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Creamy, Comforting and Dairy-Free Pasta Sauces

Posted on February 24, 2016

Sure, a classic marinara is typically dairy-free – but sometimes, you just want a creamy, cozy and cheesy sauce to blanket your favorite pasta. Here are some wonderful dairy-free recipes for when that craving strikes:

Creamy Roasted Tomato Vodka Pasta Sauce

Get the Dairy-Free Pasta Sauce Recipe, from Go Dairy Free

dairy free vodka pasta sauce and penne in a bowl

An Italian restaurant staple with a dairy-free twist, this tasty vodka sauce is made with raw cashews and cashew milk. Use fresh, in-season tomatoes for the best flavor and you’ll have a delicious, satisfying and versatile pasta sauce that the whole family will love.

Creamy Vegan Garlic Sauce

Get the Vegan Pasta Sauce Recipe, from Minimalist Baker (pictured)

vegan garlic pasta dish above view

A “creamy” garlic sauce without the cream? Sure, why not? This flavorful pasta dish uses unsweetened almond milk and all-purpose flour (feel free to use gluten-free, if needed) to create a wonderfully thick and creamy consistency. Minced garlic and shallots, meanwhile, add a ton of savory flavor.

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Get the Vegan Alfredo Sauce Recipe, from Glow Kitchen

close up of vegan alfredo sauce on spaghetti

You may have tried a dairy-free Alfredo sauce before – but have you ever tried one made with avocado? Don’t let the green hue deter you; this creamy and comforting plant-based dish is seriously delicious – and seriously easy to make.

Vegan Rose Pasta Sauce

Get the Vegan Rose Sauce Recipe, from Ceara’s Kitchen

above view of vegan rose pasta sauce on bow-tie noodles

Like a vodka sauce without the vodka, this creamy tomato sauce has all the rich taste and texture you’re looking for. It’s a versatile topping that pairs well with pretty much anything and is a fantastic way to use up garden tomatoes, zucchinis and basil this summer.

Creamy Lemon Ziti with Roasted Asparagus

Get the Dairy-Free Pasta Recipe, from Veggie Inspired Journey

creamy lemon pasta with asparagus and lemon slice on a plate

This creamy pasta sauce features a secret ingredient that helps to create a smooth texture while also providing a dose of plant-based protein: white beans! The result is a hearty, luxurious and lemony sauce that works so well with the roasted asparagus – or any green veggie, really.

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Get the Vegan Pasta Recipe, from Minimalist Baker

Pot of roasted red pepper vegan pasta

Looking for a rich, red sauce without tomatoes? This recipe’s for you. It’s packed with roasted bell peppers, shallots, garlic, fresh herbs and even a bit of nutritional yeast for extra cheesy flavor.

Looking for an easier pasta sauce alternative?

Of course, you could also choose to skip the cooking altogether and instead whip up a box of Daiya Mac & Cheeze! In three incredible flavors, this dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free sensation is sure to satisfy any craving for creamy, cheesy pasta.

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