22 Healthy Vegan Pasta Recipes

Nothing says comfort food like a bowl of pasta, and you can totally make a filling, cozy pasta dish without meat and dairy. Let these healthy vegan pasta recipes win your heart!

Pasta gets a bad reputation, but a 2016 study found that eating pasta in moderation in and of itself is not a problem for most people. People with an overall healthy diet can eat a serving of pasta without worry.  What you really have to look at is what you’re putting on the pasta and what you’re eating throughout the rest of the day.

The healthy vegan pasta recipes below are packed with veggies, fiber, protein and healthy fats, so you can feel good about eating that bowl of noodles!

Healthy Vegan Pasta Recipes

Vegan macaroni and cheese with broccoli is a rich and creamy bowl of comfort food. My family calls it Mac and Trees!

1. Macaroni and Trees

Cashews are the base for this creamy, healthy vegan spin on macaroni and cheese. The sauce gets its vibrant color from turmeric, and there are even tomatoes hidden in the sauce itself. It’s a bowl of mac that you can feel good about eating!

Creamy Kale Pasta

2. Creamy Kale Pasta

Yep, there’s kale in this kale pasta sauce! Like the Macaroni and Trees sauce, this gets its creaminess from cashews, but there’s also a whole can of white beans in this sauce recipe, for an added fiber and protein boost.

Vegan Carbonara from A Virtual Vegan


3. Vegan Carbonara

Pasta carbonara is usually topped with bacon or other cooked meat, but this recipe uses homemade, baked carrot bacon to top this creamy, cashew-based pasta sauce.

Pasta with Chard from Veggies Save the Day

4. Pasta with Garlicky Chard

Sometimes a simple dish is the best, and this vegan pasta recipe lets seasonal Swiss chard shine! Saute the chard with fragrant garlic and red pepper flakes, toss with your pasta, and you’ve got a veggie-forward pasta dish in under half an hour.

Baked Fusilli from Dianne's Vegan Kitchen

5. Creamy Baked Fusilli with Butternut Squash

Beans and veggies are the stars of this oil-free pasta casserole. To save time and a cooking pot, you boil the squash, kale and beans in the same pot with the pasta—it’s all about timing when you add them to the water. Bake in creamy cashew-tahini sauce, and you’ve got a bowl of guilt-free comfort food!

Pumpkin Alfredo from My Darling Vegan

6. Pumpkin Alfredo

Traditional alfredo sauce is anything but healthy, but this pumpkin alfredo replaces the butter and cream with pumpkin puree and just a couple of tablespoons of vegan milk. It might sound unlikely, but this sauce hits that same rich-and-creamy spot without all of the saturated fat! A handful of hazelnuts gives this healthy vegan pasta recipe a protein punch.

Roasted Pepper Pasta from Vegan Huggs

7. Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Roasted bell peppers, cashews and vegan milk are the base for this creamy pasta sauce. You can roast your peppers from scratch, like the recipe calls for, or use roasted peppers from the jar. Just make sure that you drain them well first.

Pasta Fazool from Fried Dandelions

8. Pasta Fazool

Yes! This traditional pasta dish is usually already vegan, and it’s pretty healthy, too. Pasta fazool (or pasta fagioli) stars tomatoes, celery and white beans. It’s a simple, crowd-pleasing pasta dish.

Tempeh Stroganoff from Vibrant Wellness Journal

9. Tempeh Stroganoff

You’ll never miss the meat in this flavorful vegan pasta dish! It’s packed with protein from the tempeh and it gets a surprisingly meaty texture from two types of mushrooms. The perfect meal for a chilly fall or winter evening.

Pumpkin Pasta from V. Nutrition

10. Pumpkin Pasta

Another pumpkin pasta, but this one has a whole different flavor profile. Coconut milk delivers the creaminess in this vegan pasta recipe with sage, basil and nutmeg. The pumpkin puree brings even more creaminess to this sauce along with fiber and vitamins.

