Garlic & White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts

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Swirling a fork in a plate of White Wine & Garlic Alfredo Pasta with Brussels Sprouts

This. Pasta. Tho.

I’ve made alfredo before, but this, this may be my new favorite.

Baking sheet with Bruseels Sprouts ready to be roasted for a gluten-free plant-based meal

What sets it apart? Garlic and white wine, which are infused into a classic white sauce paired with al dente pasta and roasted Brussels Sprouts. Now we’re talking.

Adding a splash of white wine into a pan for making Gluten-Free Vegan pasta

This recipe requires 30 minutes and 10 ingredients to make.

While the sauce is bubbling away and pasta is cooking to perfection, Brussels Sprouts are roasting until golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside. This is comfort food at its finest.

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INCREDIBLE 30-minute White Wine + Garlic Alfredo Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts! Quickly becoming a fan favorite for good reason! #vegan #glutenfree #pasta #recipe #plantbased #minimalistbaker

I hope you all LOVE this alfredo pasta! It’s:

Creamy
Cheesy
Flavorful
Garlicky
Hearty
Comforting
& Oh so delicious

This would make the perfect fancy weeknight dinner, or meal for hosting guests. We made this recently for friends – neither of which are dairy-free – and they devoured their whole plates. That’s always a good sign. Pair this creamy, sultry pasta with my Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas for the ultimate plant-based comfort meal.

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Garlic and White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts

Flavorful, insanely delicious pasta with white wine and garlic white sauce and roasted Brussels sprouts. Just 30 minutes and 10 ingredients required!
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INCREDIBLE 30-minute White Wine + Garlic Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts! Quickly becoming a fan favorite for good reason! #vegan #glutenfree #pasta #recipe #plantbased
4.82 from 194 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 (entrée portions)
Course Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

BRUSSELS SPROUTS

  • 16 ounces Brussels Sprouts (halved)
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch each sea salt + black pepper

SAUCE + PASTA

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil or vegan butter
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped (yields ~3 Tbsp as original recipe is written)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, + Sauvignon Blanc, are best)
  • 4 Tbsp arrowroot starch (or cornstarch)
  • 1 3/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Sea salt + black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
  • 10 ounces vegan, gluten-free pasta* (brown rice pastas are readily available – or this penne from Bionaturae)

FOR SERVING (optional)

  • Garlic bread*
  • Simple green salad*

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and add Brussels sprouts to a baking sheet (use more baking sheets, as needed, if increasing batch size). Drizzle with oil, and season generously with salt and pepper and toss. Arrange in a single layer and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil (for cooking the pasta) and salt generously (~1 Tbsp). Set aside while preparing sauce.
  • Heat a large rimmed skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil and garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes or until fragrant and very slightly golden brown, then add wine (see photo). Be careful – it may flame, but only briefly. Stir and sauté for 2-4 minutes, or until the wine has reduced by about half.
  • Add arrowroot and whisk, then add almond milk and whisk. At this point, it will be very clumpy – this is normal. Transfer to a high-speed blender and add nutritional yeast, salt + pepper, and vegan parmesan cheese. Blend on high until creamy and smooth.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast for cheesiness, or salt and pepper for more overall flavor.
  • Transfer sauce back to the skillet and warm over medium-low heat until bubbly while whisking. The sauce should thicken, at which point you can lower the heat to low and simmer until pasta is cooked. If it looks too thick, thin with almond milk. If too thin, increase heat to medium to encourage thickening.
  • Add Brussels sprouts to the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown and tender, stirring once at the 10-minute mark to encourage cooking.
  • Around this time, add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package instructions (mine took about 7-10 minutes, so I did that last. You want the pasta and Brussels to be done around the same time).
  • Once cooked, drained pasta and add directly to the sauce, along with half of the Brussels sprouts and toss to combine. Season with a bit more vegan parmesan cheese (optional) for extra flavor.
  • Serve with remaining Brussels sprouts and additional vegan parmesan cheese for flavor. I also like a bit of red pepper flake, but this is optional.
  • Best when fresh, though leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave for best results.

