Pasta Dinners

5 Fabulously Simple Pasta Dinners For Meatless Monday (Recipes)

Just about everybody loves carbs, and pasta is such a delicious way to fill yourself up on a short-on-time weeknight. It's quick, inexpensive and easy to make -- you can even boil the noodles beforehand to save time. Plus you can easily customize it as you desire by using gluten-free or whole wheat noodles, for instance.

And of course, the simple, filling dinner is the perfect way to observe Meatless Monday!

If you aren't in the mood to cut out meat -- or your nutritional needs dictate otherwise -- you can always add some chopped or shredded cooked chicken or browned ground beef to any of these recipes, and they will be delightful too.


1. Linguine With Caper and Green Olive Sauce

Spaghetti in marinara sauce is a classic, but it can get a little boring if you have it too often. Mix things up by using broader noodles and adding a touch of salty, savory olives and capers as well as a couple other delicious touches. You'll love this one!

2. Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

Delicious and a wee bit healthier than the more traditional guilty pleasure. If you want to keep this totally meatless, you can easily swap out the chicken broth for the veggie equivalent or use pasta water.

3. Gnocchi and Sweet Potatoes With Hazelnuts

The flavors in this easy sauteed dish all harmonize perfectly with each other. Pro-tip: Toss the sweet potatoes (or cubed butternut squash if you'd prefer) with a small drizzle of balsamic vinegar to elevate your dish just that much more. You won't regret it.

4. Last-Minute Lasagna

Forgot to make dinner? This veggie-packed, cheesy spin uses pre-cooked ravioli to bring tons of flavor with minimal work. If you want to go a little more classic, use instant lasagna noodles and ricotta cheese instead. Both ways are delectable.

5. Broccoli Spaghetti

Want to make this simple yet healthy, lovely dish meat-free? Consider ditching the chicken for these easy mushroom "meatballs." They are so good!