If there’s one thing I can count on when it comes to a fast, easy, filling dinner it’s pasta! A pantry staple in almost everyone’s kitchen, pasta is a cinch to cook, easy to keep on hand, and a perfect vehicle to bump up your veggies! And, with the wide variety of pasta options these days, you can readily find some pretty tasty gluten-free pastas. These veggie-loaded pasta recipes are easy on the wallet, make tasty leftovers, and there is something for everyone!

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Why do I love pasta dishes so much? Let me count the ways…as in…versatility! This list of my favorite veggie-loaded pasta recipes has you covered for any and all occasions. From casual fare, such as cold pasta salads, baked pasta dishes, and mac ‘n cheese, to fancier dishes (think Creamy Leek and Mushroom Pasta) I have recipes for any night of the week. Even better? Virtually all of them come together in less time than it takes to order takeout.

If you’re anything like me, you want a big payoff for your time in the kitchen. If I’m going to heat up the stove, I want to be able to feed an army without much fuss. Pasta is almost universally loved in one form or another—making it THE go-to when easing into your veggie-loaded journey.

Looking for veggie-filled sauce recipes to pair with your pasta? Check out my Easy Veggie Pasta Sauce, Crockpot Tomato Sauce, Pumpkin Pasta Sauce, Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce, and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. And be sure to make some of these savory sauces to freeze and have at the ready whenever dinner needs to be on the table pronto!

Veggie-Loaded Pasta Recipes

15-Minute Cucumber Tomato Pasta Salad

This Cucumber Tomato Pasta Salad is light, refreshing, and packed with flavor! Made with crisp cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, al dente pasta, and all tied together with a quick, brightly-flavored dressing. Done in just 15 minutes, this pasta salad is perfect as a light lunch or veggie-loaded side to any meal.
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20-Minute Lemony Shrimp Asparagus Pasta

Coming together in about 20 minutes, this Shrimp Asparagus Pasta is as delicious as it is easy. Made flavorful from lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and a little Parmesan cheese, this easy dinner has a pound of fresh asparagus and lots of protein from shrimp. It truly is the perfect healthy weeknight dinner.
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15-Minute Creamy Pasta with Peas served

15-Minute Creamy Pasta with Peas

This Pasta with Peas is so easy to make in just 15 minutes and is the perfect weeknight dinner! Full of protein from Greek yogurt and peas, this simple pasta dish has a delicious creamy sauce, a touch of brightness from lemon, and is super flavorful from shallots, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. This is truly a perfect vegetarian dinner recipe!
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Creamy Beet Pasta

Made with just 8 ingredients, this Creamy Beet Pasta is a delicious and out-of-the-box way to add veggies to the table. The stunning and delicious pink sauce is made with blended cooked beets, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, and garlic. Toss it with your favorite pasta, as this veggie-loaded recipe is done as soon as your noodles are cooked and is perfect for those busy weeknight dinners.
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Hamburger Helper with Veggies

Healthier Hamburger Helper (with veggies!)

This Healthier Hamburger Helper is creamy, delicious, easy to make, and loaded with veggies! This one-pot recipe is a perfect hearty dinner. It cooks up in just 30 minutes and can be easily made gluten free!
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Spinach Chickpea Baked Feta Pasta

This is my twist on the infamous TikTok baked feta pasta. This EASY dinner recipe is super delicious, creamy, and flavorful. The addition of cooked chickpeas gives this dish a punch of protein + spinach for some green goodness make this simple meal extra good!
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15-Minute Creamy Leek and Mushroom Pasta

Done cooking in about 15 minutes and full of amazing flavors, this Creamy Leek and Mushroom Pasta is going to be a new favorite! Vegetarian and easily gluten free, enjoy this veggie-loaded pasta as a satisfying main dish or as a delicious side!
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Quick & Easy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is going to get veggies in at mealtime in a whole new way! Super simple to make, family-friendly, and delicious!
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Lemon Parmesan Brussels Sprout Pasta

This Lemon Parmesan Brussels Sprout Pasta is quick to make in under 30 minutes and is made with shredded Brussels sprouts, shallots, lemon zest, lemon juice, and grated parmesan cheese. Simple, flavorful, and fast…the perfect easy, healthy dinner.
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No-Boil Creamy Vegetable Pasta Bake

