Pasta and Noodles

Mom’s Tofu-Noodle Skillet

Tofu noodle skillet

This tofu noodle skillet is a vegan version of the vintage tuna-noodle casserole that evokes 1950s TV moms in shirtwaist dresses, wearing pearls. Firm and chewy baked tofu stands in for the tuna. The first few time I made this, I baked it, which tends to dry it out quite a bit.

When I made it again, I realized that there’s really no reason to bake it, as all the ingredients are cooked and ready, needing just a spin in the skillet to pull eveything together. However, if you’d like to make this more casserole-like, simply transfer to a small casserole dish and serve from there. Or, you can make it ahead of time, and then reheat briefly in the oven in a casserole dish. Serve this mild dish with plenty of green veggies — broccoli, broccoli rabe, greens, or green beans. more→

Cold Linguine with Artichokes and Roasted Peppers

Linguine with artichokes and red pepper sauce

This cold linguine salad features vibrant flavors provided by artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and lots of fresh parsley. It will hold up well on hot days or when being transported to a potluck. If you prefer to have it warm, by all means, do so. Simply skip the step of rinsing the pasta in cool water and use it straight after it’s been drained. For a complete meal, serve with a simple chickpea salad. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Kale Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Kale Pesto Pasta recipe

Creamy, rich kale pesto pasta perfection gets a pop of flavor from fresh cherry tomatoes. This easy recipe is sure to become a regular, ideal for a quick weeknight dinner — it only takes about 20 minutes to prepare. For a splurge, use walnuts instead of sunflower seeds. Recipe from Frugal Vegan: Affordable, Easy & Delicious Vegan Cooking by Katie Koteen & Kate Kosbee, Page Street Publishing Co. © 2017, reprinted by permission. Photos at top and bottom by Allie Lehman. more→

Vegan Mac and Cheese

vegan mac & cheese

This easy vegan mac and cheese is rich and comforting. Using pureed silken tofu as a base makes it super creamy. Boost the nutrition of this comfort food meal by serving with plenty of fresh veggies — this goes well with simply prepared broccoli or kale — and a colorful salad or platter of fresh cut vegetables with dip. For an even healthier sauce, try our Almost-Raw Cheez Sauce, based on baby carrots, raw cashews, nutritional yeast, and other nutrient-dense ingredient more→

Pappardelle with Chard and White Beans

Pappardelle with chard

Pappardelle, a flat ribbon noodle, is an elegant backdrop for chard, beans, and squash. It’s a substantial yet not-too-heavy main dish to serve at a company or holiday dinner or take to a gathering to share. If you do transport it, put it in a large covered casserole dish after allowing it to cool somewhat. Before serving, borrow your host’s oven, set at 350º F. to warm the dish up for 15 to 20 minutes; or microwave on High for 5 minutes to reheat. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin. more→

Ramen Slaw with Tofu

Ramen slaw with tofu by Kathy Freston

I don’t know about you, but I consider ramen a primary cheap-eats food group, and this take on it has major protein and flavor punch. Keep some ramen noodles on hand for quick and easy salads like this one. Thanks to bagged slaw mix and baked marinated tofu (both found in most supermarkets), it only takes minutes to assemble. Reprinted from The Book of Veganish by Kathy Freston & Rachel Cohn ©2016, by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books, a member of Penguin Group U.S., a Penguin Random House Company. more→

Mushroom Couscous

Mushroom Couscous

This super-simple pearl (Israeli) couscous side dish gets its flavor from dried mushrooms. This goes with just about any kind of meal and serves 8 as a side dish. Recipes and photos from Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen by Joni Marie Newman, ©2013 Fair Winds Press. Reprinted by permission. more→

Chilled Noodles in a Spicy Sauce (Gluten-Free)

Chilled Noodles in a Spicy Sauce (Gluten-Free)

These nutty, saucy chilled noodles are irresistibly enticing. And because they’re served cold, they make a lovely and convenient addition to a buffet or party meal as an appetizer or main dish. Recipe and photos from Gluten-Free Tips and Tricks for Vegans by Jo Stepaniak ©2016. Reprinted by permission of The Book Publishing Company. more→

Vegan Mushroom-Seitan Stroganoff

Vegan Seitan Stroganoff recipe

Here’s a hearty pasta dish featuring a healthier, nondairy version of cream-filled Alfredo sauce. This dish also has some serious plant-based “beefiness” courtesy of seitan. Serve with plenty of green vegetables (like broccoli, greens, or green beans) and a simple salad for an any-night-of-the-week meal, or even as a company dish. Recipe adapted from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas (©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Mushroom Carbonara Bowl

Mushroom Carbonara Bowl cropped

At the end of the night, a restaurant staff usually wants something to eat, so the cooks come up with simple family-style dishes that use readily available ingredients. This is how mushroom carbonara came to be. Veganizing the original carbonara recipe takes a few steps, but the result is a creamy pasta dish complete with vegan bacon.Recipe and photos from Vegan Bowls: Perfect Harmony in Cozy One-Bowl Meals© 2015 by Zsu Dever. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press, LLC.

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Pasta Salad with White Beans and Corn

Pasta salad with white beans and corn

Brimming with fresh corn and tomatoes, this sturdy, savory pasta salad is a reliable offerings for summer company, and is easy enough for everyday meals. This is a delicious accompaniment to grilled vegetables or veggie burgers. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Penne alla Vodka with Fresh Tomatoes

Vegan Penne alla Vodka

It doesn’t take a lot to veganize the classic Italian-American recipe for penne alla vodka — simply replace the heavy cream that’s traditionally used in the recipe with nondairy milk or creamer. Most often, recipes for this dish call for canned tomatoes, but this one relies on fresh tomatoes, making it an appealing and easy meal for summer. Serve with a colorful salad and a steamed green veggie — broccoli or green beans are particularly good. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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