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20 Best Vegetarian Pasta Recipes

January 17, 2021

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If you think of many traditional Italian pasta recipes, you may think they all contain meat, like Carbonara, Bolognese sauce, Lasagna, and so on. But what you may not know is that most peasant traditional recipes did not contain meat as it was too expensive at the time. So many Italian dishes from the tradition are actually vegetarian, like these vegetarian pasta recipes.

Here therefore I decided to collect some of my favorite vegetarian pasta recipes that do not have any meat at all. Full of veggies, cheese, and pasta goodness. You will not miss the meat at all.

30 Minutes or Less

collage of best vegetarian pasta recipes 30 minutes or less

How satisfying it is when you can make a delicious dinner in half-hour or less. Even on the busiest days of the week, you know you can count on these easy vegetarian pasta recipes to bring to your family table.

Creamy Eggplant Pasta
A delicious flavorful pasta sauce packed with veggies but super creamy and made with just 5 ingredients.
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A creamy pasta sauce made almost entirely from an eggplant? Yes, you read that right. A delicious flavorful pasta sauce packed with veggies but super creamy and velvety. It has only 5 ingredients, it’s super easy and it’s ready in just 20 minutes so it’s a perfect weekday meal!

Pasta with Pesto, Green Beans and Potatoes
With 1 pot and 30 minutes you can taste a very traditional Italian dish which will bring comfort food to another level. This easy recipe for pasta with basil pesto, green beans and potatoes will soon become your favorite dinner.
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overhead shot of a plateful of pasta with pesto, green beans and potatoes

You haven’t tried the real Pasta with Pesto if you haven’t eaten this traditional version with potatoes and green beans. Pesto goes well with almost any ingredient, but nothing compares to this pairing. This is the traditional version from Liguria, where Pesto was born.

“Pasta e Patate” – Pasta with Potatoes and Scamorza cheese
A creamy cheesy sauce made of potatoes and lightly smoked Scamorza cheese. This one pot pasta dish is a perfect comforting and easy weeknight dinner.
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Pasta e Patate it’s a traditional Italian recipe from the South of Italy. It can be made with only pasta and potatoes or with the addition of Provola cheese.

Spaghetti with Eggplant and Mozzarella sauce
A flavorful tomato and eggplant sauce with delicious melted mozzarella make this one of the best pasta comfort foods.
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plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce and mozzarella

I discovered this dish casually, a really fortunate fortuity since it quickly became one of my favorite comfort foods. It’s actually a pretty simple recipe with just a few ingredients like tomatoes, eggplant, and mozzarella. But, as it often happens with simple recipes, it turns out to be bold and delicious.

Cavolo Nero Pesto with Burrata
This easy and quick recipe is incredibly delicious and full of vitamins and minerals thanks to the superfood Cavolo Nero, or Tuscan Black Kale. A perfect weekday meal!
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A dark green flavorful pesto made with Cavolo Nero, or Tuscan Kale, a winter super food with many health benefits which is very much used in Tuscan cuisine. A soft and creamy Burrata on top will make this pasta unforgettably delicious.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta
A creamy flavorful pasta made with cremini mushrooms. A super easy and quick pasta meal.
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Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Whenever I have Chestnut Champignon (or more commonly known as Cremini mushrooms) in my fridge, I have to make this mushroom pasta at least once! Mushrooms and cream are a heavenly pair and this pasta dish is so quick and easy to make that will soon become your favorite go-to meal!

Spaghetti with Aglio, Olio, Peperoncino and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
A classic Italian staple pasta dish with a delicious addition of oven roasted cherry tomatoes.
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black plate with spaghetti and roasted cherry tomatoes

Some days I feel torn between wanting to cook something nice and not having the mental energy to do it. So I re-invented a classic: Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino (garlic, oil and chili pepper spaghetti). This dish is a classic for a reason, it’s amazingly easy and stunningly delicious. Every time it blows my mind how can 3 simple basic ingredients when mixed and cooked together create such a deep and intense flavor.

Four Cheese Pasta
A creamy flavorful sauce made with 4 different cheeses. It's the Italian version of mac&cheese and can be made with any cheese you have available or like.
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Four Cheese Pasta

A creamy sauce with 4 different Italian cheeses, in which the special guest star is always Gorgonzola. This is the Italian version of mac&cheese and it’s so delicious! A staple comfort food for any day of the year.

Oven-Baked

collage of best vegetarian pasta recipes oven-baked

Is there anything better than a piping hot dish coming out the oven with baked pasta in a pool of bubbling sauce covered by a crispy Parmesan crust? I don’t think there is.

These dishes remind me so much of Sunday lunch with the family when I was growing up. The moment when the big pasta bake dish was coming to the table making the whole house smell good.

These vegetarian pasta bakes are the perfect comfort food for any season.

French Onion Pasta Bake
A crispy golden cheese crust covers a creamy pasta with sweet and salty caramelized onions, with hints of thyme and sage.
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overhead dish with baked caramelized onion pasta bake with a spoon

The classic combination of cheese and onions as in the famous French Onion soup, but in a pasta bake form. Perfect for a Sunday dinner or Holiday feast. It’s completely vegetarian and absolutely delicious!

