Vegetarian Pasta Recipe – How To Jazz Up Your Recipes

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Vegetarian Pasta Recipe Food Network members are in a great place to kick start a vegetarian diet, or even improve an existing one. There are many recipes available for those who love pasta but don’t want to go on a full-fledged meat and potatoes diet. With the variety of recipes available today, it has never been easier to enjoy a wide range of pasta dishes all in one location. Food Network shows off some of the recipes and offers tips and tricks so that even a non vegetarian can enjoy this type of food.

An Overview

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Pasta salads can be made very simply using any flavor of tomato sauce you prefer. Simply combine chopped tomatoes with olive oil, herbs, oregano, garlic, chopped olives, chopped fresh basil, and mayonnaise, and mix well. This sauce can be prepared for sandwiches or served as a light salads to snack on. It also goes great on grilled chicken.

Another good way to incorporate vegetables into a vegetarian pasta recipe is to use spinach instead of regular vegetables. Spaghetti squash is another great choice. Cook spaghetti squash in vegetable stock or water until tender, then drain and slice into several pieces. Add chopped tomatoes, chopped zucchini, mushrooms, chopped cauliflower, onions, bell pepper, and baby spinach leaves and toss into the pan. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until softened and done.

Best Methods To Cook

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Making meatballs is another great way to incorporate vegetables into your pasta recipes. The base for most meatballs is egg. You can vary the recipe by using veggie stock or water instead of eggs. If you want to make vegan meatballs, omit the milk and replace with soy milk. Mix in vegetables for color and flavor.

For the most exciting taste, serve the meatballs in a tomato sauce flavored with garlic. You could also include red peppers, onion powder, and black pepper to give it an excellent aroma and flavor. Stir in nutritional yeast, paprika, oregano, and salt to the sauce and let simmer for about 20 minutes until the sauce is done. It’s important not to over-heat the meatballs because they will cook quickly. Serve with rice, baked potatoes, or as hot dogs!

Decorate It Well

Another way to jazz up your vegetarian pasta recipe is to use some nutritional yeast for the final cooking process. This helps to increase the nutrients and vitamins in your pasta dishes. Nutritional yeast also gives the finished product a better texture and flavor. It can be found at health food stores or online in capsule form.

You could also add chopped tomatoes, onions, and garlic to the cooked meatballs in the sauce. Stir well and enjoy your new and improved recipe. I like to eat meatballs served with a tomato sauce with fresh vegetables on top. That way, I can have a full meal and enjoy the pasta while it’s hot too! Of course, this works great with meatballs served with spaghetti.


There are many ways to jazz up vegetarian pasta recipes. The key is to experiment and keep tasting and adjusting until you find your favorite combination of flavors and textures. Vegetarian pasta is a great alternative to meatballs and other pasta dishes. You just need to keep experimenting.

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