Pasta; it’s a kitchen must-have in almost every pantry. Yes, that includes the gluten-free and grain-free folks, too! It’s incredibly versatile and awesome any time of the year. For when you’re in the mood for a light lunch, we have you covered. We went through the Food Monster App and found 15 pasta dishes that are light, but heavy on the flavor. These recipes will be great to bring to your next potluck or picnic!

1. Spaghetti Moroccan Style With Spinach and Walnut Pesto
Vegan Spaghetti Moroccan Style With Spinach and Walnut Pesto

If you’re looking for something fresh and light that isn’t complicated, look no further than this Spaghetti Dish. Moroccan-spiced vegetables combined with a fresh-tasting spinach and walnut pesto creates one of the most amazing spaghetti dish you will ever taste.


2. Spicy Vegetables and Chickpea Pasta
Vegan Spicy Vegetables and Chickpea Pasta

This Spicy Vegetables and Chickpea Pasta dish is great dish for the whole family and perfect if you are having trouble trying to sneak in vegetables to every meal! It’s filled with just the right amount of spice and vegetables to satisfy your palate while keeping your body warm and cozy. This meal is simple and truly starts with the beauty of vegetables and their ability to completely transform a dish by simply adding beautiful spices and creamy coconut milk.

3. Lemon ‘Parmesan’ Pasta
Vegan Lemon ‘Parmesan’ Pasta

This Lemon ‘Parmesan’ Pasta is light, easy, and great if you are looking for a quick dinner. The lemon gives the pasta a nice bit of acidity to cut through the parmesan’s decadent flavor. Plus, it makes for great leftovers the next day.

4. Cauliflower Carbonara
Vegan Cauliflower Carbonara

The best part about this Cauliflower Carbonara is how healthy it is you’re getting your veggies in through the cauliflower sauce without even realizing it, and the nutritional yeast helps get your B-12 in which is great if you’re vegan and looking for sources to get this important vitamin.

5. Heirloom Tomato and Basil Wine Sauce Over Pasta
Vegan Heirloom Tomato and Basil Wine Sauce Over Pasta

The combination of the heirloom tomatoes and basil in this Heirloom Tomato Basil Olive Oil Wine Sauce is simplicity at its best! This is a very comforting juicy sauce and a really simple dish to prepare. Cook the pasta until just al dente and toss with the sauce. It’s that easy.


6. Spaghetti Bolognese
Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

Enjoy this comforting and beautiful dish with the pasta of your choice! The spices and hearty texture makes this Spaghetti Bolognese an excellent meal.

7. Ravioli With Kale Pesto And Sautéed Chard
Vegan Ravioli With Kale Pesto And Sautéed Chard

When time’s tight and creativity’s running low, pasta always comes to the rescue. Making ravioli is something that’s going to serve you continuously down the line. This delicious Ravioli With Kale Pesto and Chard recipe is cheesy, packed with greens, and totally convincing that it’s made with cheese products.


8. Pasta Al Tonno: Italian Jackfruit ‘Tuna’ Pasta
Vegan Pasta Al Tonno: Italian Jackfruit ‘Tuna’ Pasta

Pasta al tonno is traditionally made with tuna, but in this recipe, jackfruit takes its place. Just like commonly found canned tuna products, canned jackfruit products comes in oil, brine, with and without spices and herbs. When shredded, the jackfruit imitates the flaky, tender texture of tuna and can easily be seasoned to taste like it too.

9. Miso Cauliflower Cashew Alfredo With Kale and Peas
Vegan Miso Cauliflower Cashew Alfredo With Kale and Peas

Incredibly creamy, this dairy-free Miso Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce pairs well with all kinds of meals! From pasta to plain vegetables, it can do it all. This dish is ideal for meal prepping as well! You can cook the pasta and veggies up to three days in advance and store them (without the sauce) into separate containers.

10. Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine
Vegan Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine

Let’s be honest, pasta is always a good idea. This Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine is packed full of flavor and requires just 9 ingredients and 25 minutes to come together. Roasted red peppers are the star of this show. You can make this pasta as mild or spicy as you like.

11. Carrot Tagliatelle Bolognese
Vegan Carrot Tagliatelle Bolognese

Put the root vegetable to good use in this vegan Carrot Tagliatelle version of the classic pasta bolognese. Carrots act as both the tagliatelle noodles and the base for the bolognese sauce.

12. Garlicky Cauliflower Lentil Pasta
Vegan Garlicky Cauliflower Lentil Pasta

This Garlicky Lentil Pasta is a great healthy alternative to typical semolina flour-based pasta dishes! The lentil ziti has tons of protein and will leave you feeling energized for the rest of the day. Plus, can you ever have too much garlic?

13. Lean Green Fettuccine Alfredo
Vegan Lean Green Fettuccine Alfredo

Prepare to have your taste buds blown away by the goodness that is this Lean Green Fettuccine Alfredo with broccoli and leeks. Made from raw cashews, this sauce has a deliciously cheesy flavor thanks to the addition of white miso paste. When added to recipes, white miso gives an almost cheesy flavor, as well as umami, and a richness that is ridiculously good.


14. Roasted Ratatouille Spaghetti
Vegan Roasted Ratatouille Spaghetti

This Roasted Ratatouille 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.

15. Zucchini Pasta With Spicy Tomato and Lentil Sauce
Vegan Zucchini Pasta With Spicy Tomato and Lentil Sauce

You’ve never had zucchini noodles like this before! This ‘pasta’ dish has a spicy tomato-lentil sauce that adds more flavor and texture than your typical marinara would. These noodles make for a light yet satisfying meal that contains a good portion of protein, little fat, and plenty of complex carbohydrates.

For more ideas to get you going, check out all these pasta dishes you can make in ONE pot! That’s right, just one! It’s awesome how the Food Monster App has all of these recipes and more, with new ones being added every day. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, you’ll never run out of ideas that will satisfy you, your friends, and your family.  It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Check it out!

Lead Image Source: Heirloom Tomato and Basil Wine Sauce Over Pasta