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Vegan Pepperoni pasta – Vegan Richa

a plate with vegan pepperoni pasta with spinach and vegan parmesan with a golden fork on the side

Vegan Pepperoni pasta – Vegan Richa

Vegan Pepperoni Pasta, A simple weeknight dinner, takes a few steps, but tastes gourmet and packs a flavor punch! This pepperoni pasta is made with homemade vegan pepperoni, fragrant Italian herbs, spinach, and vegan parmesan cheese and takes just 30 minutes. Glutenfree option 

a plate with vegan pepperoni pasta with spinach and vegan parmesan with a golden fork on the side

I am always on the lookout for a 30-minute-or-less pasta dinner that everyone at the table will be excited about eating. This vegan pepperoni pasta is one of those recipes.

I had a bunch of my from scratch vegan and gluten-free pepperoni to use up from the test batches, and what better way than a quick weeknight meal! The pepperoni is easy and fun and also really cheap to make. Here is the recipe to try it out!

If you don’t have the time to make your own vegan pepperoni, you can use some store-bought Italian vegan sausage or vegan pepperoni for this pasta. And then grab some pasta, spinach and a few other ingredients and we’re ready to make a restaurant-quality comforting pasta dish.

overhead shot of a pan with vegan pepperoni pasta sprinkled with vegan parmesan cheese

This pasta sauce is layered with flavors and has a nice spicy kick from red pepper flakes. Adding a splash of pasta water to the sauce along with the cooked pasta helps the sauce to thicken and will bring everything together.

Why you will love this pepperoni pasta

  • It’s a quick weeknight fix
  • its super flavorful with just a few ingredients
  • it pleases everyone! All the delicious smoky cheesy flavor!
  • It’s allergy friendly. The pepperoni is gluten-free. Use gf pasta if needed
  • It’s Nutfree
  • the recipe is flexible to your flavor and ingredient preferences

vegan pasta with vegan sausage, spinach and parmesan cheese

More Vegan Pasta recipes:

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Vegan Pepperoni Pasta

Vegan Pepperoni Pasta, A simple weeknight dinner, takes a few steps, but tastes gourmet and packs a flavor punch! This pepperoni pasta is made with homemade vegan pepperoni, fragrant Italian herbs, spinach, and vegan parmesan cheese and takes just 30 minutes. Glutenfree option

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time35 mins

Course: dinner

Cuisine: Italian

Keyword: vegan pepperoni pasta

Servings: 2

Calories: 542kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (170 g) pasta , use Glutenfree if needed

For the sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons vegan butter or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons onion chopped
  • ½ teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 1 cup (200 g) chopped pepperoni I use my gluten-free chickpea flour pepperoni, or use store bought vegan pepperoni or sausage
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup (120 ml) pasta water
  • ½ cup frozen spinach thawed
  • 1/3 cup vegan parmesan ,divided
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil or 2 tablespoons fresh basil to add later
  • Optional add some toasted pine nuts for garnish

Instructions

  • Cook your pasta according to instructions on the package if you haven’t already. Rinse in cold water and set aside

  • Make the sauce: Heat butter in  a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is hot and melted add the garlic, onion, fennel seeds, pepper flakes and pepperoni and toss well.

  • Cook over medium heat until the onion, garlic and pepperoni are golden. Stir occasionally

  • Then add in the tomato paste, zest, spinach and ¼ teaspoon salt and mix in.  Add in pasta water and half the vegan parmesan and mix in. Now bring to a boil. Add basil and the pasta and toss well then switch off heat.

  • Taste and adjust salt and flavor and then top it with the rest of the vegan parmesan and pine nuts if using. Cover and let it sit for another 2-3 minutes for the parmesan to kind of soften a little,  then serve immediately.

Notes

  • To take this to the next level, add some toasted pine nuts for garnish
  • Add a splash of vegan red wine after you sautee the onion with the pepperoni for added umami 
  • Glutenfree: Use Glutenfree pasta and gluten-free pepperoni. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Pepperoni Pasta

Amount Per Serving

Calories 542
Calories from Fat 108

% Daily Value*

Fat 12g18%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 687mg30%

Potassium 452mg13%

Carbohydrates 82g27%

Fiber 9g38%

Sugar 8g9%

Protein 18g36%

Vitamin A 5034IU101%

Vitamin C 6mg7%

Calcium 102mg10%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a plate of vegan pepperoni pasta with a golden fork on the side

Ingredients:

  • pasta – use your favorite kind, gluten-free if you want
  • vegan butter makes this sauce taste rich – use your favorite brand
  • This delicious  pasta sauce starts with sauteed garlic and onion
  •  fennel seeds go so well with any tomato-based pasta sauce
  • pepper flakes for some heat – add as much as you like
  • chopped pepperoni, I use my gf chickpea flour pepperoni but you can use a store-bought kind
  •  tomato paste adds umami and tomato flavor
  •  lemon brightens up the flavor profile
  • spinach adds some color – use fresh or frozen and thawed
  • vegan parmesan is a great addition and, when combined with some hot pasta water, helps bind the sauce to creamy prefection
  •  dried basil or fresh basil for that authentic Italian taste

