Turn that cheap $1.00 box of pasta into an extraordinary meal with these Budget Pasta Recipes that will satisfy your taste buds and your wallet!
Pasta is one of my favorite budget-friendly foods. It’s incredibly cheap – as low as $1.00 for a one-pound box – and super versatile, so you can eat something completely different every night of the week, all with hearty, comforting pasta dishes!
Pasta is a major crowd-pleaser, too and perfect for dinner parties, big meals for the family, and even holiday meals if you like.
Learn how to make quick and easy pasta dishes that will please your whole family with these Budget-Friendly Pasta Recipes that will satisfy your taste buds, cravings, and your bottom line!
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Light lemon garlic and herb sauce packs so much fresh and amazing flavor in one quick and easy pasta dish.
If you like bold flavors, try this Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Florentine Pasta – a 30 minute recipe with a sun dried tomato cream sauce, chicken, ziti, and mozzarella cheese.
The easiest 30-min lasagna you will ever make in a single pot – no boiling, no layering, nothing – the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!
This recipe is the perfect 20-minute weeknight meal. Packed full of flavor and super simple to make, your whole family will love this dish!
Homemade basil pesto is so easy to make! Learn how to make basil pesto with this recipe, plus learn how to properly toss it with pasta and freeze leftovers.
This recipe yields 1 cup of pesto, which is enough to toss with about 12 ounces of pasta.
Creamy “BLT” Pasta is a twist on a traditional BLT. Made with bacon, roasted tomatoes, and spinach, this will have you craving a BLT every single night.
This Pasta Carbonara is a super cheap recipe that costs about $1.00 a serving. I would recommend splurging and using high quality bacon, since it’s really the highlight of the dish.
This cheap dinner recipe for Pasta with Homemade Sloppy Joe mix is a filling, budget-friendly twist on classic sloppy Joes. And it’s kid approved!
This recipe uses homemade sausage, but any great-tasting store-bought brand will do just fine. My favorite is Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage, which is readily-available and packed with flavor.
The recipe for these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs is one that you’ll want to memorize.
It’s just a really good, simple, basic meatball that you can use with any ground meat that you have on hand.
With a punch of savory flavor from roasted tomatoes, this simple, yet elevated, linguine pasta recipe is perfect for late summer evenings.
The easiest and creamiest pasta made in a single pot – even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan! How easy is that?
This Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad has the perfect combination of noodles, crisp veggies, tangy buffalo chicken, and a cooling ranch sauce topped with creamy blue cheese for an easy summer salad the entire family will love!
No pasta list would be complete without Classic Mac + Cheese!
This recipe is the BEST Homemade Mac and Cheese of your LIFE. Outrageously cheesy, ultra creamy, and topped with a crunchy Panko-Parmesan topping, this mac and cheese recipe is most definitely a keeper.
Vegan or lactose intolerant? Here’s my favorite dairy-free version that will even please non-vegans!
Here’s another vegan pasta idea that’s packed with protein, fresh veggies, and tons of flavor! Ready in 30 minutes, gluten, and dairy free.
Butternut squash stuffed shells are the ultimate fall comfort food! Filled with creamy spinach “ricotta” (i.e. dairy free), this recipe is an all-time fan favorite.
The Bolognese Sauce is rich, thick and has beautiful depth of flavor. It’s perfect for a quick midweek meal, though if you have the time to simmer this meat sauce for a couple of hours, you’ll take it from seriously delish to OMG amazing!
Vegetarian spaghetti makes an easy, healthy one-pot pasta dinner!
The perfect homemade Fettuccine Alfredo using heavy cream, butter, Parmesan cheese, and a touch of garlic.
Add broccoli and chicken to make this filling dish even heartier.
This Lightened-Up Fettuccine Alfredo recipe is simple, elegant, and comforting.
The sauce is a creamy, rich blend of Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, butter, and a secret ingredient – cauliflower!
BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad is sure to become a picnic favorite this spring and summer. It’s creamy and full of smoky flavor.
This one pot pasta combines all of your favorite Mediterranean flavors into one simple dish.
Beautifully creamy, yet light avocado sauce with sweet roasted plum tomatoes and crunchy toasted pine nuts.
Loved equally by both vegans and meat-eaters, this avocado pesto pasta is sure to become a new favorite and whips up in less than 25 minutes!
This vegetarian lasagna recipe is my favorite dish to make for family and friends! Filled with savory roasted vegetables, it’s healthy, filling, and delicious.
Meet your new summer favorite!
An incredibly easy Italian Pasta Salad with rotini, juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, red onion, salami, olives, herbs, and a drench of quick homemade Italian dressing.
Here’s a fresh take on traditional pasta salad for when you want to try something new.
Lighten up your lasagna even more with this recipe that features zucchini strips in place of high-calorie lasagna noodles.
You don’t need dairy for a creamy, dreamy pasta!
This creamy vegan pasta is coated in a luscious sauce that’s entirely dairy-free! It’s a tangy blend of white beans, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast.
Jazz up your weeknight meals with these flavorful pasta recipes you can make on a dime. And these recipes are so easy, they’re great for beginners!
What do you think of these Creative + Affordable Pasta Recipes? What are some of your favorite budget-friendly meals?
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