Pasta is the ultimate pantry staple – it’s an affordable crowd-pleaser, and the fact that it cooks quickly makes it perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Even better, pasta dishes can be customized to fit into any dietary pattern. Whether you’re vegan, following a predominantly plant-based diet, or simply trying to reduce your intake of animal products, there are plenty of satisfying and delicious ways to enjoy pasta. There are also lots of gluten-free options in the mix for those who need them! These 25+ vegan pasta recipes offer the creaminess and heartiness you crave without the dairy and meat that are commonly found in traditional pasta recipes.
How To Build a Balanced Vegan Pasta Meal
As you look through these vegan pasta recipes, you may consider pairing some of them with additional sides, toppings, or add-ins to meet your nutrient needs. Keep in mind that the three macronutrients – protein, carbs, and fat – are all necessary to fuel your body, and ensuring that your meal contains them all in adequate amounts will help you feel satisfied and energized. Here are some tips for getting enough of each on pasta night:
You’ll notice several of these recipes call for legume pastas, which are an easy way to boost the protein content of a pasta dish. Brands like Banza, Tolerant, Explore Cuisine, and Barilla offer varieties made from chickpeas, lentils, and soybeans that contain anywhere from 11 to 24 grams of protein per 2 oz serving. You can also find store-brand legume pastas at Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. With so many varieties out there, it’s a good idea to try a few to see which (if any!) appeal to you, and swap your favorites into recipes. If you’re opting for a traditional wheat-based pasta, protein rich add-ins like plant-based meat alternatives, beans, and lentils can help balance out the meal, like in this Broccoli Rabe White Bean Pasta.
A few of these recipes use lower-carb options like spaghetti squash or zucchini instead of traditional boxed noodles. If you enjoy this substitution, it’s a great way to get in some extra veggies. However, you may want to add a side of bread or mix in some regular pasta to make sure you’re getting enough carbs for optimal satisfaction and energy levels, especially if you’re eating a pre-workout or post-workout meal! For recipes that don’t contain much in the way of veggies, you can never go wrong adding some finely chopped zucchini and spinach to the sauce or tossing some cooked asparagus or broccoli into the finished dish for a boost of additional fiber and nutrients.
There are plenty of ingredients in these vegan pasta recipes that contain satisfying fats, such as olive oil, nuts, and hummus. Pine nuts or a nut-based vegan “parmesan” are also delicious as a topping on any pasta dish!
20+ Delicious Vegan Pasta Recipes
Now on to the deliciousness. From red sauces to creamy sauces to pestos, served with a variety of add-ins and noodle types, these 20+ vegan pasta recipes offer something for everyone!
Vegan Meat Sauce over Chickpea Pasta
High-Protein Vegan Lasagna
Dairy-Free Penne Vodka
Vegan Butternut Squash Pasta
Vegan Hummus Pasta
Creamy Dairy-Free Tomato Sauce
One Pot Pasta with Chickpeas and Tomatoes
Broccoli Rabe and White Bean Pasta
Vegan Mac & Cheese
Black Bean Pasta Salad with Spicy Cashew Romesco
Penne with Cauliflower Curried Cream Sauce
Gluten-Free Hummus Pasta Salad
High Protein Pesto Pasta
Vegan Pumpkin Cilantro Pesto
Mexican Pasta Salad
Thai Red Curry Pasta
Plum Tomato & Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash
Vegan Pasta for Toddlers
Mediterranean Pasta with Kale
Spring Onion and Asparagus Zucchini Pasta
Spinach Zucchini Pasta with Garlic and Lime
Flavorful Homemade Marinara Sauce
What are your favorite vegan pasta recipes? Let us know in the comments!