These 5 delightfully different pasta dinners are perfect for adding to your meal plan for this week.
Girl Scouts, ballet, track, schoolwork, my work … it’s been a little busy round these parts lately. It’s the kind of busy where I am constantly seeking ways to streamline whatever is happening — faster routes, smarter plans for our days, easier dinners. But although the easiest dinner is the one I don’t have to make, I prefer to cook at home more often than not.
Pasta is my go-to for easy dinners. It’s something my whole family loves and it can be so versatile … like in these recipes. While they aren’t all super fast, they are all tasty and worth the effort.
These delightfully creative pasta dishes will light up your tastebuds and have you licking your chops for more.
Shrimp and Vegetable Soba Noodles
Nutty soba noodles are a favorite of mine and they’re absolutely delicious in this pasta dish. With a rich peanut-y sauce and loads of veggies, this Shrimp and Vegetable Soba Noodles recipe is delightful served hot or cold.
Roasted Vegetable Pappardelle with Creamy Pesto Sauce
This flat, wide noodles are perfect for a creamy, flavorful sauce like this … and with roasted veggies? YUM! Rich and decadent, this pasta recipe for Roasted Vegetable Pappardelle with Creamy Pesto Sauce is perfect for special occasions — or anytime you want a comforting dinner.
Zesty Lemon Tuna Meatball Pasta
Perfect for when time is stretched thing, this Zesty Lemon Tuna Meatball Pasta recipe combines little tuna meatballs with roasted red peppers and a light and easy lemon sauce. Mixed with pasta, this light and tasty meal is ready so quickly.
Leek and Bacon Carbonara
Bacon is cooked to perfect crispness and then the leeks cook in the bacon grease. That’s all tossed with pasta, eggs, seasonings and cheese, creating a memorably creamy sauce. This isn’t a traditional carbonara, but that doesn’t make this Leek and Bacon Carbonara recipe any less delicious.
Smoked Cheddar and Blue Cheese Brisket Macaroni and Cheese
A silky cheese sauce with smoky notes enrobes pasta. Then it’s topped with brisket, sweet honey barbecue sauce and sharp blue cheese before being baked to perfection. No, this isn’t your mama’s mac and cheese … but this Smoked Cheese and Blue Cheese Brisket Macaroni and Cheese recipe is totally delightful in its own right.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.