Easy Plant-Based Pasta Sauce Recipes

Premade plant-based pasta sauces can be difficult to find, but cooking from scratch can be so time consuming! Well, look no further than these three delicious, quick, and easy recipes for healthy, vegan sauces to add to your favorite pasta dishes.

A food processor will greatly assist in making these sauces, but a blender will also work.

Try using this to top dry pasta out of the box go get dinner ready in minutes, or serve up something homemade like fettuccine made with this basic semolina pasta dough if you have just a little more time.

Pesto Pecan Kale Sauce | Foodal.com
Pecan Kale Pesto Sauce
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An alternative to the usual pine nut recipe.
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4 people
Servings
4 people
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Pecan Kale Pesto Sauce
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An alternative to the usual pine nut recipe.
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4 people
Ingredients
  • 4 large leaves kale
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 6 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • salt to taste
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  1. In a small pot, bring water to a boil. Once it's begun to bubble, submerge the kale leaves in the water and blanch for two minutes. Then strain the kale and add it to your blender or food processer.
  2. Add in all of the other ingredients and blend. You may need to use a plunger, or add in a small splash of water to help the sauce process. It should come out smooth but thick.
  3. Add this pesto sauce to your favorite spaghetti noodles or other pasta. It can also be added to sandwiches and pizza.
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If you want more a true Italian taste, then see our more traditional Pesto recipe.

 

Vegan Cashew Cheesy Sauce | Foodal.com
Vegan Cashew Cheezy Sauce
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Great with noodles or dipping!
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Vegan Cashew Cheezy Sauce
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Great with noodles or dipping!
Servings
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Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup raw or unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt to taste
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  1. Add the cashews to a small cup and fill the cup with warm water until the water level is just above the top of the nuts. Allow them to soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Once they are done soaking, drain them in a colander and add them to your blender or food processor. Add in the other ingredients and blend until they form a smooth paste without any chunks of cashew. Add in a splash of water if necessary to help blend.
  3. Mix this thick, cheezy sauce in with your favorite macaroni noodles, or enjoy it as a healthy dipping sauce for soft pretzels or nachos.
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Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce | Foodal.com
Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce
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A nice simple recipe to drizzle over the top of spaghetti noodles.
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A nice simple recipe to drizzle over the top of spaghetti noodles.
Ingredients
  • 4 roma tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • salt to taste
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  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Slice the roma tomatoes into 1-inch pieces. Place them on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes (this is a great time to prepare your pasta). You may want to broil the tomatoes for 30 seconds or to really soften them up.
  2. Then remove them from the oven, and carefully add them to your food processor. Add in the other ingredients. Pulse the mixture until the ingredients start to form a sauce, but still have a chunky texture.
  3. Add to whole wheat spaghetti for a rustic Italian meal, or enjoy this sauce on pizza for extra flavor.
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Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce

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20 thoughts on “Easy Plant-Based Pasta Sauce Recipes”

  1. Some great ideas, especially the cashew sauce. I tried something similar before in a vegan restaurant where they used cashew nuts for a stroganoff sauce. I think it would also work well with stir fried noodles and perhaps adapt it too for a pasta sauce with some soya milk in to make it creamier.

  2. These recipes look great! The roasted tomato sauce looks really cheap and easy to make – I thin k I’ll be trying that out at the weekend. It looks much nicer than anything that comes out of a jar – and at a fraction of the cost too!

  3. I think the simple tomato sauce is always my favorite, but I’m a tomato fanatic. I wonder if you could use the nutritional yeast in the pesto instead of the parm or pecans though. I’ve never found a vegan pesto that uses nuts that I liked, so that might be a good alternative.

  4. I just couldn’t help myself here, the page has been bookmarked for future reference and i think the first test to undertake will be making the Vegan Cashew Cheezy Sauce, it just looks ‘tempting’ if am allowed to say so 🙂

  5. I am very excited to try these recipes! Recently, I have been out on a plant-based diet and I must admit, it has been very difficult, Especially over the holidays! Family members left and right kept trying to get me to cheat on my diet until I finally caved and had ham. I grew up eating meat. My grandmother for example made fried chicken every morning for breakfast. I’m struggling to get back on track but I am very determined because when I stuck to the diet, I felt great!

