You can easily make vegetarian pasta recipes that are not only delicious but also healthy. A vegetarian pasta dish can serve as a full dinner, or a quick and easy lunch to help get you power through the workday. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just enjoying a casual weeknight pasta night, everyone is sure to love whatever vegetable pasta recipe you choose to follow.
Here are a few recipes you might want to try.
Pasta Al Limone (Pasta With Lemon)
Here’s a vegetarian dish that’s not only restaurant-quality, but can be made in mere minutes.
What You’ll Need For The Pasta
- 8 cups of water
- 5 teaspoons of sea salt
- A half-pound of dry Tagliatelle noodles
What You’ll Need For The Sauce
- 2 Tbsp of olive oil
- 3 cloves of pressed or finely minced garlic
- Zest of two lemons
- Juice from one lemon
- 1 cup of pasta water (reserved)
- ½ cup of unsalted butter (cut into cubes)
- 1 cup of fresh, shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper (freshly cracked)
- A bit of fresh, chopped parsley, some extra Parmesan cheese, and a little extra lemon zest to garnish your finished dish.
How To Do It
- Pour the water and the salt into a large pot, and bring the water to a boil.
- Add the pasta, and cook until it’s just a bit under “al dente” (where it’s still firm when you bite into it).
- Place a large skillet over another burner, and set it to medium heat while the pasta boils.
- Add the lemon zest, olive oil, and garlic, and then heat.
- Add the pasta water and lemon juice to the large skillet, and whisk thoroughly.
- Turn down the heat to medium low.
- Add cubes of butter as you continue to whisk.
- Gently add the pasta and combine well with the sauce.
- Add the cheese and toss, and you’ll be ready to serve.
- If you like, add a little black pepper, some Parmesan cheese, a little more lemon zest, and the parsley to garnish.1
Romesco Pasta Salad With Basil And Parmesan
This is another one of the easiest vegetarian pasta recipes. One thing that’s interesting about this particular vegetarian pasta dish is that you’ll actually be applying the dressing two times. The first application is to let the salad absorb the dressing, while the second will give it a nice, glossy sheen. The breadcrumbs and walnuts will give the salad its texture.
What You’ll Need
- 1 cup of walnuts (raw)
- 3 ounces of bread (country-style would be perfect) with the crust removed, cut into 1-inch sections
- 4 roasted red peppers (whole)
- 1 lemon (you’ll use the zest as well as the juice)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (crushed)
- ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil (pour another 2 Tbsp and set aside)
- A pinch of Kosher salt
- 1 pound of spiral-shaped pasta (fusilli gigantic)
- 1 pound of mixed ripe tomatoes (chopped into small pieces to make about 3 cups)
- 4 ounces of finely chopped Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup of basil leaves (tear them into smaller pieces if needed)
How To Make The Romesco Dressing
- Set your oven to 350°F.
- Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and heat until they’re golden brown. After 5-6 minutes, gently toss the walnuts so they flip over. Heat for another 5-6 minutes.
- Remove the walnuts from the oven and let them cool.
- Put the bread in a food processor until you get about 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Put them in a small bowl, and set aside.
- Mix the red peppers, garlic, lemon juice, half of the red pepper flakes, and about a quarter of the roasted walnuts into the food processor (set the rest of the walnuts aside). Puree until the mixture is smooth.
- With the food processor still running, gradually pour in the ½ cup of olive oil. Add the salt when the mixture becomes thick.
How To Prepare The Pasta
- Put some water and salt in a pot, and bring it to a boil.
- Add the pasta, stirring until it reaches the “al dente” stage.
- Drain the pasta, and rinse it under cold water.
- Shake off the extra water, and then put the pasta in a large serving bowl.
- Mix in half of the dressing, and then set the pasta aside.
The Finishing Touches
- Chop the remaining walnuts and keep them to the side.
- Remember that extra 2 tablespoons of oil? Heat the oil on medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the breadcrumbs, zest and the rest of the red pepper flakes.
- Stir in the saucepan for between 5-7 minutes, or as long as it takes for the breadcrumbs to turn a golden brown color. Then, remove from the heat.
- Add the contents of the saucepan to the pasta, folding in the tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and the remaining walnuts.
- Add the basil leaves, and enjoy.2
Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
Artichokes and tomatoes are great healthy foods on their own. But when you combine them into this salad, they deliver incredible flavor.
What You’ll Need
- 12 ounces of bow tie pasta
- 3 minced cloves of garlic
- 2 Tbsp of olive oil
- ½ of a red bell pepper (medium size), diced
- ¾ of a cup of drained, sun-dried, fresh tomatoes
- 1 cup of jarred (or canned) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1/3 cup of sliced black olives
- 1/3 cup of fresh basil (coarsely chopped)
How To Do It
- Cook the pasta (you’ll find directions on the packaging), and thoroughly drain.
- Put the pasta in a serving bowl, and set aside.
- Pour the olive oil in a saucepan placed over medium heat, and add the garlic.
- Sauté for about 30 seconds.
- Add the red bell pepper, and then heat for another minute or two.
- Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir constantly for between 2 and 3 more minutes.
- Mix in with the pasta.
- Serve and enjoy.3
A Quick Note About The Pasta You Use
You’ll notice that these different vegetarian pasta recipes call for different types of pasta. While these are all delicious, healthy recipes, there’s something you can do to make it even healthier. Instead of using flour-based pasta, think about using one of these alternatives:
- Zucchini noodles (often referred to as “zoodles”)
- Chickpea pasta
- Quinoa pasta
- Spaghetti squash pasta
- Lentil pasta
They’ll still taste great, and they’ll be incredibly healthy as well. Whatever you decide, you’ll have a great time making all of these recipes – and you’ll have an even better time enjoying them with friends and family.