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5 Easy and Nutritious Pasta Dishes the Whole Family Will Love

Pasta nights are a tradition in many households (including ours), offering endless possibilities for creating meals that bring everyone to the table. From the simplicity of fresh ingredients to the comfort of a hearty sauce, pasta dishes can be the highlight of family dinners. Here are five delicious pasta recipes that are sure to make your family dinner nights special.

1. Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil: Kick things off with a simple yet classic dish. Pasta offers a grain base, while cherry tomatoes and fresh basil add a burst of flavor and antioxidants. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of Parmesan for a meal that's as satisfying as it is nutritious.

2. Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells: This comforting dish is perfect for getting your greens in. Stuff large pasta shells with a creamy mixture of ricotta cheese, spinach, and a hint of nutmeg. Bake in a tomato sauce until bubbly and top with mozzarella for a dish that's sure to please.

3. One-Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta: For a light and zesty option, try lemon garlic shrimp pasta. Cook the pasta and shrimp together with garlic, lemon zest, and a splash of white wine. Finish with a handful of arugula and cherry tomatoes for a one-pot wonder that is easy to make.

4. Butternut Squash and Sage Penne: Embrace the flavors of comfort with butternut squash and sage penne. Sauté cubes of butternut squash with onions and sage until caramelized, then toss with penne and a touch of cream. It's a comforting dish with a sweet and savory profile.

5. Broccoli Pesto Pasta: Turn broccoli into a delicious pesto for a nutrient-packed pasta dish. Blend steamed or roasted broccoli with garlic, almonds, Parmesan, and olive oil for a vibrant sauce. Mix with your favorite pasta for a green twist on the traditional pesto.

Do you have a go-to quick and easy pasta recipe that your family loves? Share your favorites on @nutrition_check.

Various fresh pasta shapes dusted with flour


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