Pasta & Noodles

These vegan pasta recipes will impress plant-based and meat eaters alike. You won’t just find Italian pasta classics here: We also have lots of Asian noodle dishes to try. When you’re short on time, we’ve got you covered with one-pot wonders and 30-minutes-or-less recipes. From alfredo to ziti, this group of recipes highlights a wide range of whole grain pasta and noodle options.
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Lebanese 7-Spice Noodle Bowl
Sweet roasted garlic and a fragrant Lebanese 7-spice blend give the sauce for these noodle bowls a distinct, warmly spiced Eastern Mediterranean flavor. Each noodle bowl starts with a smear of oil-free hummus. Red lentil spaghetti and a mouthwatering mix of eggplant, onion, and red bell pepper get piled on top, along with watercress (or baby spinach). But it's the aromatic sauce spooned over the top that transforms this into something special.
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Chilled Noodle Bowls with Mixed Veggies
When the temperatures rise, keep it cool for lunch or dinner with this flavorful noodle bowl topped with a parsley-mint dressing made with freshly shelled English peas. An assortment of veggies such as sweet carrots, crisp snap peas, juicy cucumber, tangy tomatoes, and peppery arugula add crunch, color, and nutrition, while the briny tang of olives adds an earthy depth. Like a grain bowl but made with noodles, this fresh-tasting salad is kid-friendly and delicious!
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Quick Gnocchi with Zucchini, Tomato, and White Beans
Saucy, colorful, fresh, and satisfying—this vegan gnocchi hits all the right notes. The pillowy, tender gnocchi melt in your mouth and absorb the rich flavors of fresh tomatoes, green garlic, and zucchini. Canned white beans add creaminess and extra body, while sun-dried tomatoes add pops of zingy flavor. Garnish with fresh basil and, if you like, nutritional yeast for a quick-cooking Italian-style dish
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Crispy Air-Fried Tofu with Brown Rice Noodles
Topped with crispy air-fried tofu and a spicy peanut sauce, these lively brown rice noodle bowls will satisfy all your Thai food cravings. Fresh lemongrass infuses tender bok choy and aromatic scallions with a mild citrus fragrance, while earthy pad Thai noodles anchor the dish. The trick to getting the tofu crunchy and delicious is to squeeze out as much water as possible, then coat each cube with a seasoned mix of fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, and coconut aminos.
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Linguine with Artichokes and Lentils
Reminiscent of pasta with clam sauce, this flavor-packed dish features frozen artichoke hearts cooked to creamy perfection with tender linguine pasta. French green lentils add an earthy heft which is perfectly balanced by citrusy lemon zest, briny capers, and fragrant fresh oregano. Ready in 30 minutes or less, this dish comes together in about the time it takes to cook the pasta!
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Orecchiette with Creamy Vegan Tomato Sauce
Transport yourself to an Italian trattoria with this scrumptious vegan pasta that tickles your taste buds. Velvety avocado and starchy pasta cooking water are the keys to creating a creamy vegan tomato sauce that bursts with finger-licking goodness. Fresh basil adds a peppery lift, and a handful of spinach (or arugula) thrown in at the end wilts to tender perfection in the savory sauce. Garnish each serving with toasted panko bread crumbs and walnuts for a satisfying crunch.
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One-Pot Pasta with Spring Veggies
Cherry tomatoes, green beans, carrots, and scallions add colorful crunch to angel hair noodles while creamy white beans offer extra heft. To let the fresh produce shine, the dish is seasoned with nutritional yeast, chili flakes, and fresh basil instead of doused in a heavy sauce. Sprinkle everything with a little salt and pepper to make the flavors sing, and then dig into a hearty bowl of this comforting pasta!
