Unless you’ve been living under a recipe rock lately, you must have seen a million recipes for “pasta” that involve shredding vegetables into spaghetti-shape heaps. I’m all in favor of this trend. I’ll take flavorful sauces (and a little cheese) however I can get them, but I don’t have space for one more kitchen contraption—or the patience to clean it. So I say skip that. Here are my top pasta-but-not-actually-pasta recipes you can make with the tools in your kitchen right now (i.e., a knife).
Cauliflower is the master of disguise, and here it’s going incognito with the help of homemade cheese sauce (made with both Parm and cheddar) and a butter-crisped panko bread crumb topping. You won’t miss the mac at all in this Cauliflower “Mac & Cheese” Bake.
Can you roast pasta over the grill to give your lasagna a caramelized, slightly smoky flavor? The answer is no. Have you ever even thought about cooking your usual lasagna on the grill? OF COURSE NOT. Well, this Zucchini Lasagna is made with grilled, thinly sliced zucchini in place of pasta, then cooked in a foil pan right there ON THE GRILL. It may actually replace just about every other recipe as your most dependable, crowd-pleasing summer dinnertime dish. And potluck pick. And grilling go-to. And…you get the idea.
Just when you thought you’d seen everything kale has to offer, that brilliant cruciferous veggie comes up with one more surprise. You must try this Kale “Cannelloni” to believe it. After a quick blanch, kale leaves make an excellent alternative to tubular pasta. They’re nice and tender but still sturdy enough to hold a meaty, cheesy filling and endure a saucy trip to the oven.
Before there was zucchini spaghetti there was spaghetti squash. And while no vegetable will ever taste just like pasta—because obviously—this Spaghetti Squash Pie is sure to give any pasta bake a run for its money. Delicate spaghetti squash meets ground beef, spaghetti sauce and no less than FIVE different cheeses to make this pasta-free bake a dinnertime masterpiece. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to know how to cook spaghetti squash the easiest way you can imagine, you can’t miss this recipe.
Of course, if you’d rather have pasta dishes made with actual pasta, that’s an option too. Check out our more traditional takes on mac & cheese recipes, lasagna recipes, pasta bakes and Healthy Living pasta recipes.