Finding a signature vegetarian pasta recipe to make again and again
Pasta is an extremely easy thing to cook, but to really impress people, you should create your own signature vegetarian recipe that you can make again and again for any occasion you need to cook for.
One great option that you can add vegetables to your heart’s content is baked ziti. If you cannot find ziti in your grocery store, use penne or rigatoni pasta instead. You can find whole wheat pasta enriched with vitamins and minerals nowadays, if you want to make it healthier, especially if you are a strict vegetarian. It will taste just as good as white flour pasta, but if is better for you. In a pot, you need to cook some chopped onion, fresh garlic, and tomatoes. Mix it all together with some ricotta and mozzarella cheese, along with some common herbs like parsley, basil, oregano, pepper, and salt. Coat your pasta, spoon it into an oiled baking pan, and sprinkle with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
Then, all you have to do is bake until bubbly. Of course, this is just the most basic recipe for baked ziti. Make it your own by adding winter squash, eggplant, zucchini, carrots, or any other kind of fresh, diced vegetables that you can think of. Don’t be afraid to experiment to make this a vegetable-laden dish that your whole family will love.
If you’re cooking for adults, another great vegetarian pasta recipe you should master is for Penne with Vodka Sauce. While you can find jarred vodka sauce in the grocery store, it tastes so much better when you make it from scratch. Even better, you’ll find that it’s a very easy recipe. Chop up an onion and sauté it in some extra-virgin olive oil until they are soft. Add tomatoes and let it cook down. Then, add cream to the sauce and make sure the sauce is hot. Then, after you’ve cooked your pasta, add it to a skillet where you have already combined butter, vodka, and pasta, and mix it around so it’s completely coated. Serve topped with the tomato sauce and some shaved fresh parmesan cheese. Penne with vodka sauce goes great served with a side salad, some fresh garlic bread, and a nice class of Chianti.
Another delicious—and healthy—option when you’re trying to find an amazing vegetarian pasta recipe is to create a spinach-walnut sauce to serve over pasta. Even better, if you have a food processor, this recipe is extremely fast and easy. All you need to do is place fresh baby spinach, parsley, Parmesan cheese, some garlic, salt, and some olive oil into your food processor and blend it together until it’s smooth. Fold in chopped walnuts and add to whatever cooked, hot pasta you prefer. When you are blending this sauce, you can also add in whatever additional types of cheeses you like if you want to make it a more complex sauce. This vegetarian pasta recipe comes in handy because it is so fast to make and requires no cooking for the sauce. And, if you make a large batch of this sauce, you can freeze serving size portions and defrost it right before you need to serve it, which makes it a wonderful recipe for last-minute, unexpected company.