Why Pasta is a Great Choice for Vegetarians
I think we can all agree that when preparing for meatless Monday, we often turn to pasta as an option. Many vegetarians consume pasta as one of their carbohydrate staples. Pasta is versatile in recipes, mixing well with vegetables, meat-free protein sources and a variety of flavored sauces. If you’re new to the vegetarian world or need to get out of the dinner rut, we’ve compiled a quick guide on why pasta is a great food to utilize in a vegetarian diet and a few recipes to get you started.
Mix it up with Vegetarian Proteins
Pasta is an excellent source of carbohydrates. Even better, whole grain pasta provides nutrients, such as fiber. As the base to a meat-free meal, try adding more vegetarian ingredients to boost the flavor a little. For instance, sauté high-quality, vegetarian sources of proteins such as tofu, black beans, soy-based vegetarian meats, chia seeds, and tempeh for the perfect mix. Pasta pairs well with colorful vegetables such as sautéed spinach, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, or peppers. The vegetables provide a boost of micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals.
Pasta is an Easy Dish to Fix
Even a klutz in the kitchen can prepare pasta. Whether you’re craving spaghetti, penne, or spiral noodles, the cooking method is generally the same. While boiling the pasta in water for 8-12 minutes (depending on the strength of heat), take that time to chop and sauté vegetables to mix in for the dish.
1. One Pot Wonder Southwest Pasta
Black beans are one of the best protein sources for vegetarians. Because you typically find black beans in Mexican and southwest inspired dishes, finding a southwest pasta provides a fulfilling meal for vegetarians. Try a recipe from The Wholesome Dish. It incorporates beans, tomatoes, onions, peppers and is bursting with flavor.
2. Pasta Primavera
Are you craving a creamy, delectable pasta dish but need to skip the chicken fettuccine? Vegetarian-friendly pasta primavera is the perfect answer. In a pinch? Prepare this hit, food network recipe by legendary Giada De Laurentiis. Oven roast zucchini, peppers, and carrots and then mix them with farfalle (bow tie) pasta and parmesan cheese. Pasta Primavera is a great dish that keeps meat eaters and vegetarians coming back for seconds.
Pasta can be combined with a variety of vegetarian-friendly ingredients to create dishes the whole family will want to devour. For your pasta needs, check out Pierino Frozen Foods. Whether you’re a supplier or a consumer looking for some pasta to bring home, we have a variety of noodles and sauces. Contact us online or give us a call, at 866-GO-PASTA for all of your pasta needs, today.