15 Great Vegetarian Pastas

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

Keeping Calories in Check

Remember that it's easy to go overboard on calories when dining on pasta. One cup of cooked spaghetti has approximately 220 calories. Pile 3 or 4 cups on your dinner plate (not unheard of) are we're talking 660 to 880 calories without any sauces or add-ins. To keep calories in check, cut down on pasta portions and bulk up with loads of veggies and herbs.

Boosting the fiber can also help make your dish more filling. Swap enriched white pasta for whole-grain varieties like whole wheat, quinoa or spelt. Add hunger-fighting protein with beans, lentils or edamame.

Be careful not to overload on cheese as it can push the envelope on calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium. A small amount of a flavorful cheese goes a long way.

Recipes to try:

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Food Network Kitchen's Broccoli-Walnut Pesto With Pasta

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Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans; Ellie Krieger

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

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

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Spaghetti and No-Meat Balls; Peter Berley

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