Baked Ziti from Ceara's Kitchen

11. Baked Ziti

No cheese needed—the rich sauce does the heavy lifting in this healthy spin on baked ziti. Olives and a little bit of olive brine give this cashew-based vegan tomato-cream sauce a really nice depth of flavor.

Portobello Kale Lasagna from Spabettie

12. Portobello-Kale Lasagna

This veggie-packed recipe uses roughly-mashed potato to give vegan lasagne a cheesy texture. Don’t knock it ’til you try it—it’s so good! You won’t be able to tell from tasting that this hearty vegan pasta recipe is also oil free.

Garlic Pasta from Vegan Yack Attack

13. Pasta with Garlic Sauce

This low fat garlic sauce uses silken tofu for a creamy texture and a protein boost. Baby spinach brings some green veggie goodness to this comforting, healthy bowl of pasta.

Artichoke Pesto from Cadry's Kitchen

14. Artichoke Pesto Pasta

This light pesto recipe uses artichoke hearts, basil and pumpkin seeds to create a creamy pesto sauce that’s packed with veggies and flavor. Top with roasted chickpeas for protein, and you’ve got a one-bowl meal that’s ready in a flash.

Pumpkin Kale Shells from Veggie Inspired

15. Pumpkin and Kale Stuffed Shells

Move over, ricotta cheese! Crumbled tofu, pumpkin puree and plenty of fresh kale are the flavorful filling for these healthy stuffed shells. While the pasta is cooking, you make the quick, simple homemade tomato sauce for this veggieful vegan pasta recipe.

Chili Sauce from The Vegan 8

16. Creamy Chili Sauce

Deep, chili seasonings in creamy sauce that’s full of fresh zucchini and spinach. This pasta is total, healthy comfort food. Homemade, unfiltered cashew milk is the key to this thick, rich sauce and it couldn’t be easier to make in your blender!

Penne alla Vodka from Go Dairy Free

17. Penne alla Vodka

Traditional penne alla vodka uses heavy cream in the sauce, but this version uses cashews and cashew milk for a lightened-up version that you can feel good about eating.

Brussels Sprouts Pasta from Contentedness Cooking

18. Brussels Sprouts Pasta Casserole

This cozy pasta casserole is packed with Brussels sprouts and butternut squash! Toss your pasta and cooked veggie with homemade, 3-ingredient vegan cheese sauce, then top with breadcrumbs and you’re ready to bake. Total comfort food.

Roasted Vegetable Pasta from Harriet Emily

19. Spicy Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Roasted veggies and spicy tomato sauce team up in this flavorful vegan pasta recipe. It only takes about half an hour, from chop to finish.

Chickpea Pasta from Veggies Don't Bite

20. Chickpea Pasta

This healthy vegan pasta dish gets plenty of protein from the chickpeas in the homemade tomato sauce. The sauce is also packed with spinach, so you’re getting plenty of veggies in this hearty bowl.

Minestrone Soup from Veganosity

21. Minestrone Soup

Spicy arugula adds a kick of flavor and vegetables to this classic pasta soup recipe. It’s also packed with white beans to round it out, so you can truly eat this filling soup as your whole meal.

Avocado Cream Pasta from Elephantastic Vegan

22. Avocado-Basil Cream Pasta

This oil-free pasta recipe uses avocado as the base for the tasty cream sauce. Top with chopped tomatoes and olives. The recipe is for two servings, so it’s easy to make a little or a lot, depending on how many folks are coming over for supper.

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Let these healthy vegan pasta recipes win your heart!

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Kelly S
Past Member 29 days ago

omg so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sonia M
Sonia Mabout a month ago

Love pasta.Some good recipes,thanks for sharing.

Lisa M
Lisa M4 months ago


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Lisa M4 months ago


Peggy B
Peggy B5 months ago

Pinned for future reference.

Mia G
Mia G5 months ago

thanks for sharing

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One Heart inc5 months ago


Clare O'Beara
Clare O5 months ago

look warm and filling. We only buy wholemeal pasta

Clare O'Beara
Clare O5 months ago


Stephanie s
Stephanie s5 months ago

Delicious recipes!! Thank you