One Pot Alfredo Penne Pasta

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This 20 Minute One Pot Alfredo Penne Pasta is creamy and filled with sun dried tomatoes. With only 5 minutes prep of time it’s an easy weeknight meal!

Alfredo penne pasta in a white bowl.

The holidays are the time that I enjoy one pot recipes and dishes the most – recipes that require basically no prep work, and you can set it and forget it, so you can focus on the deliciousness of the food rather than standing over your stove trying to ensure everything synchronises properly.

Raise your hand if you’ve been there.

This one pot pasta dish is definitely one of my favourites for the holidays – How about we dive into a pasta dish that’s not only low carb but crazy delicious?

Alfredo penne pasta stirred with with sun dried tomatoes in a  black pot.

Meet the pasta of your dreams. Let’s start with the sauce. For starters, it’s vegan *whaaat* but isn’t that cheese? No my friends, it isn’t, but this pasta tastes so deliciously cheesy and creamy I started to wonder myself! We’re talking a creamy, cheesy and super satisfying alfredo penne pasta recipe that you’ll definitely make again and again, even after the holidays are over. Oh, did I mention that trading whole wheat pasta for white pasta not only makes this much healthier, but means you can eat way more?!

Don’t tell anyone I said that.

No, the cheesy colour is not due to over saturation of the photo, but to two amazing things – vegan butter and the natural sauce created by the pasta. You see, here’s the magic of one pot pasta dishes – the starch released from the pasta isn’t thrown out with the water, but instead cooks with the pasta forming it’s own sauce in the almond milk. Add delicious seasonings, vegetable broth and vegan butter to the mix and you’ve got a delicious cream sauce for your pasta.

When food steps into the mix and helps us cooks out, it’s pretty much genius.

Alfredo penne pasta in a white baking dish.

Then you get to the seasonings that take it over the notch – let’s start with the garlic. Sautéed before anything else and added to the entire dish from the beginning, you get a subtle hint of garlic in every bite of the pasta and not to mention, the aroma filling your kitchen. YES please. The sun dried tomatoes are of course, my next favourite, and they add a bite which I think is so necessary for this pasta because it’s such a beautiful contrast of flavours that simultaneously complement itself.

If you’re like me, you’re still staring at these pictures, but you need to make this! I promise, it’s phenomenal. I love that this tastes like a rich and decadent pasta while the ingredients are far from – take my hint that you can eat more this way! After all, you need to get your body in training for all the Christmas dinner food.

I went there.
Close up of alfredo penne pasta with sun dried tomatoes in a white dish.

Other One Pot Pasta Recipes I’m in Love With:

One Pot Spaghetti with Greek Tea, Feta and Kalamata Olives by Joanne Eats Well With Others

One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta by Damn Delicious

One Pot Curried Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Chickpeas by Oh My Veggies (Joanne Bruno)

Pinterest pin for alfredo pasta.

Overhead shot of penne pasta in a white baking dish

One Pot Alfredo Penne Pasta

This 20 Minute One Pot Alfredo Penne Pasta is creamy and filled with sun dried tomatoes. With only 5 minutes prep of time it’s an easy weeknight meal!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 sun dried tomatoes chopped
  • Parsley for garnish


  • In a pan over medium high heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the minced garlic when hot and swirl for about 30 seconds, sautéing the garlic.
  • Do not take off of heat. Add the vegetable broth, pasta, and 1 cup almond milk. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (except 1/4 cup almond milk and sun dried tomatoes) and stir all together. Cook until pasta is ready, about 18-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the pasta is finished, add the remaining 1/4 cup almond milk if desired if the sauce is too thick. Stir together again and sun dried tomatoes. Garnish with parsley, serve and enjoy.


Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1185mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 401IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Ashley burke says:

    Sounds great I will try it with gluten free penne tonight!

  2. Aaron says:

    I wondered how important you consider the almond milkto be for the taste. Or do you think every plant based milk would work?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Aaron,

      It’s not essential to the dish and I think any plant based milk could work!

  3. Jessie says:

    Sounds great. I’m not vegan so surely this would work with regular milk and butter as well?

  4. LeeAnn says:

    Hey there! Trying this tonight. Is 1 teaspoon of salt correct? It seems a bit salty, but my taste buds may be off…

    • LeeAnn says:

      I quickly stand corrected! I allowed the dish to cook down accordingly and the flavors balanced out. I added a bit more sundries tomatoes and a handful of spinach to squeeze in more veggies. It has that nice creaminess of alfredo tjat i love…yum. Can’t wait to chow down.

  5. Chelsea L Crocker says:

    I love this recipe and used to make it ALL the time with lentil pasta, and that pasta really helped the sauce thicken up to perfection. Unfortunately I can’t eat lentil based pastas anymore and I haven’t had luck with the gluten free rice/corn blend pasta, as it leaves the sauce runny because it doesn’t soak it up quite right.
    Do you have tips for the best kind of pasta to use for this or corrections given the differences?


    • Hi Chelsea,

      Aww I’m so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed it in the pasta and sorry that you can’t have lentil pasta anymore! Try chickpea pasta, that should work, or even black bean pasta!

  6. Andrea says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight, it’s brilliant! I needed a little more liquid but it’s very flexible. This will get a spot in the weekly dinner rotation.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome Andrea! We’re so happy that you enjoy it so much!

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