Welcome, fellow pastaholics! We are huge pasta lovers here at World of Vegan, so we have to pull together the ultimate round-up of the best vegan pasta recipes we’ve ever tried. Because what’s more perfect than a plateful of delicious pasta?
Pasta is inexpensive, super satisfying, comes in all sorts of fun shapes, and can be quite quick to put together. Pasta recipes don’t have to be complex—you can just throw a boxful on the boil and sauté some veggies to add to a savory sauce and voila! You’ve got dinner.
We’ve published many of vegan recipes with pasta over the years, and we include our favorites here, as well as the tastiest plant-based pasta recipes from across the web. If you’d like to get a bit more creative than a standard pasta with marinara sauce, read on for our favorite vegan pasta recipes of all. We hope you’ll love them––they also create the most luscious leftovers!
Meet our most popular vegan pasta recipe ever! Our readers rave about this easy-as-pie pasta dish, and we know it’s become a staple in many homes. So creamy and perfect for a special dinner. You can add any veggies you wish or even leave them out altogether. If mushrooms are not your main squeeze, use sassy snow peas or fiery bell peppers. Your only concern will be, ‘Who’s going to clean the pot?’
These baked vegan stuffed shells are a favorite from our cookbook—The Friendly Vegan Cookbook. The tofu ricotta is packed with flavor and the entire dish comes together beautifully. This is the perfect show-stopping Italian-inspired recipe to pull out when you’re feeding guests—or a hungry family.
This pink sauce is as delicious as it is beautiful! It’s made with a can of fire roasted tomatoes, raw cashews, garlic, oregano, basil, and salt. That’s it! Blend it up and pour it over fresh cooked pasta and you’ve got yourself a tasty, unique, filling vegan dinner.
All the fantastic flavor of enchiladas without all the fuss. You need only one pot for preparing this delightful dish and, really, any appetizing additions will do. If you’re out of vegan beef crumbles, feel free to add tofu, tempeh, or even some black beans. Just mix together the pasta, sauce, and other ingredients and, in less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a mouthwatering main meal that is sure to please.
The Best Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo (Seriously, so good)
A cozy classic made vegan! Your friends and family will never guess that this creamy, succulent sauce is made without any butter or heavy cream. Almonds are the base of this amazing sauce, enhanced by olive oil, garlic, and onion. Fold in some fancy fettuccine noodles and you’ll be blown away by its savory taste and velvety texture. This is hands-down the best vegan fettuccini Alfredo recipe ever.
This Italian-inspired pasta is gloriously green with beautiful basil and chock full of nutrients. This time-honored recipe is incredibly delicious and won’t disappoint. Choose any pasta shape you wish, add in your homemade pesto, and pour in the peas. This quick-to-make pesto dish has such a lovely, fresh flavor and texture. Add a sprinkling of pine nuts and a shake of vegan parmesan to the top and you’ll be in Pasta Paradise!
Look no further for the most perfect pasta salad! Packed with fresh veggies and highlighted by the loveliest balsamic vinaigrette, this recipe could not be simpler. Just boil your pasta, bowl it up, and boost your salad with some salty olives, crisp veggies, and savory herbs. Immerse yourself in the enticing Mediterranean flavor!
This hummus-inspired pasta dish is a quick vegan weeknight dinner that’s packed with protein from chickpeas. Sure, you could drop some dollops of store-bought hummus into freshly cooked pasta and call dinner, but this recipes only takes a tiny bit more effort, is less expensive, and is shockingly tasty. Just drop the chickpeas and other sauce ingredients into a food processor and blend until creamy for you almost-cheesy pasta sauce.
Pasta doesn’t get any easier than this! You only have to make two choices—which pasta you’ll pick and which veggies are on the verge and you want to include. If you don’t like asparagus or broccoli, simply add any green veggies you like. Throw in some mellow mushrooms and you’re good to go. Any added toppings can make this meal even tastier. It’s all up to you.
If you’re a lover of the InstantPot (or any pressure cooker) like we are, you’ve got to try this recipe. It’s the easiest pasta recipe on planet earth, and has been tested and loved by vegans and omnivores alike. Pick your favorite vegetarian meatballs (or vegan sausages), grab your favorite pasta shape (I like medium shell pasta), and get cookin’! We even have a video showing you how it’s done. Bon appetit!
Calling all mushroom lovers! This pasta dish is topped with creamy mushroom sauce made with cashews, red onions, button mushrooms, and spices. Don’t forget to reserve your pasta water to use in the sauce—that’s the secret that makes it extra creamy!
This pasta round-up certainly wouldn’t be complete without a deliciously dairy-free mac ‘n’ cheese! This is one of our favorites at World of Vegan—we’ve been making it for more than a decade. It’s got a base of cashew cream blended with yellow onion, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and turmeric and tomato paste (which gives it that perfect boxed-mac color). Plus some cornstarch which thickens the sauce up beautifully! You can find a slightly less “healthy” but oh-so-delicious version of vegan macaroni and cheese in The Friendly Vegan Cookbook.
There’s no meat necessary in this vegan bolognese pasta dish! Lentils take the place of beef for a healthier spin on this traditional dish. Use any pasta you’d like as the base—spaghetti, linguini, bowties, or your favorite gluten-free pasta. Chickpea pasta, brown rice pasta, and corn pasta would all work wonderfully You could even double-up the lentil vibes by using a healthy lentil pasta!
Whether you’re cooking up a vegan kid’s meal or just feelin’ a bit nostalgic for your childhood, these vegan Spaghettios have your back. Extra points if you use dinosaur pasta to made dino spaghettios!
Please, tell me you’ve tried gnocchi? As a die-hard pastaholic since age 2, it wasn’t until I traveled to Italy in high school that I first tried gnocchi. Needless to say, it was love at first taste. Lucky for vegans, most gnocchi is vegan! It’s made from potatoes and boiled like pasta to create these pillowy little nuggets that pair perfectly with almost any sauce, like this pesto!
Where are our Polish homies at? They will surely recognize this insanely delicious (and simple!) polish pasta dish. If you’ve never tried it before, print out the recipe stat! It’s a must. It makes a great comfort meal dish to serve over the holidays to feed a crowd!
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This round-up of the best vegan pasta recipes was compiled by Michelle Cehn and Gina House. The recipes and photos come from our team of World of Vegan contributors—Kathy Chrzaszcz, Michelle Cehn, and Zhoro Apostolov, JJ Steele—as well as other vegan bloggers who are credited in each recipe blurb. Article written by Gina House and Michelle Cehn and edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article contains an affiliate link which helps support our work at World of Vegan. We hope you love these pasta recipes vegan, vegetarian, and meat loving humans alike will love!