Tips:

  • to take this to the next level, add some toasted pine nuts for garnish
  • If you want, add a splash of vegan red wine after you sautee the onion with the pepperoni
  • use any shape of pasta you like – fusilli, penne, farfalle, rotini

 

ingredients needed for making vegan pepperoni pasta on a marble countertop

How to make Vegan Pepperoni Pasta:

farfalle pasta boiling in a pot of water

Cook your pasta according to instructions if you haven’t already. Rinse in cold water and set aside

vegan butter being added to a frying pan

Make the sauce, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is hot and melted add the garlic, onion, fennel seeds, pepper flakes, and pepperoni and toss well.

chopped onions and minced garlic being added to a sauteeing pan

Cook over medium heat until the onion, garlic and pepperoni are golden.

vegan pepperoni and minced onion being added to a frying pan to make pasta sauce

vegan sausage sauteeing in a pan with onion and garlic

fresh lemon zest and vegan sausage frying in a pan to make pasta sauce

Then add in the tomato paste, zest, spinach, and ¼ teaspoon salt and mix in.

thawed frozen spinach being added to fried sausage in a pan

vegan sausage and spinach in a sauteeing pan

tomato paste, vegan pepperoni and spinach in a sauteeing pan

Pour in some of the pasta water and half tbe vegan parmesan and mix in, then bring to a boil.

grated vegan parmesan being added to a sauteeing pan with spinach and tomato

Add basil and the pasta and toss well then take off the heat.

cooked vegan farfalle being added to a pan with sauteed pepperoni pasta sauce

vegan pepperoni pasta being tossed in a white sauteeing pan

Taste and adjust salt and flavor and then top it with the rest of the vegan parmesan and pine nuts if using. Cover and let it sit for 2-3 minutes for the parmesan to kind of soften a little,  then serve immediately.

a pan with pasta tossed with spinach, vegan sausage and cheese

storage:

Store refrigerated for upto 3 days.  Add some broth while reheating

side view of a bowl of vegan pepperoni pasta sprinkled with vegan parmesan cheese

 

 

Vegan Pepperoni pasta

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Vegan Pepperoni pasta – Vegan Richa

a plate with vegan pepperoni pasta with spinach and vegan parmesan with a golden fork on the side

Vegan Pepperoni pasta – Vegan Richa

Vegan Pepperoni Pasta, A simple weeknight dinner, takes a few steps, but tastes gourmet and packs a flavor punch! This pepperoni pasta is made with homemade vegan pepperoni, fragrant Italian herbs, spinach, and vegan parmesan cheese and takes just 30 minutes. Glutenfree option 

a plate with vegan pepperoni pasta with spinach and vegan parmesan with a golden fork on the side

I am always on the lookout for a 30-minute-or-less pasta dinner that everyone at the table will be excited about eating. This vegan pepperoni pasta is one of those recipes.

I had a bunch of my from scratch vegan and gluten-free pepperoni to use up from the test batches, and what better way than a quick weeknight meal! The pepperoni is easy and fun and also really cheap to make. Here is the recipe to try it out!

If you don’t have the time to make your own vegan pepperoni, you can use some store-bought Italian vegan sausage or vegan pepperoni for this pasta. And then grab some pasta, spinach and a few other ingredients and we’re ready to make a restaurant-quality comforting pasta dish.

overhead shot of a pan with vegan pepperoni pasta sprinkled with vegan parmesan cheese

This pasta sauce is layered with flavors and has a nice spicy kick from red pepper flakes. Adding a splash of pasta water to the sauce along with the cooked pasta helps the sauce to thicken and will bring everything together.

Why you will love this pepperoni pasta

  • It’s a quick weeknight fix
  • its super flavorful with just a few ingredients
  • it pleases everyone! All the delicious smoky cheesy flavor!
  • It’s allergy friendly. The pepperoni is gluten-free. Use gf pasta if needed
  • It’s Nutfree
  • the recipe is flexible to your flavor and ingredient preferences

vegan pasta with vegan sausage, spinach and parmesan cheese

More Vegan Pasta recipes:

Print Recipe

Vegan Pepperoni Pasta

Vegan Pepperoni Pasta, A simple weeknight dinner, takes a few steps, but tastes gourmet and packs a flavor punch! This pepperoni pasta is made with homemade vegan pepperoni, fragrant Italian herbs, spinach, and vegan parmesan cheese and takes just 30 minutes. Glutenfree option

