cashew tomato pasta in a bowl with daiya cheese on top

Easy, super tasty 5-Ingredient No Boil Baked Pasta is the perfect mix-and-bake weeknight dinner. Hands free healthy pasta recipes FTW! Vegan + gluten-free.

no boil pasta bake with spinach and daiya cheese on top wooden spoon

We all know about 1-pot pasta. We all know about instant pot pasta. But did you know that you can cook pasta in your oven? Oh dear friend, let me enlighten you of this fool proof method.

It’s quite mind blowing.

no boil pasta bake ingredients in a glass baking dish

No Boil Pasta Bake Ingredients

It still amazes me how tasty you can make pasta with just 5 pantry staple ingredients:

  • Pasta: I’ve found ziti and penne works best for no-boil pastas. You can use regular, whole wheat or gluten free pasta but the cooking time does vary (check recipe notes).
  • Cashews: This is what makes this pasta so creamy and delicious! We’re making homemade cashew ‘heavy cream’. You could use full fat coconut milk as well but I find the flavour of cashew works really well with the sweet marinara.
  • Marinara Sauce: I always go to roasted garlic marinara sauce because it’s already pretty flavourful but you can of course use your favourite marinara sauce and add more seasonings as you like.
  • Vegetables: Spinach is my go-to because it’s easy to stir in and it doesn’t take time to cook. You can also use frozen mixed vegetables and let it thaw while the pasta is cooking. Or, throw in some left over meal prepped vegetables!
  • Vegan Cheese: Technically this is optional… so this could be a 4-ingredient recipe but I think the vegan cheese makes it so much tastier! You could also use some nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan instead if you want a less processed option.

As always, I highly encourage you to customize this no boil pasta bake recipe to your liking. Add in a healthy dose of garlic powder, onion powder and oregano for more flavour. Add in some soyrizo, vegan meat balls or beans to make it higher in protein. The options are endless!!

step by step process shots of baking tomato pasta bake with daiya cheese

How to Cook Pasta in the Oven

I could show you in one picture how to make the easiest no boil baked pasta: mix-and-bake everything into a glass baking dish. DONE. But I did want to show you the transformation of this magical dish:

  1. Add in the cashew cream (or milk), UNCOOKED pasta, marinara and any spices into a 8×8 inch glass baking dish and stir together.
  2. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through and the sauce has thickened
  3. Stir in spinach and top with vegan cheese.
  4. Place it back into the oven and broil for 5 minutes.

And then …. hello perfection *heart eyes*!!

simple tomato cashew marinara pasta in a bowl with a fork

Pasta does not get any easier than this. Just look at how perfectly cooked those penne noodles are, doused in a creamy marinara and melty dairy free cheese.

Seriously you guys, this hack is life changing. You’ll be making this easy no boil baked pasta again and again, I promise you.

close up shot of vegan pasta with daiya cheese on top

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close up shot tomato cashew marinara penne baked pasta

Vegan No Boil Pasta Bake

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Easy, super tasty 5-Ingredient No Boil Baked Pasta is the perfect mix-and-bake weeknight dinner. Hands free healthy pasta recipe that is vegan and gluten free!


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cup water (350ml)
  • 1/2 cup cashews (65g)
  • 10 oz gluten free penne pasta (280g // or regular penne if not gluten free)
  • 20 oz roasted garlic marinara sauce (566g)
  • 2 cups spinach (60g)
  • 1 cup vegan cheese (100 g // sub 1/3 cup vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast)
  • 1 tsp onion powder, optional
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, optional
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne, optional
  • 2 tsp dried oregano, optional


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 F (200 C).
  2. Add soaked cashews and water into a blender and blend until smooth. Essentially, we’re making a thicker cashew milk. Alternatively, you can use 350 ml of cashew milk or any non-dairy milk. 
  3. Add the pasta, cashew milk, marinara and any spices if using into a 8×8 inch baking dish and stir. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes or until pasta is cooked through. 
  4. Stir in spinach and top with vegan cheese. Place it back into the oven and broil for 4-5 minutes. 
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • Pasta: If using whole wheat pasta increase cooking time by 5-8 minutes. 
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: entree
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 458
  • Sugar: 8.1g
  • Sodium: 992mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 73g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 0


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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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