Pasta and Noodles

Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes, and Green Beans

Pesto pasta with potatoes and green beans

Pasta with pesto, potatoes, and green beans is a classic rustic Italian combination. It may seem odd to combine pasta and potatoes, but it does work well, and is extra hearty. It’s carb heaven, maybe, but still healthy, especially if you use whole-grain pasta. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Mushrooms and Dried Tomatoes

Farfalle with mushrooms3

In the original version of this simple but elegant dish of bowtie pasta, mushrooms, and dried tomatoes, the ingredients are enveloped in a rich cream sauce. I’ve streamlined and veganized it by making a creamy sauce of low-fat white beans instead. Serve with a colorful salad and fresh crusty bread. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Israeli Couscous Summer Pilaf

Israeli couscous summer salad

This delightful pilaf/salad combining Israeli couscous, tomatoes, avocado, and stone fruit is from Vegan Holiday Kitchen.* Israeli couscous is one fun little pasta. It’s round and quick-cooking, and has a very pleasant mouth feel. Look for it in bulk in natural foods stores, or in the Middle Eastern section of the international aisle in well-stocked supermarkets. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Pineapple Coconut Noodles

Pineapple coconut noodles

You can get all the ingredients for this fast, fresh-tasting noodle dish in the Asian foods section of any well-stocked supermarket or natural foods store. Photo courtesy of the blog My Electric Ride. You can serve this as suggested in the photo with steamed broccolini or broccoli, and thinly sliced red cabbage for a dazzling effect. more→

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Vegan Spinach-Mushroom Lasagna

spinach lasagna by dianne wenz from VeggieGirlI almost named this “The World’s Easiest Lasagna” because this dish is super easy to make. Using no-boil noodles and pre-made sauce cuts prep time down so much that you can throw this together pretty quickly and your dinner guests will think you slaved away in the kitchen for hours. I served this at a party once and it was a huge hit, so I can attest to it’s omnivore friendliness.  It’s also cat friendly, as I caught Archie sitting on the counter nibbling on it after I turned my back. I guess that cliché about orange cats and lasagna is true! Also, this tastes even better reheated the next day. Contributed by Dianne Wenz, from VeggieGirl.  more→

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Easy Vegan Pad Thai

Vegetable and tofu pad thai

Here’s the popular Thai noodle dish, Pad Thai, in a vegan version that’s easy to re-create at home, with ingredients you can get at the supermarket. Serve with broccoli or green beans (steamed or stir-fried) and a simple cabbage-based salad like those you’ll find in A Slew of Slaws. more→

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Pad Thai with Spicy Peanut Sauce

vegan pad thai with spicy peanut sauce by dianne wenz from veggiegirlI love all nut butters, but I’ll always be hopelessly devoted to my beloved peanut butter. Spicy peanut sauce is my weakness, so any day that this scrumptious, spicy, peanutty Pad Thai is on the table is a day to celebrate. Contributed by Dianne Wenz, from VeggieGirl. more→

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Cold Sesame-Ginger Soba Noodles and Greens

sesame-ginger soba noodles with greens

This simple cold soba noodle dish is laced with lots of kale or collard greens and flavored with a piquant ginger dressing. For an easy meal, serve with veggie spring rolls from your natural foods store’s frozen foods section, and a platter of  slices of baked tofu, tomatoes and cucumbers. more→

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