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Weekly Spotlight: How to Master Dairy-Free Vegan Creamy Pasta Dishes


There are a few ways to get a beautifully creamy pasta dish that’s dairy-free and vegan. All you need to know are a few small tips and tricks and your pasta will be taken to the next level. Pasta as a meal is fairly straightforward; you can simply add a sauce over the noodles and include your favorite vegetables or plant-based protein (or both!).

Creating a creamy pasta that’s both dairy-free and vegan isn’t complicated. Usually, the cream in these recipes uses a base of non-dairy milk, cashews, or even coconut cream. You can even use hummus or non-dairy yogurt to achieve a creamy texture! Using these tips with the following recipes will make your creamy pasta dishes taste delicious! The recipes below are sorted by the base of the cream in the recipes: non-dairy milk, cashew, or coconut cream. Check out these tips to get started!

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This week, we’re bringing delicious, fully vegan, and plant-based ways to enjoy creamy pasta dishes!

Use the Pasta Water:

The pasta water contains extra starch so adding it to your sauce will thicken your dish. If your sauce and noodles look too runny, add a few spoonfuls (to start) into the dish and keep cooking it on low heat, stirring it slowly. This is a great way to get a nice, creamy dish without losing flavor.

Avoid Overcooking Your Pasta

When you’re making a creamy pasta dish, usually you add the pasta to the cream and mix it before serving. When the paste is getting stirred into the sauce and thickening a bit, the process of that takes a few minutes. In that time, the pasta will cook a little longer as it’s in the sauce. So, when you’re boiling your pasta, set a timer and aim to cook it al dente or a little under. This will help avoid your pasta dish getting too mushy by the time you serve it.

If you Can, Make Your Pasta Sauce

Most pasta sauces are fairly simple to make at home; most of them take a can of crushed or pureed (?) tomatoes. Making your sauce allows you to play around with the spices you like or some of the flavors you’d like to include that might not be found in store-bought sauces.

Nondairy Milk as a Base:

Vegan Pasta with Creamy Chestnut Pesto

Source: Pasta with Creamy Chestnut Pesto

The easiest way to create a creamy pasta dish is to use creamy non-dairy milk, preferably unsweetened. This way, you’re getting less of a sweet edge in the final dish. Using non-dairy milk is also simple since you might already have it in your fridge!

Cashews ace to Base:

Vegan Creamy Lemon Asparagus Paste

Source: Creamy Lemon Asparagus Paste

Cashews make an excellent creamy base to add to paste. For a cashew base, soak your cashews and then blend them into a creamy sauce. This is an excellent option if you want to play around with flavors and seasonings!

Coconut Cream or Milk as a Base:

Vegan Tagliolini Pasta with Creamy Chanterelle Mushrooms Sauce

Source: Tagliolini Pasta with Creamy Chanterelle Mushrooms Sauce

Using coconut cream is another option, but you can also add a bit of a coconutty flavor to your dish. Keep this in mind, depending on what you’re creating.

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellness, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut Health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption has also been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancerand prostate cancer, and have many side effects.

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