Creamy vegan pasta sauce is my new favorite comfort meal! This plant-based dish is the perfect weeknight meal, and it comes together in just about 30 minutes. The 4-ingredient cashew cream is such a great replacement for a dairy cream.
The flavors resemble a penne vodka (minus the vodka), but have the perfect kick of spice from the red pepper flakes. You can use any pasta of choice for this dish, but I love to use a lentil or chickpea based one for some added protein.
How to make vegan creamy pasta
Choose your pasta: I love penne or rotini for this recipe. You can use regular, whole-wheat, or a bean-based pasta for added fiber and protein
Make your sauce: for the creamy tomato sauce, you’ll need:
- jarred tomato sauce
- raw cashews
- pasta water
- olive oil
- non-dairy milk
Cook your onions and garlic: before mixing together your sauce and pasta, you’ll cook chopped onion and garlic in olive oil until they’re fragrant. This adds such a delicious flavor to the sauce!
Mix your sauce with your pasta: Mix your creamy pasta sauce with your cooked pasta, and enjoy it with my favorite sides- a simple salad and big glass of wine!
I usually pair this dish with a light side salad for additional greens. It would be the perfect side dish to any meal, but also delicious on its own.
You can prep the sauce ahead of time, and mix it into your cooked pasta when you’re ready to eat. When rewarming, I recommend adding a little bit of water, or plant-based milk, to your serving to help smoothen out the sauce.
I can’t wait for you guys to try it! Be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can share your creations!
how long does it keep in fridge??
I would say 4-5 days! You can add a little water when reheating to add to the creaminess.
Delicious! What would you recommend swapping out to make a low-fodmap version of this? 🙂
Hey Hayley! You can leave out the garlic and onion, and swap your favorite gluten-free pasta (Jovial makes great ones). You can also try to find a garlic infused olive oil like the one that Fody makes
To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement! This dish was so quick and easy to make, and the sauce was packed with so much flavor. I will definitely be making this again!
Thank you Dianne! That makes me so happy 🙂
Hi! I have missed vodka sauce so much ever since I cut out lactose, so this really hit the spot!! My whole family (who is not lactose intolerant) loved it too! I was wondering what a god substitute would be for the pasta water if I make these with homemade zucchini noodles?
Hey Amy, I would just substitute water or more plant-based milk! If the sauce is too watery, just let it simmer for a little longer to thicken up 🙂
Gal, my decision to make this was largely driven by the fact that I happened to have all the ingredients for this on hand. I have to admit I added probably 4x the amount of red pepper flakes because I live for spice, but this really hit the spot! Excellent, delicious, quick, and super easy. 10/10, will make again. I topped it off with some nutritional yeast for good measure.
Hey Ashlee, thank you so much for your kind review! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it 🙂