Plant-Powered Pasta Sauce Recipes to Try


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While a classic marinara or pesto is always in style, pasta sauce offers so much room for creativity – and also room for packing in those nutritious vegetables. Whip up a fresh and flavorful sauce that stars your in-season produce, pour it over one of our gluten-free, protein-packed Bean & Lentil Pastas, and you’ve got a complete meal that the whole family will enjoy. Don’t know where to start? Here are some delicious, plant-powered pasta sauce recipes to try:

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce, Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Cauliflower is definitely having a moment. We love how its mild flavor and versatile texture can help to lighten up a traditionally heavy dish – like, for example, creamy Alfredo sauce. The roasted garlic in this recipe really helps to take the savory flavor to another level.

Roasted Beet Sauce, Bev Cooks (pictured)

You’ve never made a pasta sauce out of roasted beets, you say? Well, you’re missing out! This is a fantastic way to showcase the sweet, earthy flavor of fresh summer beets – and the vibrant color makes this dish a serious showstopper.

Broccoli Almond Pesto, Naturally Ella

While pesto is typically made with basil or another leafy green, it can actually be made from just about any vegetable – and this recipe will have you experimenting in no time. The combination of broccoli, onion and almonds offers a delicious and nutritious departure from the norm.

Creamy Avocado and Spinach Sauce, Jo Cooks

Like your sauces creamy? Then you’ve got to try this one. It swaps out the usual cream and cheese for avocado, and adds garlic, fresh spinach and basil, lemon juice and pecans for a complex and comforting flavor – that also happens to be full of superfood nutrition.

Smoky Butternut Squash Sauce, Oh She Glows

Sweet and creamy butternut squash is no stranger to pasta – but this plant-based recipe offers an intriguing twist on a classic, thanks to a few unexpected ingredients. Pureed cashews add protein and creamy texture, while smoked paprika and liquid smoke create an incredible flavor.

Lentil & Mushroom Ragu, Foxes Love Lemons

Bookmark this one for when the temperature dips, as you’ll undoubtedly want to make it over and over again. The plant-powered, meat-free version of a hearty ragù packs in the plant-based protein and veggie flavor, and is just as good re-heated the next day. Best of all, it comes together in under an hour – so it’s ideal for a busy weeknight.

Looking for more plant-powered dinner ideas? Check out the recipes page at AncientHarvest.com.