For a vegetarian fare, try one of these pasta and vegetable pairings.
Cost per serving: $2.21
Everyone will love this quick and easy pasta. Feel free to swap out our veggie choices for your family's favorites.
See recipe: Pasta Primavera
Cost per serving: $3.48
Add other spring vegetables to the pasta, such as green beans or asparagus. Blanch them and then cook them along with the peas.
See recipe: Creamy Pasta Primavera
Cost per serving: 82¢
This savory pasta dinner is packed with healthy greens and it will fill you up, too. Avoid overcooking the pasta by following the package instructions for preparing al dente.
See recipe: Whole-Wheat Pasta with White Beans and Spinach
Cost per serving: $1.65
Give this budget-friendly dish a little more color and sprinkle some chopped fresh parsley or basil on top just before serving. Also, instead of mixing in the ricotta, try dividing the pasta among four dinner plates, then topping each with ¼ cup ricotta.
See recipe: Spaghetti with Eggplant, Ricotta and Tomatoes
Cost per serving: 79 cents
You might find this one-dish dinner on the menu at an Italian or health food restaurant, but it’s easy to make at home―and less than $1 per serving! If you don’t have fresh broccoli on hand, frozen florets work just as well: Defrost, drain and toss them in with the pasta.
See recipe: Pasta with Chickpeas and Broccoli
Cost per serving: $1.27
Substitute part-skim ricotta for regular and you’ll save 25 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving. Another healthy move: Swap in whole-wheat pasta to increase the fiber and nutrients.
See recipe: Pasta with Ricotta and Edamame
Cost per serving: $1.46
This classic pasta recipe combines fresh vegetables and family-pleasing cheese in one dish. If you don’t like lima beans, swap in frozen shelled edamame.
See recipe: Cheesy Pasta Primavera
Cost per serving: $1.05
Serve this tasty dish as a side with grilled chicken, or just toss a salad and have a hearty vegetarian supper.
See recipe: Parmesan Orzo Pasta
Cost per serving: $1.66
This pasta is easy to whip up on a busy night and is a complete meal in one dish!
See recipe: Farfalle with Ricotta, Mint and Peas
Want to add a little more protein? Tossing in sliced grilled chicken or a can of drained, rinsed white beans makes this a slightly more substantial meal. Also, try swapping in whole-wheat pasta to kick up the fiber and other nutrients.
See recipe: Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
This easy pasta salad has enough protein to be a one dish dinner, but is also perfect for a pot-luck picnic, too!
See Recipe: Greek Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $2.36
This recipe from ALL YOU reader Amy Rodriguez is also terrific as a pasta salad. After draining the pasta, run it uder cold water then drain and toss with sun-dried tomatoes, oil, olives, feta, garlic and artichokes. COver and refrigerate and add the basil just before serving.
See recipe: Feta and Artichoke Pasta