Going Plant-Based? You Need to Try These 5 Vegan Pasta Recipes
Pasta is perhaps one of the single most important dishes a cook can have in their repertoire. Versatile, comforting, simple to throw together—let's be honest, we could go on and on about pasta's many virtues. In its versatility, pasta is a useful ally for any who find themselves following niche diets. Need it to be gluten-free? No problem, pasta can do that. Have an allergy? Pasta can avoid whatever you need it to. Want something vegetarian or vegan? It's cool, pasta's got your back.
Maybe you're considering a plant-based diet or perhaps you're in need of a recipe that's just right for a vegan guest. Take a deep breath—as stated previously, there is no problem pasta can't fix. In case you were under the illusion that vegan cooking is difficult, we are here to prove you totally wrong with five recipes that artfully blend pasta and veggies. A meal without animal products can indeed be easy to make, filling, and not leave you with a sky-high grocery bill. Keep reading for five vegan pasta recipes that you can throw together in no time without sacrificing taste (or fullness).
Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta
Vegan Cauliflower Cream Sauce
This "cream" sauce by Spoon Fork Bacon (yes, this is bacon-free) utilizes the naturally smooth texture of puréed cauliflower, making it a wonderfully light alternative to standard alfredo sauce. Pair it with your favorite pasta for the perfect comfort food to enjoy without the guilt.
Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta
Half Baked Harvest's Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta ingeniously melds together an even mixture of standard spaghetti noodles and zucchini noodles. The pesto sauce gets its smooth texture from blended avocado that's spiced with pistachio, basil, mint, and jalapeño. Pasta doesn't get more decadent than this.
Creamy Vegan Garlic Pasta
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Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Pasta
Roasted garlic, cauliflower, and walnuts create a dish bursting with richness. Courtesy of The First Mess, this pasta dish blends tangy lemon juice and spicy chili flakes to give the natural creaminess of the cauliflower a little lift. The half-pasta, half-cauliflower blend doesn't skimp on the health factor either, making this a satisfying dinner that won't leave you hungry.
Now that dinner's covered, indulge your sweet tooth with nine irresistible vegan desserts.