40+ Delicious Meatless Pasta Recipes

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These meatless pasta recipes will change your dinner forever! Whether you’re vegetarian or fancy a quick meatless meal, make the most of seasonal vegetables, cheese, or canned beans with these yummy meat-free pasta dishes!

You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Top view of a cast iron skillet full of meatless pasta made with spinach and feta.

Delicious meat-free meals are what I cook for my family every day and what I share here on The Clever Meal. Recipes that bring delicious family dishes to the table, saving you time and money.

I’ve already published these vegan pasta recipes, vegetarian appetizers and over 40 meatless meals, and today is time for pasta.

Here, we’ve gathered my best meatless pasta recipes that will inspire you for midweek meals without meat.

From quick pasta recipes that are creamy and irresistible to pasta dishes loaded with juicy summer veggies. From one-pot pasta packed with plant-based protein to a legendary cacio e pepe recipe. Seriously, you have to try at least one of these recipes.

Bookmark this page for your meatless Monday, and please let me know your favorite in the comments below. : )


Meatless pasta recipes

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40+ Meatless Pasta Recipes

These meatless pasta recipes will change your dinner forever, like this super easy lemon caper pasta that is fresh, full of Mediterranean flavor, and super delicious.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: pasta
Cuisine: Mediterranean, vegetarian
Keyword: Spinach feta pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Katia



  • 8 oz  (220 grams)  Penne (or similar pasta shape)

Spinach and feta sauce

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes, or more to taste
  • 10 oz (300 grams) spinach, washed*
  • 7 oz (200 grams) block of feta
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste


  • Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add salt and pasta, and cook until al dente according to the package instructions. Reserve about ½ cup of hot pasta water prior to draining the pasta.
  • Cook the spinach: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and chili flakes, and cook until fragrant (about 60 seconds). Add the spinach, a handful at a time, stirring until wilted (it takes a few minutes).
  • Add the feta cheese: Using your hands, break the block of feta into crumbles and add it to the skillet. Turn the heat off.
  • Assemble: Drain and add the pasta to the skillet along with the lemon juice and ¼ cup of the reserved pasta cooking water. Toss until well combined and coated, taste, and ensure you're happy with the overall flavor (you might need more salt or lemon juice).
  • Serve: Serve immediately with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, chili flakes for extra heat, and freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!


Frozen spinach: If using frozen spinach, thaw it completely, then squeeze out as much extra moisture as possible. Add the squeezed frozen spinach at the same point the fresh spinach is added in the recipe.
Nutrition facts: the nutrition values are for one serving and they are based on an online nutrition calculator. It’s an estimate only and it should not be considered as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Please see my disclosure policies.


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 7244IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 3mg

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