Pasta Entrées

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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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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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

Whole wheat pasta

One evening not long ago, 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 was compelled to compose a recipe for it, and have followed it many times since.

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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 Spinach, Chickpeas, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Raw Spinach in bowl

Pasta combined with greens and beans is a classic combo, and this one featuring spinach and chickpeas, embellished with sun-dried tomatoes, is a tasty take on this trio. You need only a salad and some crusty bread to accompany this hearty pasta dish that’s welcome all year around. more→

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Tuscan-Style Rotini with White Beans

This pasta dish, combining rotini with white beans, needs only a tossed salad and a steamed green veggie to complete the meal. Try this with whole-grain or spelt pasta for an even heartier result. more→

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Pasta with Red Beans and Broccoli

Kidney Beans

This hearty pasta is a sturdy, everyday kind of dish, with a fusion of Italian and Asian flavors. You can use any kind of small red bean, but adzuki beans are especially good in this. You’re less likely to find them in cans, but they don’t take as long as other bean varieties to cook. more→

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