Pasta is easily one of the most versatile dishes available, which means there are plenty of ways to include it even in a vegetarian diet. In fact, the sheer number of choices you have with pasta makes it the perfect option for those still new to the vegetarian lifestyle. Of course, that doesn’t mean long-time vegetarians won’t be able to enjoy these pasta recipes.If you’re looking for good additions to your vegetarian menu (or if you’re simply looking for nutritious and tasty dishes), then you’re in the right place. We’ve come up with a list of healthy vegetarian pasta dishes that are so good that even meat eaters would love them.
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1. Pasta with Stir-fried Cherry Tomatoes
Perfect for those who don’t mind a bit of dairy in their vegetarian dishes, this recipe is easy to prepare but just as easy to enjoy. Being stir-fried provides a healthier and more affordable alternative to factory-made tomato sauce, which contains additives, while the grated cheese adds a creamy texture to the pasta. This recipe tastes great on its own, but it’s best served with vegetable salads.
2. Lemon Pine Nut Pasta with Broccoli
Cheese and veggies once again make magic with this awesome combination of parmesan broccoli, lemon, and pine nuts. The tart from freshly-grated parmesan cheese complements the zest of the lemon juice, while broccoli and pine nuts add volume and extra texture to this lovely vegetarian treat.
3. Zucchini Spaghetti
This vegetarian pasta recipe is a prime example of beauty in contrast. The crispy texture of fried zucchini goes well with the creamy texture provided by the shredded parmesan cheese. A few dashes of olive oil and the addition of basil leaves gives this surprisingly filling dish a tangy flavor that vegetarians will love.
4. Squash Linguine with Sage
Strict vegetarian and vegan diets that avoid even dairy products often have to deal with a lack of options to make their pasta rich and creamy. This recipe aims to address that problem by replacing the cheese with butternut or kabocha squash to create the creamy texture, and the fried sage is accompanied with pepper flakes to give the dish a rich, spicy flavor.
5. Spaghetti with Lentil and Mushroom Meatballs
You can’t talk about spaghetti without mentioning meatballs, but what if you’re going for a vegetarian dish? Meat may be out of the question, but lentils and sliced mushrooms should work as excellent alternatives. The best part about this recipe? It can be served with your choice of sauce or pesto.
6. Pasta with Spinach and Ricotta
A true testament to pasta’s versatility, this easy-to-make dish is already good on its own. What makes this dish even better is that you can personalize it by adding other vegetables to tailor its taste to your own preference. You can even isolate a portion and add meat to it if you want to share it with someone who still prefers some pork or beef in their dish.
7. Pesto Pasta with Avocado
Avocado has become a trendy food item lately, so why not try to keep up with this healthy pasta recipe? Avocado is rich in omega-3 and omega-6, which is good for the heart and has the distinct, creamy texture that works well as an alternative to dairy-based cream or cheese. The mild avocado flavor also goes well with the rich flavor of pesto.
There are many people who often associate the term “vegetarian” with “bland” or “boring”. However, these vegetarian pasta dishes are rich and flavorful enough to convince these people otherwise. Feel free to try out these recipes the next time you have a craving for plant-based pasta dishes!