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Best ever vegetarian pasta recipes

Vegetarian pasta is a great way to make the most out of the fresh flavours of seasonal veg. Whether you’re vegetarian, flexitarian or fancy a change to meat one evening, try one of our recipes including pasta norma, spinach ravioli and classic puttanesca.

In the mood for vegetable pasta? Our vegetarian pasta recipes will give you plenty of inspiration for midweek meals and vegetarian entertaining ideas. From quick and easy vegetable spaghetti and puttanesca recipes, to one-pot vegetable pasta recipes to save on the washing up. We even have Padella Pasta’s legendary pici cacio e pepe recipe, a classic Tuscan recipe involving lots of butter, cheese and pepper. Try one of our favourite vegetarian pasta dishes…

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Casarecce with raw tomato sauce

This vegan casarecce with raw tomato sauce recipe is super simple and only takes 15 minutes to make. Casarecce is a twisted short pasta that retains a good bite, perfect for simple pasta dishes

Casarecce with raw tomato sauce

Ravioli with buttered lemon greens

This recipe is super zesty and buttery and great when you’re short on time. Low calorie and meat free make this the perfect start to the week. 

Ravioli with buttered lemon greens

Padella’s pici cacio e pepe

Three of the most comforting words you’ll read: pasta, butter, cheese. This classic Tuscan recipe for pici cacio e pepe comes from Borough Market’s Padella. 

pici cacio

One-pan puttanesca

This one-pan puttanesca make a really easy midweek meal for one. The pasta soaks up the flavours, and the starch from the pasta makes the sauce rich and creamy. It also makes for less washing up! 

A bowl of puttanesca pasta, made using the one-pot method

One-pot pasta with goat’s cheese and spinach

This pasta combines wilted spinach and soft goat’s cheese to create a creamy and rich dish. Garnish with some extra parmesan and enjoy! 

goats cheese and spinach pasta

Cauliflower and fontina cannelloni

This recipe for cauliflower and fontina cannelloni comes from the chefs at Cantino Corvino, London. It’s a delicious, comforting pasta dish.

Cauliflower and fontina cannelloni

Broccoli, chilli and lemon wholewheat pasta

Healthy vegetarian pasta for two. Using wholewheat pasta adds fibre without affecting the taste. Broccoli, chilli and lemon make the easiest homemade pasta sauce for a quick dinner.


Pasta alla genovese

Pasta alla genovese is a classic Italian pasta dish using simple ingredients. Ready in just 15 minutes, it’s the perfect quick and easy meal to make midweek.


Pasta norma

A quick meal for two based on the classic Sicilian aubergine pasta sauce. Meat-free and full of flavour it’s easy to make. Use rigatoni if you have it at home.


Pasta with kale, garlic and chilli

This healthy, quick vegetarian meal uses only 5 ingredients and is ready in 15 minutes.


Open spinach and ricotta ravioli

This classic blend of flavours is a favourite for a reason. Making it an open ravioli means that it’s quick and easy too. Use dried pasta if you can’t find fresh, and cook according to packet instructions.


Penne with chopped puttanesca sauce

Penne pasta makes an easy midweek meal, and this healthy, raw tomato sauce makes it even quicker. With added olives, capers, garlic and chilli, it’s fresh and full of flavour.


Butternut squash lasagne

This vegetarian take on a family favourite is perfect if you’re trying to cut back on meat, and is ready in just 30 minutes, making it quick enough to cook midweek.


Rigatoni with broccoli pesto

This recipe for rigatoni with broccoli pesto is a great twist on a classic pesto and a good way to use up broccoli. What’s more, it’s vegetarian and ready in just 20 minutes – perfect for midweek. It’s a great way to get the kids eating their greens too


Butternut squash, spinach and mascarpone lasagne

This veggie butternut squash, spinach and mascarpone lasagne is a great veggie option. It’s so packed full of flavour that even if you’re making it for meat-eaters there won’t be any complaints


Ricotta and kale cannelloni

This ricotta and kale cannelloni is an easy vegetarian option. It freezes well too, so make a batch and freeze for later

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