Pasta is a universal favorite! They are a good source of carbohydrates. If you balance it with assorted vegetables and a dose of protein from the inclusion of lentils and cheese, it makes an exotic, yet pocket-friendly vegetarian meal. Opt for the whole wheat or multigrain pasta instead of using the pasta made up of all-purpose flour. It will provide an added dose of good health. And ensure to have ample amount of good quality olive oil to drizzle for an authentic Italian touch.
Top 25 Must Try Veg Pasta Recipes:
Here are 25 mouth-watering veg pasta recipes to spice up your boring cooking. Read on and start drooling!
1. Penne Pasta In Alfredo Sauce:
Penne pasta, drenched in a creamy white sauce and flavored with black pepper, is a simple, yet exotic pasta recipe! The peas make it a whole meal. Opt out of refined flour and choose corn flour or whole wheat flour to thicken the buttery sauce. Add a few roasted veggies, such as broccoli and thinly sliced carrots to pep up the nutritional value.
2. Pasta With Vegetables In Tomato Sauce:
This is a simple pasta recipe packed with loads of veggies including mushrooms, carrots, baby corn, bell peppers, and French beans. A versatile delicacy, it is spicy but you adjust the spice level to suit the palates of your little devils. Add more cheese, cut down on the spices and make it into your kid’s favorite lunchbox menu.
3. Creamy Tomato And White Wine Gnocchi:
The name says it all. A creamy pasta drenched in white wine! What more is needed to awaken the sleeping senses? While this one uses just tomato, you can add a dose of protein by tossing in some roasted almonds and crispy tender French beans to make it a complete meal. Do not forget to forgo the wine and sprinkle some grated cheese to make it a tempting dinner option for the kids.
4. Spinach And Pine Nut Lasagne:
Lasagnas need not necessarily be non-vegetarian to be tasty. Try this one packed with the protein-laden spinach and the crunchy pine nuts. And, I am sure you will always be craving for more. Make sure you add generous serving of nutmeg powder along with cottage cheese if you are serving it at your party. Just before serving the dish, sprinkle some finely grated carrots to pep up its visual appeal.
5. Lentil And Ricotta Cannelloni:
Lentils are a good source of proteins for vegetarians. It is the perfect substitute for mince, making this cannelloni a favorite treat for vegetarians. While the actual recipe calls for the use of canned brown lentils that have been drained and rinsed, you can use mixed lentils of your choice. You can even opt for a chili garlic sauce if you want a fiery delicacy.
6. Tagliatelle With Vegetable Ragu:
A healthy, veggie-loaded pasta drenched in a Bolognese sauce—this one is sure to wow everyone at your party. Vegetables simmered in the garlic, tomato purée and balsamic vinegar is definitely a treat for the taste buds. You can use any pasta of your choice. Opt for red kidney beans to add a dose of protein.
7. Easy Cheesy Vegetable Pasta:
Packed with carbohydrates, it easily qualifies as a satiating meal for the kids as well as for a post workout snack. In case of the latter, just perk up the protein quotient by adding your favorite whey protein or may be a handful of almonds to the pasta. It also comes with the goodness of various minerals, vitamins, and nutrients. While this is minimally spicy, you have the provision of adjusting the spices to suit your palate needs.
8. Pappardelle Primavera With Spring Vegetables And Hazelnuts:
I, personally, do not like hazelnuts. So, I swap them with roasted almonds and walnuts in equal proportion. Snap peas, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes – delicious array! And do not forget to add garlic and dry white wine! This pasta recipe just drips health and taste from all angles. What do you feel?
9. Bowtie Pasta Primavera Salad:
Freshly sliced radishes with baby peas and asparagus! A splendid combination of veggies tossed in a tangy dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, Dijon mustard and seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and salt! Add the protein touch to the recipe by mixing in a handful of cooked kidney beans.
10. Spaghetti With Cauliflower, Capers, And Lemon:
If you have less than an hour to prepare a tasty delight before your guests come in, then this spaghetti recipe could come handy. While this recipe calls for the use of chicken broth, you can use vegetable broth if you are a pure vegetarian or vegan. Cauliflower and capers and cooked in the broth and flavored with a garlic-flavored black pepper powder. The crunchy bread crumbs make an excellent topping, leading the dish to become an all-time superstar.
11. Super Veg Pasta:
The crushed fennel seeds give this super veggie pasta a uniquely distinct flavor. Opt out of egg pasta and choose plain pasta instead to make this dish totally vegetarian. Red pepper, fennel bulb, onions, and carrots flavored with a delicate blend of fennel seeds and garlic—amazing!
12. Spaghetti With Tomatoes, Basil, Olives, And Fresh Mozzarella:
The presence of raw tomatoes peps up the flavor of this mozzarella laden delight by an awesome delightful notch. Use the freshest of the tomatoes, which are quite plump for that noticeable flavor difference. Make sure you toss your spaghetti in the oil you used to sauté garlic for an added twist. Serve it fresh, right from the pan or at room temperature along with garlic potatoes.
13. Orecchiette With Greens, Mozzarella And Chickpeas:
The mix of coriander and cumin seeds gives this pasta an Indian appeal. The chickpeas add to the protein value, making it the perfect post-workout meal. Make sure you pick the ripest of the tomatoes for a rich tomato flavor. Use spices in generous amounts if you like piquant pasta.
