Pasta on the lighter side

Whole Wheat Pasta with Broccoli Pesto

Broccoli pesto pasta

This quick recipe comes together in as little as 15 minutes, and makes a tasty vegan pasta dish. The flavorful broccoli pesto sauce coats whole wheat spaghetti (or pasta of your choice) for a rich meatless main course. It’s fast and foolproof, and tastes so good, it will please even the most stubborn broccoli skeptics. Recipe and photos contributed Andrea Soranidis of The Petite Cook. more→

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Creamy Pasta with Asparagus and Peas

Vegan creamy pasta with asparagus and peas

For this simple and delectable dish of pasta, asparagus and peas, use slender asparagus and you won’t need to scrape the stalks. With its creamy sauce (made of silken tofu), you can think of it as a kind of vegan alfredo, boosted by lots of veggies. more→

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Pasta Twists with Cauliflower and Spinach

Cauliflower & Spinach Pasta twists

One evening a while back, I had about one hour to make dinner for the family—and eat—between getting home from one activity and going out to another. I improvised based on what was in the fridge rather than following a recipe. This was the result; everyone liked this simple dish so much that I set down a recipe for it, and have followed it many times since. Serve with a salad of fresh greens and tomatoes (toss in some beans and chickpeas for extra protein), fresh bread, and your favorite wine. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Basil and sun-dried tomato pasta

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. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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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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