This creamy vegetable pasta bake is easy and delicious! No need to boil the pasta! Just dump everything into the baking dish, cover, and bake. Minimal prep and done baking in about 45 minutes, this vegetarian dinner is filling and easy to make gluten free.
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20-Minute Creamy Pasta with Broccoli (Vegetarian)

Done in just 20 minutes, thisCreamy Broccoli Pasta is an amazing one-pot vegetarian pasta. Cooked, bite-size broccoli is tossed in a simple cheesy pasta sauce made of cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Enjoy this veggie-loaded pasta as main meal or as a pasta side dish!
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Baked Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Easy and delicious, this Baked Spinach Artichoke Pasta is a flavorful dinner that is packed with spinach, canned artichoke hearts, your favorite pasta, and protein from cottage cheese. Vegetarian and easily gluten free.
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One-Pot Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

This One-Pot Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta recipe is made with lots of amazing squash and even some spinach! Perfectly cheesy and cooked up in one pot, this cozy veggie-loaded dinner is done and on the table in under 30 minutes!
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Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes: Baked Pasta with Eggplant

This Baked Pasta with Eggplant is an easy, family-friendly pasta casserole dish with added veggies. Vegetarian and can easily can be made gluten free and dairy-free.
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A bowl of mushroom lentil pasta on a table and topped with cheese and fresh basil, with more pasta in another bowl right next to it.

Mushroom Lentil Pasta

This Mushroom Lentil Pasta is the perfect easy dinner to cook up in no time! Hearty, vegetarian/vegan, flavorful and super budget friendly. Healthy comfort food at its finest and the perfect family dinner recipe.
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15-Minute Spinach Mac and Cheese served in two bowls

15-Minute Spinach Mac and Cheese

This Spinach Mac and Cheese is a great way to get veggies into a classic family favorite! Easy to make with frozen or fresh spinach, perfectly cheesy, and done in about 15 minutes!
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15-Minute Creamy Pasta with Peas served
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15+ Veggie-Loaded Pasta Recipes: Creamy Pasta with Peas

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
This Pasta with Peas is so easy to make in just 15 minutes and is the perfect weeknight dinner! Full of protein from Greek yogurt and peas, this simple pasta dish has a delicious creamy sauce, a touch of brightness from lemon, and is super flavorful from shallots, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. This is truly a perfect vegetarian dinner recipe!


  • 1 pound pasta, I like to use medium or small shaped pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, or addition olive oil
  • ¾ cup finely chopped shallot or onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups frozen peas, divided
  • 1 cup vegetable broth, or water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, or sour cream
  • ¼ cup grated vegetarian Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • ¼ cup snipped chives, or other fresh herbs such as mint, basil, or parsley, chopped


  • Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions. Save 1 cup of cooking water before draining.
  • In a large sauté pan or Dutch oven, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the shallot/onions and sauté until lightly golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
    Shallots being sautéed with oil and butter in a white Dutch oven.
  • Stir in garlic and sauté for another minute to soften.
  • Add in 3 cups of peas and the vegetable broth. Allow the peas to simmer gently until the liquid in the pan has reduced by half, 3 to 4 minutes.
    Cooked peas in a white Dutch oven with lemon zest, salt and pepper on top.
  • Stir in the salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and pepper. Using a potato masher or large fork, smash the peas in the pan to release some of their starch (which will help form the creamy sauce). Once the peas are fully mashed, stir in the remaining cup of whole peas.
    A potato masher in a pot with cooked peas. The peas are mostly mashed.
  • Once the peas are heated through, stir in the yogurt and Parmesan cheese.
    Cooked and mashed peas in a white pot. There is grated parmesan cheese and Greek yogurt on top.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pea sauce and stir to coat. Stir in about ½ cup of the reserved pasta water to make the sauce even more creamy. If the sauce still seems dry and isn’t coating the pasta, add more of the pasta water as needed. Taste the pasta and add more seasoning as needed.
    Cooked pasta stirred in to creamy pea sauce in a white pot.
  • To serve, sprinkle the pasta with the chives and additional grated Parmesan. The pasta is also great garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, more lemon zest, and cracked black pepper.
Calories: 479kcal, Carbohydrates: 75g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 479mg, Potassium: 454mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 905IU, Vitamin C: 42mg, Calcium: 109mg, Iron: 3mg