Pesto, red sauce, creamy, or olive oil? This question alone proves the beauty of pasta is far and wide. You can keep things simple and easy or get creative with unique flavor combinations, and every bowl is totally customizable. If you live in a house divided by meat eaters and vegans—or you're a bolognese die-hard but don't have the ingredients to make it at home tonight—vegetarian pasta recipes are the best way to accommodate every diet and craving. So in today's ode to this beloved Italian dish, we're highlighting seven divine vegetarian pasta recipes for every type of eater.
From low-carb twists to impressive foodie favorites, easy-to-make options, and good old-fashioned decadence, read on to make a winning pasta dinner.
This vegetarian pasta recipe from The First Mess is exactly what you should make when you're trying to impress someone. The intriguing miso-based cream sauce is unlike anything we've ever tried, and yet it's not exactly an acquired taste either since it isn't overly complex and harsh. It also has a hint of citrus and spice to contrast the rich miso base. Just add brussels sprouts to make it a balanced meal.
This no-cook heirloom tomato sauce from Salt and Wind will quickly become your go-to recipe when pomodoro is on the mind. Devour it as is over a bed of pasta tubes, or dress it up with anything from sausage to meatballs. This recipe keeps things vegetarian-friendly and opts for a burrata topping, which we'd happily follow any day.
Not quite pesto, not quite alfredo, this creamy garlic and avocado fettucini from Spoon Fork Bacon is a great way to mix up your vegetarian pasta game. The creamy texture is simply perfect, and the toasted pepita seeds create a wonderful contrast in texture.
For vegan-friendly pasta recipes that balances comfort with excitement, we suggest this roasted red pepper spaghetti dish from Minimalist Baker. It's velvety and creamy with a subtly sweet undertone. Plus, you can always customize it to your liking. It'll complement a variety of veggie toppings or meat-based proteins in case you or someone wants to add some flair to it.
This is the pasta equivalent to "everything under the sink" cookies for which you basically just throw everything from your pantry into the batter and the result is pure magic. Brought to us by The First Mess, this roasted garlic cauliflower pasta with walnuts, baby arugula, lemon, and olive oil, it's a well-rounded, vegan-friendly meal in one bite.
When you want pasta without all the carbs, opt for this spaghetti squash recipe from Minimalist Baker. Topped with a delicious basil pesto sauce and sprinkled with pine nuts for an extra crunch, it's the ideal dinner if you're in the mood for something light and healthy yet filling and fun to eat.
It doesn't get more sophisticated than this pumpkin pasta with balsamic sage brown butter sauce from Half Baked Harvest. With high-quality ingredients and an artfully crafted flavor palate, this vegetarian pasta recipe looks like it's straight off the menu at a restaurant that's booked for the next millennium.
This pasta recipe from How Sweet Eats only takes 20 minutes to make, so it's ideal for busy nights when you need a crowd-pleaser that's fast and packed with nutrients. Indeed, it calls for some garlicky spinach; filling, protein-packed chickpeas; and spicy and red pepper flakes for a little kick.
There's something distinctly kind about this recipe from Half Baked Harvest. And as if you didn't already think we were a little too attached to pasta, we just went and called it kind. But seriously, the creamed corn sauce and the aromatic fried garden herbs make every bite feel like a warm hug.
Why make a caprese salad when you can make a caprese pasta? This recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron is like your favorite appetizer, only now you get to eat it as the main act. And this recipe calls for pappardelle noodles with a basil base, making your favorite flavors even more pronounced.
And now that we're on an Italian kick, here are 10 delicious vegetarian pizza recipes that are so much better than take-out.