18 Dairy-Free Pasta Recipes You Need in Your Life
We’re of the firm belief that eliminating or reducing something from our diets should never mean giving up our favorite comfort foods. It’s just a matter of finding a good work-around. And since pasta is high on our list of all-time must-have comfort foods, we wanted to make sure there were plenty of options sans milk, cheese and (sigh) butter. (And yes, that even means mac and cheese.) Here are 18 of our go-to dairy-free pasta recipes.
Pasta Alla Norma
We don’t know who Norma is, but we do know that she makes a mean eggplant-tomato sauce (just leave off the Pecorino garnish at the end).
Shrimp and Pasta Stew
Fun fact: Stew doesn’t have to mean surrendering your entire day to the stove. This one comes together in a half hour. And no, that's not cheese on top—it's lemon zest!
Pasta with Caramelized Sweet Potatoes and Kale
A little bit sweet, a little bit savory and a lot delicious.
BLT Pasta Salad
What could possibly be better than a BLT? A BLT in pasta form, of course.
Basil Vinaigrette Pasta
We never thought we’d need a new twist on pesto, but this one appeared and we are here for it. (Psst: skip the Parm sprinkling—who needs it?)
Avocado and Black Bean Pasta Salad
The Tex-Mex cravings are real, even when it’s not Taco Tuesday.
Vegan Mac ’n Cheese
Yes, you read that correctly—dairy-free mac and cheese. We believe in miracles!
One-Pan Spaghetti and Meatballs
Sometimes, nothing beats a classic. Just leave off the sprinkle of Parm on top.
Cold Lemon Zoodles
When you want to twirl something on a fork, but don’t want to spend the entire afternoon in a food coma.
Campanelle with Chicken Sausage, Kale and Olives
With only five ingredients, this pasta comes together in minutes. Hello, new weeknight favorite.
Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce
OK, this sounds a little weird, but remember when we thought avocado on toast was revolutionary? We promise, you’ll be sold after one taste of this creamy, nutty sauce.
Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad
A great way to use up whatever veggies you have in the fridge.
Pasta Puttanesca with Chicken
We’ll just pretend that we’re eating this on a piazza overlooking the Mediterranean.
Moroccan Eggplant Caponata Pasta
There are a few surprising ingredients in this—raisins and cinnamon, we’re looking at you—but the end result is delicious, and unlike anything we’ve made before.
Chicken Teriyaki and Vegetable Bowtie Pasta
Why should rice have all the teriyaki fun?
Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta
Combined with a little almond milk and vegan cream cheese, pureed butternut squash is just as creamy (and even more delicious) as Alfredo sauce.