What’s your go-to easy vegan pasta recipe? I have several - a butternut squash bechamel for vegan macaroni cheese, a simple vegan tomato sauce, kale pesto and my new favourite - vegan alfredo sauce.
How to make a vegan pasta sauce
Many pasta sauces lend themselves perfectly to being veganised. Take alfredo sauce for example - it’s usually made with butter, parmesan or cream - and sometimes all three. Occasionally meat is added to the sauce as well. Replace these non-vegan ingredients with cauliflower and cashews and omit the meat and you have the perfect vegan pasta sauce.
Many pasta sauce recipes are vegan, or close to being so anyway. Most tomato based sauces are made with olive oil, onions, garlic, herbs and tomatoes. There might be vegetables added to this sauce as well. Perfectly vegan-friendly pasta dishes without any adjustments needed.
Creamy sauces need a little more adjustment. Butter can be replaced by dairy free spread or oil, cream by a vegan cream such as Oatly or by a homemade alternative using cashews and cheese can be replaced with a vegan alternative or nutritional yeast can be added to the sauce to give a savoury cheesy flavour.
It's also worth mentioning that when you buy your pasta it's always worth checking the ingredients. Most dried pasta is vegan but fresh usually contains egg and sometimes milk powder as well.
Easy vegan pasta recipes
I’ve gathered together 20 easy vegan pasta recipes to share with you. I hope that you find something to inspire you and that maybe you’ll try something new.
I’ve left out lasagne as it is quite a fiddly dish and never seems to me to be that easy. Kate from the Veg Space agrees and her vegan lasagne recipe looks like a lovely one to try if you have a little more time on your hands. Let me know if you have an easy vegan lasagne recipe that you've tried and testing - I'd love to know! There are several vegan spaghetti sauce recipes, a vegan pesto and a vegan pasta bake. You’ll also find a vegan mushroom pasta, some spicy vegan pasta dishes and several vegan tomato pasta sauces.
Some of these blogs contain non-vegan recipes as well.
I hope you find something you love.
Here are 20 easy vegan pasta recipes:
Aubergine and chickpea pasta bake by Everyday Healthy Recipes
Cashew and cauliflower Alfredo sauce by Cook Veggielicious
Pea pasta with slow roasted tomatoes and caramelised onions by Honest Mum
Arrabbiata sauce by The Veg Space
Easy veggie pasta sauce by Sneaky Veg
Harissa pasta with oranges by Recipes from a Pantry
Vegan aubergine meatballs by Super Golden Bakes
Vegan pasta sauce with hidden veg by Le Coin de Mel
Vegan spinach and cream cheese stuffed pasta shells by Tinned Tomatoes
Roasted tomato and asparagus pasta by Cook Veggielicious
Classic Italian tomato sauce by Yumsome
Wild mushroom pappardelle by Attachment Mummy
Sicilian pasta salad by Tin and Thyme
Roasted vegetable and harissa pasta by Searching for Spice
Sun-dried tomato pasta sauce by Cook Veggielicious
Speedy spaghetti sauce by The Veg Space
Butternut squash mac n cheese by Cook Veggielicious
Miso marinated tofu with pasta by Tin and Thyme
Easy dorm room microwave pasta by Flipped Out Food
Kale and cashew pesto by Tinned Tomatoes