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26 So-Good Vegan Pasta Recipes You'll Make on Repeat

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind

We all know that spaghetti and meatballs is a combo for the ages — but that doesn't mean pasta can't be bomb without meat (or dairy, for that matter). Cheesy homemade macaroni and creamy fettuccine noodles can be yours to dive into, even if you're living a plant-based lifestyle.

All it takes is the right arsenal of vegan recipes, and you'll be enjoying a different — but still super-delicious — pasta dish every night of the month.

1. Avocado pasta recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind

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Avocados are a great source of energy, and their texture lends itself perfectly for creamy sauces, like in this recipe for avocado pasta.

2. Vegan Bolognese recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind

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Lentils and quinoa make this recipe for vegan Bolognese a hearty and healthy option, even better when served alongside a mixed-greens salad.

More: How to Use Powdered Peanut Butter — Your New High-Protein Vegan BFF

3. Maitake fettuccine in creamy sauce recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind

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Earthy maitake mushrooms make this maitake fettuccine in creamy sauce a delicious dinner idea. If you can't find maitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms work well too.

4. Pan-fried lemony artichokes with asparagus-pistachio pesto pasta recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind

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To make this pan-fried lemony artichokes with asparagus-pistachio pesto pasta vegan, just exclude the Parmesan cheese grated in the pesto.

5. Vegan fettuccine with creamy walnut sauce recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind
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Nuts are the perfect element when creating flavorful and creamy sauces for pasta, like this vegan fettuccine with creamy walnut sauce.

6. Pumpkin Alfredo recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind

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Pumpkin Alfredo is something we've always wanted to make ourselves. The orange pumpkin color is similar to the comforting cheddar in traditional mac and cheese.

7. Vegan mac and cheese recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind
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Sometimes you just need a dose of comfort food, like this vegan mac and cheese with crumb topping.

8. Lasagna with creamy red wine sauce recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind

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Serve up a slice of this gorgeous lasagna with creamy red wine sauce, and no one will miss the animal products, such as cheese, cream and meat.

9. Vegan penne alla vodka recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind
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Vodka is definitely vegan, so make sure to add a splash, and cook it down to make this luscious vegan penne alla vodka.

10. Creamy mushroom and tofu stroganoff recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind
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Another comfort food favorite, this creamy mushroom and tofu stroganoff recipe is great for chilly spring nights.

11. Creamy Mexican mac and cheese recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind
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Spice up your Meatless Monday nights with this version of creamy Mexican mac and cheese topped with fresh tomatoes, jalapeños and cilantro. It's the perfect spiced-up meal.

12. Linguine with chipotle-pumpkin cream sauce recipe

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The balance between chipotle and pumpkin is one that makes this recipe for linguine with chipotle-pumpkin cream sauce shine.

13. Stuffed shells with cashew ricotta cheese recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind

Learn to make your own vegan cashew ricotta cheese with this recipe for stuffed shells with cashew ricotta cheese.

14. Smoky butternut mac and cheese recipe

If you think pasta needs dairy & meat to be delicious, we're about to blow your mind

Image: Allyson Kramer

We're drooling over this delicious-looking smoky butternut mac and cheese recipe.

Keep reading for tofu soba noodles and more!

Originally published April 2015. Updated July 2017.

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