal rich and creamy in texture.
15. Creamy Vegan Sausage & Pasta Skillet
Skillet meals are perfect for busy days when you’re in a rush but still want to prepare a fulfilling dinner for your family or partner. This creamy vegan sausage and pasta skillet from This Savory Vegan can be placed on the dinner table for everyone to serve themselves. It uses vegan sausages, but these could also be switched out for ground beef. It’s best served with a big green salad, for a nutritious and filling dinner.
16. Kale, Pecan & Cranberry Pasta Salad
Full of vitamins A and C, as well as a good serving of fiber and protein, this kale, pecan, and cranberry pasta salad, offers so many different taste sensations in one bowl. This recipe from Veeg is easy to follow and is low in sodium, so it’s perfect for anyone looking out for their blood pressure. This dish has a good combination of both greens and pasta, and is sweet yet tangy, with plenty of crunch to it.
16. Tagliatelle Puy Lentil Ragu
With a rich tomato and red wine sauce, this wholesome dish is comforting and is perfect for the winter. The base of this ragu starts with onion, garlic, and celery. They’re fried until soft, and then you add the puy lentils, chopped tomatoes, stock, red wine, and seasoning. Lentils are a fantastic substitution for meat, and this recipe from Cupful of Kale will inspire you to try out this new dish in no time.
17. Creamy Avocado Mac and Cheese
Avocado is another great ingredient to use in vegan mac and cheese, and this recipe tastes just as good as the real cheese version. Avocado has the perfect buttery, creamy texture for pasta dishes, and is complemented with toppings and herbs. With spices and garlic as well, this dish from Zen & Zataar is rich and creamy, just as you’d hope when preparing a vegan mac and cheese.
18. Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Pasta Salad
This gluten-free and vegan recipe is ideal for summer picnics and BBQs, or for a potluck dinner. Buffalo cauliflower steaks have become so popular, and adding this ingredient into a pasta dish is guaranteed to impress anyone. Abbey’s Kitchen has a recipe that adds plenty of healthy vegetables and has a spicy and sweet flavor.
19. 5 Ingredient Vegan Vodka Pasta
With only five simple ingredients, this dish is incredibly simple to prepare. You may be surprised to learn that one of the five ingredients is actually coconut milk, which helps to give this dish a rich and creamy consistency. Pinch of Yum offers this simple recipe that makes a silky, garlicky sauce that sticks perfectly to every piece of pasta on your plate.
20. Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup)
With a really small list of ingredients, this is a warming fall and winter dish that’s budget-friendly, and the whole family will love it! The noodles sit in a tomato-based broth, and with simple yet satisfying flavors, it’s a crowd pleaser that you’ll make over and over again. This recipe from Vegan Huggs takes just twenty-five minutes and is easy to adapt for anyone in your family who is gluten-free.
21. Southwest Pasta Salad
This oil-free dish is another great option for picnics and summer dinner parties, and you can easily prepare it the day before to save time in your schedule. Glue and Glitter share how to make the perfect pasta salad, and the key to this delightful dish is jarred salsa. This helps to add plenty of flavor to the pasta, and you can fully customize it to use your favorite one.
22. Creamy Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
This vegan pasta includes some of my top ingredients for any pasta dish. This meal from Minimalist Baker takes just thirty minutes to prepare. With roasted grape tomatoes and sauteed garlic, it has a naturally smokey and fire-roasted taste that pairs perfectly with the creamy garlic sauce. You can even blend the sauce to make it even thicker or leave it unblended for more texture. Finish off with herbs, black pepper, and vegan parmesan for the perfect serving.
23. Blushing Beet Pesto Pasta
This is one of the most colorful pasta dishes I’ve ever seen and is the ideal dish to serve at a winter or fall dinner party. It combines al dente pasta with beet and walnut pesto to make a healthy, hearty dinner. Profusion Curry came up with this unique recipe that pairs best with a simple side salad and a glass of red wine.
24. Spicy Sweet Chilli Veggie Noodles
For a quick after-work meal, these spicy sweet chilli noodles from Cupful of Kale are so easy to make. They are a fresh and healthy option for any day of the week and will give you your pasta fix without feeling guilty. You can add whatever vegetables you like best to this recipe, but broccoli, courgette, and mushrooms are great choices. It’s the perfect meal to throw together when you have leftover produce in the fridge that needs using up.
25. Vegan Tofu Bolognese
This is another classic pasta dish that many vegans miss, but tofu is the perfect substitution for meat. It takes far less time to prepare than the meat-based version, taking just thirty minutes or less to cook. Hurry The Food Up uses chunks of tofu instead of strips of meat, for an easy to cook replacement. Alternatively, you can crumble up tofu to create the minced effect of beef or pork.
