The 15 Best-Tasting Vegan Pasta Recipes You Won’t Want to Miss
Enjoying a warm bowl of pasta on a cozy fall evening is one of the joys of cooking at home, so we rounded up 15 of the best-tasting, heartiest, pasta recipes made exclusively with plant-based ingredients that are so satisfying, you'll want to make them on repeat.
Everyone loves pasta. There's a reason for that. It's delicious and comforting, and if you choose legume-based pasta such as noodles made from chickpeas or lupini beans,it can even be healthy. Even whole wheat pasta is better than noodles made with plain refined flour since the complex carbs are released slowly, offering you energy and sharpness for hours and you're adding protein into the mix, which keeps blood sugar from spiking.
You may or may not consider classic mac and cheese a pasta dish, but we included a butternut squash dairy-free mac and cheese recipe because it's so good (and packed with fiber) that you won't want to miss out on the festive flavors.
If you love to indulge in a healthier way, try the dairy-free creamy, saucy carbonara created by plant-based chefs Derek and Chad Sarno, founders of the Wicked Kitchen, The marinated, crunchy shiitake mushrooms provide a smoky bacon flavor to the dish.
If you're someone who wants pasta pronto, we have several delicious, quick, and easy pasta recipes that require less than 20 minutes. And if you make our homemade tomato sauce and keep leftovers in the fridge, you can make a restaurant-quality pasta dish in under five minutes – just saying.
Here are 15 great-tasting plant-based pasta dishes for every palate.
15 Dairy-Free and Vegan Pasta Recipes
1. Vegan Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Creamy, seasonal, and nutty, this Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is a delicious meal to make right now or as a side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of using cheese, this dairy-free recipe calls for cashews and nutritional yeast to achieve the perfect comforting cheese-like taste.
2. Pumpkin and Crispy Kale Pasta with Vegan Parmesan
We're switching up your go-to pasta dish with this autumnal recipe made with pumpkin and crispy kale. This easy lunch or dinner proves that you can still have delicious, healthy pasta without heavy sauce.
3. Creamy Vegan Carbonara Shiitake "Bacon"
Derek and Chad Sarno, the founders of Wicked Kitchen, share their creamy vegan carbonara with shiitake mushrooms prepared like crispy bacon.
4. Vegan Pesto Pasta
Love pesto? Make this dairy-free version made with toasted pine nuts and nutritional yeast for the perfect nutty flavor. Enjoy this dish on repeat because pesto can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks in a jar.
Recipe: Vegan Pesto Pasta
5. Rich Pasta With Homemade Tomato Sauce
Less is more when it comes to this creamy homemade tomato sauce and spaghetti recipe. Serve this dish to your loved one on date night!
6. Vegan Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
This vegan Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta is simple and easy to make and extremely delicious – no one will ever know it took you less than 30-minutes to make.
7. Chickpea & Tomato Pasta
If you only have a few minutes and want to cook a delicious dinner, pasta is the obvious choice: You can whip up a hearty dish pretty quickly. This chickpea and tomato pasta is a healthier-for-you option when it comes to choosing your favorite noodle!
Recipe: Chickpea & Tomato Pasta
8. Quick and Easy Lemon Garlic Pasta with Asparagus
Fill your plate with this bright, zesty pasta for a refreshing dinner that's not too heavy and can be completed in 30 minutes or less.
9. Vegan Pasta Primavera
Want an easy vegan dinner recipe that's loaded with vegetables? Pasta Primavera is absolutely a classic for a reason: This recipe is truly one of the most convenient and simple pasta dishes you will ever make.
Recipe: Vegan Pasta Primavera
10. Easy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese
The gluten-free breadcrumbs are made with oats that are ground up and turned into a flour-like texture for a crispy finish. To complete your masterpiece, this dish is mixed and topped with seasonal herbs and spices such as sage, rosemary, thyme, and nutmeg – so it has a taste of holiday cheer with every bite.
Recipe: Easy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese
11. Mark Bittman's Vegan Mediterranean Gratin with Almond Breadcrumbs
Mark Bittman shares his Vegan Meditteran Gratin with Almond Breadcrumbs and it became one of The Beet's most popular recipes. Enjoy the taste of greens and sweet caramelized onions over hearty whole-wheat pasta.
12. Vegan Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo
Turn chicken alfredo into a creamy dairy-free and meatless masterpiece with this recipe that calls for vegan chicken culets, prepared and cooked just like the real thing! This recipe is the perfect meal to make if you ever need to make a quick, easy, and impressive dinner.
Recipe: Vegan Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo
13. Vegan Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo
Fettuccine alfredo is a classic loved by many, but at the same time isn't the healthiest as it's traditionally made with heavy cream, butter, and flour. Make this pumpkin fettuccine alfredo that's healthier than the real thing and has a taste of seasonal flavor.
Recipe: Vegan Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo
14. Vegan Mexican Green Spaghetti (Espagueti Verde)
Espagueti Verde (green spaghetti) is a classic Mexican pasta dish full of rich flavor a creamy, thick texture, and a hint of spice. The traditional recipe is made with dairy but we added a plant-based flair by swapping heavy cream for almond milk and raw cashews to achieve the same silky and creamy texture. Note that the cashews are soaked overnight for the best quality, but if you're short on time, you can soak them quickly in boiling water for two to three hours.
15. Vegan Taco Mac & Cheese
This recipe combines two comfort food classics –– mac and cheese and tacos –– into one dish that has all the same zesty, indulgent flavors you love, made entirely vegan!
Recipe: Vegan Taco Mac & Cheese
For more great plant-based dishes, check out The Beet's recipe library.
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