Vegetarian Pasta Recipes

These vegetarian pasta and grains recipes are filling, satisfying, and amazingly versatile.

Healthy Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipes

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Healthy Vegetarian Pasta and Grains

Pasta comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but generally speaking, it can be divided into two broad categories (short and strand) that are usually paired with specific sauces and toppings. Both types of pasta come in whole-wheat versions, which offer a great way to add some whole grains to your diet.

Let’s not forget the grains. In addition to their numerous health benefits, grains are satisfying. Their nuttiness and chewiness bring more to the table than just healthy food. This hearty recipe for Farro Risotto with Mushrooms will satisfy both your taste buds and your nutritional needs.

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Southwestern Barley “Grits” Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Southwestern Barley “Grits”

This savory cereal—imagine cheese grits infused with chiles—will take the chill off the coldest mornings.

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Quinoa with Leeks and Shiitake Mushrooms Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

Quinoa with Leeks and Shiitake Mushrooms

Quinoa, which is high in protein and iron, takes only 15 minutes to cook. Serve this tasty dish with sautéed soy “sausage” links.

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Bulgur with Dried Cranberries Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Bulgur with Dried Cranberries

This vibrant dish doesn’t lack in flavor. Dried cranberries and refreshing English cucumber make a delightfully interesting pair.

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Koshari Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Koshari

This Egyptian street food is a starch lover’s dream: Rice, pasta, and legumes crowned with a spicy-sweet tomato sauce and creamy caramelized onions.

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Tofu Fried Rice Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Tofu Fried Rice

Using frozen peas and carrots plus bottled minced garlic and ginger speeds up the preparation of this simple Chinese standby. Keep leftover sake tightly capped in the refrigerator for up to three weeks; you can substitute 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar for the sake.

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Vegetable Maki Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Vegetable Maki

Maki (rice rolled in nori) are easy to prepare once you master the rolling technique. Most Japanese markets sell bamboo rolling mats.

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Sweet Pea Risotto with Corn Broth Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Sweet Pea Risotto with Corn Broth

Green peas add fiber, color, and a slightly sweet snap to each bite of this dish. Buying frozen peas saves time and allows you to enjoy their fresh flavor year-round. A quick rinse under cold running water is all that’s needed to thaw the frozen peas. Of course, if you happen to find some freshly shelled peas, feel free to substitute them for the frozen ones.

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Seitan Stir-Fry with Black Bean Garlic Sauce Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Seitan Stir-Fry with Black Bean Garlic Sauce

Look for seitan—also called wheat gluten—in Asian markets or the refrigerated sections of health food or specialty stores. It makes a great base for vegetarian dishes because it’s high in protein—a 4-ounce serving contains 24 grams.

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Tomato-Ricotta Spaghetti Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Tomato-Ricotta Spaghetti

Roasting tomatoes intensifies their sweetness. We also tested this recipe with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano—it’s a splurge that makes the difference.

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Creamy Rigatoni with Gruyère and Brie Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Creamy Rigatoni with Gruyère and Brie

You can substitute your favorite Swiss cheese for the Gruyère, and most soft-ripened cheeses can work in place of the Brie—just be sure to remove the rind.

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Baked Vegetable Lasagna Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Baked Vegetable Lasagna

To help ensure that the cheesy layer remains moist and creamy, don’t press out the extra water from the tofu. Serve the lasagna with breadsticks and a green salad.

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Ravioli with Herbed Ricotta Filling Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Ravioli with Herbed Ricotta Filling

The delicate sauce allows the ravioli to be the star of this recipe. You can shape the pasta and freeze it for up to a month before cooking.

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Potato Gnocchi with Lemon-Thyme Sauce Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Potato Gnocchi with Lemon-Thyme Sauce

To form the gnocchi, work with one piece of dough at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying). Using your thumb, roll the dough piece down the tines of a lightly floured fork. Gnocchi will have ridges on one side and an indentation on the other. Place gnocchi on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

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Spicy Malaysian-Style Stir-Fried Noodles Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Spicy Malaysian-Style Stir-Fried Noodles

Blazing chile paste and sweet bean sauce, a salty-sugary brew of fermented soybeans, mix to render incomparable flavor. If you can’t find sweet bean sauce, try hoisin sauce.

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Bucatini with Mushrooms Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Bucatini with Mushrooms

Bucatini, which is a fat, hollow noodle like spaghetti, adds heft to this dish and carries the sauce well.

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Curried Vegetable Samosas with Cilantro-Mint Chutney Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Curried Vegetable Samosas with Cilantro-Mint Chutney

These small, crisp, flaky pastries are truly international. Their origins are in Asia, but you can also find them in Indian, Middle Eastern, and African cuisines. They’re usually made with a savory filling and served with chutney, marmalade, or sauce.

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Tomato and Asparagus "Carbonara"

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Tomato and Asparagus "Carbonara"

Toss the pasta and vegetables immediately after cooking. The heat from the pasta will cook the egg, thickening it into a light, creamy sauce.

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Cavatappi with Browned Brussels Sprouts and Buttery Breadcrumbs

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Cavatappi with Browned Brussels Sprouts and Buttery Breadcrumbs

Cut the sprouts lengthwise to keep their shape, about four slices per sprout. They'll be thin enough to get a deep caramelized sear quickly but still keep a good crunch.

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Golden Beet Pasta with Basil-Almond Pesto

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Golden Beet Pasta with Basil-Almond Pesto

Embrace whole grains with a whole-wheat pasta bowl. This bright, earthy springtime dish uses the entire beet—stems, leaves, and all.

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Soba Noodles with Miso-Glazed Tofu and Vegetables

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Soba Noodles with Miso-Glazed Tofu and Vegetables

Soba noodles lose about 80% of their sodium when cooked in unsalted water. Rinse and drain the soba thoroughly after cooking to remove any lingering salt.

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