Vegetarian Pasta: 15 Meat-Free Italian Dishes

Butternut Squash Lasagna
It's pasta night! Whether you're planning for Meatless Monday, a regular weeknight dinner, or have special company coming to visit, our vegetarian Italian dishes are just the ticket. Try one of these vegetarian pasta recipes for your next meal.

Pappardelle Primavera with Spring Vegetables and Hazelnuts

Boasting broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas, and tomatoes, this pasta dish is both meat-free and a celebration of all things veggie.

Lasagna Pie

Turn classic lasagna on its head with our mile-high layers of noodles, veggies, and cheese. A springform pan helps this impressive vegetarian recipe keep its form.

Angel Hair with Walnut Pesto

Rev up your food processor: A homemade walnut pesto instantly transforms plain spaghetti into a sensational vegetarian dinner recipe. Better yet, the pesto can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for a week.

Spaghetti with Cauliflower, Capers, and Lemon

Capers, cauliflower, and a crunchy bread crumb topping transform spaghetti beyond meatballs. A touch of bright lemon and garlic bring even more flavor to this Sicily-inspired vegetarian pasta dish.

Orecchiette in Creamed Corn with Wilted Tomatoes and Arugula

Fresh veggies, such as off-the-cob sweet corn, grape tomatoes, and arugula, add bright flavor to any vegetarian pasta dish. A light and creamy sauce finishes the quick and easy dinner.

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Vegetarian Lasagna

Two layers of veggies make this vegetarian version of classic Italian lasagna full of flavor. Learn how to make the delicious pasta recipe.

Lemon-Basil Pasta

When it comes to pasta recipes, simpler is sometimes better. This five-ingredient vegetarian Italian dish lets its sauce do the talking; lemon, basil, and olive oil are all you need.

Garden Orecchiette

Fresh-from-your-backyard tomatoes, basil, parsley, and chives paired with mozzarella cheese turn a simple orecchiette dish into a caprese-style delight. Olive oil, pine nuts, and capers add extra Italian flavor.

Creamy Artichoke Lasagna

Creamy artichoke dip meets classic Italian lasagna in this meat-free dinner recipe. Plump artichokes, three different kinds of cheese, garlic, and fresh basil keep the vegetarian dish rich and flavorful.

Orecchiette with Ricotta and Chard Pan Sauce

This vegetarian pasta dish combines creamy ricotta cheese, crushed red pepper, and slightly bitter Swiss chard with the bite-size orecchiette pasta noodles.

Cheesy Shell-Stuffed Shells

Forgo your regular mac 'n' cheese for our over-the-top spin on the fan-favorite pasta dish. Jumbo shell macaroni is stuffed with cheesy mini shells and covered in a creamy tomato-vodka sauce.

Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach

Hectic weeknight? This flavor-packed vegetarian pasta is just the trick. Not only is the Italian recipe full of fresh mushrooms, spinach, and garlic, but it's ready in just 20 minutes.

Fettuccine Alfredo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Veggies

Take fettuccine Alfredo and crank it up a notch: Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, and sun-dried tomatoes make this vegetarian pasta dish anything but basic. Bonus: You can pull the impressive dish together in just 15 minutes.

Vegetable-Polenta Lasagna

This delicious vegetarian lasagna full of fresh and flavorful veggies has a twist: Instead of noodles, try using polenta, an Italian cornmeal commonly used in northern Italy.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Feast on tender butternut squash in a vegetarian lasagna the whole family will love. Fresh rosemary, whipping cream, and Parmesan cheese transform the rich, fall-friendly vegetable.

Editor's Tip: If you're looking to make this dish when squash is out of season, you can use frozen butternut squash instead.

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