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Notes

*For those curious, I also tested this recipe with Jovial grand gluten free tagliatelle. It contains eggs, but is gluten free and I thought it was nearly undetectably gluten free! But Trader Joe’s brown rice + quinoa fusilli is another great choice that is vegan.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without additional toppings (more vegan parmesan cheese).
*To make garlic bread spread vegan butter and minced garlic onto vegan-friendly  baguette or bread and toast in a 425 degree F (218 C) oven until golden brown.
*To make a simple green salad, add a generous serving of greens to a serving bowl (we love arugula or chopped kale). To a small jar or mixing bowl add 3 Tbsp (45 ml) lemon juice and 5 Tbsp (75 ml) good olive oil and a pinch each salt and black pepper and shake or whisk vigorously to combine. Pour dressing on salad just before serving, toss, and serve.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 Servings Calories: 509 Carbohydrates: 75.4 g Protein: 12.3 g Fat: 18.5 g Saturated Fat: 2.4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 450 mg Fiber: 7.7 g Sugar: 2.9 g

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  1. Laurie says

    Delicious! I made the recipe exactly as written, just substituted zucchini noodles for the pasta.
    I have made this several times actually and always turns out super yummy!

  2. Alicja says

    Was really hyped for this recipe, but it came out flat, flavourless. Also too much sauce for this amount of pasta. Unnecessary step with blending. This could be avoided if flour dissolved in small amount of cold milk before adding to the pan.
    I used steamed frozen broccoli and green beans. Maybe that was my mistake and the flavour of brussels is necessary? Or I am simply not a fan of “carbonara-style” pasta.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alicja, so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this pasta! Did you happen to make any other modifications to the ingredients? We appreciate your honest feedback!

  3. Susana says

    This recipe is good¡ I didn’t use the vegan parmesan and added extra nutritional yeast for more cheese flavor. Also, I whisked the sauce until smooth in the same pan, no need for blending. I finished it off with little pieces of preserved lemon and parsley. My family loved it. Thanks for sharing

  4. Jen says

    Wow, this recipe is so good! Filling without being heavy, just a perfect weeknight meal. I am not a fan of transferring hot mixtures from pan to blender and back as it always seems to go wrong, so I made a roux from the olive oil/garlic mixture and cornstarch. Added the almond milk slowly until it thickened and then added the wine at the end. It turned out so lovely! I will definitely make this again and maybe add a touch of lemon zest to brighten it up as suggested by another reviewer. Thank you for such a great base recipe that can be used in so many different ways!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Jen! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  5. Cedella Janczak says

    I was excited for this recipe, and all the good reviews. My recipe turned out weird, very thick. I’m not sure if it was too much cornstarch or the noodles I used. I didn’t enjoy the cornstarch taste either, but liked incorporating veggies in the pasta! Anyone who likes pasta recipes from MB, I suggest you try her pink pasta, it’s delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear that was your experience, Cedella! What type of noodles were you using? For the cornstarch taste/texture, we’re wondering if it’s possible it cooked too long and concentrated the flavors?

  6. Kim says

    Wow, this was incredible. The flavor is so good! Super easy to make but felt like “fancy food”. Filling without being heavy. Definitely a keeper. Thanks for this great recipe!

  7. Irene says

    This is pretty good. I felt it needed a bit of acid so I added about a tablespoon of lemon juice at the end with the heat off. It then reminded me of a lemon asparagus pasta I used to make, so next time I’ll try adding some lemon zest as well because it brightens up the dish nicely. I also sliced my Brussels sprouts as this makes them much easier to eat.

  8. Cassandra says

    So delicious. Reminded me of alfredo. I added a pinch of red pepper because I personally love creamy “cheesy” with a kick

    Definitely make this I know I will be again

  9. Celia says

    This was a comforting and hearty dish, but a work in progress for me. It was my mistake using Califia’s Original almond milk whose sweetness overpowered the cheese flavor. I’ll try Unsweetened almond milk next time, plus an unapologetic quantity of garlic, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Celia! Yes, make sure you’re using unsweetened almond milk for best results.

