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Easy Pasta Meals - Make Easy Pasta Meals When Crunched For Time

By:  Sophia Darby

Need a quick and delicious meal idea? Easy pasta meals are a great choice. They're economical to make, extremely versatile and take very little effort in order to create a great tasting meal.

Grab What's in the Pantry

One of the biggest benefits to easy pasta meals is you can create tasty dinners based on ingredients you already have. Pasta is versatile and goes with a multitude of ingredients and flavor combinations. Love spicy food? Use chipotle or chili peppers with some tomato sauce and any vegetables you have on hand to make a super simple pasta sauce.

Any leftover meats that you may have in your fridge can also be tossed into your pasta meal. This is quick and economical way to "beef up" your easy pasta meals and use up those left over food items at the same time.

A Meal for All People

Whether you're a vegetarian, meat lover, health nut or just love tasty food pasta meals fit the bill. Those who like to keep their diets low fat can choose whole wheat pastas and low calorie olive oil dressings as staples to their pasta dishes. Vegetarians can add tofu and fresh veggies while those who are all about the flavor can choose rich sauces and bold flavors.

If you're looking for a great dinner idea that's quick to prepare and easy to enjoy you just can't beat those easy pasta meals.

Try this quick and delicious pasta meal idea:

Country Pasta with Mozzarella

  • 8 oz uncooked rigatoni
  • 8 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli flowerets
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Cook your rigatoni according to the package directions and drain water from the pot when finished. Meanwhile in a large skillet cook the bacon over medium high heat until slightly crispy. Reduce your heat to medium and add the broccoli and garlic. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes or until the broccoli is crisply tender. Add the pasta and other remaining ingredients to the skillet EXCEPT the parsley. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle the pasta meal with parsley and serve.

Serves 6