Baked penne is a vegan and gluten-free take on an Italian-American classic comfort food. This ooey-gooey cheesy dish is perfect for busy weekdays.

Baked Penne with Creamy Tomato Sauce [Vegan]

Cooking Time

30 min


  • 1 box (approx. 450g) penne pasta
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup 1 to 1 Gluten-Free Flour
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and lightly grease a 9X12 baking dish.
  2. In a large stockpot, top with water and bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to manufacturers instructions.
  3. Drain and set aside.
  4. While pasta is cooking, prepare the cheese sauce. In a medium-sized saucepan, over low heat, melt butter. Once the butter is melted, add the flour. Using a spatula mix well. Cook the mix and stir constantly for approx. 1-2 minutes to cook out the flour. It will have a thin paste-like consistency.
  5. Gradually pour in the milk and whisk until well combined.
  6. Add salt, lemon, garlic, nutritional yeast and shredded cheese into sauce. Mix well until shredded cheese has melted into sauce. Remove from heat.
  7. Pour pasta back into the stockpot and add tomato sauce and 1 cup of cheese sauce. Using the spatula, gently stir until well combined. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  8. Top the pasta evenly with the remaining cheese sauce. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool for approx. 5 minutes before serving.

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