Vegetarian Pasta Recipes

Try vegetarian pasta recipes filled with fresh seasonal veggies and alternate protein sources.

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Pasta with Winter Squash and Tomatoes

Sweet, hearty butternut squash adds substance and nutrients to this pasta dish. Once the squash has been cooked, it becomes so soft, it acts as the pasta’s sauce and eliminates the need for fatty cheese.

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Radish and Sesame Soy Noodle Salad

Bulk up this whole-wheat noodle salad with radishes and cucumbers, then dress in a minimal amount of vinegar-sesame-soy dressing. Consider adding dipping sauces, but with a topping of toasted sesame seeds, this cold pasta dish already possesses plenty of nutty flavor.

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Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans

Ellie enhances tomatoes’ natural sweetness by roasting them in the oven with just a touch of olive oil. All her pasta dish then needs are some aromatic roasted garlic cloves.

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Macaroni and 4 Cheeses

Rather than relying on heavy cream and high-fat cheese, Ellie makes a mean mac 'n' cheese with sharp cheddar, Monterrey Jack, parmesan, part-skim ricotta and pureed winter squash.

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Lemon-Basil Orzotto

Opt for vegetable or mushroom broth, and turn Kelsey's creamy, green pea-speckled orzo risotto into a vegetarian dinner fit for even the most stubborn of meat-lovers.

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Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese

Power through your daily vegetable serving with Giada's meatless bolognese, studded with mushrooms, carrots, onions and peppers.

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Pasta Salad with Green Onion Dressing

Serve it on the side, or make it the star of your next home-cooked meal. Roger Mooking's unique pasta salad gets a kick from dijon mustard and unexpected twist from shredded coconut.

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Pasta Primavera

Chockfull of fresh vegetables and herbs, Pasta Primavera is always a great lighter Italian option.

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Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Pecorino

Some of the best pasta dishes and are the simplest. Just ask David Rocco, who keeps it simple with his spaghetti tossed with olive oil, cherry tomatoes, grated pecorino and fresh basil leaves.

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Pasta with Lavender

Like a fresh buquet of flowers, Mark Bittman's picturesque pasta invites you in with the beautiful colors of carrots, zucchini and lavender.

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Zia Carolina's Pasta: Aunt Carolina's Pasta

Salty capers and crispy fried zucchini give David Rocco's pasta dish a delicious pop and crunch.

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Vegetable Chow Mein

Chow mein doesn’t have to be an oily fat trap — Ching-He uses little more than a tablespoon of oil and one or two tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce to soften and flavor the dish’s fragrant vegetables

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Nutty Pasta

Almonds, pine nuts and pistachios get zing from fresh mint and orange zest in Laura Calder's unconvential but irresistible pesto.

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Fettuccine Alfredo with Shiitake Mushrooms, Kale, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

The ultimate vegan indulgence, this fettucine is loaded with hearty vegetables and tossed in a nutty almond alfredo sauce.

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Rigatoni with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Few dinners come together in under 30 minutes, even fewer are as satisfying as Giada's hearty pasta dish with mushrooms and rich mascarpone cheese.

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Porcini Gnocchi

Infused with earthy, dried porcini mushrooms and tossed in a buttery sage sauce, David Rocco's homemade gnocchi are the epitome of Italian comfort food.

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Pasta Anto-Te

With thick tagliolini noodles, chopped pistachios, Parmigiano, sheep's milk ricotta and a sprinkle of saffron, what's not to love?

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Spinach and Artichoke Baked Whole Grain Pasta

An alternative to everyone's favorite appetizer dip, Rachael Ray's baked pasta is loaded with artichoke hearts and smothered in melty gruyere cheese.

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Fusilli alla Caprese

Studded with chunks of creamy mozzarella, quartered cherry tomatoes and fresh basil, Giada's pasta caprese is great as a main, salad or side dish.

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