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Vegan Chili Mac and Cheese
Serrano chiles add a relatively mild heat to this creamy chili mac ’n’ cheese, making it a family-friendly option for dinner. Whole wheat elbow noodles are tossed in a simple dairy-free cheese sauce and peppered with sweet corn kernels, tender roasted bell peppers, and black beans for the ultimate Tex-Mex pasta dish. A touch of lime juice adds zesty acidity to the denser ingredients, and you could even top each portion with extra sliced chiles to dial up the heat.
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Linguine with Mushroom Pesto
This easy linguine with mushroom pesto is fresh, filling, and full of flavor—not to mention, it comes together in just 30 minutes. It all starts by blending sautéed mushrooms in a food processor with basil, garlic, and walnuts to create an umami-rich pesto that’s a bit thicker and chunkier than your traditional herbs-oriented pesto. Hearty whole wheat noodles are tossed in the savory sauce and then topped with a bright mixture of lemony white beans and arugula for extra substance.
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Gluten-Free Thai Noodle Bowls with Bok Choy and Peanut Sauce
Saucy, brothy, and packed full of fresh veggies, these Thai-inspired noodle bowls are everything you want in a satisfying plant-based meal. Bok choy and carrots are simmered in veggie stock until tender and then combined with chewy brown rice noodles and hearty edamame. A homemade Peanut Sauce is drizzled over the jumble to swirl finger-licking flavor into every bite, and a garnish of lime-infused herbs ties everything together.
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Spaghetti Squash Boats with White Beans and Swiss Chard Spaghetti Squash Boats with White Beans and Swiss Chard
These spaghetti squash boats are bound to be met with sparkling reviews after the first bite. The tender squash strands hold up well against a hearty homemade red sauce that’s packed full of good-for-you ingredients. Creamy cannellini beans, tender carrot, fiber-rich chard, and aromatic herbs join forces to create a comforting puttanesca-style filling that can easily be made spicier by adding extra red pepper flakes. Top each serving with a sprinkling of cheesy nutritional yeast.
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Spaghetti with White Beans and Shallot-Sage Marinara Spaghetti with White Beans and Shallot-Sage Marinara
A can of crushed tomatoes is transformed into a fragrant marinara sauce with the addition of savory shallots, which have a flavor that’s somewhere between onions and garlic. Fresh sage adds subtle herbal notes while a crack of black pepper contrasts nicely with the acidic tomatoes. Creamy cannellini beans are tossed into the sauce for extra nutrient-dense substance before everything is spooned over a heaping pile of whole wheat spaghetti.
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Brown Rice Noodle Bowls with Ginger-Garlic Sauce Brown Rice Noodle Bowls with Ginger-Garlic Sauce
Get dinner on the table in a flash with these super quick five-ingredient Asian noodle bowls. Chewy brown rice noodles are slathered in a savory ginger-garlic sauce and tossed with steamed veggies to create a quick and easy meal that’s healthy and hearty. Our recipe calls for an Asian stir-fry blend of frozen vegetables, but it can easily be adapted to accommodate any fresh or frozen vegetables you have on hand.
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Tofu Shirataki Noodles with Lentils, Green Beans, and Tomatoes
Tofu shirataki noodles are made from tofu and konjac yam root, which means they’re low in calories, high in fiber, and closer in texture to grain-based noodles than traditional shirataki, which is made with just konjac. Green beans, tomatoes, and spiralized yellow squash add earthy flavor and bright color to the dish, while hearty lentils pack nutrient-dense substance. The tangy miso-maple dressing ties everything together for a memorable noodle dish that will leave you licking the bowl.
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Fajita Pasta Salad
Red lentil noodles give extra color to this festive pasta salad, which borrows its zesty flavors from fajitas, a Tex-Mex dish of grilled veggies, savory spices, and fresh herbs served on warm tortillas. Sweet corn, bell peppers, poblano chiles, and onions are grilled to tender perfection, while pinto beans and juicy tomatoes are added for extra substance. A spicy lime vinaigrette is drizzled over the eye-catching jumble to pack each forkful with powerful flavors.