    • Wait, despite you being on a plant-based diet, having ‘cheat days’ is not allowed?…or its of a stricter kind..?, i find it quite hard to follow through strict diets, rules, regulations, no matter how eager i am to keep at it {my best}…i always come short of my expectations or expectations of others..live life is what i say and live it freely 😉

  6. Are the pecans supposed to supplement the Parmesan in the pesto recipe? If not I have a hard time figuring out why one would use a cashew? Anywho, it IS a great recipe & has plenty began options. Why not use an avocado to thicken the brew? =)

  7. Yummm. Oven-roasted tomato sauce would be a great alternative to the store-bought bottled tomato sauce I normally buy. I’m sure there’s going to be much more depth of flavors then the ones from the store. I usually cheap-out by using the store bought sauce then throw in some fresh large plum tomatoes and some grilled onions to freshen up the dull commercial sauce. I’ve never tried cashew sauce before. This will be a first. I’m not sure how it would taste.

  8. I already have a vegan wild garlic pesto recipe which I love, but I had not ever considered using raw kale leaves in a pesto before. That first recipe, Pecan Kale Pesto Sauce, looks great and will mean I can have something in the autumn and winter when my wild garlic is not available (I have usually eaten all the frozen wild garlic pesto by the middle of the summer!)

    I have a similar cashew nut recipe but I add raw garlic and sweet white miso to it as well. I find it hard not eat just eat it off the teaspoon before it has ever made it to the pasta! I also sometimes add dill tops to change the flavour completely.

  9. These are great sauces! They are simple too, but seem like they will be flavorful. I have water to do a fresh tomatoes sauce instead of using tomatoes paste out of the can. This sauce is simple to do. The kale sauce is a new concept for me, but I like it. I love pecans and I want to see how it tastes.
    I am a vegan and this is a treat to find vegan sauces. I don’t mind the work, because they are great alternatives to processed sauces.

  10. All these recipes look interesting, I love the oven roasted tomato sauce. I have tried it and it was lovely. I love all things tomato so this is the perfect recipe for me. I find the other recipe’s on this page interesting also. I like the sound of them and I think I will bookmark this page and try them all.

  11. These look good! The oven roasted tomatoes one is similar to a recipe I’ve got — cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes) and garlic roasted sauce. Pretty much the same, except there is also some balsamic vinegar going in and a few chili flakes. It’s roasted up to the moment that the skin of the small tomatoes crack. Delicious! I never actually thought to make it with normal tomatoes, thanks for the idea!

  12. I love the idea of using kale and pecans in this way. It sounds like an interesting alternative, and my family loves pesto, so it would be perfect. I also love the oven roasted tomato sauce. Roma tomatoes are my favorite, and are almost all I buy, so I will be able to try this one out soon. I also like @JoanMcWench’s idea of adding in some avocado, another favorite of mine.

  13. These look really tasty. It is nice to know that you can make these sauces from plant based foods. I must admit I never thought about these. I know about the tomato as I have made something similar before, but I will have to try the others out. It is always nice to be inspired by some new food combinations.

  14. Oh God this looks so good. The cashew sauce looks like a cashew butter. I’ve had some from the store that was really good. Really easy recipe. The first one too, the pesto is great. It’s always good to find more sauces and add-ons. I like to do vegan noodles such as cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash, and so forth. It’s addictive cause you feel like you are eating pasta but you are actually just having a salad with sauce.

  15. I really need to start eating healthier. It gets me down thinking about it because I haven’t been doing it. I lack the motivation. But when I find things that are easy to make and look good too, it really motivates me to eat healthier.

  16. The roasted tomato one is utterly delicious. I used the last of the small sweet tomatoes from my greenhouse and the flavour was just marvellous. I’ve made my own pesto for years – ever since I learned I could make it as well and more cheaply than I could buy it, and now I’ll be making this regularly too.

  17. I’m always happy to find a new. healthy pasta sauces for some variety. And as others have said, that cashew sauce could also be added to a stir fry or in a form of stroganoff (yum!).

    And having just read your post on the health benefits of pecans (and other nuts), I’d better try that pesto recipe!

    But what is the yeast added to the first two sauces for?

  18. Amazing! It’s always difficult to find delicious healthy recipes for creamy items like sauces and salad dressings. It seems like all of the mainstream choices available at the supermarket are packed with unhealthy additives and preservatives. It’s always nice to find some healthy alternatives. Can’t wait to try the Vegan Cashew Cheezy Sauce!!

  19. I really love making sauces, especially when these are made up with avocado and perejil, that definitely is one of the best combinations ever, hwoever, I will copy this down just to take it into account. Thank you for sharing it.

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