Hearty Pasta Dishes

Penne with Chard and Beans

pasta with chard and beans

Chard is a beloved kitchen-garden vegetable in Italian cuisine, from which this pasta dish is inspired. Combined with beans and fresh tomatoes, this stick-to-your-ribs late summer pasta dish will satisfy the heartiest of appetites. A big salad and fruity dessert complete the meal. more→

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Penne Primavera with Avocado Cashew Cream

Penne Primavera

I like to use penne pasta in this recipe, but any bite-sized pasta will work well. This dish is best if eaten immediately after prepared since the sauce may begin to turn brown if made in advance. Use gluten-free pasta to make this gluten-free. From Nut Butter Universeby Robin Robertson. ©2013 Robin Robertson. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press. Photo by Lori Maffei.

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Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Olives

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Olives

This easy and delectable dish combines roasted eggplant, peppers, and broccoli with pasta. It’s perfect for cool weather months, when you want something comforting yet not too heavy, with plenty of flavorful veggies. Serve with a big salad to which chickpeas or beans have been added, and a crusty bread. Adapted from Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas, and Olives

pasta with greens, chickpeas, and olives from Wild About Greens

This quick and nourishing year-round pasta recipe calls for chard, kale, or spinach, but you can use a combination or even substitute broccoli rabe or mustard greens. My personal favorite in this dish is chard, as it’s so good in the Italian-style trio of pasta with greens and legumes. Just add a colorful salad and you’ve got a meal. Recipe from Wild About Greens* by Nava Atlas.

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Mexican Sopa Seca De Fideo (Vermicelli “Dry Soup”)

Fideo pasta

Sopa seca, or “dry soup,” is a common course in traditional Mexican meals, is not really a soup at all, though making it does start with a broth that is then entirely cooked away. Often, fideo (a type of fine pasta that resembles a small nest) is used. Fideo noodles are available in specialty markets and in well-stocked supermarkets.

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Pasta with Red Pepper Hummus Sauce

Pasta combined with hummus might be offbeat, but it works quite well. It makes a good picnic dish, since it’s so sturdy and quite good at room temperature. more→

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Southwestern Tomatillo Pasta

Tomatillos

The sauce for this lively fusion dish is made with fresh tomatillos. Once an exclusive domain of specialty markets, they are now available in the produce section of well-stocked supermarkets. Tomatillos will remind you of small green tomatoes and have a distinct, though not spicy, flavor. more→

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Noodles with Garlicky Black Bean Sauce

Savory seasoned black beans make a delightful sauce for tender noodles. more→

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