I've been on the lookout lately for pasta dishes which require no cheese or butter to make them delicious. My girlfriend is off eating dairy for a while, so we've had to get creative. And it's not easy—it seems like...
Herb-Crushed Pasta - This dish uses herbs in two ways: first, sautéed with crushed garlic, and then added fresh by the handful with a knob of butter to finish the dish. It's beautiful alone and would pair with almost any summer vegetable. http://food52.com/recipes/56421-herb-crushed-pasta
Chicken in Tarragon-Mustard Cream Sauce: It was pretty good! Made it with 2 chicken breasts, substituted 50/50 red onion and garlic for shallot, skim milk instead of heavy cream & half the amount of Tarragon. Next time I'll try it with half the amount of mustard!
Ziti with Portobello Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese | Meaty mushrooms are enhanced by sweet caramelized onions and just enough tangy melted goat cheese in this delicious year-round pasta.