Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta

Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta is the perfect solution for a meatless Monday that uses staple pantry ingredients. This Creamy Tomato Sauce uses just 6 simple ingredients (including the oil, salt, and pepper!). The secret ingredient to make it creamy while also keeping it dairy-free and vegan… a can of coconut milk! Toss the sauce with your favorite pasta and don’t forget the crispy bread crumbs on top! Just 3 pantry ingredients to make this crispy topping that makes this pasta recipe anything but boring.

Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta with crispy breadcrumbs

6 Ingredients for the Vegan Creamy Tomato Sauce:

  • Olive Oil – You can certainly sub a different oil if you don’t have olive oil on hand, but I love the flavor that olive oil adds.
  • Minced Garlic – Either fresh cloves that you mince or crush yourself, or you can use the pre-minced stuff in the jar.
  • Can of Tomato Paste – We use the entire 6oz can, so no food waste here!
  • Can of Coconut Milk – Either reduced fat or full fat. The coconut milk is what makes the sauce creamy without using dairy.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Optional Spices: I often make the sauce using just salt and pepper to season. But, if you have other spices on hand, you can certainly add some to mix it up. Red Pepper Flakes are great to add a little kick to offset the sweetness from the coconut milk, and dried herbs like dried parsley are great to add more flavor as well.
  • Pasta of Choice – I prefer a short pasta like penne or rotini, but use what you have on hand! Make sure you save a little bit of the pasta cooking water.

Penne pasta in vegan tomato sauce

Not only does the sauce require just a few simple ingredients but the steps to make are super simple as well!

Tomato Sauce Steps:

  1. Start by sautéing the garlic in the olive oil in a large skillet or pot. I like to use a deep skillet that’s large enough to add the pasta to later.
  2. Add the entire can of tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the paste is dark red.
  3. Stir in the can of coconut milk. Cook, stirring, until the sauce is smooth and simmering. I like to toss the pasta right in the sauce and add a little bit of pasta water as needed to achieve the right consistency.

Vegan creamy tomato pasta in skillet

Do you know what takes this easy vegan pasta recipe to the next level? Crispy, garlic bread crumbs sprinkled on top. Again, using just a few staple ingredients that you likely have on hand!

Crispy Garlic Bread Crumbs Ingredients:

Just sauté the below ingredients in a skillet until golden brown and crisp! Sprinkle over the bowls of the Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta for a comforting dinner.

  • Olive Oil – similar to the sauce, you can substitute a different fat if you’d like. But, I prefer the flavor of the olive oil.
  • Minced Garlic – Either fresh cloves that you mince or crush yourself, or you can use the pre-minced stuff in the jar.
  • Panko Bread Crumbs – You can use regular bread crumbs as well if that’s what you have on hand. I like the extra crispiness of panko breadcrumbs.

Vegan creamy tomato pasta with breadcrumbs

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Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta
Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta uses pantry staples, is Meatless Monday approved, and ready in under 30 minutes. The creamy, yet dairy-free sauce, uses just 6 simple ingredients. A can of coconut milk is the secret! Topped with easy crispy, garlic bread crumbs.
Monday approved, and ready in under 30 minutes. The creamy, yet dairy-free sauce, uses just 6 simple ingredients. A can of coconut milk is the secret! Topped with easy crispy, garlic bread crumbs.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Vegan Creamy Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3-4 cloves
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 14oz can coconut milk full fat or reduced fat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Dried parsley, red pepper flakes, garlic salt etc. Optional: other spice ideas that you can add. Use what you have on hand.
Crispy Garlic Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic about 1 large clove
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Vegan Creamy Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3-4 cloves
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 14oz can coconut milk full fat or reduced fat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Dried parsley, red pepper flakes, garlic salt etc. Optional: other spice ideas that you can add. Use what you have on hand.
Crispy Garlic Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic about 1 large clove
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper
Monday approved, and ready in under 30 minutes. The creamy, yet dairy-free sauce, uses just 6 simple ingredients. A can of coconut milk is the secret! Topped with easy crispy, garlic bread crumbs.
Instructions
Creamy Tomato Pasta
  1. Set a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Before draining the pasta, save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  2. In a large, deep skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute until fragrant. Add the entire can of tomato paste, stir and cook until dark red. Add the coconut milk, a pinch of salt and pepper and continue to stir while cooking.
  3. Once the sauce is smooth is combined, allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings if needed. I love using just salt and pepper, but you can also add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a sprinkle of dried herbs.
  4. Lower the heat and fold in the drained pasta. If needed, add a little bit of the pasta water to loosen up the sauce.
Crispy Garlic Bread Crumbs
  1. While the tomato sauce is simmering. Make the bread crumbs.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, bread crumbs and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir and toast the bread crumbs for 2-3 minutes until the bread crumbs are golden brown and fragrant. Be careful not to burn. Immediately either sprinkle the bread crumbs over the pasta or pour into a bowl. You don't want to keep the bread crumbs in the hot skillet because they may burn.
Recipe Notes

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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