15 best vegan pasta dinners to make when you’re craving carbs

Author: Rachel Smith

Nothing beats a big bowl of vegan pasta when you're craving carbs! These flavoursome vegan pasta recipes are perfect for those days when only pasta will do

When it comes to comforting dinners that are full of flavour, few things hit the spot quite like a big bowl of vegan pasta.

From saucy spaghetti dishes and dairy-free lasagne to vegan macaroni and cheese, there are endless ways to get creative with vegan pasta recipes.

Is pasta vegan?

Although there can sometimes be a tricky question that arises; is pasta vegan? The answer depends on which type you want to use in a recipe.

There are two main types of pasta: fresh or dry.

Although fresh pasta typically contains eggs, most dried pasta you can find readily available in stores are egg-free and suitable for vegans making pasta one of our go-to dinner options.

However, it is always good to double check as even sometimes the dry pasta can contain eggs. Once you become familiar with certain brands and specific types of pasta, you’ll be able to shop with ease.

Or if you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can even have a go at making your own fresh vegan pasta from scratch to really hone your culinary skills, and ensure that it is vegan!

Worried that you won’t be able to recreate your fave Italian pasta dish without the cheese? Fear not! There are lots of options for replacing dairy cheese with a plant-based alternative to use as a base or a sauce or even vegan cheeses that are great for specifically melting on top of baked pasta dishes.

Take a look at these vegan cheese recipes to find out how to make your own vegan mozzarella, parmesan, feta and more.

Whether you’re looking for easy vegan pasta recipes that can be rustled up in minutes to recipes to create your own fresh vegan pasta at home, here is our pick of the best vegan pasta recipes for midweek meals.

1. Classic Vegan Lasagne Recipe

It’s hard to beat a lasagne served with a side of garlic bread when you get a craving for comfort food. Thankfully, it’s simple to make a meat-free lasagne that tastes even better than the original. This veggie lasagne recipe even shows you how to make both vegan béchamel sauce and vegan mozzarella cheese.

Grab a glass of wine and spend a blissful afternoon in the kitchen making this lovely lasagne this autumn. We promise it’s worth the effort.

A slice of classic vegan lasagne on a plate

2. Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

When you fancy comfort food, nothing hits the spot quite like vegan mac and cheese. It’s carby, cheesy, crunchy and one the whole family will love.

This easy vegan mac and cheese recipe is the best we’ve tried as it’s topped with an irresistible layer of breadcrumbs and chives for texture. Plus, it’s healthier than the classic dish as we’ve swapped the cheese for cashews and nutritional yeast.

Easy vegan mac and cheese topped with breadcrumbs and chives in a glass baking dish

3. Creamy Garlic Gnocchi with Walnut Pesto

If you’re in need of a comforting bowl of creamy vegan gnocchi, this is the recipe for you! This dish is such a treat, with its tangy garlic pesto and rich creamy sauce.

And the best part? You can make and enjoy a bowl in just 15 minutes!

Creamy vegan garlic gnocchi

4. Baked Vegan Pasta Bolognese

Now, this is the vegan pasta dish to create if you’re looking to impress. A completely meat-free pasta bolognese is guaranteed to fill you up, and learn how to create a delicious vegan ragu from plant-based ingredients.

vegan pasta bolognese

5. Homemade Vegan Spinach Ravioli

There’s something so satisfying about making your own pasta from scratch. These small parcels of ravioli are filled with spinach and mushrooms, which are ever so fun to roll and create.

Impress your guests and serve these at your next dinner party.

Homemade vegan spinach ravioli

6. Italian Carbonara with ‘Bacon’

This recipe is official proof that anything can be made vegan – even the traditional Italian dish of carbonara.

Our vegan carbonara recipe is full of beautifully creamy flavours mixed with the taste of smoky vegan bacon to really recreate the classic dish.

Vegan Italian carbonara with bacon

7. Lentil Quinoa Balls with Courgetti

This protein-packed vegan courgetti dish is such a refreshing take on the classic spaghetti and meatballs. Instead of meatballs, lentils and quinoa take centre stage.

Add some freshly spiralised courgette and a mix of herbs and spices, and you can tuck into this wonderful vegan dish in time for dinner.

Vegan lentil quinoa balls with courgetti - vegan pasta recipes

8. Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce

Keep vampires at bay with this delightfully garlicky Alfredo sauce recipe.

We can’t get enough of this delightfully cheesy and garlicky sauce, and it’s simply divine when poured on top of some freshly boiled pasta. Sometimes keeping it simple is simply the best!

Vegan roasted garlic Alfredo sauce

9. Smoked Tofu & Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad

Vegan pasta salad couldn’t be simpler, and yet still absolutely delicious. This recipe is perfect for any time of year and blends together a great mix of flavours.

The tang of olives, succulent tomatoes, and a crispy slab of tofu bring this vegan pasta salad to the next level.

Smoked tofu and walnut pesto pasta salad

10. Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese Stuffed Shells

Want a twist on classic vegan mac ‘n’ cheese? These stuffed shells are the answer!

This recipe will teach you how to make your own giant pasta shells stuffed with creamy butternut squash, sage, and spinach. The results taste even better than they look.

Vegan butternut squash mac n cheese shells

11. Smoked Tofu & Watercress Cannelloni

Cannelloni is an often overlooked pasta dish, but it is a wonderful dish that packs in loads of flavour.

For those who may not be familiar with this specific type of pasta, they are pasta rolls which have been filled and baked to perfection. This recipe features a tasty spinach, tofu, and watercress filling. And of course, don’t forget to sprinkle a heap of vegan cheese on top to melt into the dish.

smoked tofu and watercress cannelloni

12. Lentil Bolognese

Keep it simple with a nice and saucy vegan pasta bolognese. This recipe uses a common household food item to create a hearty vegan ragu – lentils!

This recipe takes it back to the basics, so it’s great for beginners and those who want to build up their cooking skills. As you get more comfortable, you can add extra veggies and spices to add even more flavour and texture.

vegan lentil pasta bolognese

13. Mushroom Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Mac ‘n’ cheese can be such a draw with its simple recipe and abundance of cheese. Fortunately for us, it’s really easy to make a great vegan cheesy version to enjoy.

The added feature of mushrooms adds even more texture and flavour to the well-loved dish. You’ll no doubt be going back for another serving!

vegan mushroom mac and cheese

14.Vegan Pappardelle with Fennel, Courgette & Lemon

This vegan pappardelle pasta recipe is both light and summery thanks to the fresh flavours of courgette and fennel combined with zesty lemon. it’s a simple yet elegant dish that also makes an impressive dinner party course.

Vegan Pappardelle with Fennel, Courgette & Lemon

15. One-Pot Mexican Taco Pasta

For those days when you can’t choose between tacos or pasta, why not combine them together with this tasty recipe.

Packed with all the best flavours you’d find in a taco, this delicious dish is made in one pot which means less washing up after too!

One-Pot Mexican Taco Vegan Pasta

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Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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