14. Vegan Angel Hair Pasta Primavera:
Packed up with carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, and yeast, this one is an easy, yet healthy recipe. The simple white sauce packed with flavors of basil and garlic makes this recipe a winner. Serve along with a steaming hot bowl of tomato soup, some crusty bread, and wholesome salad.
15. Caramelized Onion Lasagna:
This one is quite different from the traditional lasagna. A flavor-rich baked delicacy, it comes with the goodness of onions, spinach, and portobello mushrooms. You can opt for a cheese of your choice instead of the gorgonzola mentioned here. While goat cheese would make an ideal substitute, use one that suits your palate.
16. Spruced Up Macaroni And Cheese:
An all time kids’ favorite, cheese and macaroni make a comfort food for everyone. Prepare a quick and tasty vegetarian meal to kick off a marvelous weekend with this easy, peasy pasta, filled with wsalsam black beans, sweet corn, and cheese. While the actual recipe calls for the use of tofu – the soya protein source, I would say paneer or cottage cheese would be a better choice.
17. Goat Cheese Ravioli With Orange And Fennel:
This is a tangy ravioli with a tart flavor, thanks to the orange, fennel seeds, parsley, sage, thyme, nutmeg, and rosemary. A great meal option, it is quite versatile.You can serve it as an appetizer at your kids’ party too. Make sure you keep the spice levels to the minimum, if you are not a spice aficionado. Serve it alongside a Sauvignon Blanc and preferably a handful of creamy potato salad to warm up those boring Saturday noon. This recipe allows you to keep everything ready, without cooking the ravioli, 4 days before. So, it saves your time and allow you to enjoy the party.
18. Vegetarian Tomato Basil Pasta With Asiago Cheese:
The simple, yet relishing combo of basil and fresh ripe tomatoes with Asiago cheese is definitely a classic. Make sure you use the freshest of olive oils available. The recipe calls for the use of linguine or fettuccine pasta, but you can use a multi-color whole grain of your choice for added health perks.
19. Vegan Stuffed Shells:
For me, stuffed pastas make awesome appetizer options. This particular recipe calls for the use of soaked, blended cashews, enriched with the flavors of assorted spices and the goodness of tofu. The marina sauce peps up the visual appeal as well as the flavor. You can use a mixture of cooked, mashed veggies as a filling instead of tofu and cashew and bake to perfection. Serve alongside chili garlic sauce and mixed herb seasoning.
20. Green Chili Mac And Cheese:
A glance at this image is enough to leave you drooling over the dish. And, the taste exceeds the looks in a fabulously superior way! A fiery sauce packed with green chilies and chili powder, this is a marvelous treat for those who love spicy foods. An ultimate comfort food for the winters, it is ideal to set your night ablaze.
21. 15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta:
Creaminess of avocado with a slightly overcooked, mushy pasta makes the dish melt in your mouth. While the recipe has used Spaghetti, my choice here would be macaroni. The deliciousness of this pasta gets a boost when you add a handful of crispy, roasted veggie sticks. And, not to forget the dark brown hued onions roasted in negligible oil. This simple vegetarian pasta recipe tastes heavenly!
22. Creamy Tomato Pasta:
If you love tomatoes and tomatoes, then this one could be your choice when it comes to making an Italian delicacy to treat your taste buds. The pasta shells drenched in that creamy, tangy sauce look inviting, don’t they? If you love to add a touch of health factor to it, then add a handful of roasted almond slices, snow peas, sweet corn kernels, and roasted zucchini fingers to it. And, serve alongside baked tortilla chips with loads of salsa for a fusion of flavors.
23. Thai Mac And Cheese:
The flavors of fiery Thai cuisine mixed with the gentleness of Italian kitchens make this combo a winner all the way. The blend of red curry paste with cashews and coconut milk yields a thick, creamy, and lush sauce. Just toss in the sauce with the cooked Mac. You can even serve this simple dish for a special occasion by adding some crunchiness and color to it. For the color, use fresh, thinly sliced raw veggies, such as carrots and beets. And for the crunch, add roasted, non-salted peanuts and pine nuts.
24. Pasta Cacio E Pepe:
A spicy dish, it is an authentic Italian pasta recipe. While the recipe traditionally uses long noodles such as spaghetti, you are free to use pasta of your choice. A fierce, sharp, and peppery pasta, it is bound to be addictive. My twist here would be to use a handful of steamed sweet corns, if you are not very particular about the spice levels. The sweetness of these golden yellow kernels offset the peppery ferociousness.
25. Little Pasta Balls:
These make awesome appetizer options at your kids’ birthday party. And, is a great way to use your leftover pasta. Just add a touch of protein by mixing in some crumbled paneer to the mixture. You can also use a handful of cooked, mashed veggies to make the dish a tastier and healthier option. While this one has zero spices added to it, you have the flexibility to mix in spices of your choice. My option would be a mixture of ginger, garlic, and green chilies with a little chaat masala and red chili powder. Serve it alongside freshly made garlic and red chili chutney, and mint coriander chutney for that authentic Indo-Italian appetizer option. You can even bake it instead of deep frying it. If you are baking, preheat the oven to 180 degree C. Arrange the balls on a greased baking tray, for about 20 minutes or until the outer coating turns brown and crispy.
These were my top 25 choices when it comes to easy vegetarian pasta recipes. Each one is unique and versatile; you can modify the spices and veggies to suit your and your family’s taste buds.
What is your choice when it comes to vegetarian pasta recipes? And which pasta would you like to use – macaroni, shell-shaped, orzo, or anything else? Share with us in the comments section bellow.
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