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 Dried Tomatoes

Bold flavors mingle harmoniously in this flavorful dish. Serve with Mediterranean Bean Salad or a colorful green salad with added chickpeas.

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Arugula Pasta with Salsa Cruda

Arugula leaves in a bowl

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 Fresh Herbs

Sliced Zucchini

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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Quick Tomato-Herb Pasta Sauce

Here’s a homemade marinara-style sauce that doesn’t have to simmer for hours. 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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Pesto Pasta

Basil and pine nut pesto

I often cook for friends with a range of varied dietary needs and tastes. With vegan, vegetarian and non-vegan friends all at my table and wanting food, I can always rely on this dish! My pasta pesto recipe is a happy medium— it fills the vegan and vegetarian requirements and keeps my ominvore friends feeling full and satisfied, it tastes delicious and doesn’t contain ingredients that can put non-vegans off taking that first bite. Contributed by Anne Davies. more→

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