Mild goat cheese lends a sophisticated tang to this creamy, orange-hued sauce. Tossed with tiny green peas, toasted pine nuts, and festive bow ties (it&39;s fabulous with fettuccine and gnocchi too), the resulting dish is wonderfully easy and original. If you&39;re not a fan of goat cheese, try the recipe with Boursin or low-fat cream cheese. You can also add a grating of Parmesan cheese before serving, if desired.
Roasted red bell peppers star in this recipe for red sauce.
Casareccia look like macaroni that have been split open and twisted. The groovy shape is perfect for light sauces.
When you want a luscious homemade pesto long before basil comes into season, turn to broccoli. Here, cooked broccoli is blended with fresh mint and parsley for a bright, springtime take on the pasta sauce.
Vegetarian sausage substitutes make great “meatballs” that come together in a snap—without the need for adding eggs as a binder. If you prefer milder olive flavor, use California olives. For a more pronounced, salty flavor, use kalamatas.
One large pot of boiling water is all it takes to make a pasta medley full of fresh spring vegetables. Blanching the vegetables in the boiling water also adds flavor to the pasta.
The traditional veal in this dish is replaced with soy-based Veat. Osso buco is usually paired with risotto, but this recipe uses orzo pasta.
This mellow sauce served over a hearty pasta combines comfort and elegance in one easy meal. Serve with some steamed broccoli florets, baby carrots and red and green bell pepper strips. Round out the meal with slices of fresh Italian bread.
One large pot of boiling water does all the cooking for this salad. The addition of the vegetables has been timed so that they’re all done at the same time. Using a strainer to remove the vegetables from the water stops the cooking fast and leaves you with a hot, lightly seasoned broth to boil the pasta in.
Peppery watercress and creamy cannellini beans team up for a light and luscious one-dish meal. If watercress is unavailable, 8 cups of fresh arugula or spinach may be substituted.
Jennifer Walkup, a writer in New Jersey, enjoys creating different pesto sauces to top spaghetti squash for family dinners: “This one was a big hit—they didn’t even realize how many vegetables they were eating.”