Vegan One Pot Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce

This Vegan One Pot Pasta comes together quickly and leaves very little mess to clean up! A gluten free pasta simmers in a delicious creamy tomato pasta sauce, that is perfectly complemented by sautéed peppers, onions, garlic and sun dried tomatoes.

A side view of a pot filled with a creamy vegan one pot pasta.

Michelle from Sunkissed Kitchen is here today with a delicious vegan recipe. Be sure to check out her other healthy, gluten free dishes by hopping over to her blog!

Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce

Does anyone else feel like healthy eating means an endless pile of dishes in the kitchen? I am seriously a pro at using way too many dishes, cutting boards, pots and appliances in my recipes. It’s something I have been trying to be more conscious of, and I have been working on turning my recipes into one pot or one bowl whenever possible.

This pasta (like many things I make) only really needs 1 pot, a blender, a knife and a cutting board to make. If I hadn’t intentionally set out to make it a one pot recipe, you can bet I would have used 3! I’m complicated like that.

I adore using soaked cashews in place of dairy in my recipes. There are so many people who have dairy allergies or are lactose intolerant, and also a lot of people who just want to incorporate more plant foods into their diet. I’ve found that even people without restrictions from dairy enjoy my cashew based cream sauces.

Chickapea Pasta and veggies on a cutting board.

I knew a creamy tomato pasta sauce would elevate this one pot pasta to special occasion status – and since Chickapea cooks so quickly, I knew it would work perfectly in a one pot dish.

After trying this combination, my husband had a second plate. The next day he polished off the leftovers at lunch and declared this his new favorite pasta dish. (The only reason there were leftovers is because I made two batches that day to photograph!).

Make Vegan One Pot Pasta Magic

A lot of one pot pasta recipes call for throwing the pasta and the veggies into the pot all at once. You can certainly try that with this recipe — I couldn’t bring myself to do it (<– see, I told you I’m complicated). I have a thing about perfectly sautéed veggies, and that’s what I wanted here.

I wanted onions and garlic that had started to brown, and that were salty and and just a little bit crunchy in places.

If you want to make this creamy tomato pasta sauce, but don’t want to deal with cutting the veggies, I strongly urge you to use at least the garlic and the sundried tomatoes. They add so much flavor to this sauce. The peppers and green beans add the extra veggie goodness I crave in my meals.

A pot of Chickapea Pasta shells smothered in creamy tomato sauce.

If you still haven’t tried Chickapea , you’re in for a treat. This pasta has become a favorite because it makes it so easy to prepare dinners that are high in protein and fiber. The pasta itself has all the fiber and protein needed in a dinner– 27 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fiber in 1 serving. The rest of the ingredients are just icing on the cake.

Chickapea is made with only two ingredients – chickpeas and lentils. No junk added to it, as so many gluten free products have.

That was what originally attracted me to this company. What has made me a true believer in it after a year is it’s wonderful texture. I love the pasta on the al dente side of al dente. It’s chewy and has a light nutty flavor, and is everything I want in a healthy gluten free pasta.


4.85 from 13 votes
A vegan one pot pasta shown with colorful veggies.
Vegan One Pot Pasta
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This delicious spring pasta dinner is a healthy meal and a real time saver! The veggies, gluten free pasta, and creamy vegan tomato cream sauce simmer in one pot, and turn into healthy dinner magic.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 358 kcal
Author: Michelle @ Sunkissed Kitchen
  • 8 ounces Chickapea Pasta Shells
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion finely sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bell pepper sliced, red, orange or yellow
  • 2 cups green beans ends trimmed
  • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes chopped roughly
  • fresh herbs basil, thyme, or green onions, to garnish
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste, optional
Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce
  • 1/3 cup cashews soaked, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt more or less, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups water do not add to the blender
  1. Soak cashews in cold water for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. If you don't have time for this step, soak cashews in boiling water for 20 minutes.

  2. Add soaked and drained cashews and diced tomatoes to a blender with all the seasonings for the sauce. Blend until very smooth, about 1-2 minutes in a high speed blender, or a bit longer in a standard blender. Set aside.

  3. In a saucepan, add olive oil, and onions and garlic. Saute on medium high heat until the onions and garlic have begun to brown.

  4. Add the sliced peppers and green beans, and saute until done to your liking. Remove all veggies from the pan and set aside.

