Contrary to popular belief, pasta is actually not an Italian invention. Primary sources tell us that the first pasta dish was actually from ancient China. Marco Polo brought ideas to Italy (even lasagna, what most consider an Italian classic, was likely adapted from Chinese dishes).

Pasta is an affordable, calorie-rich food that is easy and quick to make — it’s no wonder that it became a staple in many different cultures! And it’s no wonder why on October 17th, we celebrate National Pasta Day. We’re taking you around the world to celebrate October 17th, National Pasta Day, with these 15 tasty vegan recipes.

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To celebrate this beloved holiday, we browsed through Food Monster App to find some of our favorite global pasta recipes. Yum!

1. China: Sesame Ginger Pasta15-Minute Sesame Ginger Noodles [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

If you’re looking for a quick 15-minute, Chinese-inspired dinner tonight look no further! This Sesame Ginger Pasta with bok choy will be your new favorite go-to dish. This dish is bursting with bold ginger flavor and loaded with veggie goodness from the bok choy.

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2. Russia: Mushroom Stroganoff 

This Mushroom Stroganoff is a classic comfort food dish that pairs perfectly with a cracking fire and snow falling outside your window. After you’ve made it once, you will quickly add it to your weekly dinner rotations until tank top season.

3. Italy: Rigatoni Pie With Spicy Pomodoro Sauce

This is EPIC. Just LOOK at this thing. Pasta in pie form. Pasta PIZZA. Cheesy, spicy, filled with garlicy goodness. Are you trembling in fear? In love? Do you even know what you’re feeling? Good, that means you have to try this Rigatoni Pie With Spicy Pomodoro Sauce.

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4. The Philippines: Pancit, One-Pan Filipino PastaVegetable Pancit (Filipino One-Pan Noodles) [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Pancit, the Filipino word for “noodles,” is a stir-fry dish that can be made with any variety of noodle. In this recipe, rice noodles are stir-fried with vegetables and tofu. As they cook, they’re seasoned with tamari, fresh ginger, and vegetable broth until fragrant and flavorful. This simple dish makes a great weeknight dinner.

5. Mexico: Chili Sin Carne Lasagna

Chili sin carne is super delicious, nutritious and very easy to make. Combine it with some white sauce made from cashew nuts and layer like you would with a normal lasagna for this Chili Sin Carne Lasagna.

6. France and Japan Fusion: Roasted Ratatouille Pasta 

This spaghetti dish is a twist on the traditional French ratatouille which consists of garlic, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, and herbs. The sauce in this recipe is infused with Japanese flavors thanks to the addition of miso paste. The addition of miso gives this dish an unusual savory depth of flavor despite its simplicity. Try out this Roasted Ratatouille Pasta for some delicious international food-fusion.

7. Thailand: Peanut and Lime Pasta Salad 

This recipe is a delicious vegan Thai Salad that is vibrant, zesty, and full of flavor! It is great room temperature or cold, making it the perfect versatile dish for the summer months. Not only is it beautiful to look at thanks to the incredible variety of vegetables, but it is also nutrient packed.

8. Sicily: Garlic Asparagus Artichoke Pasta

Tender roasted asparagus, sautéed artichoke hearts, garlic, olive oil, are tossed together with spaghetti in this simple, light pasta dish. If you’re looking for a quick meal this week, or any day for that matter, this simple, fresh pasta is your ticket. You can easily substitute gluten-free or regular pasta if desired and adjust the amount of garlic and olive oil depending on your taste buds. This Garlic Asparagus Artichoke Pasta is a simple go-to recipe perfect for a light yet luxurious meal.

9. Greece: Pastitsio

Pastitsio is a traditional Greek dish with oven baked pasta, meat sauce and bechamel. NOT vegan at all as it normally contains meat, milk, eggs and cheese. It’s a very festive dish and makes a great centerpiece for holidays! This is my favorite vegan version of it and I always serve it during holidays for my guests. This recipe serves 8-10 people. For the bechamel you can either make a simple cream with soy milk and roux – just add salt, pepper and nutmeg or you can try my bechamel made of nuts and seeds.

10. Peru: Sopa Seca

This amazing Peruvian pasta dish is totally delicious, spicy and atypical. It is nothing like Italian pasta dishes you know and love, but instead it is a delicious, peppery and creamy casserole of its own. Angel hair spaghetti is broken up and baked in a chipotle-infused sauce with black beans and plenty of cilantro. Make this Sopa Seca and see for yourself!

11. Germany: Maultauschen, Spinach and Mushroom Pasta Pockets

Maultauschen are German pasta pockets similar to ravioli that are traditionally filled with meat but can easily be made vegan! These ones are stuffed with the very traditional flavors of spinach and nutmeg. These Maultauschen make homemade pasta look easy.

12. Mexico: Enchilada Pasta Casserole Enchilada Pasta Casserole

This Enchilada Pasta Casserole is one of those recipes that you’ll make again and again – for potlucks, family gatherings, or otherwise. Plus you get all of the spice and flavor of Mexican food in the comforting shape of a casserole.

13. Morocco: Moroccan Style Pasta With Spinach and Walnut Pesto

If you’re looking for something fresh and light that isn’t complicated, look no further. Moroccan-spiced vegetables combined with a fresh-tasting spinach and walnut pesto creates one of the most amazing spaghetti dish you will ever taste.  You have to try this Moroccan Style Pasta With Spinach and Walnut Pesto.

14. America: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Casserole Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Casserole 8

This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Casserole is comfort food heaven. Sweet, creamy butternut squash is paired with decadently cheesy macaroni elbows and sealed with a unique flatbread topping. The finishing touches really put it over the top, from the smoky Shiitake bacon to the red pepper flakes and maple syrup. Normally, we’d say this casserole is perfect to make for a week of easy meals, but we know this one will only last a few days.

15. The Middle East: Eggplant Meatballs With Baharat Pasta

Update the classic spaghetti and meatballs with this recipe for Eggplant Meatballs With Baharat Pasta that’s unlike anything else. Baharat brings something special to this savory sauce made from cherry tomatoes. It’s kinda of paprika-y cinnamon-y, and cardamom-y. It adds a subtle layer of spice that’s not overwhelming, but different in a really good way.

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!