Vegan Orrecchiette With Creamy Carrot Miso Sauce

Vegan Orrecchiette With Creamy Carrot Miso Sauce

Fresh Carrots and their Tops are used in this Orecchiette Pasta with Creamy Carrot Miso Sauce and Carrot Top Gremolata. Vegan and tasty. Give it a go this weekend! ✌🏼

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Vegan Orrecchiette With Creamy Carrot Miso Sauce

Vegan Orrecchiette With Creamy Carrot Miso Sauce

A simple delicious vegan recipe for Orecchiette with Creamy Carrot Miso Sauce, topped with a bright and tasty Carrot Top Gremolata (optional) and Toasted Bread Crumbs. Flavorful and healthy!
4.34 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American-Inspired
Keyword: Creamy, Pasta, Recipe, Vegan
Calories: 393kcal
Servings: 4


  • 8–10 ounces orecchiette pasta cooked in salted water, according to directions

Carrot Miso Sauce:

  • 2 shallots rough chopped (or 1/2 an onion)
  • 4–6 cloves garlic rough chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 heaping cups carrots thinly sliced (3 medium carrots)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons White Miso Paste

Carrot Top Gremolata (optional, but tasty)

  • 1/2 cup carrot tops, tender leaves packed or sub 1/2 cup more Italian Parsley
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley
  • 1 fat clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest zest from one med lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup – 1/2 cup olive oil make sure it is not bitter-taste it!


  • COOK PASTA: Set salted water to boil for pasta, and cook according to directions.
  • COOK the SAUCE: Heat oil in a medium pot, over medium heat. Saute shallot and garlic until fragrant and golden, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add carrots, cashews, water, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat to low and simmer gently until carrots are fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the 3 tablespoons of miso ( it doesn’t need to dissolve fully) and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • While the carrots simmer make the optional Carrot Top Gremolata and Toasted Panko or Bread Crumbs (see notes!)
  • BLEND THE CARROT MISO SAUCE: Once the carrots are tender and slightly cooled, place all in a high-speed blender, covering tightly with a kitchen towel, blend on the lowest setting, gradually increasing speed, until fully blended, creamy and silky smooth about 1- 1 1/2 minutes. Take your time here and get it SMOOTH!!!
  • Drain the pasta and pour the sauce over the pasta, gently warming if needed. Taste and adjust salt. (If you didn’t salt your pasta water, chances are you’ll need salt.)
  • Divide among bowls, and sprinkle with toasted bread crumbs and spoon the flavorful Carrot Top Gremolata over top.


Feel free to toss in 1 cup of other veggies into the cooking pasta at the end to steam. For example, sometimes I’ll add a cup of peas to quickly blanch in with the pasta at the last minute.
You can make the sauce ahead, refrigerate and warm up before serving.
Carrot TOP Gremolata:
Place carrot leaves, parsley, lemon zest and garlic in a food processer and pulse repeatedly until finely chopped. Add the salt and oil, pulsing a few more times until incorporated (but not too smooth). Add more oil if you prefer a looser version.
Toasted Bread Crumbs or Panko.
Place a 1/2 -1 cup of bread crumbs or panko in a large skillet over medium heat, and drizzle with just enough olive oil to lightly coat. Add a good pinch of salt and granulated garlic if you like. Stir until golden, about 5 minutes. Let cool.


Nutrition Facts
Vegan Orrecchiette With Creamy Carrot Miso Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 115
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.8g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 201.3mg9%
Carbohydrates 59.7g20%
Fiber 5.4g23%
Sugar 6.7g7%
Protein 11.5g23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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