Pasta on the lighter side

Pasta Arrabiata

Pasta arrabiata

Arrabiata is an Italian term for “mad” or “enraged.” I imagine that the name of this pasta dish must have been inspired by its bold red sauce and seasoning. Pepperoncini (pickled Italian hot peppers, available in jars from most any supermarket) and red pepper flakes are its signature flavorings. Use the amounts given here as a guideline—for a spicier effect, taste the sauce, then slowly step up the quantity of these two key ingredients. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Noodles

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Noodles

This simple, tasty pasta dish is traditional to the “plain and simple” Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. It’s a perfect way to use fresh summer corn and tomatoes when they’re at their peak of flavor and abundance. In its original form this recipe is made with egg ribbons; to make it vegan, I recommend substituting ribbons made of hearty whole grain flours like spelt or quinoa. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Rotelle with Tomatoes, Artichokes, and Basil

pasta with fresh summer tomatoes and artichokes

Here’s a summer pasta dish that’s perfect for using all those ripe, juicy tomatoes from the garden or farm market. Teamed with artichokes, this makes a quick and tasty dinner. Serve with Summer Squash, Green Bean, and Chickpea Salad and fresh corn. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Angel Hair Pasta with Chard and Bell Peppers

angel hair pasta with with chard and bell peppers

Fresh ingredients and pantry staples create a beautiful and nutritious dinner on the fly. This dish is equally delicious – if not more so – the next day. Recipe and photo courtesy of Betsy DiJulio, from The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes* (© 2011, Vegan Heritage Press). more→

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Pasta with Celery, Kale, and Walnut Gremolata

Pasta with Celery, Kale, and Walnut Gremolata

Gremolata is a mess of chopped herbs, lemon zest, olive oil, breadcrumbs or nuts, with a nubbly texture somewhere between a relish and sauce. Here it’s tossed with nutrient-rich kale, celery and whole wheat angel hair for a summer dish bright with flavor, color and crunch. Recipe and photo by Ellen Kanner. more→

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Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil

This simple summer dish of pasta with tomatoes and basil will get you out of the kitchen quickly. Make sure to use summer tomatoes at the peak of their flavor, as that’s what this dish is all about! This is a good accompaniment to grilled vegetables; it’s also good with a colorful bean salad. Try it with Mediterranean Bean Salad with Pickled Beets. more→

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Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Fresh and Dried Tomatoes

Spaghetti aglio olio with fresh and dried tomatoes

The traditional pasta dish called aglio olio (garlic and oil) gets a fresh twist with fresh and dried tomatoes, lots of parsley and a sprinkling of toasted nuts. It’s a perfect summer pasta dish, but ou can enjoy it all year round. more→

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Pasta with Asparagus and Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Pasta with asparagus and artichoke hearts

This simple pasta dish, filled with flavorful asparagus and artichokes, is sure to please in late spring and early summer. This can be served warm or at room temperature. Serve with a salad featuring chickpeas (I especially like this with Chickpea Salad with Roasted Peppers, Tomatoes, and Basil) and fresh corn on the cob. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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