Thanksgiving doesn’t just have to be about potatoes, cranberry sauce and stuffing – although don’t get us wrong, we love those too! Plenty of people enjoy a main dish that’s a bit of a variation from the typical foods you might think of for this holiday, and you should definitely give it a try as well.

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You’ll be im-pasta-bly happy with your menu choices when you dig into these amazing stuffed and baked pasta dishes below!

1. Stuffed Shells

Vegan Mushroom Stuffed Shells with bread crumbs

Image Source: Mushroom Stuffed Shells [Vegan]

Stuffed shells and other stuffed pastas get into the spirit of Thanksgiving with the element of stuffing! A dish of one of these incredible recipes will be a star on your holiday table, and a great option for you or other family members who want to steer away from the turkey. Hearty, filling, and full of seasonal flavor, you’ll be happy you went with these Mushroom Stuffed Shells from Lenia Patsi!


Make the best of an awesome seasonal vegetable and add some greens to your pasta dish: specifically, kale! Valentina Chiappa can show you how with these Baked Shells Stuffed with Tuscan Kale and Winter Vegetables that shines with even more seasonal veggies, or you can try these Kale Stuffed Shells with Chunky Marinara Sauce from Frugal Vegan that includes an amazing sauce. If you’re looking for a creamy cheesy shells dish, try these Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Creamy Pesto from Rene Barker (because who doesn’t love pesto) or Tofu Ricotta-Stuffed Pasta Shells from Rana Yassine!

2. Ravioli

Vegan Ravioli With Kale Pesto And Sautéed Chard and fresh tomatoes

Image Source: Ravioli With Kale Pesto And Sautéed Chard [Vegan]


I don’t know about you, but we are going to be so excited to get to eat ravioli alongside our green beans for dinner on Thanksgiving day. The savory flavors in these ravioli dishes perfectly pair with the Thanksgiving food that we all know and love – for example, this Ravioli With Kale Pesto And Sautéed Chard from Travis Piper will complement your veggies and potatoes beautifully.

Looking for more veggie stuffed ravioli? We’ve got plenty where that came from. How about Mushroom and Walnut Ravioli with Creamy Garlic Sauce from Stephanie Davies that also has a deliciously creamy sauce, or Broccoli Rabe Pesto Ravioli from Lauren Hartmann? If you want to incorporate one of the most popular flavors of autumn, this Pumpkin Ravioli from Gabrielle St. Claire is exactly what you need. Or, if you’re trying to stay with whole wheat over the holidays, we’ve got you covered! Go for this Whole Wheat Radicchio Ravioli from Valentina Chiappa.


3. Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna with Eggplant and Cashew Cheese [Vegan]

Image Source: Veggie Lasagna with Eggplant and Cashew Cheese [Vegan]

Lasagna is proof that you can have your cake and eat it too – or rather, you can have your pasta and your casserole all in one. Every Thanksgiving table needs a good casserole, so why not make it this perfect Veggie Lasagna with Eggplant and Cashew Cheese from Lei-Lani Adams?

To add in yet another classic and awesome recipe to a lasagna, you’ve got to try this Lasagna Bolognese from Alenoosh Matakupan. For some protein and texture that will please all your guests, serve a Pulled Soya Lasagna from Kirsten Kaminski. For a veggie fix, this Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce from Jamie Bevia is packed with produce, and Peffe Stahl‘s Kale Lasagna is full of great greens and flavor.

4. Tortellini and Cannelloni

Pumpkin Cannelloni [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Image Source: Pumpkin Cannelloni With Almond Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Cannelloni and tortellini are two dishes that it’s pretty hard not to love, and they’re even better when they’ve got these amazing fillings and sauces, like in Florian Nouh‘s Pumpkin Cannelloni With Almond Sauce, or his Cannelloni with Quinoa Mushroom Stuffing – either way, you’ll have an amazing recipe for cannelloni ready to wow all of your Thanksgiving guests. For another fantastic mushroom stuffed dish, try this Mushroom Stuffed Cannelloni with Sunflower Seed Cream from Lenia Patsi!

More of a tortellini person? No problem (although we personally think you should go with both). You’ll love the delicious sauce on this Tortellini with Peas and Pesto Cream Sauce from Elsa Brobbey, or her Tomato and Mushroom Tortellini Soup for something a little bit different than a standard pasta dish but just as delicious.


5. Baked Pastas

Image Source: Creamy Baked Penne With Kale and Fennel [Vegan]

Pasta bakes are the epitome of comforting, filling and hearty fall dishes, and we’ll completely understand if you want to keep these for yourself and not even put it out on the table for your guests. Seasonal veggies shine in this Creamy Baked Penne With Kale and Fennel from Nancy Partington. For another amazing baked penne, but this time with the great addition of cauliflower, you’ll want to make Melissa Tedesco‘s Creamy Cauliflower Penne Bake.

How about a dish that’s so gooey and cheesy you won’t even believe your eyes? If that sounds good, check out this Ooey-Gooey Baked Ziti from Rhea Parsons. Rigatoni is always an awesome choice for baked pastas, as you can see with Peffe Stahl‘s Baked Rigatoni with Peas. Combine rigatoni with the most classic Thanksgiving dish by making a Rigatoni Pie with Spicy Pomodoro Sauce from Ashley Hankins.

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