Easy Pasta Tosses for Dinner

March 20, 2012

Noodles get a fun boost with bright vegetables in this collection of stellar pasta recipes.

Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Mark Boughton Photography/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Ribbons of spaghetti roll in a pot of boiling water while your mind reels in questions on how to dress them. At that moment, the noodles’ versatility and wide range of saucing possibilities can seem utterly crippling. Should you add carrots, peas, ham or a coating of sauce? It’s such a toss up—so why not toss them all?


We recommend settling on a light cream sauce you enjoy, which can be as simple as sautéing heavy whipping cream with a bit of butter until thickened, and getting experimental with the additives. Don’t be afraid of sprinkling in an extra helping of your favorite garden herb or even substituting some vegetables for others (peas and asparagus make a nice swap!) in your favorite pasta recipes. But don’t overdo it—we like keeping the vegetable count below four, anymore and the individual favors will be lost in the toss.

—By Emily Arno

We adore the following pasta recipes just the way they are, but encourage you to tailor them to your palate’s preferences.

Pasta Primavera Recipe

Pasta Primavera

Creamy Alfredo sauce and vegetables make a deluxe pasta favorite.


Skillet Ravioli and Vegetables

Build dinner around convenient pre-made ravioli.


Pappardelle Pasta with Okra

Okra is lightly cooked then tossed with pappardelle pasta and cheese.


Penne with Eggplant, Thyme and Goat Cheese

When summer eggplant is in season, try this yummy pasta dish that features tomatoes and goat cheese.

pasta with tomatoes

Pasta with Tomatoes, Brie and Basil

Brie, summer basil and garden-fresh tomatoes star in this quick-and-easy pasta dinner.


Lemony Asparagus and Chicken Pasta Toss

A great option for brown-bag lunches.


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