Mushrooms and Zucchini Pesto Pasta Bake
A creamy baked pasta dish filled with veggies and flavorful pesto with a crispy crust of grated cheese. This is a perfect vegetarian comfort food, Italian style!
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terracotta cocotte with baked pasta and pasta on a fork

A vegetarian pasta bake full of veggies and cheesy goodness. This pasta bake with mushrooms, zucchini, basil pesto, and melted cheese will be your new favorite comfort food.

White Lasagna with Mushrooms and Zucchini
A vegetarian white Lasagna with the flavorful combination of zucchini and wild mushrooms. This is the kind of comfort food everybody loves.
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Overhead picture of a vegetable white lasagna

Out of all the possible vegetable combinations with which you can make a vegetable Lasagna, this one has always been my favorite. Zucchini and mushrooms are a perfect pairing. They go perfectly with white sauce, with cheese, with pasta. Just perfect.

Classic Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni with cheesy white sauce. A classic Italian dish.
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Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

There’s nothing better than bringing to the table a piping hot dish of freshly made Cannelloni. Making them at home is not difficult and it’s so satisfying. It’s the perfect dish for a Sunday family meal or for the Holiday table and I’m sure that everyone will love them.

Lasagna with Artichokes and Mozzarella
Creamy cheesy Lasagna filled with sautèed artichoke hearts and melted mozzarella cheese. This is Italian style comfort food and one portion will not be enough!
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There’s no way to get Lasagne wrong, no matter what filling you decide to choose.
In my family, the classic Lasagna with Tuscan Ragù and Béchamel sauce was a must of almost every Sunday lunch. I like to twist the traditions a little bit so in the years I tried a different kind of Lasagna with all kinds of vegetables but I must say that by far this is my favorite one. I would eat the whole tray if I could!

Fresh Pasta

collage of best vegetarian fresh pasta recipes

When you have a free morning and want to spoil your family with fresh pasta, these recipes will be perfect. From Ravioli to Tortelli, to Pici or Cavatelli. Some are quite easy and quick to make, others are more laborious but still well worth it.

If you want to know more, check this post on how to make fresh pasta without a pasta machine.

These are some of my favorite vegetarian pasta recipes made with handmade fresh pasta.

Wild Mushroom Ravioli
A delicious Ricotta and wild mushroom filling and a creamy Parmigiano sauce make these ravioli one of the best fall dinners.
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Making fresh homemade ravioli is one of the most rewarding things you can make. These delicious Mushroom Ravioli with a filling of Ricotta and Wild Mushrooms served with a creamy Parmesan sauce, will surely be a hit on your table. They’re perfect for a weekend dinner or even a holiday feast with your family or friends.

Fresh Herbs and Ricotta Tortelloni
Fresh handmade Tortelloni pasta with a creamy filling of Ricotta cheese and fresh Mediterranean herbs. They're simply served with butter and Parmigiano, but every bite is full of flavor!
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Beautiful handmade Tortelli or Tortelloni, filled with creamy aromatic Ricotta mixed with all the fresh herbs such as tarragon, sage, basil, lemon thyme, and chives. But you can use whatever fresh herbs you have available! A fantastic dish to impress friends and family.

Spelt Pasta with Broccoli Sauce
Delicious handmade spelt pasta with a creamy cheesy broccoli sauce which is super easy to make and with lesst than 5 ingredients.
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Delicious handmade Cavatelli or Gnocchetti Sardi pasta made with spelt flour and served with a dreamy creamy cheesy Broccoli sauce. You can also use ready-made pasta and whip up this incredible dish in just 20 minutes!

Pici Cacio e Pepe
A creamy cheesy and peppery cacio e pepe with handmade rustic Tuscan Pici pasta.
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Pici Cacio e Pepe, cheese and black pepper pasta

Cacio e Pepe is one of the most representative dishes of Italian food, along with Carbonara and Lasagne. What they all have in common is that they only need 3 ingredients. Yes, only 3. But the most important thing that they have in common is that you need to do them just right. Follow the instructions and use the right ingredients, otherwise you end up with a completely different dish or a hot mess.

Trofie al Pesto
Handmade trofie pasta and flavorful pesto made from scratch, just like the traditional recipe from Liguria.
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The best basil Pesto made from scratch pairs perfectly with this handmade pasta shape called Trofie. The pasta requires some time to make but the pesto is ready in just a few minutes! So try this recipe whenever you want to eat fresh delicious Pesto sauce with your pasta.

Pumpkin Ravioli
Flavourful and spiced roasted Hokkaido pumpkin fills these delicious handmade ravioli pasta.
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The best fall recipes are pumpkin recipes. Even better if they are pumpkin pasta recipes! A creamy roasted pumpkin filling make these ravioli the perfect cozy fall comfort food. If you love all the recipes with pumpkin, you have to try them!

Cheese Cappelletti with creamy Asparagus sauce
Fresh egg pasta Cappelletti filled with Ricotta and Parmigiano cheese and served with a creamy Asparagus sauce.
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Fresh handmade egg pasta in a shape of Cappelletti or Tortellini, stuffed with a cheesy filling of Ricotta and Parmigiano cheese. Serve them with this creamy delicious asparagus sauce with crispy buttery asparagus tips and you’ll never forget this meal!

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