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These mouthwatering vegetarian pasta recipes are full of big, bold flavors! They make easy dinner ideas that everyone will love.

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It’s hard to find meals more satisfying than pasta when it comes to vegetarian cuisine! From tortellini to lasagna to mac and cheese, there are meatless pasta ideas for every occasion and preference.

As two cookbook authors and bloggers for over a decade, we decided to make a master list: here are our favorite vegetarian pasta recipes that have been a hit in our house! (That’s right, cooked and eaten by 4 actual humans.) Whether it’s roasted vegetable pasta or a sophisticated Italian cacio e pepe, each one has a special place in our hearts. We hope they will for you too!

Our top vegetarian pasta recipes

More vegetarian meal ideas

Want more vegetarian meal ideas? We’ve got them. We’ve been eating vegetarian meals for over a decade, and even wrote a vegan and vegetarian cookbook (Pretty Simple Cooking). Outside of these vegetarian pasta recipes, here are a few more ways to make meatless meals that everyone will love:

Frequently asked questions

Where do I get my protein in a vegetarian pasta dish?

There are many delicious plant-based protein sources! Lentils, beans, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh, and vegetarian meat substitutes all work great in pasta dishes. Don’t forget nuts and cheeses can also add a protein boost.

Can I make creamy pasta sauces without dairy?

Absolutely! Cashew cream, silken tofu, avocado, and even pureed vegetables like cauliflower can all create luxuriously creamy sauces. Go to Vegan Pasta Recipes.

What vegetables go well in pasta dishes?

The possibilities are endless! Try classics like tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and zucchini. Experiment with roasted vegetables like broccoli, peppers, and eggplant. Delicate greens like arugula or a sprinkle of fresh herbs add vibrancy at the end.

How can I add more flavor to vegetarian pasta dishes?

Don’t be afraid of bold flavors! Garlic, onions, fresh herbs, dried spices, a splash of flavorful vinegar, or a sprinkle of chili flakes can elevate a simple dish.

Are there gluten-free pasta options for vegetarian recipes?

Definitely! Many gluten-free pasta types are available, made from ingredients like rice, quinoa, lentils, or chickpeas.

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40 Vegetarian Pasta Recipes: Tortellini Skillet & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Cheese tortellini makes the best quick vegetarian dinner recipe! Serve it up in a creamy marinara sauce flavored with goat cheese and basil.


  • 12 to 16 ounces frozen or refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 28 ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes (or best quality crushed tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves, tightly packed (or chopped spinach)
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 4 ounce goat cheese log


  1. Boil the tortellini according to the package instructions (fresh usually takes 2 to 3 minutes and frozen takes 2 to 5 minutes to boil). Then drain it.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, place the crushed tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, kosher salt, spinach, and whole basil leaves. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer while the pasta cooks or at least 10 minutes.
  3. When the pasta is done and drained, add it to the skillet. Crumble in the goat cheese into the sauce and stir until a creamy sauce forms (if you’d like, save out a few crumbles for topping). Serve immediately.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!