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Pasta Recipes

Close up overhead view of creamy tomato spinach pasta in a skillet, a wooden spoon in the side
Simple, classic pasta recipes are always a crowd pleaser and naturally budget friendly. Plus, with so many specialty-diet-friendly pastas on the market today, pasta is even more versatile than ever. Use these easy pasta recipes for quick weeknight dinners and meal prepping! (pictured: Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta)

A forkful of rich and creamy Miracle Mac and Cheese

Miracle Mac and Cheese

It’s a MIRACLE. Macaroni and cheese that is smooth, creamy, and gooey, is made in one pot, with only a few ingredients, and is every bit as easy as the blue box. I’m serious....

One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta in the pan.

One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

It’s been a while since I’ve made a one-pot pasta! But this weekend I got a craving for a creamy, smoky, spicy, easy one pot dish, so I set to work! This One Pot...

Rich and Creamy Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese in a Bowl

Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese

There’s nothing better to keep you going through that late night study sesh than a warm bowl of rich and creamy mac and cheese, and luckily it’s incredibly fast and easy to make using...

Filling enough to serve as a light meal, but light enough to act as an easy side dish, this Italian Orzo Salad is a versatile addition to your weekly meal prep. Budgetbytes.com

Italian Orzo Salad

Another day, another salad! I try to make some sort of salad each week that I can build meals on or just eat as a quick meal on its own when I’m on the...

Roasted Vegetable Couscous is an easy side dish with complex flavor, with sweet roasted vegetables mixed with savory, fluffy couscous. Budgetbytes.com

Roasted Vegetable Couscous

I’m still trying to take full advantage of the fresh summer veggies before they’re gone. This Roasted Vegetable Couscous is the perfect side dish for the transitional season when the markets are still full...

This quick and comforting Creamy Tuna Pasta with Peas and Parmesan is a fast and easy weeknight dinner that only requires a few simple ingredients. Budgetbytes.com

Creamy Tuna Pasta with Peas and Parmesan

Peas are totally underrated. They’re inexpensive, easy to cook or add to recipes, and packed with both protein and fiber. So they’re an excellent item to keep on hand in your freezer to whip...

Smoky BBQ sauce, salty bacon, and creamy Monterey Jack cheese come together in this quick, one-dish Monterey Chicken Skillet.

Monterey Chicken Skillet

It used to really irk me when recipes called for “pre-cooked chicken.” I was like, “What the huh, who has pre-cooked chicken laying around?” But then I kind of warmed up to the idea of...

It only takes a few fresh ingredients make this Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta with Ricotta, the perfect light lunch or dinner for summer! BudgetBytes.com

Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta with Ricotta

I’m about to go on vaaaaaycation! So naturally I have one thousand things to do before I leave and can’t be bothered with cooking anything complicated. Well, whether you’re in the middle of that...

This rich and subtle pasta sauce is incredibly easy, which has earned it the title of The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce in my house! BudgetBytes.com

The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce

I’ve made a lot of variations of pasta sauce over my nine years of blogging, but I think this latest version wins the title of The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce. Why? Because it’s incredibly...

This Tuscan White Bean Pasta is a fast and flavorful dish that is perfect for weeknight dinners. The caramelized garlic, basil, and Parmesan pack a huge flavor punch! BudgetBytes.com

Tuscan White Bean Pasta

This Tuscan White Bean Pasta is definitely my type of recipe. It’s quick, uses a lot of fresh ingredients, is very filling, and flavorful. This pasta packs protein (white beans and parmesan), veggies (tomatoes...

Pepperoni’s rich and peppery bite is the perfect contrast to mild spinach, mozzarella, and pasta in this Pepperoni Pasta Salad. BudgetBytes.com

Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Where did last week go? I didn’t get to cook much as I’d have liked last week, so I found myself with a refrigerator full of miscellaneous ingredients that I wasn’t quite sure what...

Sweet, salty, rich, and crunchy, these Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles hit all the bases. It’s fast, easy comfort food for busy nights! BudgetBytes.com

Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles

Don’t you just love how I post a pasta recipe immediately after the blog post where I say I’m trying to break my addiction to pasta? 😂 We’re all human. Anyway, This week I...

Pour Pasta Sauce Over Pesto Stuffed Shells

Pesto Stuffed Shells

Who doesn’t love cute little pasta bundles?? These Pesto Stuffed Shells remind me of little baby lasagnas that have yet to grow into their adult form. They have all the same goodies as a...

Lemon Garlic Asparagus Pasta is a fast, easy, and fresh weeknight dinner that you'll come back to again and again and have memorized in no time. BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Garlic Asparagus Pasta

This recipe is totally out of season, but when I see asparagus on sale I have to just go for it. It’s usually so expensive that it stays on my “no” list, but I...

Creamy and rich, yet never heavy, this Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is an easy and satisfying comfort food. BudgetBytes.com

Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

Stress eating, what? Who, me? Noooo, never. Okay, maybe. As the countdown to my move out of state begins and everything seems to be going haywire, I find myself needing a little comfort food....

Kale makes a great inexpensive and earthy pesto! Dress up this Kale Pesto pasta with add-ins to make it a meal, or keep it simple for the perfect summer side. BudgetBytes.com

Kale Pesto Pasta

You guys, I can’t stop with cold pasta dishes this summer! It’s all I want to eat! I had a half bunch of kale leftover from another recipe this week, so I decided to...

This classic summer Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad features smoky fire licked vegetables and a homemade creamy balsamic vinaigrette. BudgetBytes.com

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

I’ve learned a lot over the past eight years of cooking and my palate has definitely become more refined, so today I’m using that new knowledge to give one of the first recipes I...

This One Pot Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese is fast, easy, and absolutely fool proof. This sauce stays smooth and creamy! BudgetBytes.com

One Pot Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese

A little bit of naughty, a little bit of nice, and a lot of portion control. That’s my approach to food. 😂  So when I decided to make some mac and cheese and put bacon...