26. Vegan Garlic Alfredo Pasta
Jessica in the Kitchen offers the perfect garlic alfredo recipe for vegans, which uses a cashew cream sauce to create a decadent dish. The sauce is easy to make using your blender, and you’ll be impressed by how close to the real thing this dish is. Soaked cashews give the sauce its traditional white color, yet the sauce doesn’t taste like cashews. Lemon or lime juice helps to neutralize the taste of the nuts and just leaves you tasting the cheesiness of the dish. In total, it will take you just thirty minutes to create this comforting dish that you’ll want to recreate over and over again this winter.
27. One-Pot Vegan Hamburger Helper
I’m sure many of you grew up eating boxed hamburger helper, and it might remind you of your childhood. This Savory Vegan has a recipe that elevates this idea and is a healthy, meat-free alternative. It’s made in one pot, which saves so much time tidying up afterwards. It’s perfect for those busy nights after work, where you just want to make a filling meal that the whole family can enjoy. Add green onions and hot sauce to finish it off, and I’d recommend serving it with a chunk of fresh bread.
28. Mushroom Tomato Sauce for Pasta
This is an extremely versatile sauce from Nutriplant and goes perfectly with pasta or rice. It can even be used as a topping for Buddha bowls! It’s the perfect sauce to whip up at the weekend and use all week long with different dishes. It only uses common, easy-to-buy ingredients and is relatively quick and simple to make. You can improve the tomato sauce by adding extra vegetables, and in this case, the recipe recommends leeks, carrots, and celery, but you can easily adjust it to fit your needs.
29. One Pot Chickpea Pasta
Earth of Maria has an amazing one pot chickpea pasta dish that takes just twenty minutes to prepare and is both gluten and oil-free. It has a rich and smokey tomato sauce, chewy oyster mushrooms, and chickpeas, so it’s a well-rounded meal for vegans and those looking to eat a more balanced diet. The paprika in this dish adds a hint of smokiness to give even more flavor to this dish. Don’t be deceived by how simple this recipe is, as it has a fantastic range of flavors.
30. Vegan Alphagetti with Hidden Veggies & Pantry Staples
For a kid-friendly meal that’s packed with hidden vegetables and is made with ingredients you’ll have at home, this is a great family-friendly option that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Abbey’s Kitchen has a recipe for this fun dish that uses alphabet chickpea pasta, which is a good source of fiber and protein. Plain canned tomato sauce, frozen butternut squash, and nutritional yeast flavor the pasta to create a rich and cheesy dish.
31. Vegan Pizza Pasta Casserole
If you can’t decide between pizza or pasta tonight, this is the perfect meal for you. This dish is great for kids and teens and is a good transition piece for those looking to reduce their meat consumption. This recipe from Make It Dairy Free uses only twelve ingredients to create a hearty dish, and it’s super easy to put together. You’ll simply have to chop a few ingredients and then throw everything together in the dish. Vegan pepperoni and vegan mozzarella cheese help to retain the look and feel of the regular recipe.
32. 15-minute Garlic Lime Cashew Zoodles
For a super-quick dinner after work, these garlic lime cashew zoodles will be ready in minutes thanks to this recipe from Salt & Lavender. The sauce is really addictive, and the zoodles are more filling than you might expect. Adding cashews and peanut butter into the sauce makes it a really substantial meal, and it can be used as a main course or a side dish. You’ll need to use a spiralizer for the carrot and zucchini. The thinnest setting is recommended for the carrot, and a medium setting for the zoodles so they get an al dente texture when cooked.
33. Arugula Pesto Pasta Bowl with Broccoli
This is a fantastic gluten-free and vegan option which uses fresh vegetables for a healthy and satisfying dinner. Bakerita shows you how to create your own pesto from arugula and basil, or if you are feeling lazy, just use a store-bought one. You can make this pesto while the pasta is boiling and the broccoli roasts, so you can multitask and get this dish finished and ready to serve in no time at all.
34. Vegan Stuffed Shells
Stuffed shells are one of my favorite ways to serve pasta, and I love this vegan recipe from She Likes Food. It’s perfect for a night in front of the TV as a family, and is filling and creamy. The recipe uses homemade tofu ricotta cheese, and you could easily fool your friends and family into believing this was made from regular cheese. You can even buy gluten-free jumbo pasta shells in stores now, but if you can’t find jumbo shells, substitute them for manicotti.
35. Vegan Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
This dish is a lighter pasta option that uses quite basic pantry ingredients, making it easy to rustle together after a busy week. The dish relies on olives and capers for its flavor, so if you are an olive lover, this one’s definitely for you! By using zucchini noodles instead of pasta, you’ll get a light dish that you won’t feel guilty in the slightest about eating. Cookie and Kate use chunky tomato sauce to help give the dish even more flavor, and olive oil and black pepper to season.
Which one of these dishes gets you ready to eat? There are enough choices here to last you for the next month and eat pasta every day of the week, which sounds like my idea of heaven! If you are transitioning to veganism, don’t feel like you are going to miss out on your favorite pasta dishes. As you can see, it’s all about experimenting, and after trying these thirty-five vegan pasta recipes, you’ll never be eating plain pasta again!