When it comes to pasta sauce, some people have an easy time getting creative in the kitchen. A bit of this, a bit of that, and a Monday dinner is on the table! It's quick, but it's not always quite so easy, especially as winter approaches, with its dearth of adequate produce for a truly scrumptious pasta sauce. But have no fear! We've rounded up the best in meatless pasta (and sauce) recipes this week. Make tonight vegetarian spaghetti night!
1. Vegetarian Pasta Bolognese
Bolognese is a delicious Italian pasta sauce hailing from Bologna. A little bit of tomato, a hint of milk, and a lot of meat go into the original version. But this delicious lentil ragù is reminiscent of the earthy heartiness of Bolognese without all the meat. For this Meatless Monday dish, red lentils take their place, adding savory flavor. Combined with a good dose of herbs and a lot of tomato, this is one pasta sauce that you can be proud to serve to vegetarians and vegans alike! (Image: zantastik)
2. Brown Rice Pasta Recipe
Our very own brown rice pasta recipe has a lot of components, so opportunities to feature local produce are plentiful. The pumpkin seed pesto adds an interesting twist to the classic sauce. If you can't find local asparagus where you are, sub another green vegetable, like Brussels sprouts, or simply double up on the shiitakes! Either way, it's a delicious recipe to transition from fall into winter. (Image: Laura Klein)
3. Winter Pasta Recipe
As winter approaches, this winter pasta recipe (pictured at top), is a great one to have on-hand. The base for the puréed sauce is kale, boosted in flavor with garlic and shallots. A hint of lemon and some thyme deliver balance, while the goat cheese adds a touch of tang and a good amount of creaminess. It's winter's answer to summer basil pesto, and it's delicious!
4. Vegetarian Lasagna
Our customizable vegetarian lasagna recipe is sure to help you learn to creatively use up leftover produce in a delicious Meatless Monday recipe. Basic marinara and béchamel sauces come together with leftover vegetables to make a savory, hearty dish. If you're strapped for time, you can turn the baked dish into a stovetop one by using mini lasagna noodles. Image: Lablascovegmenu
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