World Pasta Day is celebrated every year on October 25th. It is the day that people all across the globe celebrate the food that is just unleavened dough that is boiled and covered with some type of sauce. Pasta may make us think of Italian food and Italy has named pasta its national dish but pasta is loved all over the world.
With over 600 shapes, pasta is extremely versatile and the dishes made with it are steeped in history and the influence of various ethnic cuisines. There’s no need to eat the same pasta dish over and over when we can do so many different things with this beloved food. First, make sure you’re cooking your pasta correctly. Check out Pasta: How to Avoid 8 Common Cooking Mistakes for all the tips and tricks. Then read Make Better Choices: Healthy Alternatives to White Pasta and find out 7 Wheat-Free Noodle Options to Use in Your Favorite Dishes. If you want pasta that’s grain-free, find out How to Use Protein-Rich Tofu Shirataki Noodles to Make Grain-Free Pasta, How to Make Bean Pastas, and Switch Up Your Pasta Game – How to Use Spiralized Veggies as Noodles!
There is also a lot of variety when it comes to the sauce we put over our pasta. Learn How to Make Fresh Marinara Sauce, How to Make Delicious Vegan Vodka Cream Sauce and How to Make a Creamy, Lower Calorie, Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce. Here are 7 Variations on Vegan Pasta Sauce to Try, Funky Fresh Oil-Free Sauces to Splash Over Salads and Pasta and 5 Healthy Flavor Spins to Put on Spaghetti.
If you need recipes, we have them. Check out 10 Ways to Cook Pasta With International Flair, 21 Pasta Dishes That are Dairy-Free and Delicious, and 15 Veggie Noodle Dishes You’ll Love. Then celebrate World Pasta Day with us and these 10 incredibly amazing pasta dishes.
1. Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sauteed Mushrooms
This Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sauteed Mushrooms is a beautiful dish that is totally worth the time and effort you put into it! The butternut squash has a surprisingly similar texture to traditional wheat-based pasta, and the creamy cashew-bean filling is more flavorful than any ricotta cheese you’ll find. This dish needs to be enjoyed on a day when you want to spend time in the kitchen, with some great music playing, while sipping a glass of wine.
2. Comforting Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole
This Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole is filling, delicious, and so easy to make! It has an especially savory, umami twist thanks to the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and olives. Thin strips of sauteed eggplant are mixed in together with the pesto. An absolutely lovely highlight is the crust, which is made of gluten-free bread crumbs mixed with olive oil and garlic. It’s crunchy, hearty, and perfect!
3. Pumpkin Pasta With Tomatoes and Basil
This colorful Pumpkin Pasta is ready in less than half an hour, so it’s great for quick weeknight dinners! Creamy pumpkin combines with tomato and basil to make a bridge between summer and fall flavors. To give the pasta an extra boost of iron and to stick with the pumpkin theme, it’s topped off with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds!
4. Pesto Pappardelle With Artichoke Chickpea Meatballs
This Pesto Pappardelle with Artichoke Chickpea Meatballs looks expensive and fancy but you can make it with staples already in your pantry. Light, yet deeply flavored artichoke and chickpea meatballs are served with pappardelle pasta tossed in a homemade pesto packed with fresh herbs and greens. Seared artichoke hearts and chopped fresh tomatoes complete the dish. It’s easy to make so you can have gourmet pasta in no time!
5. Lemon Herb Pasta Salad
This Lemon Herb Pasta Salad is light and fresh, yet still satisfying enough to be dinner. Mint, parsley, and lemon really brighten up the dish and complement the zucchini and yellow squash really well. Make enough for leftovers because it tastes even better the next day!
6. Crispy and Soft Veggie Gnocchi With Spinach and Garlic Sauce
This Crispy and Soft Veggie Gnocchi with Spinach and Garlic Sauce is such a beautiful dish. Made of sweet potatoes and spinach, this gnocchi packs a healthy punch! Crisp, yet soft, you get the best of both worlds. Make this a weekly dinner and you’ll never get complaints!
7. Smoked Tofu and Mushroom Carbonara With ‘Mung Bean’ Pasta
A traditional carbonara is pasta mixed with egg, cream and parmesan which is then topped with crispy bacon. This vegan version of Mushroom Carbonara with Mung Bean Pasta has cauliflower and non-dairy milk to replace the egg and cream. Then smoked tofu replaces the bacon. The dish is rich, creamy and delicious. You won’t miss a thing.
8. Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Rollups
Most families have a lasagna recipe of some sort in their menu rotation. It’s one of those comfort meals that brings everyone together, pleasing adults and kids alike. These Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Rollups are a twist on the classic because rather than layers, the filling is rolled up in individual noodles. These are sure to hit the spot!
9. Creamy Lemon Ziti With Roasted Asparagus
This velvety sauce in this Creamy Lemon Ziti with Roasted Asparagus is thick, creamy and super flavorful. Of course, it’s the sauce is dairy free but it’s also oil-free, soy free, and nut free. It only takes seven ingredients, all of which you likely already have in your pantry/fridge, and less than five minutes to make this tangy sauce. Made with nutrient rich white beans for creaminess and the addition of vitamin heavy asparagus, basically, you want to eat up because this is one healthy dish!
10. Whole Wheat Pasta With Sundried Tomatoes and Lemon Breadcrumbs
The original inspiration for this Whole Wheat Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Lemon Breadcrumbs was a dish that relied on lots of oil, salt and dairy. This vegan version relies on the tangy flavor of sundried tomatoes and a bit of soy cream to make the rich sauce while the breadcrumbs are made with whole wheat. You’ll be happy that the recipe only serves one, because you aren’t going to want to share!
Whether you eat ravioli, ziti, spaghetti, linguine or gnocchi, celebrate World Pasta Day with a big bowl of delicious pasta. Each of these recipes is so incredible, you may decide to make several and have a pasta buffet.
Lead image source: Comforting Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole