29 Vegan Pasta Recipes Inspired by Italy & Its Neighbors

Happy World Pasta Day! We’re celebrating everyone’s favorite comfort food with a selection of traditional Italian recipes, as well as some pasta dishes from neighboring countries like Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Greece, and more. Pick your favorite vegan pasta recipe off today’s list and enjoy the holiday – we know we will!

29 Vegan Pasta Recipes Inspired by Italy & Its Neighbors

Homemade Trofie with Vegan Basil Pesto by Plant-Based School

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Trofie al pesto is a traditional pasta dish, a signature recipe of the Ligurian Riviera in Genova, made with trofie pasta doused in pesto sauce. In addition to a delicious vegan pesto sauce, this recipe by Plant-Based School will teach you how to make authentic trofie pasta at home with just two ingredients.

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Gnocchi alla Sorrentina by My Italian Vegan

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina (Sorrentina Style Gnocchi) is a signature recipe of Sorrento,a province of Naples. Potato gnocchi were created after the import of potatoes in Italy by Europeans from the American continent and started spreading in the late 19th century. Traditionally the soft dough gnocchi dumplings are baked in a traditional crockpot (named pignatiello), with Neapolitan ragù sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmigiano reggiano cheese, and basil, and this plant-based recipe by My Italian Vegan is as close to the original as possible!

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Ciceri e Tria (Pasta and Chickpeas) by Memorie di Angelina

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Ciceri e Tria is a classic dish from Puglia, more specifically from Salento, prepared with pasta and chickpeas as primary ingredients. It also includes a fried pasta topping, which is what really makes this simple vegan pasta recipe stand out among the rest. They say that the use of fried pasta was originally included to create a quality or mouthfeel of meatiness in the dish during times of meat scarcity, and while this recipe seems to be accidentally vegan, it’s so so good!

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Vegan Pasta Amatriciana by Holy Cow Vegan

Amatriciana is a classic Italian pasta sauce originating from the town of Amatrice in Lazio. Traditionally made with meat and cheese, as well as tomato, and sometimes onion, the sauce is typically eaten with bucatini, which is a spaghetti-like pipe pasta that drinks up the delicious sauce. However, you can enjoy this veganized version by Holy Cow Vegan with any kind of pasta you like – for instance, penne, as pictured. And if you’re a garlic lover, you’re going to absolutely love this recipe – it uses up two full heads of garlic per 8 servings!

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Vegan Carbonara by Loving it Vegan

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Spaghetti alla carbonara is perhaps one of the most famous pasta recipes of Italian cuisine that has spread across the world. It’s a fairly recent 20th-century invention of Roman cuisine, traditionally made with eggs, hard cheese, cured pork, and black pepper. However, you won’t miss animal products with this vegan pasta recipe because it’s as rich and creamy as the original, and the meaty umami flavor comes from the mushrooms!

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Lagane e Ceci (Lagane with Chickpeas) by The Pasta Project

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Not to be confused with lasagne, lagane e ceci is a dish from the Calabria region of Southern Italy. It consists of a wide pasta (lagane) cooked with chickpeas (ceci), garlic, and oil. According to The Pasta Project, lagane is the ancestor of today’s lasagna and is believed to be the oldest form of pasta, and it’s almost always served fresh and homemade, so this vegan pasta recipe will teach you how to make it from scratch!

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Vegan Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Cannelloni ricotta e spinaci is a baked pasta dish from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It’s typically made with cannelloni (a cylindrical type of pasta) filled with a sauce of ricotta cheese and spinach, which is then covered by tomato sauce and baked. This vegan pasta recipe by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken opts for an easy homemade vegan tofu ricotta instead, and we’re absolutely here for it!

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Vegan Penne Arrabbiata by Hot For Food

Did you know that the famous Roman pasta penne all’arrabbiata gets its name from sugo all’arrabbiata – the naturally vegan spicy sauce that’s made from garlic, tomatoes, and dried red chili peppers cooked in olive oil? If you knew that, here’s another fun fact for you:  “arrabbiata” literally means “angry” in Italian, hinting at the spiciness of the chili peppers. This vegan pasta recipe requires very few ingredients and yet it’s incredibly flavorful!

