Use Your Noodles


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 where these dishes come in.

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 a pasta shape to accompany each option, but feel free to use whatever style you like. That’s the great thing about pasta—the possibilities are endless!

Option 1: Cajun Shrimp Penne

  • Chopped red and green bell peppers
  • Chopped tomato
  • Shrimp
  • Diced green onions
  • Hot sauce

Option 2: Goat Cheese and Arugula Rotini

  • Chopped garlic
  • Arugula
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • Toasted bread crumbs

Option 3: Salmon and Peas with Shells

  • Salmon, cut into chunks
  • Peas
  • Low-fat sour cream
  • Lemon juice
  • Dill

Option 4: Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti

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

Check out these other pasta tips and tricks:


Cooking Pasta—How To Cook Perfect Pasta,”

Top Ten Tips for Cooking Pasta,”


Lisa Fabian