15 Vegan Pasta Sides to Try This Thanksgiving!

November 9, 2019
Article by One Green Planet

Pasta is incredibly versatile and can be dressed up to fit any occasion. Pasta dishes also tend to be very simple, making them the perfect choice for an easy Thanksgiving side dish. The holidays can be a little tougher for those that eat vegan as they often end up having to cook their own dishes, so these recipes offer a perfect solution. From ravioli to risotto, we have 15 fantastic recipes of pasta sides from the Food Monster App packed with pumpkin, squash, mushrooms, creamy sauces, and more! And we couldn’t forget a classic like baked macaroni and cheese. If you’re looking for a lighter or gluten-free version, try substituting zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or simply some gluten-free pasta!

1. Pumpkin Pasta With Tomatoes and Basil

pumpkin pasta with tomatoes and basil

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This colorful Pumpkin Pasta With Tomatoes and Basil by Sina is ready in less than half an hour, so it’s great for quick weeknight dinners or a last minute Thanksgiving side! Creamy pumpkin combines with tomato and basil to make a bridge between summer and fall flavors. To give the pasta an extra boost of iron and to stick with the pumpkin theme, it’s topped off with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds!

2. Roasted Veggie Pasta With Sage Cream Sauce

Roasted Veggie Pasta With Sage Cream Sauce

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When we think of fall, we think of flavorful comfort foods and roasted veggies. This Roasted Veggie Pasta With Sage Cream Sauce by Kristen Genton, with seasonal and colorful root vegetables, is just that kind of meal. Covered with a cream sauce made from garlic and fresh sage, it provides a balance of flavor between roast vegetables and herby sauce.

3. Sweet Potato Ravioli With Creamy White Sauce

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A creamy and rich sweet potato filling topped with silky smooth white sauce infused with tarragon and garlic. Completely homemade and delicious! Impress you guests with this Sweet Potato Ravioli With Creamy White Sauce by Taavi Moore.

4. Crispy Gnocchi With Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Brussels Sprouts

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When you need a quick, one-pot dish for dinner, this crispy vegan gnocchi recipe is the way to go. It’s fast, easy to make, and packed with healthy veggies! This Crispy Gnocchi With Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Brussels Sprouts by Rhea Parsons is delicious, satisfying, and perfect any fall day or the holidays!

5. Pasta with Sweet Potato Sauce

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Sweet potato is the thing for fall. Almost everyone loves it! But what you may not know about the sweet potato is that it makes the most delicious (and wholesome) pasta sauce. Yes, pasta sauce from a potato! Give this Pasta with Sweet Potato Sauce by Laine Rudolfa a try this holiday season.

6. Creamy Butternut Squash and Roasted Tomato Pasta

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A super creamy pasta with roasted butternut squash and blistered roasted tomatoes! This sauce can create many recipes. Add a bit more liquid and enjoy it as a bisque or thick soup. Keep it thick and dip fresh bread into it. Or keep it as it is and toss it in some pasta noodles. This Creamy Butternut Squash and Roasted Tomato Pasta is by Taavi Moore truly the perfect fall recipe!

7. Pumpkin Ravioli in White Wine Butter Sage Sauce

Pumpkin Sage Ravioli in White Wine Butter Sage Sauce

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Although making your own ravioli takes a bit more work than opening a package, with hard work comes great reward. These tasty Pumpkin Ravioli in White Wine Butter Sage Sauce by Gabrielle St. Claire have pumpkin folded into the dough, which gives them a lovely orange color. Then, they are stuffed with creamy pumpkin purée and vegan Parmesan and cooked until tender. The finishing touch is a delicious white wine butter sauce that is perfectly seasoned with fresh sage. This makes a small serving, so you’ll want to make more if you’re serving a crowd!

8. Five Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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This Five Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese by Joni Marie Newman gets its cheesiness from a nutritional yeast-filled sauce, a tofu ricotta-like mixture, vegan cream cheese, shredded vegan cheese, and walnut parmesan sprinkles. Mac and cheese is the perfect comfort food and makes an great side dish on Thanksgiving!

9. Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff

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This Mushroom Stroganoff by Molly Patrick is a delicious and heart dish to serve alongside your holiday feasts or any night of the week! The mushrooms give it an almost meaty texture and it is full of yummy fall seasonings like thyme and sage. It is sure to please anyone who gives it a try!

10. Baked Mushroom Risotto With Rosemary and Dried Cranberries

baked mushroom risotto with rosemary and dried cranberries

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This Baked Mushroom Risotto With Rosemary and Dried Cranberries by Taavi Moore is incredibly creamy and luscious. Embedded with soft chewy chunks of dried cranberries and sun dried tomatoes. Flavored with fresh rosemary and homemade cream of mushroom soup. This will be the perfect side dish during your thanksgiving meal.

11. Creamy Pumpkin and Spinach Lasagna

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This Creamy Pumpkin and Spinach Lasagna by Vaishali Honawar is an extraordinarily healthy indulgence. A single serving packs nearly 11 grams of protein, more than 8 grams of dietary fiber, and more than 400 percent of your daily requirement for Vitamin A. Although I called this a lasagna for two, it could easily feed four people. Guests will love this hearty and healthy fall dish on their Thanksgiving table!

12. Napoletana Pumpkin With Pasta

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This is a rich tomato sauce and the addition of pumpkin and pine nuts make it deliciously satisfying. You can make this Napoletana Pumpkin With Pasta by Olivia Budgen your own by choosing your favorite type of pasta. The pumpkin makes this dish a wonderful meal for fall!

13. Creamy Sweet Potato Pasta

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Another orange, creamy sauce for fall. This delicious, creamy and nutrients dense Sweet Potato Pasta by Olivia Budgen will leave you feeling full, happy and satisfied. Mushrooms add a great, hearty texture.

14. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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Mac and cheese is the one of the most popular dishes transitioning vegans worry about, but there is truly no need to! This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese by Ashley Smyczek does the trick to satisfy that craving. There’s a slight twist on the classic here with the addition of butternut squash to the cheese sauce. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

15. Truffled Mushroom Risotto

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Whether you’re looking for an indulgent celebratory meal or just a cozy, stay-home-in-your-PJ’s dish, look no further. This vegan mushroom risotto is loaded with heady and aromatic truffles and cooks up silky and divine. And it’s dead simple. You’re going to fall in love with this recipe. It’s so creamy and rich––the perfect treat for yourself. Try out this vegan mushroom risotto for the holidays!

Loving these Thanksgiving pasta sides? Check out 12 Thanksgiving Dishes Using Green Beans, 10 Vegan Casseroles Perfect For Your Thanksgiving Dinner, and Five Fantastic Vegan Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving!

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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