Classic tomato sauce, creamy and comforting pastas, veggie-loaded favorites, and even weeknight no-boil bakes are all included in this Gluten-Free and Vegan Pasta Recipe Roundup!
I think many people would be surprised that I have such a large pasta selection on a gluten-free recipe blog! If you've been around for a little while, though, you know how deep my love of pasta runs. Going gluten-free didn't mean eliminating pasta from my life, it just meant finding the best wheat-free option out there! Luckily, I found a few favorites that cook and taste just like traditional pasta, and now I make some version of pasta at least once a week. This Gluten-Free & Vegan Pasta Recipe Roundup is filled with my favorites, from savory tomato sauce pasta to creamy and comforting; from zesty pesto to slightly-sweet winter squash...it's all here, and I promise you'll find a recipe to crave!
Tomato-Based Pasta Sauces
I had to start this Vegan Pasta Recipe Roundup with the classic! I grew up eating homemade pasta sauce, which my dad loved to cook with olive oil, garlic and tomato paste. Together they create an amazing, simple sauce that is sweet and flavorful, and I've used that foundation to make many more favorites for our weeknight pasta meals! They're always comforting and nostalgic, and best of all, so easy to make.
Creamy & Comforting Vegan Pasta Sauces
Since I've been eating vegan most of my adult life, I've found many ways to create comforting, classic, plant-based dishes that would traditionally have dairy included. One of my most-used ingredients for creaminess is Cashew Cream. This could not be simpler to make (it's just blending soaked cashews with a bit of water!), and the results are perfect for adding into recipes for the most incredible silky texture. These creamy, savory pasta dishes are the perfect comfort food!
Olive Oil-Based Pastas
Sometimes the very best pasta dish doesn't need a sauce...it needs high-quality olive oil and amazing toppings and additions! These pasta recipes are the ones I turn to when I want something that feels elevated, gourmet, and restaurant-quality. Date night at home? You got it!
Pumpkin & Squash Pasta Sauce
I absolutely LOVE all things squash! Pumpkin, butternut, kabocha, spaghetti...I am all about it. Since pasta is so comforting in the fall and winter months when my favorite squash varieties are in season, it made sense to combine the two! These Vegan Pasta Recipe Roundup additions all get a boost of color and flavor from squash.
- Creamy Butternut Squash "Risotto" (no rice!)
- Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Garlic Pasta
- Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce with Caramelized Onions
- Butternut Squash Coconut Orzo Soup (vegan + gluten-free)
- One-Skillet Baked Butternut Squash Pasta with Sage (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
- Vegan Pumpkin Risotto
- Creamy Vegan Rainbow Veggie Orzo Soup
Spaghetti Squash Recipes
Spaghetti squash kind of seems too good to be true. Even though I've made it dozens of times, I'm still surprised when I cut open a cooked spaghetti squash and it shreds into perfectly-shaped spaghetti noodles! This is technically a vegetable and not a pasta at all, but I thought it still deserved a section in the Vegan Pasta Recipe Roundup.
One-Pot and No-Boil Pastas
No-boil pasta dishes have become an absolute staple in my house. You know those weeknights when even boiling water for pasta feels like too much work? Yup, that's how these recipes were born! Everything gets tossed together in one pan, covered, and put in the oven. Before you know it you have a well-balanced, delicious meal with minimal cleanup required. If I could declare a dish my soul mate, it just might be no-boil pasta bakes!
Doesn't the bright green of pesto just make you happy?! Anything herb-based has become even more exciting in our house since we started a veggie/herb garden over the summer. It is so rewarding to harvest a bunch of basil and then use it right away in a dish that my entire family loves!
Summer barbecues, potlucks, picnics, camping trips, or just regular weekly meal prep...pasta salad comes in handy all the time. I am absolutely obsessed with dishes that get better after a day or two in the refrigerator, and that's pasta salad all the way! These Vegan Pasta Recipes are perfect for the warmer months, but they also bring a bit of sunshine into the winter months, too.
There are so many ways to take a weeknight pasta and make it feel a bit elevated. Even if you're just pouring a jar of store-bought marinara over cooked pasta, adding a spoonful of cashew cream or roasted garlic to the sauce or caramelized onions on top makes it absolutely pop. These recipes are the ways I boost my favorite pasta dishes!
- How to Make Caramelized Onions
- How to Roast Garlic Perfectly
- Homemade Vegan Ricotta Cheese
- Easy Vegan Mozzarella Cheese
- Vegan Mushroom-Walnut Balls
- The Best Italian Vegan Meatballs Ever! (gluten-free + soy-free too)
- Easy Homemade Cashew Cream or Easy Homemade Vegan Sour Cream...for a nut-free option, try my Sunflower Seed Cream Sauce!
I hope this roundup has inspired you to take a simple pot of pasta and really make it shine. My whole site is filled with recipes and resources to help make plant-based eating feel accessible and, most importantly, delicious! For weekly inspiration sent straight to your inbox, subscribe to my newsletter (new subscribers get a free download for 10 Easy Vegan + Gluten-Free Dinners). You can also join me in the kitchen over on Instagram...be sure to tag me in your cooking adventures so I can cheer you on!
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- The Ultimate Vegan Sauces Roundup
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- 115+ Vegan Blender Recipes
- Plant-Based, Gluten Free Foods I Meal Prep Every Week
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- The Ultimate Vegan Back to School Recipe Guide