Pasta Combinations

User your noodle to come up with fresh ideas.
a bowl of penne and shrimp in red sauce

There’s nothing wrong with a hearty bowl of spaghetti topped with your favorite marinara. But sometimes you want something a little bolder, a little more exciting.

That’s the great thing about pasta—the possibilities are endless!—and that’s where these dishes come in.

Pasta Pairings

Toss one of the following combinations with your favorite brand of cooked pasta, and you have a fast and healthy weeknight meal.

We’ve suggested different shapes of pasta to accompany each option, but feel free to use whatever style you like and make sure to cook your pasta the right way.

  • Cajun Shrimp Penne

    • Chopped red and green bell peppers
    • Chopped tomato
    • Shrimp
    • Diced green onions
    • Hot sauce
  • Goat Cheese and Arugula Rotini

    • Chopped garlic
    • Arugula
    • Crumbled goat cheese
    • Chopped sun-dried tomatoes
    • Toasted bread crumbs
  • Salmon and Peas with Shells

    • Salmon, cut into chunks
    • Peas
    • Low-fat sour cream
    • Lemon juice
    • Dill
  • Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti

    • Roasted eggplant
    • Chopped red bell pepper
    • Brown lentils
    • Chopped tomato
    • Shredded Parmesan cheese
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Lisa Fabian

Contributing Editor

Lisa Fabian is an award-winning freelance writer with more than 25 years of experience in the publishing industry. She's enjoyed covering topics as diverse as arts and crafts, boating, food, and health and wellness.