Hearty Pasta Dishes
Mushroom lovers will revel in this simple yet elegant preparation of ribbon noodles and creamy sauce.
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.
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→
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.
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.
“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→
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.
I first heard of this dish from a friend whose Italian mother-in-law makes it regularly. Always one to go for hearty and offbeat combinations, I couldn’t wait to try it. This is a filling dish, and you’ll need only a simple salad and a green vegetable such as broccoli to make a satisfying meal. more→