  5. In the same pot (really, there's no need to even wash it!), bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add Chickapea Pasta and the creamy tomato sauce. Allow to simmer on a low boil for 5-7 minutes, until the pasta is still al dente, but the sauce has begun to thicken. The sauce will seem like a lot, but will also cover the veggies.

  6. Add the veggies and sun dried tomatoes in, and toss to coat. Garnish with fresh thyme, parsley, or basil.

  7. This pasta is just as delicious the next day. The leftovers keep very well.

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  • Faith Root
    Posted at 21:39h, 19 April Reply

    Could I use cashew milk as a substitute for the cashew cream?

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 10:18h, 08 May Reply

      Sure. It may not be as thick though but you could try a thickener like cornstarch if you feel you need it.

  • Denise Bory
    Posted at 22:23h, 22 June Reply

    I tried this tonight. Was unable to get chickpea shells so I went with whole wheat. The number of oz, of pasta would have been helpful and should be added to the recipe if you can, I used a full 16 oz box which had to be wrong. You mentioned too much sauce. I had the opposite problem with very dry pasta that totally soaked up the delicious sauce. I think it would have benefited from being boiled separately. That said the creamy sauce was delicious before it got soaked up. If I make this again I’ll definitely double the sauce or cut the pasta oz. to 8. The veggies and sundried tomatoes were a nice addition. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Michelle @ Sunkissed Kitchen
      Posted at 18:01h, 25 June Reply

      Hi Denise — so glad to hear you tried this dish! Yes, boxes of Chickapea pasta are not as large as a standard box of pasta. You are right – it would be helpful to specify to prevent this from happening! Both of your suggestions should work — doubling the sauce, or using half of the pasta. We will make that edit to this recipe!

  • Tania
    Posted at 15:21h, 20 May Reply

    I cannot get enough of this Vegan Pasta! It is absolutely delicious!

  • Kristine carroll
    Posted at 18:10h, 13 May Reply

    I did not have chickpea pasta or the can of diced tomatoes. I used regular shells and opend a 28 oz can of tomato sauce. I had to use the entire can, adding to the oasta as it cooked and i added about 1/2 cup of water also. Otherwise very delicious. Since adopting a vegan lifestyle im a huge fan of one pot meals so this was great.

  • Regina
    Posted at 10:24h, 04 May Reply

    I have HAVE to give this cashew-based sauce a try soon!!

  • Michelle Higgins
    Posted at 11:16h, 03 May Reply

    Everything I want in a dish! This is perfect! Can’t wait to try it and jump right in.

  • marcie
    Posted at 23:51h, 02 May Reply

    I love absolutely everything about this and can’t wait to try it!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:13h, 03 May Reply

      A great way to make a healthier cream sauce. It was absolutely delicious.

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:16h, 03 May Reply

      Thanks Marcie! 😉

  • Trish
    Posted at 18:04h, 02 May Reply

    YUMYUMYUM! Love the fact that it’s one-pot for easy clean up!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:10h, 03 May Reply

      We love simple and quick! Can’t beat it!

  • Izzy @ She Likes Food
    Posted at 17:30h, 02 May Reply

    One pot pastas are so nice because you only dirty one pot and because they are much more flavorful when the pasta cooks with the sauce! Love this recipe!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:14h, 03 May Reply

      Thanks Izzy. We love the ease of this and the lack of clean up!! 😉

  • Dana
    Posted at 12:58h, 02 May Reply

    This looks and sounds incredible! I really can’t wait to try this — it also gives me an excuse to finally try that whole cashew-soaking thing 😉

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:15h, 03 May Reply

      LOL! Great way to make cream sauces healthier and kids don’t even know it either! Big bonus.

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater
    Posted at 11:58h, 02 May Reply

    All about that sauce!!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 11:01h, 02 May Reply

    That vegan cream sauce is amazing!!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 10:56h, 02 May Reply

    I can’t wait to try this! I’m such a sucker for anything and everything containing sud-dried tomatoes! Those shells in this sauce look too good for words!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:11h, 03 May Reply

      Yes, love sun-dried tomatoes and the shells scoop up the sauce perfectly.

  • Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    Posted at 10:52h, 02 May Reply

    This is my kinda pasta dish right here! Love all the veggies.

  • nocrumbsleft
    Posted at 10:08h, 02 May Reply

    Yum! I love gluten free Chickapea pasta and I will make this for my next vegan visitor.

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:12h, 03 May Reply

      Thanks Teri! That’s a HUGE compliment coming from you! 🙂

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