30 Best Healthy Meatless Pasta Recipes
Pasta recipes are a solid go-to for quick vegetarian meals. They're great in a rush. And these meatless recipes keep things on the healthy side, too. They feature lots of fresh veggies and whole foods — and they don't go completely overboard on the cheese. For many more recipes like these, check out our complete collection of vegetarian main dish pasta recipes.
No-Cream Pasta Primavera
"Spring veggies benefit from a quick roasting in olive oil and herbs before being tossed with penne," says amanda1432. "No cream here, just the fresh flavors of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and lemon. A beautiful dish."
Fettuccine with Creamy Roasted Beet Sauce
"Delicious. We made it with coconut milk instead of the cream, and it gave it a wonderful flavor. We will make it again," DaleK writes.
Vegan Avocado Pasta with Blackened Vegetables
"This recipe is bright, creamy, salty, and slightly burned and crunchy," says Ruthie Higbee. "It's a delightful sensory experience, and also kind of healthy, if you believe in that sort of thing! Also, this recipe would make a great paleo dinner with some spiraled veggie pasta."
"A really easy recipe that tastes equally good served hot, warm, or cold," says Maureen Cram. "Fettuccini or spaghetti both work great!"
Spinach Cheese Manicotti
"My husband says this dish is restaurant quality," says Ernie. "It can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator overnight. Very filling and great served with a salad and garlic bread."
Lo Mein Noodles
"This was a blend of multiple lo mein recipes I found," says SarBetEns. "Add your favorite meat for a main dish, or make as a side dish to your favorite homemade Chinese dinner. If you use meat, cook the meat in the pan first, and then pull out and set aside."
Quick Vegetarian Pasta with Zucchini and Yellow Squash
This delicious vegetarian pasta dish features yellow squash, zucchini, and lots of fresh parsley. And it's ready in under 30 minutes. "I use lots of parsley, which I highly recommend," says veggiefit.
Korean Glass Noodles (Jap Chae)
"The type of noodles used in this dish is made from sweet potato starch and translucent when cooked, hence the English name, glass noodles," says grk_tigris. "They are also gluten free and are wonderfully springy and light. These noodles can be served hot, room temperature, or even slightly chilled. They are very versatile."
Butternut Squash Lasagna
"Lasagna, with its delicious layers, can take a while to put together, but it's always worth it," says rachaefia. "This warm vegetarian version is a comfy dinner any day of the week."
The key to this recipe is using grated zucchini. You'll saute the zucchini with garlic and toss it with pasta, a little Cheddar cheese, and plain yogurt. "A nice low-fat and healthy recipe," says BROMFIELD.
Tunisian Pasta with Lentils (Hlalem)
Don't mistake this Tunisian recipe for spaghetti and marinara. In addition to garlic, onions, and crushed tomatoes, this hearty red sauce contains carrot and lentils.
"Summer vegetables find a splendid home among ribbons of pappardelle, accented with freshly shaved Parmesan for an easy pasta dish that's also fun to pronounce," Juliana Hale says.
"This homemade sauce makes a sweet and spicy foil for linguine. The best sesame noodles I have every had!" says scoopnana.
Cavatelli and Broccoli
"The secret is salt," MILLIE CROSS says. "My Italian friends told me you have to add at least 1/4 cup of salt to the pasta water to infuse it into pasta. And believe me, you would never know that's how much you put in. The flavor will be there, and most of that is going done the drain with our water."
Fettuccine with Kale and Tomato-Olive-Cream Sauce
With kale, tomatoes, garlic, black olives, spices, Italian cheeses, and a light cream sauce, this pasta boasts flavor in every bite.
Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Penne Pasta
Use a sugar pie pumpkin to whip up this creamy sauce. When gourds aren't in season, use butternut squash or one 15 oz. can of pumpkin instead.
Pasta with Arugula and Tomatoes
Amazing what just a few simple ingredients can create! "Light, fresh, delicious! I love the peppery flavor of arugula," Saveur says of this simple recipe.
Soba with Toasted Sesame Seed Sauce
"If you want to eat a healthy dish, you've got one here! The dressing is very good — subtly sweet with a nice addition of sesame and sesame oil," Misha says.
Lemon Asparagus Pasta
"Yum, yum, and more yum! Simple and delicious. The cooking times are spot on. I liked that the asparagus were still a bit crisp. The lemon really makes the recipe, so don't skimp," says France C.
Mediterranean-Style Eggplant Pasta
"I make something similar when I can get fresh eggplant from the garden, but I never thought to add the red wine vinegar and it adds such a burst of fresh flavor," says BigShotMom.
Easy Vegan Pasta with Kale and Chickpeas
"This is one of my go-to recipes for a quick, healthy midweek meal, though it is good enough for guests, too," recipe creator Rita says. "We eat a lot of garlic in our family, but you can, of course, reduce the amount."
Italian Vegetable Fusilli with Basil Mint Pesto
Basil-mint pesto enhances the flavor of fresh veggies. Make it your own by adding other veggies, such as Roma tomatoes. "I added green beans and peas," says reviewer Katie Hayes. "Fabulous!"
Soba Noodle Veggie Bowl
"Also known as yasai yakisoba, this is a healthy and quick dish with stir-fried noodles, vegetables, and a savory sauce. The recipe can be easily doubled," recipe creator Diana71 writes.
Brussels Sprouts 'n Gnocchi
"I added some butter as others suggested to crisp the gnocchi up a bit and it came out fantastic."says Steel86.
Roasted Veggie Pasta
"This is a very good main dish that doesn't include meat but a whole lot of flavor. I found that baking it at a higher temp, 375, and for a little longer, 20 minutes total, you can really get a heartier taste," says Nick D.
"I always wondered how to make marinated artichoke hearts, and this recipe tells you how," Marianne says of this light, lemony pasta. "It was very tasty, and I'm grateful that we have some leftovers for tomorrow night."
Pasta Primavera with Cauliflower Sauce
"Kids absolutely loved this," Eddy Glover says. Don't let the silky sauce fool you. It's made from cauliflower, garlic, veggie broth, and Parmesan. No heavy cream here.
Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives
"Delicious! I made this to serve cold for lunch today, and it really hit the spot. I used homemade pesto and black olives in place of the kalamata because I didn't have any," Christina says. "Full of flavor!"
Sweet Pepper Pasta Toss
Capers and goat cheese add tang to this colorful pasta, which showcases roasted sweet peppers.
Linguini with Broccoli and Red Peppers
"I've made this dish about five times already and just love it! I've discovered, though, that I like to add more veggies than called for and extra Parmesan," writes SADIELUVER.