Creamy vegan pasta is one of the simplest pasta dishes. This is perfect for lazy meals when you don't feel like cooking on weekdays. This is creamy, saucy, delicious in flavors.
I love this pasta than the red sauce pasta. Here I have taken plant-based milk but you can also use cashew cream or your favorite alfredo sauce to the pasta. But not making the recipe complex, this is the easiest way to make this delicious pasta.
Pasta is one of the delicious dishes from Italian cuisine we know. There is a huge range of pasta and pasta sauces we can make. These are so versatile, you can make them in any way you love them. Read my spaghetti aglio olio, vegan pasta salad recipe here.
Why this vegan creamy pasta is so great?
I love this pasta and I'm sure you will love this pasta too. It's a perfect combination of flavors and simplicity.
- vegan, plant-based
- Easy to make
- no fancy ingredients
- made with pantry staples
- 7 ingredients only
- versatile to customize
- delicious and flavorful
- quick under 20 minutes dish
- perfect vegan meal
- can add veggies of choice
- can customize the sauce too
Ingredients you will need
Pasta - take any pasta of your choice. any of them will work fine. Here I have taken fusilli pasta. I prefer pasta that can hold some sauces in them rather than spaghetti for this creamy pasta recipe.
Seasoning - Italian pasta seasoning. My favorite ones are oregano, basil, parsley, chili flakes along with basic salt and black pepper. You can choose either dried herbs or fresh herbs or a mix of them. I like to add fresh parsley along with other dried herbs.
You can choose as per the availability in your pantry. Also here I have added fresh garlic and fresh onions but you can surely substitute them with garlic powder and onion powder.
For the sauce - plant-based milk, nutritional yeast, flour. You can also take other sauces like cauliflower alfredo, cashew cream sauce, or creamy sauce with white beans.
Veggies - I have taken onions, garlic for flavor. You can also substitute them with onion powder and garlic powder. Garlic is essential to bring out a nice garlicky flavor in the dish. Apart from that, you can also add other veggies like broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, etc to your pasta. Loaded with veggies means more nutritious.
How To Cook the Pasta Perfectly?
Take 3/4th water (appx 1 ltr) in a large saucepan or cooking bowl. Bring it to a boil. Add 1 tbsp salt. Now add the pasta to the boiling water. Again bring it to a boil and cook until the pasta is cooked al dente. This will take around 5 - 8 minutes depending on what pasta you are cooking.
But remember to take them out when cooked al dente (just cooked). Don't overcook the pasta at all. Once done remove from the water by passing through a sieve or colander. You can reserve some of the cooking water if you wish to dilute the sauce or add to the sauce while cooking.
Making sauce for creamy vegan pasta
Heat olive oil in a pan or skillet. Now add minced garlic and chopped or sliced onion to the pan. Saute till translucent. Here you can add any vegetable of choice too. The most popular ones are mushrooms, broccoli, spinach leaves.
Then add a tbsp flour to the pan and stir nicely. Now pour any plant-based milk slowly and keep stirring to avoid making any lumps in the sauce. Now bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the seasonings, nutritional yeast to the prepared sauce and simmer till you reach a creamy consistency.
Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and mix them all gently. Simmer for another minute and turn off the heat. Add some more chopped fresh parsley leaves to the pasta. You can also add some chili flakes to the pasta.
Can I make my pasta gluten-free?
Yes, you can make your vegan pasta with gluten-free pasta. Gluten-free pasta is normally rice pasta or buckwheat pasta. You may get them easily on Amazon.com. They also come with some natural flavors or ingredients like green pea pasta, spinach pasta, beetroot pasta, etc. Rest all processes will be the same.
And also you may substitute regular flour with almond flour to make the sauce creamy. Or make a white bean sauce or mushroom-based sauce or cashew alfredo, or any of your favorite creamy sauces for this vegan and gluten-free pasta.
Why Nutritional Yeast? Can I skip that?
Nutritional yeast is one of the healthiest food on the vegan diet. It's not only making food delicious, but it also provides health benefits as well. Here the main role of nutritional yeast is it adds a cheesy flavor to the sauce.
However, if you are vegetarian or eat cheese, you may skip this too. Or if you don't want a nice cheesy flavor then you can omit this. I have made this a few times without nutritional yeast. Works fine but the presence of this makes the dish even tastier.
Recipe Card for Vegan Pasta
For the sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion (chopped/sliced) or 1 tsp onion powder
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1½ tbsp flour
- 1½ cup plant-based milk
- 2 tsp Italian seasonings mix
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes
- 2 fresh parsley leaves finely chopped
Cooking the pasta
- Take 3/4th water (appx 1 ltr) in a large sauce pan or cooking bowl.
- Bring it to a boil. Add 1 tbsp salt.
- Now add the pasta to the boiling water.
- Again bring it to a boil and cook until the pasta is cooked al dente.
- This will take around 5 - 8 minutes depending on what pasta you are cooking.
- Once done remove from the water by passing through a sieve or colander.
Make the pasta sauce
- Heat olive oil in a pan or skillet.
- Now add minced garlic and chopped or sliced onion to the pan. S
- Saute till translucent.
- Here you can add any vegetable of choice too. The most popular ones are mushrooms, broccoli, spinach leaves.
- Then add a tbsp flour to the pan and stir nicely.
- Now pour any plant-based milk slowly and keep stirring to avoid making any lumps in the sauce.
- Now bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Add the seasonings, nutritional yeast to the prepared sauce.
- Simmer till you reach a desired creamy consistency.
Mix the pasta and sauce
- Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and mix them all gently.
- Simmer for another minute and turn off heat.
- Add some more chopped fresh parsley leaves to the pasta.
- You can also add some chili flakes to the pasta.
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