As most of us students know, the pasta phenomena rapidly hits the cupboards of student halls and it can feel like a necessity that soon becomes mundane to eat. However, pasta doesn’t have to be boring because there’s actually so many things that you can combine to create a meal that is more flavourful and nutritional to give you the energy you need to get through uni life! Pasta is going to be your source and go to food when you want something quick and beneficial and we’re here to present to you that not all pasta has to be plain or be asscoiated with traditional bolognese! It can actually be colourful, healthy and be transformed into something exciting to eat. Here are 12 easy pasta recipes to make student meals less boring and are easy to prepare and eat!
1) Creamy Salmon Pasta
You may think that salmon is expensive because you would usually expect it to be served in a fine dining restuarant, when actually supermarkets freshly have salmon in stock at an affordable price. We understand that money can sometimes feels like a concern for students, but supermarkets such as Aldi have smoked salmon strips for £3 which can last you two or three meals! Adding it into pasta with a dash of olive oil can give your next easy pasta recipes dish a burst of flavour and benefits your health greatly.
2) Tuna and Red Pepper Pasta
Like many types of fish, tuna is a source of omega-3, antixoidants and is high in protein, all great for the healthy and supplying you with the fuel you need to get through those long days at uni. By adding some to your pasta and adding some red pepper you get a flavoursome and hearty meal that gives you one of your five a day and supplies you with your protein and carbohydrates for the day. A delicious way to keep a steady diet throughout the working week.
3) Goats Cheese and Mushroom Pasta
There are many types of cheeses to choose from and sometimes we don’t know where to begin when it comes to choosing a type of cheese to top a meal. Goats cheese is not to everybody’s taste, but it makes a delicious alternative to cheddar to add into your pasta. To make this dish more healthy you could fry mushroom and add it to make it succulent and thrive in flavour. An alternative to goats cheese for this dish could be mozzarella or parmasean for a lighter texture.
4) Spinach and Chirizo Red Penne Pasta
For a pasta dish with more bite, adding chorizo with spinach is the perfect comibation for a tang and gritty texture. Chorizo is a spicy Italian sausage packed with flavour and can be bought from most major supermarkets as an aleternative to other meats. The spinach gives you an iron boost to reviatalise your energy!
5) Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta
Ever bought battered chicken to grill and never really know what to do with it besides have it with a carbohydrate and salad? Well, with this easy pasta recipes, you can also accompany it with pasta with pesto sauce to create a meal that’s filling and packed full of flavour to make your next pasta date less boring!
6) Sausage Pasta Bake
You might think this one is a strange one because you don’t hear of it often, but yes sausage is a great subsitute for other meats where pasta is concerned. You can get all different types of sausage and it’s down to you to decide which one you want to mix into your pasta because everybody is different when it comes to what sausage people prefer. By oven baking your pasta with your sausage you can cook up a scrumptious and mouth-watering meal.
7) Italian Pasta Salad
For an healthier easy pasta recipes twist on pasta, you can recreate an much loved Italian traditional pasta recipe. By using red onion, peppers, tomatos, chorizo and olives with a dash of olive oil you can create a hearty and homemade delcious meal in seconds that’s great for the health and delicious on the tongue!
8) Dill, Lemon and Smoked Salmon Pasta
Whatever your preference whether it is pasta or spaghetti, this dish is spring fresh to your pasta pallette by using stregnthy ingredients to add punch into your pasta. Combining smoked salmon with fresh lemon and dill, you can recreate a summer classic that can be enjoyed on a budget all year around, full of goodness and bursting with colour to make pasta less bland.
9) Tomato, Spinach and Shrimp Pasta
If you want to try something more fishy and enjoy the aromas of seafood then this pasta that is cradled with shrimp, tomato and spinach and is great to supplement your health. Bursting with colour and with three different textured ingredients, this pasta recipe is quick and easy and will have your mouth watering straight away.
10) Chicken Asparagus Pasta
Although we mostly asscoiate chicken with pesto pasta, we can also add other ingredients to create a pasta meal that is just as tasty. Asparagus supplies you with iron whilst being rich in antioxidents and is a great compliment with grilled or friend chicken pieces to make pasta less boring.
11) Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil Pasta
These easy pasta recipes really is the green light for anyone who wants to make a pasta dish that uses no meat at all. If you didn’t know already, Zucchini is part of the courgette family and is known as summer squash has many benefits that improves your health including your eyes and digestion. By adding basil and ricotta cheese, you can create a dazzling dish that can be enjoyed all year around while at uni.
12) Ricotta, Tomato and Spinach Pasta Bake
Not all pasta dishes have to be cooked the same, you can create some scrumptious pasta dishes fresh out of the oven. Using tomato and spinach topped with ricotta cheese, you can recreate an Italian classic that’s healthy and will renergise you when you need it the most! Bursting with colour and flavour this is defintiely a cooking on a budget pasta meal that’ll make pasta less boring!
Which easy pasta recipes are you tempted to try out? We’d love to know so let us know below!
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