If you’ve been a subscriber to the blog, you’ll probably already know this little trick we do here. Most of the pasta recipes you’ll find here are vegetarian or vegan and contain more veggies by weight and volume than actual pasta! And here’s why. Vibrant seasonal veggies contain so many healthy nutrients, way more than than pasta, and yet pasta, bless it’s delicious heart, becomes as the perfect carrier for these beauties.
So I’ll often switch the proportions out to make the pasta recipes a little more healthy. More veggies, less pasta. And guess what? My body loves this combo. In fact, when I limit the dairy, and totally cut out the meat, my body actually seems to digest pasta much easier. Of course we are all different, so don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself and see how you feel.
Here are my favorite vegetarian and vegan pasta recipes, that are loaded up with healthy seasonal veggies. Pick out a few to try a few this week!
Bucatini Pasta with Arugula Pesto and Heirloom Tomatoes -a fast and flavorful weeknight dinner recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes. A delicious vegan pasta recipe that has a secret ingredient to boost it’s flavor!
Orzo Pasta with Asparagus, Lemon and Dill– serve this warm as quick flavorful entree or chilled as a side salad. Keep it vegan or add feta!
This simple vegan pasta recipe is one of my favorites, when tomatoes are ripe and juicy an fresh! Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Basil – a quick, healthy weeknight dinner that features fresh summer tomatoes that can be made in 20 mins flat! Add cheese or keep it totally vegan!
Thai Noodle Salad with the BEST EVER Peanut Sauce – a vegan pasta recipe, loaded up with healthy veggies like cabbage carrots, bell pepper, scallions and tossed in the most flavorful peanut sauce eeeeeeeeeever! You’ll want to lick your plate, it’s that good! Vegan & Gluten-Free
Pasta Salad w/ Grilled Zucchini, Corn and Cilantro Pesto – this vegan pasta recipe is made with gluten-free rice noodles and loaded up with healthy summer veggies, then tossed in the most flavorful Cilantro Pesto…. deliciously addicting! Vegan and Gluten-free!
Orecchiette with Broccoli Sauce – a simple, humble vegetarian pasta recipe loaded up with so much broccoli it literally melts down into a sauce. Originally from Tuscany, this hearty dinner satisfies.
Garlicky Cruciferous Pasta- a simple vegan pasta recipe loaded with shredded cruciferous vegetables like brussel spouts, broccoli and cauliflower with garlic, lemon zest and chili flakes. Trader Joe’s carries a packaged “Cruciferous Mix” that is already shredded, making this dinner even more easy and fast!
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms, Garlic and Sage a flavorful and healthy low-carb meal that feels like a comforting pasta dish! Perfect for fall! Keep it vegan or add grated Romano cheese!
Farmer’s Market Veggie Pasta a vegan pasta recipe with zucchini, corn, black beans and cherry tomatoes! Keep it vegan or add feta cheese. Serve this warm for dinner and save the rest for weekday lunches!
This vegan Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Mushrooms is light and zesty with a bright Lemony- Parsley Dressing. A great make-ahead salad, perfect for potlucks or midweek lunches.
Roasted Sheet-Pan Ratatouille Pasta! This vegan pasta is tossed with oven roasted -Ratatouille – full of end-of-summer veggies like eggplant, zucchini, and peppers. Comforting, delicious and totally vegan!
A delicious vegetarian pasta recipe for Spring Pea Pasta with truffle oil, lemon and mint. Flavorful and simple to make, this can be served warm or chilled – perfect for gatherings or midweek lunches. Keep it vegan or add crumbled goat cheese.
Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Toasted Walnuts, Garlic, Parsley and Lemon! This vegan pasta is one of my favorites! It’s hearty without leaving you feeling heavy. So much goodness happening here!
Beet Noodles with Yogurt and Dill – using spiralized beets as the “noodle”, this recipe actually contains no pasta! But you wont miss it! A simple vegetarian, gluten-free meal that can be made in 20 minutes!
Sesame Cabbage Noodles This vegan pasta recipe is made with mostly cabbage and only a small portion of vermicelli rice noodles. The Asian style dressing is so tasty! Top the salad off with scallions, cilantro and crunchy roasted peanuts. Add Sesame Tofu or chicken if you like. Vegan, Gluten-free!
This Garlicky Chard Pasta is loaded up with fresh chard and lots of garlic. Lemon gives it a delicious brightness. A quick, light and healthy, vegan pasta recipe that can be made in 20 minutes!
This vegan pasta recipe called Jade Noodles– is made with Asian soba noodles and loaded up with seasonal healthy veggies like broccolini, asparagus, edamame, then tossed in a flavorful sesame dressing. Save it warm or chilled.
Lemon Basil Orzo Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and arugula. A healthy, vegan pasta salad recipe that can be made ahead for midweek lunches or potlucks. Keep it vegan or add feta!
And lastly, one of my personal favs … Kung Pao Noodles with cauliflower- made in a wok with a very flavorful Kung Pao Sauce – a feast for the senses! We learned this recipe in China – authentic and delicious!
There you have it….
Pick a few of these healthy, Vegetarian pasta recipes (with MORE veggies than pasta!) this week and give them a whirl. Let me know what you think!
Happy week friends!!!