Are you looking for some meatless Monday dinner ideas? Well, look no further, because your family is going to love this easy one pot meatless pasta recipe. Meatless Monday is not only a way to be a little more mindful about what you eat, but it is a great way to save money. But you won’t feel like you’re missing out with this one pot meatless pasta recipe. Noodles, mushrooms, spinach, onions, there is so much variety! Plus, you can add a delicious cream cheese sauce or toss it with some salt, pepper, and olive oil! Make this meatless Monday extra special with this meatless pasta recipe!

Meatless Monday Dinner Ideas- one pot pasta with mushrooms and spinach pasta and onions- kids activities blog
Meatless Mondays can be so yummy too.

Meatless Monday Dinner Ideas

Meatless Mondays. While we love meat (especially beef), at our house Mondays can be a nice reprieve for our budget and a chance to encourage my kiddos to eat more diversity with a veggie-heavy meal. Dinner last night was a win!!

We love one-pot meals. This one took only 15 min from the time I began thinking about dinner till it was on the kids’ plates. It used only *five* ingredients – had one dish to clean AND my kids loved it.

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Let’s make this super easy One-Pot Pasta Recipe

For moms who are constantly thinking of experimenting with meatless substitutes in their kid’s diets, this is the answer! It’s cheap, healthy, and super easy to make! That’s definitely worth the try!

Mushroom and Spinach Pasta Recipe Ingredients

  • One carton of sliced mushrooms
  • One half a big bag of spinach.
  • One half of an onion, sliced.
  • One box of Fettuccine
  • 1/4th a block of Cream Cheese (optional – replace with olive oil)
Meatless Monday Dinner Ideas-  finished one pot pasta with mushrooms spinach and onions with cheese on a plate on a wood table with fork knife and spoon- kids activities blog
This meatless one-pot pasta recipe is as easy as 1,2,3!

We chose fettucini as our pasta as it is a bit hefty and is easier for little fingers to get onto (and keep on) their forks.  Replace that pasta with whatever pasta is your favorite.

Instructions to make Mushroom and SPinach Pasta

Step 1

Dump all of your ingredients into the pot except for the cream cheese.  Add water according to the pasta cooking instructions. Bring it to a boil – cook until the noodles are done.

Step 2


Step 3

Add the cream cheese or olive oil and mix lightly until it is smooth.

Step 4

Serve and enjoy. Yum!

Meatless Monday Dinner Ideas-Plated and Finished one-pot mushroom pasta with cheese on a wood table with a fork and cloth napkin- kids activities blog
Incredibly delicious!

How my one-pot pasta version turned out

The mushrooms add depth to the pasta making you think you are eating meat. The kids love it! They are full Vitamins B and D but even more exciting is that they have a higher “punch” of polyphenols – those are antioxidants that act as an anti-inflammatory. This is a great meal to help your kids eat more mushrooms, happily.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Easy One-Pot Meatless Pasta Recipe

one pot pasta recipe with mushrooms

If you're aiming to help your kids eat a meatless dish without missing the nutrients they need, this is the perfect recipe for you! The good part is it's super easy to make, it definitely won't take too much of your time! (and budget, honestly!)

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • One carton of sliced mushrooms
  • One half a big bag of spinach.
  • One half of an onion, sliced.
  • One box of Fettuccine
  • 1/4th a block of Cream Cheese (optional – replace with olive oil)


    1. Put all the ingredients (except for cream cheese) in a pot. Add water as required in the pasta cooking instructions and cook until the pasta is done.
    2. Strain out all the water
    3. Transfer to a platter and add cream cheese or olive oil. Mix until smooth.
    4. Serve and enjoy!


We used fettucini as our pasta, but you may replace that pasta with whatever pasta you'd like!

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Have you tried meatless Monday dinner ideas? Did you try this one-pot pasta recipe? How did it turn out?

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    1. Hi, Gena! Instead of increasing olive oil, maybe try a dairy free cream cheese? I have seen a couple brands in the store!

    1. Hi, June! According to the recipe, you put all of the ingredients (except for the cream cheese) into the water first, and then bring it to a boil.