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Vegan Pasta Primavera

Vegan Pasta Primavera is a classic American pasta dish made in a lemon cream sauce with a variety of fresh, colorful, and crunchy vegetables!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta primavera, vegan pasta primavera
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 534kcal
Author Aline Cueni


  • 10.5 oz pasta penne, rigatoni, or pasta of choice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion chopped in rings
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 carrot in julienne strips
  • 1 bell pepper yellow or orange, cut into cubes
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • cup + 1 tbsp dairy-free cream
  • cup vegan cheese optional
  • 4 tbsp pasta water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
  • salt & pepper
  • red pepper flakes optional


  • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salt water until al dente. Keep 4 tbsp of pasta water aside. Drain over a sieve.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Add onion, garlic, and carrot, sauté for 3 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add bell pepper and zucchini, cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add cherry tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Stir in dairy-free cream, vegan cheese, pasta water, lemon juice, and dried herbs. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (optional).
  • Add drained pasta, toss for one minute, and serve!


  • When adding the vegetables: Fry the veggies with little water content first, and veggies containing water should be added at the end.
  • Keeps fresh for 3 days. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Gluten-Free: Regular pasta can be replaced with gluten-free pasta.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Omit if you don’t like hot food or don’t have them at home.
  • Plant-Based Cream: You can use any plant-based cream (preferably heavy cream) to make this recipe, even coconut cream. I love to use this homemade vegan cashew cream.
  • Vegetarians can use regular heavy cream and parmesan!


Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 5218IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 3mg