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Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino by Plant-Based Matters

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Another accidentally vegan Neapolitan classic, spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino is made by lightly sauteeing minced or pressed garlic in olive oil, sometimes with the addition of dried red chili flakes. Easy to make, pantry-friendly, and extra garlicky (meaning: extra delicious), this vegan pasta recipe is a must-try!

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Vegan Casoncelli by La Cucina Italiana

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Casoncelli is a Northern Italian specialty originating in Lombardy. It’s traditionally made with casoncelli dumplings, bacon, melted butter, sage leaves, and hard cheese, but this veganized version of the delicious half-moon ravioli goes for a chickpea rosemary filling and fruity toppings!

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Vegan Lasagne with Lentils & Spinach Pesto by Rebel Recipes

We bet you’ve already heard of (and likely tried) lasagna alla bolognese, but what about its charmingly green counterpart from the Liguria region, lasagne al pesto? This vegan pasta recipe is packed with vegetables, red lentils, and a creamy ‘cheese’ sauce and layered with fresh and zingy spinach and walnut pesto. Yum!

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Smoky Mushroom and Roast Kale Lasagne by Anna Jones

Vincisgrassi is a mushroom lasagne that is considered one of the gastronomic emblems of the Marche cuisine. It’s made with vincisgrassi pasta, ragù & béchamel sauces, as well as cheese. Note that this recipe by Anna Jones, while inspired by the authentic vincisgrassi, includes both vegetarian and vegan ingredients, so be sure to check the full post for plant-based substitutions. 

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Vegan Pasta alla Norma by The Full Helping

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Formerly known as pasta con le melanzane (‘pasta with eggplant’), pasta alla Norma is a Sicilian pasta dish now more commonly known under its new name that was given to it in honor of Vincenzo Bellini, Sicilian native and the composer of the opera Norma. We promise you’ll love this plant-based spin on the classic Sicilian recipe by The Full Helping made with eggplant, basil, capers, and cashew cheese!

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Vegan Pasta e Fagioli by Connoisseurus Veg

Pasta e fagioli is a traditional Italian pasta dish, and its name literally translates to “pasta and beans”. Basically, these two ingredients are a must, but otherwise, you can let your culinary imagination roam free. This hearty vegan pasta recipe by Connoisseurus Veg is a plant-based spin on a childhood recipe, and as big fans of food stories like that, we couldn’t not include it on today’s list! 

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Creamy Zucchini Spaghetti by The Korean Vegan

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Spaghetti alla Nerano is believed to have been created in the mid 20th century by a woman named Maria Grazia in a restaurant bearing her name in Nerano, a small town on the Sorrento peninsula. This late addition to the Italian pasta family is apparently beloved by actor Stanley Tucci – which is what inspired Joanne of The Korean Vegan to veganize it! It’s simple, yet so good and creamy.

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Vegan Puttanesca by From the Comfort of My Bowl

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Another famous Italian dish, spaghetti alla puttanesca is a Neapolitan favorite typically made with tomatoes, olive oil, olives, capers, and garlic served over spaghetti pasta. This vegan pasta recipe by From the Comfort of My Bowl skips the anchovies without losing any flavor, and is gluten-free as well!

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Homemade Vegan Spinach Ravioli by Plantifully Based

There are many kinds of ravioli (traditional Italian stuffed pasta) out there, but none of the traditional ones seem to have been veganized (or translated to English) yet, so we couldn’t help but share this glorious homemade vegan spinach ravioli with a vegan garlic butter sage sauce recipe by Plantifully Based with you!

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Vegan Linguine with Clam Sauce by Rabbit and Wolves

This vegan pasta recipe by Rabbit and Wolves is somewhat similar to spaghetti alle vongole (clam spaghetti) but uses linguine pasta, enoki mushrooms, and a little bit of kelp magic to give it that seafood-y taste.

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Vegan Cacio e Pepe with Garlicky Mushrooms by From My Bowl

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Can you guess what cacio e pepe stands for? That’s right, “cheese and pepper.” At this point, you have got to be appreciating the simplicity and straightforwardness of Italian cuisine as much as we do! This classic Roman dish was given a flavorful plant-based twist by From My Bowl, and we can’t wait to try this vegan pasta recipe!

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Tagliatelle with Mushroom Ragu & Swiss Chard by May I Have That Recipe?

