Hearty Pasta Dishes
This quick and nourishing year-round pasta recipe calls for chard, kale, or spinach, but you can use a combination or even substitute broccoli rabe or mustard greens. My personal favorite in this dish is chard, as it’s so good in the Italian-style trio of pasta with greens and legumes. Just add a colorful salad and you’ve got a meal. Recipe from Wild About Greens* by Nava Atlas.
Here’s a simple pasta dish featuring ravioli and broccoli, enlivened with dried tomatoes. Look for vegan ravioli in the frozen foods section of natural foods stores. They come stuffed with tofu, spinach, or even sweet potato. This dish gives equal billing to the pasta and the veggies. Try serving this with a salad and Mediterranean Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins.
Spinach and lentils often paired Indian cuisine. Here, they are given an unusual context when combined with pasta. For a delicious meal, serve with a fresh flatbread and sliced cucumbers in coconut yogurt, embellished with cilantro. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
Sweet potato sauce for pasta? Try it and see! Serve with colorful sautéed bell peppers and zucchini for a more colorful, veggie-packed meal. This is a nice company dish, so if you’d like more servings, simply double the recipe. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Though this dish calls for only a half-pound of pasta, it’s so chock-full of vegetables (as well as beans) that it makes a heaping quantity. It’s a great way to serve pasta in the fall, but you can enjoy it in the winter as well. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Mushroom lovers will revel in this earthy yet elegant vegan presentation of stroganoff, featuring a multitude of mushrooms in a creamy sauce, served over pasta. Consider looking for morels, which contribute a particularly “meaty” texture to the dish. Not that we want to imitate meat, but morels are delicious in their own right.
Lasagna has a timeless appeal, and is always such a hit, whether you make it for your family or company. For this vegan version, you can vary the vegetables used below —eggplant, broccoli, and chard are all good substitutions. Any vegetables used should be lightly steamed or sautéed first. Because I’m lazy, I use no-boil lasagna noodles, which makes the whole enterprise a snap. Note that not all no-boil brands are vegan; some contain egg. So read the label carefully if that’s a concern! more→
Serve this tasty pasta salad all year round. It’s flavored with traditional eggplant caponata ingredients (including olives, ripe tomatoes, and fresh herbs), and it’s great for an everyday dinner, potluck, or buffet. It’s best served at room temperature. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
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→
Cincinnati “Chili Mac” features hearty bean chili with varying ingredients and seasonings. The one standard factor is that it’s always served over spaghetti. A touch of sweet spices (such as cinnamon or allspice) are added as well. The result: a hybrid recipe that’s uniquely American. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
This pasta dish is filled with a variety of delicious flavors and textures — tomatoes walnuts, as well as along with healthful broccoli. Broccoli is loaded with calcium and vitamin C and nutrient-rich walnuts are a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Recipe adapted from Vegan on the Cheap* by Robin Robertson © 2011, published by John Wiley & Sons. Photos by Evan Atlas.
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→