Hearty Pasta Dishes

Mixed Vegetable Lasagna

Vegan tofu and vegetable lasagna

Lasagna has a timeless appeal, and is always such a hit, whether you make it for your family or company. For this vegan version, you can vary the vegetables used below —eggplant, broccoli, and chard are all good substitutions. Any vegetables used should be lightly steamed or sautéed first. Because I’m lazy, I use no-boil lasagna noodles, which makes the whole enterprise a snap. Note that not all no-boil brands are vegan; some contain egg. So read the label carefully if that’s a concern! more→

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Farfalle Piemontesi (Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Mushrooms and Dried Tomatoes)

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. more→

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Tortellini or Ravioli with Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Fresh Broccoli in a bowl

Here’s a simple pasta dish featuring tortellini or ravioli and broccoli, enlivened with dried tomatoes. Look for vegan tortellini or ravioli in the frozen foods section of natural foods stores. They come stuffed with tofu, spinach, or even sweet potato. Try serving this with Mediterranean Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins.

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Pasta Primavera

Though this uses only a half-pound of pasta, it’s so chockfull of vegetables that it makes quite a heaping helping. Serve with a salad of fresh greens with chickpeas for a complete and hearty meal.

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“Hay and Straw” Linguine with Vegan Alfredo Sauce

“Hay and straw” pasta is mixture of white and spinach linguine and come packaged together. Somewhat easier to find is white and green fettuccine, so substitute these if need be. If you’ve been looking for a healthier Alfredo sauce, you’ve come to the right place. more→

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Penne or Ziti with Roasted Eggplant, Bell Peppers and Olives

Eggplant and bell peppers

This delightful pasta dish, filled with roasted eggplant and peppers, will pique your senses. Make it for a family dinner, buffet entrée, or potluck dish. It could even make a great barbecue side dish, if you cook the veggies on the grill instead of in the oven.

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Fettuccine with White Bean Sauce and Chard

Ruby Chard

Chard is a beloved kitchen-garden vegetable in Italian cuisine. Combined with white beans and tomatoes, this stick-to-your-ribs dish will satisfy the heartiest of appetites.

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Pasta Caponata

Serve this tasty cold pasta salad, flavored with traditional eggplant caponata, for a family dinner, potluck, or buffet. more→

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