Here's Proof That Vegan Pasta Dishes Can Be Delicious

If you grew up in a household where pasta dishes were smothered in gooey cheese, thick cream, and rich butter, you may find the concept of a vegan pasta recipe to be a confounding one. However, the truth is...

If you grew up in a household where pasta dishes were smothered in gooey cheese, thick cream, and rich butter, you may find the concept of a vegan pasta recipe to be a confounding one. However, the truth is that these ingredients are not a requisite part of serving up a tasty pasta meal. Read on to learn more about how the words "vegan" and pasta don't have to be mutually exclusive, along with a few of our favorite vegan pasta recipes.

Your Blank Slate

While some pasta contains egg, many types of pasta are vegan. While egg noodles are almost always a no-no, other types -- ranging from whole wheat pasta to soba noodles -- are readily available for vegans. Just be sure to check the box, keeping an eye out for hidden non-vegan ingredients like whey, egg whites, and butter.

Think of the noodles you choose as your blank slate. The more palatable the noodles are, the more delicious your final dish will be. Sampling different kinds of pasta can help you identify the tastiest brand of vegan pasta.

Or, if you're feeling up to the challenge you can make your own.

Top Four Vegan Pasta Recipes

Once you've settled on the pasta, it's time to get cooking. From basic tomato sauce to unexpected ingredients like squash, coconut, and cauliflower, there are endless pasta recipes which will satisfy your cravings without sabotaging your vegan diet. Let's count them down:

1. Cauli-Power Fettuccini "Alfredo"

Craving creamy? You don't have to go without thanks to this surprisingly decadent recipe made with a heaping serving of antioxidant-packed cauliflower, plenty of garlic, and almond milk for a light yet luxurious end result. One trick to getting the sauce silky smooth? Invest in a high-quality blender.

2. Creamy Cashew Cream Pasta with Lemon, Spinach, & Tempeh Bacon Bits

Accents of lemon and black pepper with plenty of garlicky goodness, this recipe will turn even lifelong carnivores into vegan converts. Loaded with healthy ingredients like spinach and cashews, this meal's crowning glory is its to-die-for crunchy tempeh bits.

3. Vegan Lentil Bolognese with Cashew Parmesan

This recipe is not only simple to make, but can be pulled off at the last minute thanks to its pantry ingredients. Begin with a fragrant combination of onion, celery and carrots, then gradually layer in more flavors before letting simmer and thicken. Cashew parmesan offers the perfect finishing touch.

4. Summer Squash Tagliatelle with Creamy Raw Alfredo Pesto

Not all "pasta" dishes include pasta! For a tasty, no-cook treat, we love the bright, bold flavors of this extra-healthy dish made with thinly peeled squash masquerading as "tagliatelle" and simple sauce of lemon, spinach, garlic and basil.

Vegan pasta
Pasta salad? Meet tofu.

And that's just the beginning. From fresh-from-the-garden ingredients like pumpkin, eggplant and tomatoes to more exotic international flavors (One Pot Coconut Curry Pasta, anyone?), there are near-endless ways to enjoy all of the things you love about pasta while sticking with your vegan diet.

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