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15+ Hearty Meatless Pasta Meals, Including Mushroom Pesto Pasta

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Marley Goldin
This list of Hearty Meatless Pasta Meals provides a wide range of delicious and filling meatless meals, including this quick, easy, and delicious Mushroom Pesto Pasta.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound pasta of choice (long or short)
  • ¼ to ½ cup pasta water
  • 8 ounces white or baby bella mushrooms
  • 4 ounces pesto
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Cook the pasta to al dente according to the directions on the box. Before straining, make sure to conserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Set pasta aside in a large bowl.
  • Slice your mushrooms longways in 2-4 thin pieces, depending on their size. Add them to the pot with olive oil.
  • Sautee mushrooms over medium heat until their juices release and they start to caramelize (5-8 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and add the pasta back to the pot with the mushrooms. Add the pesto and toss.
  • Assess the consistency. If it seems too thick and dense, add the pasta water about 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is achieved.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, 5 Ingredients or Less, Easy, Meatless Pasta, Mushrooms, One-Pot, Pasta
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