There’s no shortage of meatless pasta recipes around here. Pasta is the dish that keeps on giving – the carbs, the cheese, the comfort. Not to mention the versatility in sauce, vegetables, and more. You truly cannot go wrong.

And whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or feeding a family a hearty and healthy meal on a busy weeknight, you’ll find something for everyone to love in this collection of our favorite vegetarian pasta recipes.

There are creamy options, Italian-inspired recipes, vegetable-loaded pasta ideas, and ones that are perfectly seasonal whether it’s spring or fall!

The only true question is which one of these mouthwatering, easy dinner ideas are you trying first?!

Our Favorite Quick and Easy Pasta Recipes

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Orecchiette Pasta with Broccolini

5 (8 ratings)
This orecchiette pasta recipe brings together sautéed onion and broccolini with sun-dried tomatoes for a delicious, vegetarian dinner. Best of all? It’s ready in just 25 minutes with minimal cleanup…the beauty of a one-pan pasta recipe!
Main Ingredients: onion, broccolini, sun-dried tomatoes, orecchiette pasta, vegetable stock, parmesan cheese
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Easy Spring Vegetable Fusilli

An easy, one-pot weeknight dinner that is full of fresh vegetables and completely customizable with or without your favorite protein!
Main Ingredients: fusilli pasta, asparagus, frozen peas, shallot, garlic, lemon
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Bowl of creamy red wine spaghetti with serving spoons.

Creamy Red Wine Spaghetti

5 (10 ratings)
Rich wine-flavored pasta is tossed with butter and parmesan to create a creamy red wine sauce. Then add in crunchy toasted pine nuts. A quick weeknight dinner or romantic date-night-in!
Main Ingredients: garlic, red wine, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, spaghetti noodles
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One-Pot Parmesan Orzo with Broccoli

4.90 (28 ratings)
A quick, 20-minute weeknight dinner. You'll love the bright pop of lemon, fresh broccoli florets, and little bite-sized orzo pasta coated in a silky parmesan sauce. To add even more texture, try toasted parmesan bread crumbs on top!
Main Ingredients: parmesan cheese, vegetable stock, orzo, broccoli, lemon, panko
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White bowl of vegetarian gnocchi with spinach and tomatoes.

One Pot Creamy Tomato Spinach Gnocchi

4.95 (100 ratings)
You are going to love this easy dinner (including clean-up!). It uses refrigerated gnocchi for a quick, simple gnocchi dish and is tossed in a luxurious tomato spinach sauce for a comforting vegetarian meal. Yes, we're counting gnocchi as pasta here!
Main Ingredients: leek, onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes, white wine, refrigerated gnocchi, parmesan cheese, spinach, half-and-half
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Skillet with romesco pasta topped with burrata cheese.

Creamy Romesco Sauce Pasta with Burrata

5 (5 ratings)
Toss perfectly cooked al dente bucatini noodles with rich, spicy, bold romesco sauce, and top it all off with creamy burrata cheese for the ultimate romesco sauce pasta dinner! It's bold, flavorful, and easy to make!
Main Ingredients: romesco sauce, Bucatini pasta, burrata cheese
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Fettuccine Alfredo for Two

5 (15 ratings)
This version has garlic in the sauce and is super customizable with add-ins.  It says ‘I love you’ in the most delicious way possible.
Main Ingredients: fettuccine noodles, butter, garlic, half-and-half, pasta water, parmesan cheese
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5 Ingredient Blistered Tomato Pasta

5 (4 ratings)
This Blistered Tomato Pasta is an easy pasta recipe made with 5 simple ingredients and is ready in less than 20 minutes, making it perfect for a vegetarian weeknight dinner.
Main Ingredients: orecchiette pasta, butter, cherry tomatoes, garlic
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Bowl of rigatoni pasta with fork next to pumpkin and wine.

One-Pot Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pasta

5 (9 ratings)
Cozy up with a bowl of this creamy pumpkin pasta. It's made all in one pot! Even better, it's vegan, naturally creamy from pumpkin puree and starchy pasta water. You'll love how easy it is for a quick dinner!
Main Ingredients: sage and thyme, vegetable stock, rigatoni pasta, pumpkin puree
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Roasted Broccoli & Sweet Potato Orzo Pasta

5 (3 ratings)
Caramelized roasted veggies mixed with orzo pasta, a light buttery sauce, and sweet dates. An excellent balance of healthy and indulgent; perfect for lunch or dinner!
Main Ingredients: broccoli, sweet potato, garlic, fresh herbs, dates, orzo pasta
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Easy Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

When you need a quick and easy hands-off kind of weekday dinner with classic pasta vibes, give this Easy Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce a try! Serve it on top of noodles for an elevated spaghetti dinner.
Main Ingredients: cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil
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Looking for even more vegetable-based pasta ideas? Check out our entire collection of pasta recipes.

Common Questions

If you’re new to enjoying vegetarian recipes or incorporating more meatless meals into your life, you might have a few questions.

Can Vegetarians Eat Pasta? Yes! Pasta is one of the best (and easiest) meals to make meatless! Pasta is incredibly versatile and there are so many ways to make it without meat. The pasta itself is usually only made with flour and water (keeping it vegan, actually). Sometimes egg, too.

What Veggies Can I add to Pasta? Another reason why pasta is an excellent meal for vegetarians – you can load in the veggies! It depends on what kind of vibe you’re craving, but there’s no shortage to veggies you can add. As seen above, I love adding broccoli, peas, and tomatoes are a given. But mushrooms, corn, spinach or kale, olives, and many more are delicious!

What Can I Put on Pasta When I have no Sauce? Ah, my friend, no jarred sauce? No problem! In fact, I say you’re in luck. It’s so easy to make a flavorful and delicious pasta sauce from scratch. My favorite if I’m out of ingredients is to make a simple butter sauce or toss it with pesto.

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Get the Recipe 30-Minute Vegetarian Pasta Recipe Dinner Ideas: Vegetable Fusilli

Whether you're looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal or a cozy pasta night at home, these vegetarian pasta recipes will help you bring a hot dinner together in just 30 minutes! Loaded with texture and bold flavors, the whole family will love these satisfying dishes!



  • In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8-9 minutes. With 5-6 minutes of cooking time left (7 for large asparagus spears), add asparagus pieces to the boiling pasta. With 1-2 minutes remaining, add peas. 
    Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. 
    12 ounces fusilli pasta, 1 bunch fresh asparagus, 1 cup frozen peas
  • Drain the pasta and veggies, but do not rinse. Add butter to the pot (the same one the pasta was cooked in) over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the shallot, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt; cook for 3 minutes.
    5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 medium-large shallot
  • Add sliced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add 1/4 cup pasta water, stirring together to combine. Stir pasta and veggies back in; add more pasta water as needed for desired "sauciness". Salt and pepper to taste. Top pasta with a generous sprinkle of fresh parmesan and a squeeze of lemon.
    4 garlic cloves, Dash red pepper flakes, Fresh Parmesan*, 1 lemon


  • Parmesan: use vegetarian parmesan cheese.
Calories: 648kcal, Carbohydrates: 79g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 16mg, Potassium: 815mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 3143IU, Vitamin C: 72mg, Calcium: 118mg, Iron: 8mg
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