10 Fresh and Filling Pasta Dinner Ideas

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

I’m a big proponent of pasta, and I believe it can be part of a well-balanced diet if it’s treated the right way. My go-to move is loading pasta up with things like fresh seasonal ingredients, lots of colorful vegetables, and some lean protein. These 10 feel-good recipes perfectly strike that balance.

Hummus not only adds a bit of protein to this pasta, but it also makes every bite super creamy without having to use actual cream.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Flipping the ratio is an easy way to make pasta more wholesome. This dish is more cauliflower than pasta, with just a bit of crispy prosciutto to ensure it’s interesting.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Guy Ambrosino)

This is more of a formula than a recipe. Gather whatever looks good at the farmers market, make a quick white wine sauce, and toss everything together with your favorite pasta shape.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

This simple pasta is light yet satisfying, thanks to the addition of edamame and almonds, which add protein and fiber to each bite.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

This one-pan pasta is a complete meal because of all the good-for-you Broccolini in it. Plus, because it calls for chicken sausage, which is already cooked, it comes together quickly.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

This lasagna is loaded with eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach, so you’ll definitely feel good about each cheesy bite.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Not only is this pasta extra colorful, but it’s also extra easy since it comes together in just one pot — no need to boil the noodles or sauté the veggies separately.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

There’s a whole container of baby spinach in this creamy pasta bake. Plus, some of the heavy cream is substituted with Greek yogurt to make it a bit leaner.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

This vegan dish relies on nothing but blended avocado to create a luscious, creamy sauce for any shape of pasta.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Diana Yen)

Here’s another one where it’s more vegetable than pasta. The Brussels sprouts are thinly sliced and sautéed, so they melt into each twirl.

Loading...
Loading...