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8 Homemade Vegan Pasta Sauce Recipes

What lies at the heart of every great pasta dish? The sauce, of course! Now, plant-based-eaters can enjoy meatless copycats of classic pasta sauces—from bolognese to alfredo—with these vegan pasta sauce recipes.

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Vegan Marinara Sauce

My mother, who was Italian American, called marinara sauce “gravy.” She made this marinara sauce recipe in big batches several times a month, so it was a staple on our dinner table. A mouthwatering aroma filled the house each time she cooked it. —James Grimes, Frenchtown, New Jersey

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Vegan Bolognese Sauce

Finally, you can enjoy a hearty bolognese sauce without the meat—and no, it’s not even made with tofu! This recipe from Veggies Don’t Bite gets its rich, meaty texture and taste from a “soffritto” made up of caramelized carrots, onions and celery and a dash of liquid smoke.

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Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Who says you need butter and cheese to make alfredo sauce? Nutritional yeast, cauliflower and cashews makes up this oh-so-creamy vegan version from Love & Lemons. Spoon it over a big bowl of fettuccine for an easy dinner.

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Vegan Garden Vegetable Tomato Sauce

I make this vegetable tomato sauce regularly and store containers of it in my freezer. It’s a tasty substitute for regular pasta sauce, and the extra vegetables make it healthier. I also use it when I make pizza. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
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Vegan Mushroom Sauce

If you’re looking for a quick and easy vegan pasta sauce, this is your recipe! Alpha Foodie’s mushroom pasta sauce comes together in 20 minutes with easy-to-find ingredients. It’s a no-fuss weeknight dinner no one will be able to resist!

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Vegan Pesto Sauce

You only need to dirty one dish to make this fabulous vegan pesto from Food with Feeling. Using only a food processor, this meat- and dairy-free sauce is perfect to make if you’re short on dishes (and time).

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Vegan Bechamel Sauce

Try Loving It Vegan’s bechamel sauce that mimics the classic. Use it up in lasagna, mac and cheese or as a creamy sauce for a plate of veggies.

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Vegan Garlic Pasta Sauce

Another cozy and velvety vegan sauce to add to your repertoire! You can’t go wrong with Minimalist Baker’s 30-minute garlic sauce for pasta night. Roasted tomatoes and sauteed garlic make any dish 100% better.

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Want to cook up a full vegan pasta meal? We’ve got you covered.

Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.
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