Spotlight Recipes: Vegetarian Pasta Dishes

Good old pasta dishes can easily be turned into a vegetarian dish. Problem is, pile in tons of cheese and large portions of pasta and watch the calories and heart-clogging saturated fat go through the roof (yes, even vegetarian recipes can be unhealthy!). There are ways to lighten up your lasagna and macaroni and cheese but here are a variety of vegetarian pasta dishes that are delicious and figure-friendly.
Related To:
FN_Giada De Laurentiis Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese.tif

FN_Giada De Laurentiis Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese.tif

Food Network Giada De Laurentiis' Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese recipe.

©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Good old pasta recipes can easily be turned into a vegetarian dishes. Problem is, pile in tons of cheese and large portions of pasta and watch the calories and heart-clogging saturated fat go through the roof (yes, even vegetarian recipes can be unhealthy!). There are ways to lighten up your lasagna and macaroni and cheese but here are a variety of vegetarian pasta dishes that are delicious and figure-friendly.

Recipes to try:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »

Next Up

15 Great Vegetarian Pastas

These recipes are all sans meat, poultry and fish but brimming with flavor from veggies, beans, herbs and nuts.

Spotlight Recipes: 25 Vegetarian Favorites

Whether you're a committed vegetarian or vegan or just want to try something new, meatless meals provide great variety to your dinner table meal line-up -- They can be both delicious and healthy (foregoing meat isn't an excuse to eat cheese pizza every day!) We chose 25 tasty recipes covering all of the major food groups vegetarians should be eating (these are healthy picks for meat-eaters, too): fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans/legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Cold Peanut-Sesame Noodles — Meatless Monday

For Meatless Monday dinner tonight, try Food Network Magazine's easy Cold Peanut-Sesame Noodles for a refreshing pasta salad full of flavor and texture.

The Veggie Table: Get Your Vegetarian Plate in Shape

Whether you're vegan, vegetarian or just trying to eat more plant-based foods, find out how to keep your plate balanced at each meal.

Food News: McDonald's Opening Vegetarian-Only Locations

McDonald's is opening two vegetarian-only locations in India. Would you eat vegetarian fast food from this chain?

The Deets on Mock Meats

Ground "beef," tofu hot dogs, veggie burgers and fake chicken nuggets -- you name it and a veg-friendly, faux meat is available at the supermarket. Here's what we think of some of these substitutes and how often you should turn to them.

The Veggie Table: Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Blogs

A round-up of Janel Ovrut Funk's favorite vegan and vegetarian food blogs.

The Veggie Table: Beyond the Portobello Burger

There are many plant-based foods that mimic the satisfying texture of meat, and we're not just talking portobellos.

The Chef's Take: Vegetarian Spring Rolls from Charles Phan

Charles Phan's Vegetarian Spring Rolls from The Slanted Door

10 Ways To Eat Less Meat

Some cuts of meat, full fat dairy products and other high fat ingredients are oftentimes used in cooking to add texture, flavor and mouth feel. Problem is you might be adding artery clogging saturated fat and cholesterol. There are plenty of meatless options you can use that’ll even surprise your taste buds. Here are 10 ideas.