Hearty Pasta Dishes

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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Vegan Stuffed Shells with Almond “Ricotta”

Stuffed Shells with Vegan Almond "Ricotta" from Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner

This quick and easy dish is a favorite in my cooking classes. Pasta stuffed with light and fluffy Almond Ricotta and liberally doused with marinara sauce is a truly satisfying entrée. Although this recipe calls for large pasta shells, feel free to substitute other large stuff able shapes, such as manicotti or cannelloni. Recipe adapted from Artisan Vegan Cheese* by Miyoko Schinner, ©2012 Book Publishing Company, reprinted by permission.  more→

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Penne and Broccoli with Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Raisins

Broccoli in a seashell dish

This pasta dish is filled with a variety of delicious flavors and textures — tomatoes walnuts, as well as along with healthful broccoli. Broccoli is loaded with calcium and vitamin C and nutrient-rich walnuts are a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid.  more→

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Pasta Jambalaya

vegan pasta jambalaya

Here’s one of my favorite uses for vegan sausage. The bold flavor is used to full advantage in this hearty Creole-flavored pasta dish. If you have more time, make a pan of vegan corn bread, it’s a wonderful addition to this meal, as is Creole Coleslaw.  more→

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Vegan Pasta Bolognese

In this adaptation of a classic Italian specialty, the customary hearty tomato sauce is made meat-free with high-protein quinoa. more→

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Fettuccine “Carbonara” with Broccoli

Vegan Fettuccine Carbonara with broccoli recipe

Carbonara refers to a pasta dish made with bacon. Here, a bacon substitute in the form of a delicious, smoky tempeh product is used to augment this Italian classic. It’s made even yummier with  lots of broccoli, and some optional asparagus more→

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