20 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 top 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 decadence in pasta is almost always cooking it to a nice al dente texture and adding a splash of the pasta cooking water into your sauce. That’s it! Ready for the best veggie pasta of your life? Try one of these 20 recipes.
1. One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta
If you can measure and thow ingredients into a pot, you’re ready to master this recipe (and best of all, there’s only one dish to do).
2. Easy Vegan Pesto-Parmesan Spaghetti with Zucchini
Shaved zucchini twists so well with the 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 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 keep it all to 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 a Velveeta-worthy 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
This pasta is 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 with this recipe.
11. Garlic and White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts
This is just one of those dishes you taste and 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 pasta 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. Creamy Pasta Pomodoro
Adding cashews to this go-to marinara sauce makes it even richer and amps up the protein.
17. Spaghetti with Greens and Beans
Leafy greens and canned beans are staples in any vegan diet, but when you cook them slowly with wine and garlic, they become a rich sauce for spaghetti.
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 in pasta, the combo gets even tastier.
20. One-Pot Vegan Minestrone
Noodle soup is totally a pasta dish. Enjoy this as an appetizer or main course, and no one will judge you if you add extra fusilli. You deserve it.