Hold the Cheese, Please! 8 Indulgent Vegan Pasta Dishes

Think of all the classic comfort food pasta dishes and you'll see the same key players: butter, cream, and cheese. Which leaves our vegan friends out in the cold sans delicious pasta. This will not do! Herewith are 8 vegan-approved pasta dishes that will fill your belly and make you sigh with happiness.

I have to admit, I have gained new respect for the challenges of eating vegan while assembling this collection of recipes. My goal was to find truly vegan recipes, ones that wouldn't require a note saying "substitute olive oil for the butter" or "skip the sprinkle of parmesan." But almost every Italian pasta recipe advises adding just a little pat of butter or sprinkle of parm! It started feeling a little ridiculous.

I did the best I could. The cauliflower pasta recipe pictured above just looked way too good to leave out of this round-up, though yes...you'll have to "skip the parmesan."

Spaghetti with Cauliflower, Green Olives, and Almonds from Gourmet
Rotelle with Tomato-Tofu Carbonara and Basil from Vegetarian Times
Mac and Cheeze from Vegan YumYum
Pumpkin Pasta from Martha Stewart
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Eggplant from Saveur
Meaty but Not Really Pasta Sauce from The Kitchenist
Pappardelle with Roasted Veg and Sage from BBC Good Food
Chunky Tomato Mushroom Sauce from The Washington Post

What are your favorite vegan pasta dishes?

(Image: Romulo Yanes/Gourmet)