Vegan Pasta

We’ve been trying to reduce our family’s intake of meat and dairy over the past year and if you’d like to know why read my article on Sustainable Ethical Groceries. Well our efforts have been hit and miss. We’ve managed to find 3 vegetarian recipes that the entire family will eat and I’ve successfully replaced eggs in some recipes and found oil to be a good substitute to butter in others.

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Personally I would love to be a full-on vegan but with 19 food items off the dinner menu in my house I fear this is a insurmountable feat, which is why I like this recipe for vegan pasta. Everyone likes it and it’s simple, easy, and relatively quick to make. It also doesn’t require a lot of special ingredients making it economical too. So without further delay here’s the recipe for a simple easy vegan dinner, which you can scale up to suit your needs

  • 4 tablespoons of steamed and well-mashed butternut squash. I got about 12 from a standard butternut squash. I used 4 and froze the rest for the next time I was making pasta.
  • 160g of Pasta flour. I used Doves, which I get for €2.35 in Dublin Food Coop, D8
  • pinch of salt
  1. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl or on a kitchen counter until they form a dough
  2. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10 mins
  3. Roll out thin enough to see through it, either with a rolling-pin or with a pasta machine
  4. Fold the pasta over itself and using a knife or a pizza cutter cut into equal width strips.
  5. Either cook straight away or freeze in bundles or drape over something to dry. When drying I found it best to drape the individual strands over something with a bit of width, otherwise the noodles keep breaking.
  6. To cook just put in boiling salted water until all dente.
  7. Enjoy with whatever sauce takes your fancy.

The pasta has a faint taste of butternut squash but not enough to turn off my fussy family. If you’ve a more adventurous crew you could try flavouring the pasta with herbs or spices.


PS – This time in previous years I wrote about Why Recycling isn’t the Answer and on Time Management

Published by Elaine Butler

I am a circular design consultant helping manfacturers prepare for the circular economy

4 thoughts on “Vegan Pasta

  1. Sustainable Responsible Living – I’m passionate about everything that makes our and the life of others a little better. I think it’s important that we use our time and energy responsibly – nobody else will do this for us… and when we care about others we ultimately feel better ourselves. I mean small changes, I don’t mean any extremes, I’m a normal person with a normal job, an early alarm clock, a commute to the office and never enough hours in the day. I’m trying to find small do-able things that fit into a normal life. I believe that no matter how stressful life, work, relationships or whatever else that might stress us is, little positive things we can ‘own’ will give us a sense of achievement and make us happier. Isn’t that worth it? And yes, I don’t have a car (not really by choice or conviction, rather because I never really had the need for it nor got around to buying one) so I cycle everywhere.
    Sustainable Responsible Living says:

    Good luck with the vegan challenge. It is the cheese side (and chocolate) I find too awkward in a vegan diet. Instead of going vegan for one month and being unhappy. I rather suggest to to reduce meat consistently throughout the entire year, seems thats what you are doing too. It s a lot more sustainable 🙂

  2. Thanks. I agree with you about the cheese and the chocolate, but I also find it hard to buy these package-free too so i’m trying to cut back on them anyway. If I didn’t mind about packaging or palm oil I could become a vegetarian very easily and buy all the pre-made veggie goodies on supermarket shelves this month but I don’t think it’s sustainable so I’m with you, a slow and steady reduction of meat and dairy throughout the year.

  3. jkaybay – I have two sites, both focused on ethical consumerism. The Green Stars Project ( aims to start a movement based on crowd-sourced ethical ratings. Ethical Bargains ( is focused on new products that I've bought at the Grocery Outlet.
    jkaybay says:

    Looks delicious! Good luck with eating more veggies!

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