Our 10 Favorite Meatless Pasta Recipes

Our 10 Favorite Meatless Pasta Recipes

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Sheela Fiorenzo
May 10, 2018
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Whether you're vegetarian or just searching for more dinner options that are meatless, pasta is always a great answer. Since it's really a blank slate for just about anything, it's easy to load it with veggies, cheese, and other satisfying ingredients. These 10 recipes are proof.

1. Miso-Buttered Mushrooms and Noodles

Miso might seem like a surprising ingredient in pasta, but it adds a punch of umami richness that, when combined with mushrooms, makes for an ultra-savory dish.

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2. Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna

A mix of mushrooms, bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and baby spinach ensure this ricotta- and mozzarella-filled lasagna is filled to the brim with good-for-you vegetables.

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3. Antipasti Bar Pasta

This pasta is infinitely adaptable: Simply start by raiding your grocery store's antipasti bar and gathering your favorite odds and ends. Then it's just a matter of boiling pasta and tossing everything together.

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4. Spaghetti with Mascarpone, Meyer Lemon, Spinach, and Hazelnuts

This is dinner-party material. Mascarpone makes a rich and creamy sauce for pasta that's then lightened up with sweet, floral Meyer lemons and flecked with fresh spinach.

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5. Cheesy Ravioli Pasta Bake

This is sort of like lazy lasagna. Layer cheese ravioli with tomato sauce, more cheese, and sautéed mushrooms; bake it; and take comfort in a meal so effortlessly done.

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6. Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine

Instead of simmering cream and butter together to make a sauce, you quickly stir together pasta water and crumbled goat cheese in the same skillet used to sauté the pasta's aromatics.

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7. Lemon Caper Pasta

The secret to this simple pasta is the toasted breadcrumb topping. It adds a whole lot of textural crunch that makes it far too easy to inhale a whole serving.

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8. How To Make One-Pot Pasta Primavera

Not only is this pasta filled with all the colors of the rainbow, but it also comes together in just a single pot, which makes for easy assembly and even easier cleanup.

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9. Lemony Broccoli Pasta

This bright, fresh pasta gets a double dose of green, thanks to the inclusion of both broccoli and peas. If you happen to have a box of short pasta on hand instead of spaghetti, feel free to use that instead.

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10. Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo

A jar of roasted red peppers can be a bit ho-hum and boring, but it becomes an inspiring pasta sauce when blended with heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.

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