Three Pasta Dishes in Under 30 Minutes

by Jackie on April 29, 2014

Bored of the pasta dishes in your dinnertime lineup? Change it up, with these easy pasta recipes that will please the entire family. Make any of these tasty (and healthy!) pasta recipes in less than 30 minutes!

PastaSubstitute whole wheat pasta in any of these recipes for an even healthier dish!

 

Pasta Primavera

Ingredients

Kosher salt

12 ounces fusilli or other corkscrew pasta

1/2 pound sugar snap peas, halved lengthwise, or broccoli florets (or a combination)

2 carrots, shredded

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fusilli and cook as the label directs. Add the sugar snap peas and/or broccoli, carrots and bell pepper to the boiling water during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and vegetables and return to the pot.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until just golden, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt; cook until the tomatoes begin to wilt, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water. Pour the tomato mixture over the pasta and vegetables. Add the mint, parmesan and half the goat cheese and toss to combine. Season with salt.

Divide the pasta among bowls. Top with the remaining goat cheese and drizzle with olive oil.

 

Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/3 pounds chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces

Salt and pepper

1 1/2 tablespoons butter

4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 shallots, chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white wine

1 lemon, juiced

1 cup chicken broth or stock

3 tablespoons capers, drained

1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1 pound penne rigate pasta, cooked to al dente

Chopped or snipped chives, for garnish

Directions

Heat a deep nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and the chicken to the pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken until lightly golden all over, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and return the skillet to the heat. Reduce heat to medium. Add another tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter, the garlic and shallots to the skillet. Sauté garlic and shallots 3 minutes. Add flour and cook 2 minutes. Whisk in wine and reduce liquid 1 minute. Whisk lemon juice and broth into sauce. Stir in capers and parsley. When the liquid comes to a bubble, add remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter to the sauce to give it a little shine. Add chicken back to the pan and heat through, 1 to 2 minutes. Toss hot pasta with chicken and sauce and serve. Adjust salt and pepper, to your taste. Top with fresh snipped chives.

 

Shrimp, Leek, and Spinach Pasta

Ingredients

3/4 pound gemelli, fusilli, or other short pasta

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 leeks (white and light green parts only), halved lengthwise then crosswise

Kosher salt and black pepper

1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp (raw)

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

3/4 cup heavy cream

10 ounces baby spinach (about 12 cups)

Directions

Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to the pot.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks have softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the shrimp and lemon zest and cook, tossing frequently, until the shrimp is opaque throughout, 4 to 5 minutes more.

Add the cream and ½ teaspoon salt to the pasta in the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring, until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the shrimp mixture and the spinach and toss to combine.

Jackie

Jackie

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I’m a fitness nut. I know what you’re thinking, one of these people who has never been fat a day in her life, and can eat whatever she wants. The truth is I struggled with my weight growing up and lived in a household where everything seemed to be fried. Once I got away from home I realized I had the choice to eat and exercise how I wanted. I’ve gained a lot of insight into working as a personal trainer, and feel I can relate to others that were in my situation. I think if I can do it then you can to, and if you want to start kicking butt then hop on board and lets get started. Jackie’s favorite product is the 10 Day Diet
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