Boil Water, Cook Pasta, Dinner Is Done: 18 Easy Weeknight Meals

Pasta is known to be easy to cook – but some folks think it gets boring. Well, we have 18 recipes to convince you otherwise! Not only are the packed with flavor, but they will get dinner on the table FAST! Vegetarian and vegan options, too! Hot mains, cool salads, creamy, spicy, loaded with vegetables – even a no-cook sauce!

Sun Gold Tomato Pasta with Summer Squash

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A simple summer pasta with Sungold tomatoes and yellow summer squash. A must for late Summer dinners. Get the recipe.

Creamy Spicy Miso pasta

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This creamy garlicky spicy miso pasta is amazingly flavorful and so easy to make. Just blend up the sauce and cook it while the pasta is cooking, and mix together, voila! Dairy-free and egg-free, it’s perfect for a quick satisfying weeknight dinner. Get the recipe.

Lemon Pasta Salad with Basil

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Lemon Pasta Salad with Basil! This pasta salad features herby chickpeas, bowtie pasta, fresh basil, lemon, and shredded Asiago cheese. Get the recipe.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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This salad features pasta, chicken, feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and fresh red bell peppers dressed with a red wine vinaigrette. Get the recipe.

No-Cook Sun Gold Tomato Pasta Sauce

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This recipe for No-Cook Sun Gold Tomato Pasta Sauce takes just 6 simple ingredients and less than 20 minutes to make! Get the recipe.

Baby Kale Pasta Recipe

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This baby kale pasta recipe is a quick and easy dinner that is delicious, filling, and makes everyone happy at the dinner table! Pasta night is always a good night around here. I love it because all I have to do is toss in a few tasty ingredients with my pasta, give it a toss or two in a skillet and dinner is served. It’s hard to do pasta wrong if you have good ingredients. Get the recipe.

Tuna Macaroni Salad

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We love old-fashioned American macaroni salad, and tuna salad, too, so we thought, why not combine them? That’s what this salad is, and it will become your standby for potlucks and summer parties. Get the recipe for Tuna Macaroni Salad.

Easy Harissa Pasta (Spicy, Creamy & Vegan!)

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This easy harissa pasta recipe is spicy, creamy, and ready in under twenty minutes! A no-fuss quick dinner with a surprising depth of flavor, and it’s vegan too! Just ten easy-to-find ingredients, including salt and pasta. Get the recipe.

Cashew Alfredo Vegetable Pasta 

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I’ve been taking an online cooking course for plant-based cooking. One of the things we learned about was how many different ways cashews can be used in a plant-based diet. They are really very versatile! One of the recipes we learned to make was a basic, cashew-based white sauce. It was good, but the recipe they gave us was a bit overly complicated because they were trying to teach us different techniques in the process. So I adapted the recipe, simplified it quite a bit, and still ended up with a delicious white sauce that I will use again and again. Get the recipe.

Pasta With Tuna & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Pasta With Tuna & Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

This flavor packed pasta dish comes together in a flash as long as you have the sun-dried tomatoes at hand. They are one of those items that you will use again and again, if you have them available. You can try other shaped pasta, but we love the farfalle. Get the recipe for Pasta With Tuna & Sun-Dried Tomatoes.

Summer Pasta Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

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Summer Pasta Salad with Lemon-Tahini dressing! If you like Goddess salad dressing, you will love this salad! Noodles, four vegetables, tahini dressing, parsley and basil. Get the recipe.

Vegan Red Pesto Tofu Pasta 

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How to make pesto pasta with tofu? It is easy. Whip up a vegan red pesto using sun-dried tomatoes in 5 minutes. Mix it with your favorite pasta and top it with fried basil-marinated tofu. It is a truly delicious tofu pesto pasta that you can make in 30 minutes from start to finish. Get the recipe for Vegan Red Pesto Tofu Pasta.

Cold Sesame Noodles with Raw Veggies

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Hot summer nights call for cold sesame noodles! These noodles are deliciously seasoned with sesame oil and soy sauce and topped with raw, crunchy veggies. Get the recipe for Cold Sesame Noodles with Raw Veggies.

Vegetarian Fajita Pasta

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Loaded with veggies and lots of flavors, this Vegetarian Fajita Pasta is our favorite pasta dinner. Fire-roasted tomatoes, black beans, colorful bell peppers, sour cream, and cheese make this a healthier pasta dish. Make it as a one-pot dish in the Instant Pot or Stovetop. Enjoy topped with cilantro and avocado. Get the recipe.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

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Are you a dill pickle fan? This creamy pasta salad recipe is for you! Our delicious Dill Pickle Pasta Salad recipe is packed with dill pickle flavor. It’s one of these easy recipes that can be a delicious everyday side dish or the hit on a buffet table. Tender pasta, crunchy dill pickles, sweet apple, and crunchy onions are tossed in a creamy dill pickle dressing. Get the recipe.

Pantry Pasta With Tuna & Olives

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We didn’t know what to call this “pantry pasta” recipe. Yes, it contains tuna, lemon, Garlic-Infused Olive Oil, black olives, anchovies, and capers, but it also features lots of black pepper and a generous shower of parsley. You see the problem. We shortened the title, but know that the flavor is there! You can make this dish with capellini, spaghetti, or linguini as well as the fusilli in the images, and it is just as good. Get the recipe for Pantry Pasta With Tuna & Olives.

One-Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

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You won’t believe this creamy tomato pasta! It’s rich and creamy (without using a lot of cream!), incredibly easy to make, made with simple ingredients, and totally yummy. Serve the one-pot pasta with a simple veggie side like kale salad or 5-minute Italian chopped salad and dinner is done. Get the recipe.

Chicken Peanut Pasta Salad

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This easy + nutritious pasta salad is a meal in a bowl! Pasta, chicken, and veggies are drizzled with an addicting peanut sauce! Get the recipe.

30 Dinners That Beat The Heat! Easy No Sweat Meals For The Family!

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Whether you are firing up the grill to keep the heat out of the kitchen, taking advantage of prepared proteins (like rotisserie chicken, or jarred tuna), or maybe using a smaller appliance, like an air-fryer, we have 30 dinner ideas that will get your family fed without breaking a sweat. And of course, some feature no cooking at all! Vegan and plant-based recipes, too.

READ: 30 Dinners That Beat The Heat! Easy No Sweat Meals For The Family!

20 Homemade Sorbets, Sherbets, Granitas, Popsicles And Ices For Summer Fun!

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Ice cream and gelato get a lot of love, but sometimes we want an icy treat that is a bit lighter. Enter the world of Sorbets, Sherbets, Granitas, Pops, and Ices! And trust us: if you think these cannot be as satisfying as ice cream, we suggest you try our Chocolate Sorbet right now. Dairy-free, yet rich and creamy. Twenty in all featuring pineapple, strawberries, espresso, papaya, lime, cherries, banana, coconut and all the flavors you crave.

READ: 20 Homemade Sorbets, Sherbets, Granitas, Popsicles And Ices For Summer Fun!

18 Healthy Summer Snacks That Help You Beat The Heat & Sustain Energy

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We are big snackers around here, and in the summer, we do like lighter snacks – and they are even better if they help cool us down. Luckily, there are loads to choose from, both sweet and savory. Are your favorites listed? Or, which new-to-you one will you try first?

READ: 18 Healthy Summer Snacks That Help You Beat The Heat & Sustain Energy

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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