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11 quick and easy vegan pasta recipes

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 2 January 2024

From puttanesca to lasagne, mac and cheese to cacio e pepe, these plant-based versions of your favourite pasta dishes are every bit as enjoyable as their non-vegan counterparts.

Lazy Day Pasta and Garlic Kale Sauce

Lazy Day Pasta and Garlic Kale Sauce

by Sophie Gordon

For a nourishing midweek meal, whip up this super-quick kale pasta dish. Flavoured with garlic, white wine, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice, the punchy sauce is just the thing to revive you on a chilly winter evening.

Vegan Gnocchi Recipe

Creamy Pesto Rosso Gnocchi

by Roxy Pope & Ben Pook
from EASY

This hearty and comforting plant-based take on Sicilian pesto alla trapanese comes together in just 15 minutes, making it an ideal weeknight dinner.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s One-pot Orecchiette Puttanesca

Yotam Ottolenghi’s One-pot Orecchiette Puttanesca

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage

In this simple, speedy one-pot recipe, Ottolenghi and co-author Ixta Belfrage deliver all of the flavours of a puttanesca without the anchovies.

Vegan Juna Pasta

Vegan Juna Pasta

by Rachel Ama

If you often find yourself turning to a big bowl of tuna pasta to get you through the day, you’ll love Rachel Ama’s vegan version. Made using jackfruit and a cheesy topping, it’s a dupe of the non-vegan version.

Vegan Lasagne

Vegan Lasagne

Your favourite baked pasta recipe, but free from meat, dairy and fuss.

From the book

Jessie and Lennie Ware’s Aubergine and Puy Lentil Bolognese

Jessie and Lennie Ware’s Aubergine and Puy Lentil Bolognese

by Jessie Ware, Lennie Ware

A vegan version of your favourite Italian export, packed with plenty of flavour thanks to a mix of red wine, dates and aromatic spices. 

Ainsley Harriott’s Minestrone with Fregola and Herb Oil

Ainsley Harriott’s Minestrone with Fregola and Herb Oil

Ainsley’s veg-packed minestrone, made with fregola, is a soothing, brothy bowl of comfort.

Butternut, Cashew, and Sage Pasta

Butternut, Cashew, and Sage Pasta

by Amelia Freer

Craving a creamy pasta sauce? Try Amelia Freer’s cashew-based recipe, finished with your favourite vegan cheese and a scattering of fragrant sage.

Melissa Hemsley’s ‘Salsa Verde Style’ 12-Minute Courgette, Wild Garlic and Rocket Pasta

Melissa Hemsley’s ‘Salsa Verde Style’ 12-Minute Courgette, Wild Garlic and Rocket Pasta

Brimming with summery flavours, this simple pasta will be on the table in just 12 minutes, making it perfect for busy evenings.

Vegan Cheese Sauces (Cacio e Pepe)

Vegan Cheese Sauces (Cacio e Pepe)

Made using vegan Parmesan, The Happy Pear’s plant-based cacio e pepe promises a rich, intensely flavoured and totally plant-based twist on this Roman favourite.

Bacon Mac and Cheese

Bacon Mac and Cheese

by Lauren Toyota

Heavenly cheese sauce? Check. Tender macaroni? Check. Cubes of salty ‘bacon’? Check. Lauren Toyota’s vegan mac has all the essential flavours and textures of the original but with none of the animal products.

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