Vegan Pasta Recipe

Fun fact: while we all know and love spaghetti bolognese, there is no such dish in the Italian tradition, and the Bolognese sauce is only used with tagliatelle or some other kind of egg pasta. Tagliatelle al ragù is one of those classic Bolognese dishes where tagliatelle is traditionally paired with the meaty tomato sauce (ragu). This vegan pasta recipe has a Mediterranean spirit and is filled with meaty mushrooms, savory tomato paste, luscious olive oil, healthy Swiss chard, and buttery pine nuts. What a treat!

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Vegan Timballo by Kitchen Grrrls

Timballo is a savory pasta dish that can be described as a savory pie. It typically consists of pasta, rice, or potatoes, with one or more other ingredients (cheese, meat, fish, vegetables, or fruit) included. The vegan version is made with pasta, meat crumbles, veggies, tomato sauce, silky eggplant, and vegan cheese. If you’re ready to live your best life while preparing and devouring a meal, you’ve got to try this vegan timballo recipe by Kitchen Girrrls, because that’s how they’re described their experience with it, and quite frankly, we’re intrigued!

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Capunet (Soft Spinach Dumplings) by Carlo Cao

Carlo has veganized a traditional recipe for capunet (little spinach dumplings, similar to gnocchi) from his hometown of Val Poschiavo in the southern, Italian-speaking part of the Swiss canton of Graubünden. They are made with spinach, flour, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, and nutmeg, and they sound absolutely delicious!

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Vegan Cheese Spätzle by Zucker & Jagdwurst

While the geographic origin of spätzle is not precisely known, this small-form pasta is most closely associated with the Swabia region of Germany. When served with lentils and wiener sausages, it’s considered the Swabian national meal in the southwestern region of Germany. But this vegan pasta recipe by Zucker & Jagdwurst opts for a cheesy, creamy vegan sauce and smoked tofu on top.

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Vegan Fideuá (Spanish Noodle Paella) by Spain on a Fork

Picture paella. Now picture it with pasta noodles instead of rice, and you’ll get fideuà – a 20th-century invention of the coast of Valencia. Traditionally made with seafood, this vegan pasta recipe by Spain on a Fork drops the sea animals without losing any of the flavor, since most of it comes from the spices & seasonings, like saffron and smoked paprika!

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Youvetsi with Chickpeas by Mia Kouppa

Youvetsi or giouvetsi is a baked pasta dish that hails from Greece that’s traditionally made with orzo pasta, tomato sauce, and various meats. This vegan pasta recipe by Mia Kouppa opts for chickpeas instead of meat for protein, which makes for a wholesome plant-based meal you can enjoy as a weeknight dinner!

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Vegan Pastitsio (Greek Pasta Bake) by Rainbow Nourishments

Another Greek addition to the international pasta family, pastitsio is another baked pasta dish that somewhat resembles lasagna or a slightly more gourmet version of baked ziti or baked spaghetti. There are versions of it in Cyprus, Egypt, Malta, and Turkey, but Anthea of Rainbow Nourishments seems to have been inspired by the Greek one while making her hearty vegan pastitsio!

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Sweet Noodle Kugel by The Vegan Atlas

Traditionally enjoyed during Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) or Shabbat, noodle kugel is a staple Eastern European/Ashkenazi Jewish comfort food. Surprisingly, it is a rich, substantial cross between a side dish and a dessert, and if that’s your cup of tea, we encourage you to try this vegan pasta recipe by The Vegan Atlas!

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Vegan Maultaschen (Spinach Potato Pockets) by Klara’s Life

Maultaschen are a traditional German dish consisting of an outer layer of pasta dough that encloses a filling like a pocket and is flavored with various herbs and spices. Another veganized family recipe on today’s list, these spinach potato maultaschen by Klara’s Life are absolutely comforting and gorgeous looking!

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Túrós CSusza by Zsu’s Vegan Pantry

We finish off today’s list with another veganized family recipe of Hungarian túrós csusza (literally translated as “cheese pasta”) by Zsu’s Vegan Pantry. This meal typically consists of pasta with a sauce made of quark cheese (almost like cottage cheese), sour cream, and bacon – and what a relief it is to be able to buy all those vegan!

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Article by Anna Kot.

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