  10. Johanna says

    My partner and I loved this recipe! I prefer a strong white wine flavor so I doubled the amount of wine and the sauce was so creamy! I topped with some fresh parsley, a squeeze of lemon, and some crispy mushrooms. Amazing cheap and fast Friday dinner that we will definitely make again!

  11. Phebe says

    I’m very confused with how this came out! It tasted like chocolate ice cream, to both me and my partner. We even double checked to make sure we didn’t accidentally add chocolate almond milk. We semi-saved it with a cube of pesto & some tomato sauce & about triple the white wine it called for & so much pepper & like triple the garlic, but I am not sure how this happened!! Pretty bummed & I usually don’t leave reviews on recipes unless something goes really awry, but expensive ingredients so it feels unethical to not add a review!! Hope no feelings get hurt, I don’t mean to be mean, I just don’t know how this happened!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! We’re so sorry that happened, Phebe. Is it possible you were using a sweetened or vanilla almond milk? Or a brand with a strong flavor?

      • Phebe says

        Thanks for the reply!!! After much deliberation, I think the wine was maybe just terrible wine??? I think the wine was sweeter than it should have been & I was wanting it to be more sharp.

  12. Crystal says

    I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous that the sauce was going to be weird. So I had marinara as a back up, but we didn’t even need it. This sauce was so good. My picky kids even liked it. We will definitely be making it again, and I may add a little more garlic next time. I served it with whole wheat angel hair, and next time I will use a sturdier pasta. But other that that, it was amazing. It will definitely go into our regular rotation!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it, Crystal. Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Sahara says

    You may like to experiment with/recommend Banza chickpea pasta (Costco), Zenb yellow-pea pasta, or Red lentil pasta (Costco). Both yellow pea & red lentil are ONE ingredient only, and completely satisfying while being source of protein instead of simply carbs. If your readers aren’t aware of these products it would be a lovely service to them

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Vanessa, we’d encourage making our easy DIY version (linked in recipe), if possible! But otherwise, you could try subbing a little more nutritional yeast in its place. Let us know if you try it!

  14. Caroline says

    Delicious! I didn’t time the brussels and pasta to be ready at the same time, but it still worked out well. Could’ve used a sturdier pasta, but my thin spaghetti was still delicious! Topped with extra red pepper flakes. Already looking forward to the leftovers.

  15. Kathy Oberto says

    We made this two nights ago for dinner … absolutely delicious! I added a little extra garlic … and it was fabulous even as leftovers for lunch. We will make this again, and again!

  16. Nina says

    I finally made this tonight and it was delicious! I couldn’t find arrow root in local stores so I had to order it online. Made it with broccoli as I didn’t have Brussels sprouts and fettuccine pasta. Definitely adding this to my rotation. The family loved it! Super easy and didn’t take long.

  17. Rose says

    Made this with hoegaarden beer subbed for wine (didn’t have any) and used coconut milk instead of almond, still delicious!

  18. Laurel says

    Thank you for the recipe! I made this last night and it ended up being delicious, but I had some challenges, surely due to my own adaptations. I didn’t use any oil so my garlic was getting dry by the time I added the wine. When the wine reduced by half (to about 2.5 TBS), mixing in 4 TBS of arrowroot powder just made a solid mash inside my whisk, which was hard to get out. I didn’t have vegan parmesan on hand so I added a scant 1/4 cup raw cashews to the blender. It came out thick and I added added more liquid to the blender and more again after I put it back in the pot (I chose wine as my liquid). It did end up delicious, in spite of me. Next time maybe I’ll start with a larger quantity of wine, because I love the white wine flavor in the sauce, and will go a lot easier on the cashews! I’m still learning :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Laurel! You can mix the arrowroot into a small amount of liquid first if you want to avoid clumping.