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If you’re looking for an easy, approachable, and flavor-packed pasta, this garlic and herb pasta is for you. Level up your pasta in a new, herbaceous way, with simple ingredients and about 30 minutes of your time.

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While Chris’ parents were recently in town, his mom introduced me to her garlic and herb pasta sauce and I was immediately hooked. Not only was the sauce so easy to make, but it was also jam-packed with flavor and so fresh tasting! She served it with our herbed ricotta ravioli and it was a hit! This sauce is so good on any type of pasta that you serve it with, I can’t wait for you to try it out.

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Here’s what you’ll need for this garlic and herb pasta:

  • Pasta: You could use any shape of your choice. We love ours with ravioli or spahetti.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: This is the main component of the sauce, so we recommend using the good-quality oil. We like to use Wild Groves olive oil!
  • Garlic: Lots and lots of garlic adds the signature element of this recipe. We like to add 6 large cloves in ours, but you can adjust the amount accordingly based on your preferences.
  • Red pepper flakes: Adds a very minimal yet perfectly balanced amount of heat. Feel free to add more as you prefer!
  • Pasta water: Don’t throw out your pasta water! It’s filled with starchy, salty goodness, and when you add it to your pasta, it adds a silky richness and helps the pasta and sauce stick together much better.
  • Fresh herbs: Adds a burst of freshness and brighten up all of the flavors in this dish.
  • Vegan parmesan cheese: Enriches the pasta with extra layers of umami,
  • Lemon: A squeeze of fresh lemon helps round out and balance out the dish. We hihgly recommend you don’t skip out on this!

If you’re looking for more tasty pasta, we’ve got you covered:

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Easy Garlic and Herb Pasta

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  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large servings
  • Diet: Vegan


If you’re looking for an easy, approachable, and flavor-packed pasta, this garlic and herb pasta is for you. Level up your pasta in a new, herbaceous way, with simple ingredients and about 30 minutes of your time.


  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or as desired
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano
  • 1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper, as desired


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, generously salt the water and add in your pasta of choice. Cook according to the package directions on the lower end of the cooking spectrum (so if it says 8-10 minutes, only cook it for 8).
  2. In the meantime, heat a medium skillet over low heat, add in the olive oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Allow the mixture to come to a low simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the garlic begins to become golden. Be careful not to burn the garlic here! You want it to cook slowly.
  3. Add in all of the herbs and stir through, allowing them to cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Once your pasta is ready, drain it but reserve about 1/2 cup of additional pasta water. Add in the cooked pasta along with about 1/4 cup of pasta water, vegan parmesan cheese, and fresh lemon juice. Toss everything together until uniform. If the pasta seems too dry, add in 2-4 tablespoons more of the starchy pasta water.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!


  • This recipe requires you to have 2 pots going at once so it is best to be fully prepared before getting started. This means having all of the ingredients prepped and measured, as well as reading through the instructions to get a feel for what is coming up next.
  • Feel free to modify the herbs based on what you have at home.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Enree
  • Method: Stovetop

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  1. This arrived just in time to my inbox, since I was planning on making something very similar. This was a great, simple recipe, versatile with whatever veggies and herbs you have on hand. The lemon juice made this pop.

  2. We’ve already made this twice this week! Delicious! I like that you can use whatever herbs you have on hand. We couldn’t find parsley so we left it out and it was great. Also subbed basil for Thai basil the second time and it was still good. I think this would be great with peas as well.