the simplest vegan pasta

This is the kind of simple meal you eat right out of the pot while standing at the stove. Let’s make the simplest vegan pasta, y’all!

the simplest vegan pasta

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw this post for a super easy pasta dish made with just a few ingredients. The main ingredient is tamari almonds that I ground into a parmesan-like topping. I have a very large bag of these almonds from Costco and they’re making me kind of mad… I mean, I’ll never get through them unless I get inventive! I thought of all the times I’ve made tasty nut parm and I knew these smokey salty morsels are the perfect swap for raw cashews. 

If you have my first cookbook Vegan Comfort Classics you’re very familiar with the parm. I also love the pistachio parm I used on this sweet potato and kale galette. So this tamari almond parmesan is the same idea

The simplest vegan pasta has 7 ingredients in addition to the spaghetti and of course, you can make it your own. Here’s what you need!

extra virgin olive oil

roasted tamari almonds

nutritional yeast (this will give it a cheesier, tangy taste)

garlic powder (used for ease rather than using fresh garlic)

flakey salt

fresh chopped basil

fresh ground black pepper (always!)

If you want to bulk up this pasta, you could add veggies like peas or broccoli. Even some browned vegan chicken would be nice on top too! 

the simplest vegan pasta
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the simplest vegan pasta

Course dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword almonds, nutritional yeast, pasta, spaghetti, vegan parmesan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 to 3
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 8 oz / 230 g spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 C roasted tamari almonds, finely ground
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • generous pinch of flakey salt
  • fresh basil, chopped
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the spaghetti in generously salted boiling water to al dente and reserve some starchy pasta water before draining the pasta. Do not rinse the pasta!

  2. The best way to grind the almonds is in a spice or coffee grinder. Mix the ground almonds, nutritional yeast, and garlic powder in a small bowl.

  3. Once pasta is cooked, add olive oil to the same pot you cooked the spaghetti in over medium-low heat, and add the pasta and toss to coat well.

  4. Add the almond parmesan mixture and a little pasta water a bit at a time until the pasta is well coated.

  5. Add flakey salt, chopped basil, and fresh ground black pepper and serve immediately.

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