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time35 mins

Course: dinner

Cuisine: Italian

Keyword: vegan pepperoni pasta

Servings: 2

Calories: 542kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (170 g) pasta , use Glutenfree if needed

For the sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons vegan butter or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons onion chopped
  • ½ teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 1 cup (200 g) chopped pepperoni I use my gluten-free chickpea flour pepperoni, or use store bought vegan pepperoni or sausage
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup (120 ml) pasta water
  • ½ cup frozen spinach thawed
  • 1/3 cup vegan parmesan ,divided
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil or 2 tablespoons fresh basil to add later
  • Optional add some toasted pine nuts for garnish

Instructions

  • Cook your pasta according to instructions on the package if you haven’t already. Rinse in cold water and set aside

  • Make the sauce: Heat butter in  a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is hot and melted add the garlic, onion, fennel seeds, pepper flakes and pepperoni and toss well.

  • Cook over medium heat until the onion, garlic and pepperoni are golden. Stir occasionally

  • Then add in the tomato paste, zest, spinach and ¼ teaspoon salt and mix in.  Add in pasta water and half the vegan parmesan and mix in. Now bring to a boil. Add basil and the pasta and toss well then switch off heat.

  • Taste and adjust salt and flavor and then top it with the rest of the vegan parmesan and pine nuts if using. Cover and let it sit for another 2-3 minutes for the parmesan to kind of soften a little,  then serve immediately.

Notes

  • To take this to the next level, add some toasted pine nuts for garnish
  • Add a splash of vegan red wine after you sautee the onion with the pepperoni for added umami 
  • Glutenfree: Use Glutenfree pasta and gluten-free pepperoni. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Pepperoni Pasta

Amount Per Serving

Calories 542
Calories from Fat 108

% Daily Value*

Fat 12g18%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 687mg30%

Potassium 452mg13%

Carbohydrates 82g27%

Fiber 9g38%

Sugar 8g9%

Protein 18g36%

Vitamin A 5034IU101%

Vitamin C 6mg7%

Calcium 102mg10%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a plate of vegan pepperoni pasta with a golden fork on the side

Ingredients:

  • pasta – use your favorite kind, gluten-free if you want
  • vegan butter makes this sauce taste rich – use your favorite brand
  • This delicious  pasta sauce starts with sauteed garlic and onion
  •  fennel seeds go so well with any tomato-based pasta sauce
  • pepper flakes for some heat – add as much as you like
  • chopped pepperoni, I use my gf chickpea flour pepperoni but you can use a store-bought kind
  •  tomato paste adds umami and tomato flavor
  •  lemon brightens up the flavor profile
  • spinach adds some color – use fresh or frozen and thawed
  • vegan parmesan is a great addition and, when combined with some hot pasta water, helps bind the sauce to creamy prefection
  •  dried basil or fresh basil for that authentic Italian taste

Tips:

  • to take this to the next level, add some toasted pine nuts for garnish
  • If you want, add a splash of vegan red wine after you sautee the onion with the pepperoni
  • use any shape of pasta you like – fusilli, penne, farfalle, rotini

 

ingredients needed for making vegan pepperoni pasta on a marble countertop

How to make Vegan Pepperoni Pasta:

farfalle pasta boiling in a pot of water

Cook your pasta according to instructions if you haven’t already. Rinse in cold water and set aside

vegan butter being added to a frying pan

Make the sauce, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is hot and melted add the garlic, onion, fennel seeds, pepper flakes, and pepperoni and toss well.

chopped onions and minced garlic being added to a sauteeing pan

Cook over medium heat until the onion, garlic and pepperoni are golden.

vegan pepperoni and minced onion being added to a frying pan to make pasta sauce

vegan sausage sauteeing in a pan with onion and garlic

fresh lemon zest and vegan sausage frying in a pan to make pasta sauce

Then add in the tomato paste, zest, spinach, and ¼ teaspoon salt and mix in.

thawed frozen spinach being added to fried sausage in a pan

vegan sausage and spinach in a sauteeing pan

tomato paste, vegan pepperoni and spinach in a sauteeing pan

Pour in some of the pasta water and half tbe vegan parmesan and mix in, then bring to a boil.

grated vegan parmesan being added to a sauteeing pan with spinach and tomato

Add basil and the pasta and toss well then take off the heat.

cooked vegan farfalle being added to a pan with sauteed pepperoni pasta sauce

vegan pepperoni pasta being tossed in a white sauteeing pan

Taste and adjust salt and flavor and then top it with the rest of the vegan parmesan and pine nuts if using. Cover and let it sit for 2-3 minutes for the parmesan to kind of soften a little,  then serve immediately.

a pan with pasta tossed with spinach, vegan sausage and cheese

storage:

Store refrigerated for upto 3 days.  Add some broth while reheating

side view of a bowl of vegan pepperoni pasta sprinkled with vegan parmesan cheese

 

 

Vegan Pepperoni pasta