5 Balanced, Quick & Easy Pasta Recipes

Pasta meals get a bad rap, but they’re one of my favourite weekly dinner staples. Using a stir-fry cooking method makes for a quick and easy dinner option. Plus, when your plate of pasta is loaded with protein and veggies, it can be a nutritious and a balanced option, as well!

Continue reading for my favourite balanced pasta recipes - because who said your favourite comfort meal can’t be good for you too?

1. Shrimp Tomato Spinach Pasta

This recipe from EatWell101 is loaded with spinach and uses shrimp as a quick cooking protein source for dinner in 20 minutes!

2. Pesto Meatballs with Peppers and Greens

This recipe from Canadian Living is packed with veggies uses pesto to add tons of flavour as a lower sodium alternative to other jarred pasta sauce.

3. Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Rigatoni

This recipe from Foodland Ontario is loaded with grilled vegetables and beans as a vegetarian protein source. Try roasting the veggies, rather than grilling, for a delicious pasta dish all year round.

4. Shrimp Pesto Pasta

This recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight meal for one, but can be easily multiplied for additional servings.

5. Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Asparagus

This recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen is ready in under 30 minutes and uses lemon, herbs, and garlic, which give this recipe a light and fresh flavour.

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