20 Easy Vegan Pasta Recipes

By Alexandra Caspero on June 22, 2018

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. 

1. 20 Minute Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce 

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. 

up close shot of vegan broccoli mac and cheese

2. Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

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! 

3. Veggie Soba Noodles with Marinated Tofu

Who says noodles has to be Italian cuisine? These soba noodles are a great weeknight meal; especially with marinated tofu at the center. 

4. Vegan Spaghetti with Shiitake Wine Sauce

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.

Creamy Butternut Squash Fettuccini! You'd never guess that this incredible meal is VEGAN. Creamy pasta sauce made with sage, nutmeg, roasted squash and shallots tossed with fettuccini noodles. A lightened-up version of Alfredo sauce. | www.delishknowledge.com

5. Creamy Butternut Squash Fettuccini

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.

Easy, 20 Minute Vegan Pasta! You are going to love this healthy, easy vegan pasta! With a trick to creating glossy, restaurant-style pasta, this is a must save for quick dinners. | www.delishknowledge.com

6. Easy, 20 Minute Vegan Pasta

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! 

Spicy Vegan Pad Thai! Spicy pad thai with Sriracha tofu crumbles. Vegan and Gluten Free | www.delishknowledge.com

7. Vegan Pad Thai

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. 

close up bowl of vegan kale and orzo soup

8. Tuscan Orzo Soup

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! 

30 minute meal! Rainbow Soba Noodles with Creamy Peanut Sauce! This healthy recipe is soooo good! #vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

9. Rainbow Peanut Noodles 

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.

Easy Vegan Drunken Noodles! Spicy sauce with rice noodles and vegetables. Easier and healthier than Thai takeout! | www.delishknowledge.com

10. Easy Vegan Drunken Noodles

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.

Collard Green Pasta! Shredded collards tossed with hot pasta, garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes and seasoned bread crumbs. Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes! Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

11. Collard Green Spaghetti 

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.

Vegan Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls! 2 servings of vegetables in every bowl! Linguini & Vegetables simmered in a coconut red curry sauce. Ready in less than 30 minutes! | www.delishknowledge.com


12. Vegan Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls 

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!

Vegan Curry Noodles! I've already made this one three times this week, so addicting and easy! | www.delishknowledge.com

13. Vegan Curry Noodles

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.

The best vegan pasta! Sauteed 'sausage' and red peppers in a spicy sauce! Perfect for a group or dinner party! Easy enough for a weeknight meal too!

14. Rigatoni with Peppers and Sausage

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.

Lemon Orzo Chickpea Soup! The vegan version of chicken noodle. Healthy, comforting, with a refreshing lemon twist!

15. Vegan Lemon Orzo Soup 

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.

16. Arrabbiata over roasted zucchini pasta 

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!

Fresh Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti! This cheaters pomodoro is the only recipe you need for summer tomatoes! A trick for perfect tomato sauce without any fancy tools. Ready in just 20 minutes! Vegan and vegetarian. | www.delishknowledge.com

17. Perfect Fresh Tomato Sauce

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.

Penne a la vodka! Vegan sauce tossed with whole wheat penne. Served with homemade mushroom meatballs!

18. Penne all Vodka

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.

pot of vegan penne pasta with basil and slow roasted tomatoes

19. Spicy Tomato Penne Pasta

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.

Summer Pasta Salad with Lemon-Tahini dressing! If you like Goddess salad dressing, you will love this salad! Noodles, four vegetables, tahini dressing, parsley and basil. Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

20. Summer Pasta Salad with Tahini Dressing

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…

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21. Spicy Vegan Pasta with Sausage

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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    1. Celia
      January 29, 2020 AT 1:19 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing these recipes. I just went on a whole food plant-based diet and have been struggling to get enough variety. This will help!

      1. Alex
        January 31, 2020 AT 9:49 am

        Awesome Celia!

    2. kevin
      July 10, 2018 AT 4:23 am

      Thanks for sharing list of delicious vegan pasta recipes! Definitely going to try some of these.

    3. Sam Hammonds
      June 25, 2018 AT 6:33 am

      I will definitely be trying these over the summer! Thank you so much for sharing them