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20 Spring Pasta Recipes

    Twenty easy spring pasta recipes packed with protein and veggies for quick weeknight dinners.

    Pesto Pasta with Asparagus and Goat Cheese being sprinked into a bowl

    Easy weeknight meals that can be made in about 20-30 minutes is my secret sauce. If it’s a meal I know my whole family will love, that’s even better. Like most little boys, my kids are pasta-obsessed which is why I’m always looking for new ways to change up pasta night. Quick-cooking, versatile and affordable, what’s not to love about a pasta dinner?

    Easy Mac and Cheese with tuna in a pot

    Since we eat pasta all year round, I love incorporating seasonal produce whenever possible. During the spring months, try adding asparagus, peas, green beans, or swiss chard. Fresh herbs are also always a good idea such as basil, dill, or parsley. This would also be a great time to use up the last of any basil pesto you have in the freezer.

    Pesto added to pasta in a bowl

    To make it a complete meal, add your favorite protein such as shrimp or chicken and you’re well on your way to a quick and delicious dinner that everyone will love.

    Pasta with Roasted Veggies

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does it matter how much water I use when boiling pasta?

    Actually yes. If you use too little water the pasta will not have room to cook without sticking together. The pasta also releases starch when cooking, and if there is not enough water the pasta will reabsorb the starch making your pasta too sticky.

    Should I add salt when boiling pasta?

    Yes. Salt enhances our ability to taste. When boiling pasta in salted water, the pasta absorbs the salt, helping us taste the sauce and ingredients in our pasta.

    How far in advance can I prepare pasta recipes?

    You can cook pasta up to 48 hours prior to serving.

    How can I freeze pasta recipes?

    Cooked pasta will last up to three months in the freezer. When it is time to use, defrost the pasta by putting it in the fridge to thaw. You can either put it in boiling water or in the microwave to reheat. Another idea is to add the cooked pasta to a soup or slow cooker dish when it is almost done cooking.

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    Top 20 Spring Pasta Recipes

    Orzo Salad with Yogurt-Dill Vinaigrette

    5 stars
    20 minutes
    Orzo pasta is mixed with bright veggies and tossed in a creamy, yogurt-dill vinaigrette. Perfect for entertaining or a brown-bag lunch, this dish can be made up to 3 days in advance.
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    orzo salad bowl with dill and peas

    Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Tuna and Peas

    4.04 stars average
    20 minutes
    A quick and easy kid-friendly pasta recipe, this Stovetop Tuna Mac and Cheese is sure to be a family favorite weeknight dinner!
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    Pesto Pasta with Asparagus and Goat Cheese

    5 stars
    25 minutes
    Penne pasta is tossed with roasted asparagus, fragrant pesto and creamy goat cheese to create this easy, crowd-pleasing pasta salad recipe.
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    Asparagus Pesto Pasta with Goat Cheese

    5 Step Grilled Vegetable Pasta

    5 stars average
    25 minutes
    This quick and easy vegetarian pasta recipe is made with grilled peppers, eggplant and onions tossed in olive oil, oregano, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.
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    Grilled Veggie Pasta with Parmesan

    Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Peas and Ricotta

    4.67 stars average
    30 minutes
    This hearty one-pot pasta meal is filled with whole wheat bowtie pasta, sweet Italian turkey sausage and creamy ricotta cheese.
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    Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Peas and Ricotta - A fast and healthy one-pot pasta recipe

    Garlic Roasted Vegetable Pasta

    3.81 stars average
    35 minutes
    A quick and easy meatless main or healthy side dish, your family will love this vegetarian Garlic Roasted Vegetable Pasta.
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    Italian Chicken Pasta with Artichokes

    4.62 stars average
    20 minutes
    This easy and delicious Italian pasta recipe is filled with large chunks of chicken, tender artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes.
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    Chicken and Artichoke Pasta

    Pesto Pasta with Shrimp and Peas

    5 stars
    20 minutes
    A quick and easy dinner recipe, this pesto pasta with shrimp and peas comes together in just 15 minutes!
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    Easy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp Recipe

    Tabbouleh Pasta Salad

    4.80 stars average
    40 minutes
    Fresh tabbouleh flavors get an added boost of protein from chickpeas, feta cheese and whole wheat pasta to make this a delicious side dish or entree salad.
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    Tabbouleh Pasta Salad - The Lemon Bowl

    Easy Homemade Pesto Pasta

    5 stars average
    17 minutes
    This Easy Homemade Pesto Pasta is the perfect dish to serve with grilled vegetables, chicken or salmon. Can be served cold, warm or at room temperature.
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    Lemony Pesto Pasta with Peas - The Lemon Bowl

    Chicken Broccoli Pasta with Lemon Butter Sauce

    4.17 stars average
    35 minutes
    Chicken broccoli pasta gets kicked up a notch with a simple, yet flavorful, white wine butter sauce bursting with fresh lemon flavor.
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    Pasta Salad with Pine Nuts

    5 stars
    23 minutes
    Juicy tomatoes, briny olives and nutty pine nuts are the perfect compliment to whole wheat pasta in this bright and fresh pasta salad.
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    Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives and Toasted Pine Nuts - The Lemon Bowl

    Sausage, Kale and White Bean Pasta

    3.55 stars average
    25 minutes
    The ultimate weeknight dinner, this hearty whole grain pasta recipe is packed with sweet Italian sausage, kale and white bean.
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    Sausage Kale and White Bean Pasta

    Spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo With Linguine

    4.67 stars average
    25 minutes
    An easy 15 minute dinner recipe, this spicy shrimp pasta is made with tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes and linguine. 
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    Shrimp Fra Diavalo Pasta Recipe

    Pasta Primavera With Sautéed Vegetables

    4 stars average
    35 minutes
    Sautéed vegetables are tossed with whole wheat pasta, olive oil, garlic and creamy Stonyfield yogurt. The ultimate family friendly weeknight dinner recipe. 
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    Healthy Pasta Primavera Recipe

    Garlicky Pasta with Swiss Chard and Beans

    5 stars
    35 minutes
    If you follow a vegetarian diet or simply want to save money and calories by eating less meat, my Garlicky Pasta with Swiss Chard and Beans is for you!
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    Garlicky Pasta with Swiss Chard and Beans

    Pesto Pasta Salad with Green Beans and Corn

    4.50 stars average
    15 minutes
    This simple and flavorful pasta salad is made with just a few simple ingredients including whole wheat pasta, pesto, green beans and corn.
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    Pesto Pasta with Green Beans and Corn - a fast vegetarian pasta recipe

    Spicy Tuna Pasta Puttanesca

    4 stars average
    25 minutes
    This fast and easy pasta recipe is quick, spicy and delicious. Made with common pantry ingredients, the whole meal comes together in less than 15 minutes!
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    Greek Pasta Salad

    4.14 stars average
    25 minutes
    Perfect for your next backyard BBQ or summer picnic, this Greek pasta salad is filled with crunchy vegetables, creamy feta and tangy kalamata olives.
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    Greek Pasta Salad - a favorful pasta salad recipe for your next picnic

    Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Greens

    4.77 stars average
    20 minutes
    This bright and flavorful shrimp pasta recipe is made with hearty whole wheat linguine, plump shrimp and fresh lemon juice.
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    Lemony Shrimp Pasta with Greens - a healthy dinner recipe
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

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