Tahini Pasta Stir-Fry

vegan tahini pasta

This creamy, vegan tahini pasta stir fry is the ultimate comfort food. It’s a simple, flavorful dish that comes together in just about 30 minutes, and hits the spot every time when you’re craving a cozy bowl of pasta.

vegan tahini pasta

As someone who grew up on tahini, I love finding new ways to cook with it. Tahini is so versatile, and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Its creaminess took this pasta dish to the next level!

Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds. It’s rich and creamy, and works so well as the main ingredient in this pasta sauce.

How to make creamy tahini pasta sauce

For the sauce, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients:

  • Tahini- you want to look for 100% pure ground sesame when buying your tahini. Most large grocery stores will have them in the nut butter aisle, or with the ethnic foods.
  • Coconut aminos– I always recommend coconut aminos over soy sauce because it has a slightly sweeter taste and less sodium. If it’s hard to come by, low-sodium soy sauce can always be substituted instead- just be mindful of the added salt in the dish!
  • Pasta water– I love using pasta water in sauce recipes because it helps thicken the sauce
  • Maple syrup
  • Garlic
  • Sesame seeds
  • Salt
  • Red pepper flakes– optional, but we love the heat!

This dish would be delicious on its own, or served with your favorite protein. You can substitute a bean-based pasta to pack in some extra fiber + protein, and throw in any vegetables you have lying around.

vegan tahini pasta

This dish is so delicious, and 100% customizable, which makes it that much better! Let me know if you try it. Be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see your creations. 

Here’s what to serve with your Vegan Tahini Pasta Stir Fry:

Maple Dijon Salmon

Sesame Ginger Tofu

Sweet & Spicy Tofu and Broccoli

Honey Garlic Salmon

Tahini Pasta Stir Fry

5 from 5 votes
Course: Main, Dinner


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  • 8-10 oz pasta of choice, I used brown rice penne

  • 1/2 white onion, sliced

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 cups broccoli florets

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)

  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey

  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup pasta water

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

  • Pinch of salt


  • Prepare the pasta as instructed on package. Reserve at least 1/2 cup of pasta water, drain and set aside.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil to the same pot, and saute your veggies on a medium heat for about 7-10 minutes. Season with 1 tbsp of coconut aminos and 1/2 tsp salt.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients.
  • Once the veggies are cooked, add in the drained pasta and mix well.
  • Pour the sauce in and stir together on medium heat until well combined. Top with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes.

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  1. Manpreet Kaur

    Made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! I’ve never added tahini to a pasta before and this creaminess was unlike other pastas I’ve made – it’s uniquely nutty, smooth and savory. The mix of soy sauce + tahini along with the other spices made for a delicious pasta that we will definitely be making again. Thank you again Gal.

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