Meatless Pasta Recipes To Try

Stock up on veggies because these pasta recipes are loaded with them!

Eating smart and healthier is all about choices. When you have the choice to eat better, you know you are giving yourself a choice to be healthier. 

That’s why even your pasta recipe portions can be made better! If you’re trying to eat better, here are pasta recipes loaded with vegetables that you can try: 

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1 Pasta Al Cartoccio with Puttanesca Sauce Recipe 

Think of this dish as a classic tomato sauce pasta made tastier and better with olives and capers to give it a burst of salty, briny, and tangy flavors. What makes this different from your usual pasta is that it’s cooked wrapped in foil. This makes it easy and handy to serve on picnics, road trips, and yes, even on your desk with no dishes to wash afterward.   

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2 Mushroom and Pesto Pasta Recipe 

Meaty mushrooms are what makes this pasta hearty but it’s the refreshing flavor of the pesto that marries the pasta with the rest of the ingredients of the dish together. The rosemary, garlic, cheese, and cream help make all the other flavors brighter.    

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3 Salted Egg and Tomato Pasta Recipe 

This pasta recipe allows the whole salted egg to contribute to the entire dish. Together with the tomatoes, this pasta dish is a surprisingly refreshing dish that hits all the right notes: creamy, tangy, and delicious. 

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4 One-Pot Vegetable Pasta Recipe

This is a simple yet tasty pasta you can cook all in one pot. The best news is that it’s super flavorful without any need for meat. All the flavor is absorbed into the veggies and pasta since it’s all cooked in one pot. 


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Want to give it even more flavor? Grill the veggies before tossing them with the cooked pasta.  

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5 Ricotta and Olive Pasta 

Ricotta is a cheese that is creamy and rich with a fine, moist, and grainy texture. It’s the perfect cheese to toss with pasta to give it a creaminess that has more flavor! Combined with the olives, one taste will remind you that you’re indulging without feeling guilty.  

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6 Creamy Spinach and Asparagus Pasta Recipe  

Spinach and asparagus are not the only stars of this pasta dish. The sauce is a creamy concoction of four kinds of dairy: cream cheese, fresh milk, sour cream, and Parmesan cheese. Wilted, the spinach and asparagus are the fresh green flavor that makes this pasta a great vegetarian choice. 

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7 Peanut and Honey Pasta Recipe 

Want a truly different kind of pasta? Try this version! This nutty pasta celebrates Asian flavors with its bold take on the Italian pasta. It’s got warm nutty notes from the peanut butter but also sweet, salty, and spicy flavors courtesy of the Asian condiments and sauces. 


Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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