Saturday, 21 June 2014

Vegetarian & Vegan Pasta Dishes



From top left, clockwise:
creamy paprika rigatoni {v*}lemon & garlic linguine {v}
dukkah & olive pasta {v}, asparagus & spinach rigatoni {v*}


{v} denotes entirely vegan recipes. {v*} is used for those which can be easily made vegan by the substitution of one or two easy ingredients.


Vegetable Pasta Dishes

{v} Lemon & garlic linguine with broccoli does exactly what it says in the name - two types of broccoli are sauteed with lemon and garlic to give a light and summery dish.

{v} Dukkah & olive pasta adds Middle Eastern flavours to a simple pasta salad that's perfect for picnics or as a BBQ side dish.

{v} A veggie adaptation of a British classic, vegetarian spaghetti bolognese uses a combination of lentils and vegetables to substitute for the usual minced beef.

{v} Another summer staple, this easy carrot & broccoli pasta can be served warm, or chilled as a salad. The light and lemony dressing is a really healthy option.

{v} Orzo is almost closer to rice than pasta, as demonstrated by this orzo risotto with spinach & peas.

{v} Vegetarian puttanesca sauce is a light tomato base with rich flavours given by olives and capers.

Creamy & Cheesey Recipes

Traditional macaroni cheese is a classic for a reason. With sharp cheese and a crunchy breadcrumb topping, I could eat this every day (but for the sake of my health, probably shouldn't!).

For a bit of a twist, Mexican-inspired macaroni cheese adds peppers, sweetcorn, and spices to the mac'n'cheese menu - with an (optional) alternative recipe for a versatile cauliflower-based white sauce.

{v*} The creaminess in this creamy paprika rigatoni comes from yogurt, making it a healthy option, and also easy to serve as a vegan dish.

{v*Another option that can easily be made vegan is this summery asparagus & spinach rigatoni, which  is tossed with pesto and cream.

{v*For a more autumnal twist, this roasted vegetable & pesto tagliatelle is one of my staples for the cooler months.

Inspired by a London restaurant, there's enough saffron to impart a seriously earthy flavour to the sauce of this creamy saffron pasta. The price of saffron probably means this is one to save for a special occasion, but it's more than worth it.

Alfredo is the classic Italian cream sauce; this version is livened up with a few extra flavours: spinach fettucine alfredo with pine nuts.

{v*And another dish of perfect simplicity, this creamy mushroom farfalle pairs chestnut mushrooms and whole wheat pasta for a hearty meal with down-to-earth flavours.

Inspired by the popular American hot dip, this spinach & artichoke cheesey pasta is rich and indulgent in flavour, but incredibly easy to make.

Pasta Bakes

Somehow, smothering any pasta dish with cheese and baking it al forno can turn a basic meal into an indulgent treat. This easy veggie pasta bake is a simple starting point.

Vegetable lasagna is a staple of British pub menus, but done right, it's obvious why this is a classic dish. Layer up your favourite vegetables with creamy and tomato sauces, and bake into submission.

Spinach & mushroom stuffed paccheri is a bit fiddly to make, but worth the effort - or alternatively, the creamy spinach & mushroom filling would also work well in a lasagna.

This mushroom & kale canneloni recipe was the result of a challenge to produce a budget meal, but I don't think you'd guess it from the richness of the resulting dish.


10 comments:

Rachel said...

They do look good! My mouth is watering!

christine said...

funnily enough I was just saying to Grandma that I would be cutting some broccoli from the garden tomorrow to make pasta with broccoli and carrot with the lemon dressing:) It's been one of your favourites since you were quite young:) xx

Jenny Woolf said...

Pasta is so useful. It's amazing what you can do with it!

The Brick Castle said...

I love this post. I always struggle for pasta inspiration - thank you! :)

mypixieblog said...

Yum yum yum! Thanks so much for the veggie and vegan recipe suggestions :) Always love your pinnable recipes, Rachel!

Carole said...

Hi Rachel. Just popped by to let you know you,ve been featured today over at Carole's Chatter. Cheers

Fly Girl said...

Pasta vegetable dishes have been my go to for a long time. I try to incorporate some protein in them with cheese so I'll be following a few of these recipes!

Carla Bruns said...

What a terrific roundup!

mypixieblog said...

Oh, hai there momma! Just wanted to see how you were making out with your travels... Can't wait to hear about more of your US adventures! XOXO

masha said...

Awesome! *pins it* :)

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