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Looking for simple dinner ideas? Try these 20 easy vegan pasta recipes, perfect for any weeknight.
On evenings that I’m not sure what to make, I almost always turn to some type of pasta. It’s simple, I’m (almost) always in the mood for it and everyone in my family loves it. Plus, there’s rarely a wrong combination.
If you need some inspiration, make sure to save these. I’ve personally made all of these vegan pasta recipes at least a handful of time and I can guarantee that your family will love them. Vegan pasta means absent from dairy, egg and other animal proteins. Almost all dry pastas are naturally vegan, though fresh pasta will often contain egg.
This is my go-to sauce when I don’t have much in my pantry and need a quick dinner. A jar of roasted red peppers, some nutritional yeast and spices- bam! Dinner is done. If you’re looking for a killer vegan pasta recipe, this is it.
Looking for a vegan pasta recipe that will appeal to everyone in the family? This mac n’ cheese is it. It’s a creamy, dairy-free mac and cheese with added steamed broccoli. I make this one at least once a month; it’s the perfect antidote for comfort meals. For those of you with kids, this is hands down my go-to vegan mac and cheese recipe. My son loves it!
Who says noodles has to be Italian cuisine? These soba noodles are a great weeknight meal; especially with marinated tofu at the center.
I made this vegan spaghetti recipe so many times while pregnant. If you like mushrooms, then you’ve gotta try this one. Looks fancy, but easy enough for weeknight eats.
No matter what time of year it is, this butternut squash fettuccini should be on your menu. No butternut squash at the store? No problem; sub in canned squash puree or pumpkin puree, available all year long.
Want the secret to restaurant-worthy pasta? This recipe is it. Super glossy pasta with sautéed garlic and spinach. This vegan pasta recipe is one of my most popular on my website. You’ve gotta try it!
My two loves in one dish: pasta and thai food. This one is so delicious, especially with crispy, spicy tofu on top. PS- If you’re looking for the secret to perfectly crisp tofu without a ton of oil, this is it.
I know this is soup, but it’s still easy to throw together! Aromatics, kale, tomatoes and orzo pasta in a simple, delicious dish. You all LOVE this kale pasta soup recipe as much as I do!
Oh man, I love these peanut noodles. These soba noodles are coated in the best peanut sauce, with broccoli slaw and cabbage for extra prebiotics and fiber.
Have you tried drunken noodles before? This recipe only takes a little more effort than take-out. Make the sauce, cook the noodles, add the tofu and cook together. So, so good.
No, you don’t need parmesan for fantastic vegan pasta! Toasted garlic breadcrumbs are a great parmesan substitute, try the technique in this simple collard green pasta dish.
Italian noodles in a curry bowl. Linguini in a delicious coconut curry sauce with steamed broccoli, red pepper, carrots and edamame. 2 servings of vegetables per serving!
This is one of my favorite recipes to introduce people to tempeh. I know that tempeh can be an odd ingredient if you aren’t familiar with it, and these vegan noodles are a perfect recipe to start with. Crumbled and tossed with a spicy curry sauce and spaghetti noodles, it’s irresistible.
I love this pasta so much, a riff on one of my favorite childhood pasta dishes. Rigatoni with a quick sautéed pepper sauce and vegan sausage.
This vegan pasta soup is one of the most popular recipes on this blog for a reason. If you like chicken noodle soup, you’ll want to try this vegan version. I know it’s another soup recipe, but it comes together in less than an hour.
Now that zucchini season is here, this spicy pasta is my go-to. Spaghetti with roasted zucchini and topped with a spicy arrabbiata sauce. So incredibly delicious!
I make this recipe at least a few times a week when tomatoes are in season; a staple on our table from July to September. If you haven’t tried homemade tomato sauce yet, this is the recipe for you.
Another great Italian-inspired recipe. Forget heavy cream and use cashew cream instead in this simple vegan pasta recipe. Serve as is or with vegan meatballs.
There are so many good things happening in this dish: spicy, crispy chickpeas, caramelized tomatoes and a silky cashew pasta sauce. If you want to impress people with what vegan pasta can be, this is the dish for you.
Since it’s summertime, I figured I’d end the list with this pasta salad. Honestly, I love it by itself on summer evenings; a giant bowl of this and I’m good. Sometimes I’ll add a grilled vegan sausage or fresh cut tomatoes, but it doesn’t need it. It’s also the perfect salad to take to picnics and potlucks.
And one more vegan pasta recipe to round out the list…
My newest vegan pasta recipe, this might be one of my favorite pasta recipes in the whole list. Rigatoni with spicy Italian vegan sausage and a thick, creamy tomato sauce.
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