Pass the veggies, please! Who knew that filling your plate with vegetarian pasta dishes would be so delicious! Whether you’re a full-time vegetarian or a newbie, you will not be disappointed with these dishes.

Pasta may have a bad reputation for being unhealthy and fattening. But, if you prepare these pasta recipes the healthy way, they can all be guilt-free pleasures. Finding ways to add vegetables to your meals can give you nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy. You love pasta anyway, why not make it good for you?

There are endless amounts of pasta dishes on the web, but we wanted to share some our favourite picks!

If You’re Looking for Traditional Vegetarian Pasta Recipes:

1. Slow-Cooker Vegetable Lasagna

If you have a slow-cooker, all you have to do is sit back and let this slow cooker vegetable lasagna make itself. There is a wide variety of delicious veggies in every layer of this dish, so every bite is packed with flavour!

It only has 325 calories per serving. Finding a pasta dish this light is hard.

2. Macaroni Chili

If you’re looking for a new recipe to try for Meatless Monday, you came to the right place.

This vegetarian twist on chilli will make you want to curl up and stay in all night. What we love most about this recipe from Good Housekeeping is that they use macaroni pasta to help fill you up. You won’t even miss the meat in the recipe because it’s packed with delicious herbs and spices.

Try substituting your macaroni for a whole-wheat option to get some extra fibre!

3. Mean Green Linguini

Linguini is one of our favourite pasta types! It cooks fast so it makes a perfect weeknight meal. This super simple linguine recipe has a rich colour that will impress your dinner guests. Try pairing the ingredients with a pesto flavoured pasta!

4. Spinach and Ricotta Pasta

You had us at ricotta. If you’re a sucker for creamy vegetarian pasta dishes, this one is for you.

You’ll love the way the spinach and ricotta combine to create a bowl of epic green goodness. The sauce has natural, simple ingredients so you can enjoy it without the high-calorie count. This recipe is so flexible that you can really take your pick of pasta type!

5. Baked Casserole

If you’ve got someone at the table that won’t eat their veggies, baked pasta is an excellent way to sneak them in there. You probably already have the ingredients for this oven-baked pasta recipe. You can serve this dish next to a salad but this dish will fill you up even if devoured alone.

If You Want To Try Something New:

6. Tofu Pasta

We couldn’t make a vegetarian pasta recipe list without including tofu!

Tofu works well with pasta because it takes on whatever flavour is around it. This means that all you need is a good sauce to make this pasta perfect. We like the idea of using tofu to create a twist on this pesto pasta bowl.

This would be a perfect dish to make in advance and grab for lunch on those busy days. It only takes a few minutes to saute tofu! This vegetarian pasta dish will be ready faster than you can say Bon Appetit!

7. Squid Ink Black Pasta

This black pasta may look intimidating, but squid ink pasta actually has a neutral taste.

Naturally, this type of pasta is usually paired with seafood but it’s as versatile as any other pasta. We like this recipe by Serious Eats, but don’t worry about making your pasta from scratch. Use a bag of squid ink pasta and follow the rest of the recipe for an unforgettable vegetarian pasta dish.

8. Green Bean Pasta Salad

If you’re on the hunt for a healthy pasta salad recipe, we highly recommend this one from Foodness Gracious.

This light recipe doesn’t have to be covered in sauce to be delicious. The sauce is made with natural ingredients like honey, lemon juice, and Kalamata olives. There certainly won’t be a shortage of flavour!

He also offers a great pasta tip about rinsing the cooked pasta with cold water to reduce the stickiness!

9. Kale, Ricotta and Leek Lasagna

Nothing brings a family together like a great lasagna dish. We talked about a more traditional lasagna dish earlier, but this one is unique.

It features kale, ricotta and leek to create layers of hearty greens. Kale is high in Vitamin K, so you can take in all of those healthy nutrients while you dive into a one-of-a-kind dish.

10. Pasta Made From Vegetables

Tired of those zucchini noodles? Try a different kind of vegetable-based pasta like Green Pea & Kale Reginette. If you thought vegetable pasta was boring, this Pine Nut and Broccoli Cream Reginette recipe will change your mind.

This recipe features a delicate sauce but the thick reginette pasta will keep you full for hours.

If you’re not into broccoli, substitute it for another heart-healthy vegetable. The great thing about pasta is that there are no rules! Unleash your creativity and make a vegetarian pasta dish that is truly yours!

What’s for Dinner?

We had to pick 10 dishes for this article, but there are many delicious ways to enjoy vegetarian pasta.

Pasta is usually made for dinner but it can also be modified for lunch. If you’re a new vegetarian, these dishes are a great start to your personal recipe book. They are familiar, versatile and cost-effective.

If you are entertaining non-vegetarians, meat can be added to any of the recipes we listed. But they’re so delicious; no one will even notice they’re vegetarian dishes.

If you are a long-time vegetarian, it never hurts to add some new recipes to the rotation. There can never be too many ways to enjoy pasta.

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