Nothing says comfort food like this Creamy Cashew Alfredo with Vegan Pancetta & Peas. This plant-based pasta uses a cashew alfredo sauce in lieu of traditional alfredo sauce. Blended cashews, combined with nutritional yeast and fresh lemon juice, make a thick, creamy dairy-free alfredo substitute. Pancetta is replicated by pan-frying mushrooms in a sticky maple “bacon” sauce made with tamari and maple syrup. This vegan pasta recipe is the perfect plant-based dinner when the weather is gloomy!
Vegan Recipes and Vegan Cooking Tips
Italian Vegan Recipes
Check out my vegan Italian recipes category, where you’ll find ways to veganize popular Italian dishes. Traditional Italian dishes often get their flavor through melty cheeses and slow-cooked meat sauces. But you can achieve mouth-watering vegan Italian dishes with a little patience and creativity.
- Vegan pizza. Cheese? Please! There are so many different ways to create a vegan pizza. Check out my general vegan pizza category, which includes some of our favorite homemade dough recipes, as well as tricks to making vegan pizza taste as good as you remember from your omnivore days.
- Vegan Lasagna. Gone are the days of the post-lasagna food hangover. In our Italian vegan food recipes category, we offer up lighter, plant-based lasagna preparation alternatives. Instead of thick seminola wheat noodles that take forever to digest, line your lasagna with thin layers of zucchini and/or eggplant. Swap out gooey mozzarella for a cashew cream sauce and ground beef with good-for-you red lentils.
- Vegan Pasta. Instead of loading up your plate (and your gut) with meat sauce, try a lentil bolognese. Or a creamy cashew alfredo. I’ve searched this dish to dinner guests (first, of course, identifying any food allergies) and they’ve not been able to tell the difference. And don’t forget to load up your vegan pasta dish with tons of vegetables – they add flavor, texture and additional nutritional benefits. Then top the whole thing off with a nut-based vegan parmesan cheese. Yup! That’s a thing! And done right, it will make your vegan pasta dishes sing with flavor.
- Vegan Soup. Don’t forget warm & comforting dishes like vegan minestrone. It’s a quick & easy vegan recipe that offers up a light vegan lunch or vegan dinner – perfect when the weather starts to change in the fall.
Keep your summer cool with this vegan caprese salad recipe! With a twist on the traditional, this easy caprese salad features avocado, grape tomatoes, English cucumbers and a vegan pesto. Serve it as an appetizer or a vegan side dish.
This Vegan Sundried Tomato Sauce with Chickpeas and Spinach is my favorite answer when the question: what’s for dinner? sneaks up on me. You know those days – the ones that get away from you and suddenly you’ve got a crowd of hungry people looking at you imploringly. Just tuck this sundried tomato sauce recipe in an easy-to-find spot and you’ll be all good.
Nothing says comfort food like a big bowl of pasta with a rich, homemade vodka sauce. And now, with this vegan vodka sauce recipe, plant-based eaters can get the same satisfaction. This dairy-free vodka sauce is creamy, bright and so easy to make!
Up the ante on your vegan soups and salads with this vegan crouton recipe. These vegan croutons are easy to make and while they may be dairy free, they aren’t flavor free!
This Vegan White Bean Stew is so easy to make…and so tasty! This slow-cooker vegan white bean soup comes out so thick and creamy, you’ll be hard-pressed to convince someone that it’s dairy-free.
This healthy, vegan baked pasta recipe features lentil-stuffed rigatoni pasta nestled in a rich tomato sauce with a savory cashew cream drizzle.
This vegan lentil bolognese ranks among the best vegan pasta sauces. Flavored with slow cooked onions and garlic and made creamy with a cashew cream sauce, this bolognese recipe is sure to be a family favorite.
This Vegan Fettuccini Alfredo the ultimate in vegan comfort food! Made with a rich cashew cream sauce, this plant-based fettuccini alfredo is the perfect vegan dinner option when the weather starts to get cooler.
This roasted tomato compote with fresh basil recipe is pure gold. The combination of slow roasted fresh tomatoes in plenty of olive oil with a handful of fresh basil will make your taste buds sing. I like to spread it on home olive sourdough or add it as a topping to crispy vegan polenta cakes.