creamy vegan spaghetti on a white floral plate with a fork

Never will I ever stop loving this super creamy, full of flavor, out of this world creamy tomato sauce.

What makes it creamy? Avocado! A healthy base for a creamy sauce that adds tons of nutrients and healthy fats. A few of you have reached out telling me “this tastes like it has heavy cream in it!”. Another message I get is “my picky child (or husband) loves this sauce!” It’s that good- and that creamy. I’m all about sneaking in extra veggies where we can, and this sauce is a perfect way to do it.

creamy vegan spaghetti on a white floral plate with a fork

The best part is, it’s incredibly simple to make. it’s an easy work lunch to whip up, or a simple cozy dinner at home. I load mine up with tons of veggies, and you can also add your favorite protein.

creamy vegan spaghetti on a white floral plate with a fork

Optional add-ins:

I love to add a splash (about 1/4 cup) of a dry white wine to the pan just before adding the crushed tomatoes. Let is cook off for 2-3 minutes- it adds the most amazing favor! For a spicy sauce, add red pepper flakes to your liking!

I also created a vegan “parmesan” to sprinkle over this pasta- and your entire life. So delicious. You can find both the sauce and the vegan parm recipes below!

Enjoy! xx

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Best Ever Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta with Vegan Parm

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x


Out of this world creamy vegan tomato pasta Made with avocado- you’d never know its vegan! Plus a deliciously savory vegan parmesan sprinkle! 


  • 8 oz pasta of choice
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes, or jarred marinara will work
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 23 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (1.5 tsp if using jarred marinara)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 of a large avocado
  • salt + pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • optional: red pepper flakes

For vegan parmesan:

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder


  1. To make the vegan parmesan, pulse all ingredients in a food processor until a fine crumb is created- be sure not to over process into a paste. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
  2. Start by cooking your pasta, and reserve 1/2 cup pasta water just before draining. Be sure to season your pasta water well with sea salt!
  3. To make the pasta sauce, heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the olive oil and reduce heat to low.
  4. Stir in garlic cloves, then stir in crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes. Allow to simmer while your pasta cooks over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  5. To your blender, add the heated tomato sauce mixture, avocado, and nutritional yeast and blend until a smooth, creamy sauce is achieved. Add the reserved pasta water as needed to thin the sauce. Mix the sauce with your pasta, again adding reserved pasta water as needed. Serve and enjoy!

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch + Dinner, Paleo, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian


Oct 8, 2019

Best Ever Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta with Vegan Parm

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  1. Victoria says:

    An absolute staple in my house!! I make this at least once a month – hands down the best creamy tomato sauce ever.

  2. Bailey says:

    So easy and delicious! Very creamy without any dairy, it even tricked my picky boyfriend! I will definitely be making this again!

  3. Betty says:

    I made this for dinner tonight, I used zoodles instead of regular pasta and it was amazing! The vegan parm was the perfect way to top it off. I will definitely be making this again!

  4. Amanda says:

    Best sauce I’ve ever made! So easy to make but so delicious and creamy! Thanks, Mia!

  5. Abby says:

    AMAZING!!!! So so yummy and super easy to make. I’m obsessed with every recipe on this page, thank you!! I used chickpea pasta and it was so yummy. Excited to make this again!

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      Thank you Abby!! This is hands down my favorite simple pasta sauce. I’m so glad you love it too 🙂

  6. Fen says:


    I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this amazingly simple yet sophisticated, well balanced and healthy recipe. I made this last night and it was delicious. I also appreciated how easy to follow and simple the article and your instructions were.

    Thank-you for taking the time to share.

  7. Marisa says:

    I made this the other day and will definitely be making it again so good!!!

  8. Marisa says:

    I’m commenting again cause I forgot to rate it it but really this is a great recipe!

  9. Caitlin says:

    So delicious, creamy and filling! Really takes pasta night up a notch! Its easy to make a bunch of it, freeze it, and have it on hand for easy weeknight meals!

  10. Emily says:

    Recently I’ve been exploring career options and I’m really interested in become a dietician. Unfortunately it’s hard to find accurate information on what the job is like. Do you have any good websites or books that you recommend? If you have time to I’d love to hear about what your typical work day is like. Thanks!!!

  11. Katrina says:

    This was delicious! Like everything on this website! My kiddos loved it as well (4 and 7)! I made a little too much and am wondering if anyone has had luck freezing and reheating it? Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!!

  12. Ola says:

    The avocado here is so so genius! Makes it incredibly creamy☺️

  13. Lorena says:

    I just made this recipe for my family and everyone loved it! Thank you so much 🙂 I love your page by the way

  14. Noor says:

    Made this for my family & they all loved it. No one could taste the avocados which made it even better!

  15. Casey Lowe says:

    this was so simple and so flavourful!! will be making again… and again..

  16. Zeynep says:

    This was amazing!!! I am not vegan in any way and I thought this was so much better than regular vodka sauce! The taste of the avocado adds so much depth to the sauce and it is really creamy and filling yet light. It also took no time at all, I started my sauce when I put water to boil and the pasta was still cooking when the sauce was ready to go! Thank you so much for this recipe I am sure I will make it again.

  17. Sam says:

    Delicious! I’m not vegan and am a very picky eater. I was skeptical but it turned out delish and flavorful! The avocado added so much creaminess without adding any avocado flavor.

  18. Jaime says:

    This sauce is incredible! The perfect simple sauce, why would you ever use only a can of sauce again when you can simply make this recipe!!

  19. Sophie S says:

    Seriously the best and easiest pasta sauce out there. I could have this dish everyday.

  20. yajaira says:

    this is everything ✨

  21. Liz says:

    Listen. This is the best pasta sauce and we nearly always have every single ingredient in the pantry. It’s become a staple in our house. So so delicious ❤️

  22. Talia says:

    Favorite pasta sauce ever!! I never cook anything fancy and this is such an easy recipe to spice up your pasta dish. I’ve made it for everyone in my family(the only thing I’ll make for them) and everyone approves! Highly recommend to vegans and non vegans!

  23. Edna says:

    So gooood

  24. Danielle says:

    Obsessed with this recipe. My boyfriend would eat it everyday. Thank you !

  25. Kaitlin says:

    My favorite freakin recipe. Make it at least once a week! Too easy and so damn gooood.

  26. Kat says:

    WOW! Honestly tastes like it has cream in it. The avocado is so good in this sauce. This has become a regular in my pasta rotation. Thank you!

  27. Maggie says:

    WORLDS BEST PASTA SAUCE. I make this every few weeks. My very red sauce picky husband LOVES this sauce. We always have a ton leftover and will eat it with some cream as tomato soup. Freezes so well too!! Thank you for the amazing recipe!!

  28. Sasha says:

    Loved it! I added some lemon juice and a splash of almond milk

  29. Maddie says:

    Delicious and was great with veggies added in the pasta and sauce too!

  30. Jaclyn Gordon says:

    So delicious, nutritious, flavorful, and easy! Mia does it again – we make this almost once a week in our house!

  31. Danely Garcia says:

    Best pasta ever!! Im bulking right now and the macros are perfect. Wont ever stop making this.

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