The Best Vegan Pasta Sauces

If you’re looking for a tasty vegan pasta sauce to serve up at your next family dinner, it can be tempting to miss the meat or dairy pasta sauces like classic bolognese or fettuccine alfredo. Although bolognese and fettuccine alfredo are international favorites, there are lots of vegan pasta sauces that are as delicious.   

If you’re looking for a few vegan pasta options, these tasty and authentic sauces are guaranteed to impress at any gathering. Every sauce is incredibly heart-warming, uses fresh ingredients, and – most importantly – is absolutely delicious.

Get ready to discover a whole new world of vegan pasta with these tasty sauces. You’ll never go store-bought again, you will go beyond simple tomato sauce, and you will not even miss the meat or dairy!

These pasta sauces are perfect for an everyday dinner meal like #meatlessmonday or can be dressed up for a special dinner meal. The good news is that both adults and children will enjoy these pasta sauces so you can make one dinner for everybody.

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The Best Vegan Pasta Sauces

Spaghetti Puttanesca

  • Author: Jewish Food Hero
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided 

  • 4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

  • ¼ cup capers, drained and chopped

  • ¼ cup pitted black olives, chopped

  • 1 cup whole peeled tomatoes, roughly broken up (use your hands)

  • Pinch Kosher salt

  • 1/2lb dried spaghetti pasta

  • Handful fresh parsley leaves, minced

  • 1oz nutritional  grated (plus extra for serving)

  • Freshly ground black pepper


Instructions

  1. Place a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add 4 tbsp of oil along with the garlic, anchovies, and pepper flakes.

  2. Cook until the garlic turns light golden (around 5 minutes), then add the capers and olives, stirring to combine.

  3. Add the tomatoes to the pan, stir everything together, and then bring the sauce to a bare simmer

  4. If using, stir in the tuna, using a fork to flake the meat.

  5. In the meantime, prepare your spaghetti until al dente (around 2 minutes less than the package instructions).

  6. Remove the sauce from the heat and drain your pasta in a colander—Reserve 1 cup of the cooked pasta water.

  7. Add the drained pasta to your sauce along with a few tbsp of pasta water, using tongs to toss everything together.

  8. Place the pasta on medium-high heat, bringing everything to a vigorous simmer.

  9. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring and shaking the pan to ensure the pasta is completely covered by the sauce. Add pasta water to keep the sauce loose.

  10. Turn the heat off and stir in the pitted olives, parsley, and cheese, then season generously with salt and pepper (the sauce will be a little salty from the other ingredients, so taste as you go).

  11. Serve immediately with extra grated cheese.


Keywords: Puttanesca, pasta sauce, vegan

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

  • Author: Jewish Food Hero
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt

  • 1lb dried spaghetti noodles

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • Red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)

  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced (to serve)


Instructions

  1. Cook pasta as per the packet instructions. Remove from the heat 2 minutes early, so the pasta is just below al dente. Drain, reserving the pasta water for later. 

  2. While the pasta cooks, add 6tbsp of olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes to a large skillet on medium heat. Cook until garlic is lightly golden (around 5 minutes).

  3. Transfer the drained pasta to the skillet with ½ cup of the pasta water, then increase the heat to high.

  4. Cook, stirring, and tossing continuously until a creamy sauce starts to form. Keep tossing to ensure every noodle is thoroughly coated.

  5. Turn the heat off, then add the remaining 2 tbsp of oil, stirring well to combine.

  6. Mix the parsley through the pasta, leaving a little to sprinkle on the top as garnish. Serve hot.


Keywords: garlic, oil, pasta, vegan

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Spaghetti Vino Rosso

  • Author: Jewish Food Hero
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 12 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (plus extra to serve)

  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  • 16 tbsp unsalted vegan butter, cut into 1” pieces, divided

  • 2 bottles of red wine (750ml bottles)

  • Kosher salt

  • 2lbs spaghetti noodles

  • 1 cup nutritional yeast


Instructions

  1. Over medium heat, combine 3 tbsp olive oil with the finely sliced garlic in a big Dutch Oven.

  2. Add the red pepper flakes and 2 tbsp butter, then cook, occasionally stirring, until the garlic is fragrant but not colored (around 3 minutes).

  3. Add the two 750ml bottles of red wine, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring everything to the boil.

  4. Let it cook uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until the wine has reduced by two-thirds. Cover and keep warm.

  5. Meanwhile, for around 3 minutes less than the package instructions, boil the pasta in salted water.

  6. Drain the spaghetti, then add to the red wine sauce with the additional 14 tbsp of butter.

  7. Set the Dutch oven over medium heat and bring the sauce back to a simmer.

  8. Cook for around 3 minutes, frequently tossing to ensure every noodle is well coated by the sauce and the sauce has thickened nicely.

  9. Taste and season (if necessary), then divide the pasta between bowls.

  10. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of grated parmesan.


Keywords: red wine, pasta, vegan

Notes on the best vegan pasta

If you really want to impress with an authentic vegan pasta dish, in addition to making a delicious vegan pasta sauce…you can also make pasta from scratch at home! It’s surprisingly easy, and pasta makers are much more accessible and simple to use than you might think (I love mine from Uno Casa). 

Making home-made pasta takes less than one hour and there are plenty of egg-free pasta recipes to choose from today.

But even if you don’t want to make your own pasta, with these delicious vegan pasta sauces, you’re sure to impress. They’re so quick and easy; nobody needs to know how simple they are to make.

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