Pasta on the lighter side

Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Basil in a glass

A delightful pasta dish seasoned with sun dried tomatoes marinated in white wine and fresh basil. This dish is quick and easy if you marinate the tomatoes earlier in the day. Recipe from Taste Life! Organic Recipes* (2002) by Leslie Cerier. Reprinted by permission of Square One Publishers.

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Angel Hair Pasta with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Mixed Mushrooms

Bold flavors mingle harmoniously in this flavorful dish featuring angel hair pasta with mushrooms and tomatoes. Serve with Mediterranean Bean Salad or a colorful green salad with added chickpeas.

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Arugula Pasta with Salsa Cruda

Arugula pasta with fresh tomatoes

When the produce is fresh and locally grown, fabulous food comes together easily and fast. This summer pasta with a salsa cruda — a simple, no-cook sauce — makes the most of fresh summer tomatoes and peppery arugula. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. more→

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Spaghetti with Zucchini, Garlic, and Basil

Spaghetti with zucchini and basil

This is an embellished version of pasta aglia olio (garlic and oil), an Italian classic suitable for warm weather, but welcome any time you crave a light yet satisfying pasta dish. It’s especially good when tender small zucchini come to market in midsummer.

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Pasta with Asparagus and Arugula

Pasta with asparagus, tomato and arugula

Mellow asparagus and bold arugula contrast nicely in this simple yet delicious pasta dish. It’s perfect springtime fare, though you can enjoy it year round. Complete the meal simply with a big salad (add chickpeas or beans for protein) and a fresh whole grain bread. more→

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Quick Tomato-Herb Pasta Sauce

Marinara sauce with spaghetti

Here’s a homemade marinara-style sauce to make when you’re in too much of a hurry to deal fresh tomatoes, but want something with a more homemade flavor than jarred marinara sauce. Combining canned (preferably organic) tomato products with fresh and dried herbs does the trick very well. more→

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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. more→

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Linguine with Asparagus and Portabella Mushrooms

Portabellas and other mushrooms

This quick Italian-style vegan pasta dish features fresh asparagus, which gives it a springtime touch, and portabella mushrooms, which makes it substantial. Try a flavored variety of linguine to further jazz up this dish. more→

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