Hearty Pasta Dishes

Harvest Medley Pasta

Though this dish calls for only a half-pound of pasta, it’s so chock-full of vegetables (as well as kidney beans) that it makes a heaping quantity. It’s a great dish to make in very late summer or early fall. Have all the vegetables cut and ready to cook before beginning to cook the pasta.  more→

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Mixed Mushrooms Pasta Stroganoff

Vegan mixed mushrooms stroganoff

Mushroom lovers will revel in this earthy yet elegant vegan presentation of stroganoff, featuring a multitude of mushrooms in a creamy sauce, served over pasta. Consider looking for morels, which contribute a particularly “meaty” texture to the dish. Not that we want to imitate meat, but morels are delicious in their own right.

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Mixed Vegetable Lasagna

Mixed vegetable lasagna

Lasagna has a timeless appeal, and is always such a hit, whether you make it for your family or take it to gatherings. It almost goes without saying that you can vary the vegetables you use here—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.

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Farfalle Piemontesi (Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Dried Tomatoes)

In the original version of this simple but elegant dish, the pasta is enveloped in a rich cream sauce. I’ve streamlined it by making a creamy sauce of low-fat white beans instead. more→

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Tortellini or Ravioli with Broccoli and Sun-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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