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two hands holding a large white bowl of vegan pesto cavatappi pasta

Vegan Pesto Cavatappi

  • Author: purelykaylie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan pesto cavatappi is a creamy, filling, and comforting dinner! It’s loaded with delicious flavors of fresh basil, garlic, and cherry tomatoes. 


  • 1 cup vegan pesto sauce
  • 10 ounces cavatappi pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (2 tbsp water if limiting oil)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese, to garnish
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, to garnish


  1. Prepare vegan pesto sauce or use pre-made pesto sauce. 
  2. Prepare cavatappi according to package. After, drain and rinse pasta. Set aside. 
  3. Warm a sauce pot on medium heat. Add olive oil (or water), sliced cherry tomatoes, and minced garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until cherry tomatoes are cooked through.
  4. Add cooked pasta and vegan pesto sauce. Mix to combine. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until warm.
  5. Serve pesto cavatappi. Garnish with vegan parmesan and pine nuts. 


  • Keep leftovers stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Pasta should keep for 2-3 days. To reheat, simply warm in the microwave or in a sauce pot on the stove. 
  • Nutrition information below reflects 10 oz chickpea cavatappi shells (made from chickpea flour). 


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 618
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fat: 38g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 53g
  • Fiber: 15.5g
  • Protein: 29g

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