32 Vegan Pasta Recipes That Still Taste Decadent
Whether you’re new to veganism or a longtime plant-based eater, you’ve probably figured out that pasta is a vegan go-to. Because pasta is so versatile and comes in so many varieties, its possibilities feel exciting and endless, even when you’ve cut out meat, eggs, dairy and seafood. The key to decadent pasta is almost always cooking it to a nice al dente texture and adding a splash of the pasta's cooking water into your sauce. Ready to eat? Try one of these 32 vegan pasta recipes.
1. One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta
If you can measure and throw ingredients into a pot, you’re ready to master this recipe. And best of all, there’s only one dish to wash.
2. Easy Vegan Pesto-Parmesan Spaghetti with Zucchini
Twirl shaved zucchini alongside spaghetti in this veggie-packed recipe, which uses hazelnuts and almond flour to create vegan cheese.
3. Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce
Avocado is nature’s butter, so of course it makes a beautiful and creamy pasta sauce. It’s like guac but better, because pasta.
4. Slow-Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup
A pantry pasta that just so happens to be one of the most satisfying one-pot meals you can make? Sign us up. Vegans will leave off the optional Parmesan cheese garnish.
5. Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle
Cashews and lemon create a cream sauce that doesn’t use any actual cream for this way-too-easy-to-eat pappardelle. The dish technically serves four, but if you’re like us, you’ll want to eat it all yourself.
6. Vegan Butternut Mac and ‘Cheese’ with Smoky Shiitake Bacon
It’s legitimately shocking that a mac and cheese recipe without any cheese or dairy can be this good, but it totally is. The squash adds a nice creaminess and Velveeta-esque color (even though it’s way healthier).
7. Creamy Vegan Pasta with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes
Plant-based sour cream is the secret to this gooey pasta packed with vegetables.
8. Instant Pot Vegetable Lasagna with Vegan Basil Ricotta
Making lasagna is notoriously a pain. There are just so many steps and layers, and then the waiting, ugh. While making vegan ricotta from scratch is a project, it’s worth it, and this entire dish takes only 20 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker, so satisfaction is within reach.
9. Everything Bagel Spice Aglio e Olio Pasta
If pasta is the best carb, bagels are a close second, and this super easy recipe combines the two for a tasty vegan hybrid.
10. Garden Fresh Herb, Olive and Parmesan Pasta with Pistachio Breadcrumbs
It's gorgeous, salty, savory and crunchy in all the right ways. Shout out to bucatini for being a top-notch pasta shape, but any noodle will work.
11. Garlic and White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts
We can’t believe it’s vegan. Seconds aren’t just encouraged, they’re mandatory.
12. Farmers Market Pasta with Walnut Pesto
Following this recipe allows you to riff on it seasonally, depending on produce availability and personal cravings. Any green can be subbed in for the basil in the pesto, and the veggies you choose to adorn the dish are really up to you.
13. Five-Ingredient Vegan Vodka Pasta
Three words: Vegan! Vodka! Sauce! And all you need are five ingredients.
14. Creamy Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
Ever think of using oat milk in pasta? Once you do, you may never go back. It’s just that amazing.
15. Vegan Cauliflower Gnocchi with Kale Cashew Pesto
A package of cauliflower gnocchi can go far with some homemade vegan pesto and a few add-ins. Walnuts and kale add a satisfying texture here, so each bite is unique.
16. Sweet Potato Noodles with Almond Sauce
Break out the spiralizer. Your favorite starch makes a tasty base for kale, chopped almonds and an almond milk sauce livened up with Dijon mustard, shallots and garlic.
17. Vegan Spaghetti Squash with Mushroom Marinara Sauce
Just because spaghetti squash is healthy doesn't mean it can't be as comforting as regular pasta. Dress up easy, store-bought marinara with meaty cremini mushrooms and fresh herbs.
18. Vegan Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
This spaghetti is so wonderfully saucy, you’ll want to tuck a napkin (or two) into your shirt. Adding zoodles to the pasta makes the dish healthier, but it’s really all about the red sauce.
19. Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Linguine with Fried Sage
Sage and squash are best friends for a reason, and when you stir them into pasta, the combo gets even tastier.
20. One-Pot Vegan Minestrone
Noodle soup is totally a pasta dish. Enjoy it as an appetizer or main course, and no one will judge you if you add extra fusilli. You deserve it.
22. Zucchini 'Ricotta' Pasta with Fresh Herbs
Cheese takes a backseat to cashew ricotta and almond Parmesan. With lots of fresh mint, basil and zucchini, it's made to enjoy outdoors on a warm summer night.
23. Raw Pasta Primavera and Meatballs
Mushrooms + tahini + walnuts + oats = vegan meatballs. Who knew? Spiralize the zucchini and yellow squash yourself or save time with store-bought zoodles.
24. Quick and Healthy Chickpea and Vegetable Pasta Salad
Your new go-to for every picnic and barbecue you're ever invited to. It's loaded with lots of fresh bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumber, protein-packed chickpeas and a super simple garlic-lemon dressing.
25. Pasta and Peas in Red Pepper Romesco Sauce
Almonds, balsamic vinegar and garlic bring sweet roasted bell peppers to life. Roast your own peppers or use the jarred kind.
26. Creamy Broccoli Pasta
A nine-ingredient gem that comes together in 30 minutes (and that the kids will actually eat). Cashew milk is the secret to all its creaminess.
27. Easy Creamy Pasta with Kale
Intense sun-dried tomatoes hold their own against a cauliflower cream sauce loaded with non-dairy milk, garlic and vegan butter. Don't be shy with the toasted pine nuts on top.
28. Gluten-Free Vegan Cheezy Pasta
Potatoes, carrots, cashews and plant-based butter go for a ride in the blender to create a creamy sauce you'll want to use over and over. Finish it with breadcrumbs and paprika, bake and dig in.
29. Best Vegan Lasagna
Eat your hearts out, carnivores. This comfort food staple is packed with veggies and a luxurious cashew cream sauce.
30. Summertime Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Corn and Jalapeño Pesto
Bring on all the fresh herbs, lemon juice, pepitas and jalapeño peppers for a zesty, spicy sauce that blows store-bought pasta salad out of the water.
31. Vegan Mac and Cheese
We can hear the kids asking for seconds already. They'll never believe it's made without a single shred of cheese.
32. Spinach Pasta with Roasted Broccoli and Bell Pepper
All it takes to make this beauty totally vegan is using olive oil instead of butter. We'll bring the wine.