Your 7-Day Dinner Plan: Hearty Pasta Dinners

Cozy and satisfying, these Budget-friendly pasta recipes are sure to warm you inside and out.
Published November 11, 2021 | Updated October 4, 2022

Pasta: versatile, delicious, family-friendly, makes for great leftovers—what's not to love about this must-have pantry staple?

And as if pasta wasn't already fabulous enough, supermarket pasta aisles are now lined with all types of pasta. Whether you follow a gluten-free diet or are just interested in including a bit more protein or fibre in your meals, there's a pasta for you. Experiment with noodles made from red or yellow lentils, chickpeas, rice, cassava, corn, quinoa, or ancient grains like einkorn to see which ones you like best. One tip: you may enjoy different alternative pastas with different types of sauces. For example, a pasta with a more neutral flavour might be best in simple recipes with more subtly flavoured sauces like a cream sauce, whereas a noodle with a more pronounced grain or legume flavour pairs well with a tomato-y meat sauce.

From cheesy stuffed shells to rigatoni tossed in a creamy (but vegan!) pumpkin sauce, these seven delicious dinner recipes are sure to make it into your weekly rotation. Buon appetito!