Pasta, in its many shapes and sizes, makes a wonderfully versatile platform for vegetarian meals. Find recipes for traditional favorites like cheese lasagna, macaroni and cheese, and spaghetti with tomato sauce, as well as seasonal delights like pumpkin ravioli, fresh pesto, and mushroom linguine. From quick family meals to dinner parties, you'll find vegetarian pasta recipes for every occasion.
Ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses are layered with fresh lasagna noodles in this vegetarian main dish. You can use dry lasagna noodles and purchased marinara sauce as a time-saver if you prefer.
There are no noodles to be found in this vegan "lasagna" that makes the most of ripe summer tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, and basil. Grill the squash and tofu, then marinate in lemon-and-garlic-infused olive oil before layering with homemade pesto and fresh tomato slices.
A soul-satisfying dinner of three-cheese baked ziti, garlic bread, and green salad with red-wine vinaigrette only takes 40 minutes, start to finish. Feel free to add soy sausage or thawed frozen spinach to the ziti mixture.
It takes only 20 minutes to whip up this easy vegetarian main dish of whole-wheat spaghetti, snow peas, carrots, and tofu coated with a sweet and tangy Asian-style peanut sauce.
Beets lend their brilliant scarlet hue to fresh pasta dough in these light cheese ravioli. Brown butter is the only sauce this dish needs.
Why choose just one kind of cheese for your pasta when you can have mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, Fontina, Gorgonzola, and ricotta? This recipe is courtesy of George Germon and Johanne Killeen, chef-owners of Al Forno restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island.
Saute zucchini, red onion, and garlic in a generous amount of olive oil before tossing with dried oregano, crushed red-pepper flakes, Gaeta or Nicoise olives, and cooked linguine. This out-of-the-ordinary vegetarian pasta recipe is courtesy of Pino Luongo and Mark Strausman, authors of "Two Meatballs in the Italian Kitchen."
Creamy and slightly pungent Taleggio cheese combines with a splash of white wine to make the sauce for wide ribbons of pasta. Choose an assortment of mushrooms, such as cremini and oyster, or use morels and chanterelles as a special treat when they're in season.
Cauliflower is roasted with red onion and garlic then tossed with corkscrew pasta and topped with toasted breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. It takes only 10 minutes of prep time to make this satisfying vegetarian main dish.
Chanterelles are wild mushrooms with a golden color, a woodsy, peppery flavor, and an aroma reminiscent of apricots. Here, the mushrooms show off their divine flavor in a simple pasta preparation with just a little bit of garlic, parsley, and Parmesan cheese.
Our favorite summer produce, including blanched haricots verts and yellow wax beans, sauteed summer squash, and squash blossoms, mingles with toasted almonds, mint, cilantro, and thyme in this pasta dish. The dressing of honey, sherry vinegar, and jalapenos adds a nicely balanced sweet, spicy, and tangy kick.
Escarole sauteed in butter and garlic takes on a silky texture and is paired with nutty whole-wheat pasta and Gorgonzola cheese. Serve this sophisticated vegetarian pasta dish at your next dinner party.
Jumbo pasta shells ("conchiglioni" in Italian) are stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, and blanched spinach, then baked in an easy from-scratch tomato sauce. To make quick work of stuffing the shells, spoon the filling into zip-top plastic bag, snip off one corner, and simply squeeze.
This elegant vegetarian lasagna serves 12, making it a perfect dish for entertaining. Feel free to substitute frozen spinach for the fresh if you are pressed for time. Madeira wine and a generous amount of fresh parsley add depth and flavor to the creamy sauce.
These individual servings of potato gnocchi are topped with marinara sauce and ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, and make a satisfying meatless meal or side dish. A quick trip under the broiler gives these casseroles a beautifully caramelized finish.
This shortcut version of ravioli is made with purchased wonton wrappers in place of fresh pasta. Drizzle each serving with a quick sauce made of chopped parsley, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. This recipe makes enough for two servings, and is a perfect dish for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.
Cauliflower florets turn sweet and tender, and canned chickpeas become crunchy, when roasted together in a hot oven. Toss them with pasta shells and top each serving with a spoonful of ricotta and a sprinkling of fresh croutons.
Roast grape tomatoes, shallots, and garlic cloves together, and add with Nicoise olives to cooked rigatoni pasta to form a boldly flavored sauce. Once finished, toss with baby arugula or fresh spinach. This dish is excellent served hot as a main course, or chilled as a pasta salad.