Vegan Baked Pasta with Tofu Ricotta and Eggplant

This Italian-inspired vegan eggplant pasta bake recipe is easy to make and a substantial meal. It’s filling and hearty. You don’t wonder later whether you ate dinner or not. You’ll know you did! And hopefully, it was a hit 🙂 Think of this baked vegan Italian eggplant dish as a bit like eggplant lasagna. It incorporates many of the same basic elements, but with less … Continue reading Vegan Baked Pasta with Tofu Ricotta and Eggplant

Cold Pesto Pasta Salad Vegan

Sunflower Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Grape Tomatoes and Black Olives

This vegan pesto pasta salad recipe is quick, easy and tasty! By the time the fusilli pasta is done boiling, the rest of the ingredients are ready to go. If I had known vegan pesto with sunflower seeds was going to be this good, I would have done it sooner. Sunflower basil pesto doesn’t need nutritional yeast. There’s enough flavor from the sunflower seeds and … Continue reading Sunflower Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Grape Tomatoes and Black Olives

Vegan Tortellini Recipes

Vegan Tortellini with Almond Ricotta

This vegan tortellini recipe uses store bought vegan wonton wrappers, almond ricotta, and a few staple items, like fresh parsley and garlic powder. While this recipe includes directions for a simple garlic butter and grape tomato sauce, you can also dress your tortellini in marinara sauce, pesto sauce or the sauce of your choice. This recipe makes ~20 tortellini. It is not hard to do, … Continue reading Vegan Tortellini with Almond Ricotta

Gnocchi with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Whether you make your gnocchi from scratch, buy your gnocchi prepackaged, or use a gluten free variety, it is always absolutely delicious. This vegan gnocchi dinner recipe is easy, hearty and packed with summer flavors. Vegan pesto is amazing on grilled vegetables, and it is also amazing on gnocchi. When vegan pesto, grilled vegetables and gnocchi come together, it’s summer comfort food at it’s best! … Continue reading Gnocchi with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Stovetop Vegan Chili Mac and Cheese

This vegan chili mac and cheese recipe is easy to execute (no baking!), yields a lot of food (~6 servings) and tastes cheesy, spicy, and smoky. It’s the perfect hearty meal for any time of year! Two notes… I like a thick vegan cashew cheese sauce, but if you prefer a thinner sauce, add the entire can of tomatoes without draining off the juice. It … Continue reading Stovetop Vegan Chili Mac and Cheese

Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

Inspired by Asian flavors, this easy vegan orzo salad recipe makes a good warm side dish or cold pasta salad. After having time to sit overnight in the fridge, I thought it tasted even better. It uses few ingredients. It works well for a cookout, picnic, road trip cooler, camping trip, simple meal, or lunch. And while it wasn’t the goal, it ended up looking … Continue reading Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

This vegan gnocchi recipe with swiss chard is fast, hearty and delicious. I use prepackaged gnocchi, but you can also make your gnocchi from scratch. If you want to make this gluten free, make gluten free vegan gnocchi! As an additional time saver, I also have used prepackaged Swiss chard that’s already washed, chopped and ready-to-use. When this is the case, all I have to … Continue reading Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

Stovetop Vegan Truffle Mac and Cheese

This vegan truffle mac and cheese recipe cooks up fast (25 minutes or less!), and does not require any baking at all. This is my go-to stovetop meal when I want a satisfying vegan dinner that isn’t a total time suck. To help it take even less time, I like to get my water boiling and boil my pasta, while I make the sauce. White … Continue reading Stovetop Vegan Truffle Mac and Cheese

Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragù

This is a revision of a previous vegan ragu recipe. While it has a few more steps than the original, it doesn’t take much time at all to put together (less than 20 minutes). These steps were essential to creating the unbelievable flavor of this recipe. Sautéing the onions and garlic creates a nice base. Allowing the dried herbs to toast and release some of … Continue reading Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragù

Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach and Tomatoes

When I am tight on time, this is one of my favorite vegan gnocchi dishes.  It is quick, easy, and hearty.  And it has…drum roll…8 ingredients, including the salt and the optional vegan parmesan!  Sometimes, simple is best, and leave it to Italian food to perfectly showcase this maxim.   Because this vegan gnocchi dinner recipe has so few ingredients, it’s important to follow the … Continue reading Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach and Tomatoes

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

When I was a kid, my mom would let me pick a pasta salad from the deli counter at our local grocer every week. I almost always picked the same broccoli pasta salad with sliced black olives and a tangy vinaigrette.  While I was putting together this recipe for broccoli chickpea pasta salad, I couldn’t help but think of “my salad”.   Fresh basil, oregano, … Continue reading Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

Easy Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe

Vegan Marinara Sauce

Is marinara sauce vegan? Most of the time! When in doubt, read the label or ask. Marinara sauce is usually pretty simple, and this easy vegan marinara sauce recipe stays true to that ethos. Because marinara sauce uses few ingredients, it’s important to pick quality ones. If using canned tomatoes, try brands like Pomi, Mutti or Cento San Marzano. Or if you’re making your own … Continue reading Vegan Marinara Sauce

Vegan Breaded Mac and Cheese Recipe

Vegan Shells and Cheese

This easy vegan shells and cheese recipe takes inspiration from Velveeta Shells and Cheese. Much like the beloved boxed cheesy pasta, the vegan cheese sauce is blended until it’s aerated, creamy and smooth.  Unlike Velveeta Shells and Cheese, these vegan cheesy shells are baked and topped with crispy, garlic bread crumbs. Altogether, it’s so good! Two things… ・For the bread crumbs, use day old bread. … Continue reading Vegan Shells and Cheese

Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

The first time I had orzo, I thought it was rice. Little did I know, it was pasta masquerading as rice. Since discovering it’s true nature, I am constantly thinking of ways to incorporate it into my meal rotation. So good, so pasta! This frugal, easy vegan orzo cannellini beans recipe cooks up quick, and is packed with savory flavors.  You can’t beat an orzo … Continue reading Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

Vegan Minestrone Recipe

Vegan Minestrone Soup

Is minestrone soup vegan? Sometimes. Some cooks use chicken stock, some add parmesan cheese. Other times, it’s straight up vegan. It’s best to read the label or ask. This vegan minestrone soup recipe is loaded with fresh veggies and pasta. A little dry white wine and wow, super delicious. Or better yet, make it a soup and salad meal by pairing it with Panzanella Primavera, … Continue reading Vegan Minestrone Soup

Tortellini Vegani

Carrot Artichoke Tortellini with Garlic Butter Arugula

This vegan tortellini recipe is a fresh spin on the classic Italian pasta. The vegan tortellini filling uses grilled marinated artichokes, finely chopped carrots and fresh parsley. No nuts. No tofu. No soy. If you positively love artichokes, this is the one for you! Vegan wonton wrapper tortellini? Yes, it can be that easy to make DIY vegan tortellini. Just make sure the wonton wrappers … Continue reading Carrot Artichoke Tortellini with Garlic Butter Arugula

Soy Curl Tetrazzini Primavera

Tetrazzini is an American pasta dish named after an opera singer.  It involves a cheesy sauce, some kind of meat (usually chicken or tuna), and some vegetables.  When I was a kid, I thought it sounded very classy.   This vegan chicken tetrazzini recipe is built around a delicious cashew cream sauce.  White wine, raw cashews, nutritional yeast, dijon mustard, lemon and garlic create the perfect … Continue reading Soy Curl Tetrazzini Primavera

Paprikash Soy Curls

Soy Curl Paprikash

This is yet another revision of this vegan paprikash recipe. Now, it is gluten free and eliminates the prepackaged vegan sour cream. There’s also a richer, creamier sauce made with silken tofu, raw cashews, lemon juice and more. This is still the kind of meal that you want to serve over egg-less ribbon noodles, mashed potatoes, millet, rice or with some hearty bread, but it’s … Continue reading Soy Curl Paprikash

Vegan Cabbage and Noodles with Caraway Seed and Sauerkraut

Cabbage and Noodles

If you’re an American with Slavic roots, you may be familiar with cabbage and noodles. In our household, it consisted of butter, onions, cabbage, broad noodles, salt and lots of black pepper. And before my family went vegetarian, it sometimes included smoked sausage. After I went vegan, I had to settle for versions of it with Italian noodles, because broad noodles have eggs in them. … Continue reading Cabbage and Noodles