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A jar of pasta sauce, a handful of meatballs in a pan, a box of spaghetti, and dinner is served, right? Not anymore. Spaghetti and meatballs might be a standby comfort food for your family, but it's not the only noodle game in town.
These five pasta recipes are hearty enough for the hungriest appetite, quick enough for hectic weeknights, and they're vegetarian to boot, so you can add them to your Meatless Monday meal plan — or your meatless Wednesday or Thursday too, for that matter!
Feel free to substitute another pasta that's already in your pantry for any the suggested shapes in each recipe, and to top any of these dishes with a sprinkling of Parmesan if you're so inclined. The pastas are so flavorful they don't need any extra adornment, but we know that sometimes you can't resist.
Casey Barber is a freelance food writer, photographer, and recipe developer, the editor of the online magazine Good. Food. Stories, and the author of Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food and Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand Name Treats.