Easy Spring Pasta Dishes for Busy Weeknights

Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Who wants to spend hours in the kitchen when the weather is so lovely? Springtime calls for quick and easy pasta recipes and long dinners spent outside in the crisp, breezy spring air. These spring pasta dishes are just what the season ordered, and they're simple to boot. They use bright seasonal produce, and they're quick to prepare, meaning you have more time to spend with family and friends. So stop by the farmer's market for fresh and local ingredients, and try a few of these spring dinner recipes this week.

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Pasta Shells with Spring Vegetables

Pasta Shells with Spring Vegetables
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Pasta Shells with Spring Vegetables

Put your fresh produce to work in this lively spring pasta recipe, complete with asparagus, sugar snap peas, mint, and creamy ricotta.

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Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus

Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus

Asparagus brings a crisp crunch to this fettuccine recipe. Plenty of lemon and pepper ensures that the creaminess of the pasta is balanced with the vibrant bite of springtime flavors.

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Mix 'n' Match Spring Pasta Toss

Mix 'n' Match Spring Pasta Toss
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Mix 'n' Match Spring Pasta Toss

Toss together this pasta for an incredibly quick weeknight dinner. Mix different types of pasta together for fun, unexpected texture. Sugar snap peas, carrots, cucumber, and radishes give this pasta its fresh spring flavor.

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Burst Tomato and Herb Spaghetti

Burst Tomato and Herb Spaghetti Recipe
Jennifer Davick

Recipe:Burst Tomato and Herb Spaghetti

Lighten up traditional spaghetti with herbs, olive oil, and juicy grape tomatoes. One spin of the fork, and you'll be transported to the coast.

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Shrimp and Peas with Farfalle

Shrimp and Peas with Farfalle
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Shrimp and Peas with Farfalle

Shrimp and peas burst with fresh flavor in this farfalle dish. Just add the crunch of panko and a squeeze of lemon juice, and you have a filling, citrusy dish ideal for warm weather days.

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Field Pea and Pasta Salad

Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Field Pea and Pasta Salad

This dish is so easy to prepare, you'll find yourself whipping it up for weekday lunches and springtime parties alike. Field peas are a lively addition to this simple pasta, which you can also make up to three days in advance of serving.

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Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi
Jennifer Davick

Recipe:Shrimp Scampi

The lightness of shrimp scampi charms even the pickiest of eaters. Its delicate flavors combine into a familiar dish that couldn't be easier (or quicker!) to cook on a weeknight.

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Farmers' Market Pasta Salad

Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Farmers' Market Pasta Salad

Springtime brings farmers' markets galore, and there is no better place to stock up on the ingredients you'll need for this easy dinner dish. Customize it with your favorites, and you'll have a new go-to recipe for busy weeknights.

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Tortellini Salad

Tortellini Salad
Southern Living

Recipe: Tortellini Salad

Tortellini is a favorite spring pasta because it's hearty, but not overwhelming. This Italian-inspired dish showcases artichoke hearts and will charm guests with its unexpected and incredibly fresh flavors.

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Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, and Basil

Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, and Basil
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, and Basil

It's a quintessential spring combination. Mix tomatoes, goat cheese, and basil, and you have an Italian-inspired pasta perfect for an al fresco dinner.

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Lemony Broccoli Rabe Pasta

Lemony Broccoli Rabe Pasta
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Lemony Broccoli Rabe Pasta

We can't imagine a more refreshing pasta dish for your spring table. In just half an hour, you'll have a goat cheese-studded pasta dish peppered with garlic, red pepper, and lemon, and anchored by hearty broccoli rabe.

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Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone

Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone

Mascarpone adds the perfect creamy balance to this ultra-fresh springtime dish. Feed it to a crowd, and you'll be passing recipe cards around the table by dessert.

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Grilled Chicken-and-Veggie Tortellini

Grilled Chicken-and-Veggie Tortellini
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe:Grilled Chicken-and-Veggie Tortellini

The beauty of this recipe is that you can pick everything up in a quick trip to the grocery store. With cheese tortellini, zucchini, pesto, and just a few other ingredients, you'll be on your way to a delightful spring dish that the whole family will love.

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Tomato-Herb Pasta

Tomato-Herb Pasta

Recipe:Tomato-Herb Pasta

Everyone should have a go-to pasta, and this one is both easy to master and easy to love. Feel free to add a meat to make it heartier, but it's also a filling vegetarian option sans substitutions.

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Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad

Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad
Helene Dujardin

Recipe: Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad

Anything billed as lemony and filled with green beans is essential for spring and also great for a crowd. Serve this at your next get together, and enjoy the inevitable compliments. It's a no-fail dish indeed.

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Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

This hybrid dish is a fantastic combination of broccoli and pasta salad. You'll find something new in each bite, from pecans and bacon to grapes and onion.

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Roasted Red Pepper-Caesar Tortelloni

Easy Pasta Recipes: Roasted Red Pepper-Caesar Tortelloni

Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper-Caesar Tortelloni

Bring the freshness of Caesar salad to a filling pasta dish with this incredibly easy recipe. Lemon and Dijon add brightness and a tangy kick, perfect complements to the simplicity of this dish.

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Confetti Pasta Salad

Confetti Pasta Salad
Southern Living

Recipe: Confetti Pasta Salad

Confetti is for celebration—which is what this pasta makes us want to do. It's an intriguing blend of feta, grape tomatoes, and red onion, a Greek-inspired dish that makes our taste buds dance.

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Creamy Spring Pasta Bake

Creamy Spring Pasta Bake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Creamy Spring Pasta Bake

Pasta bakes are a go-to dinner dish because they're easy to prepare and always a crowd-pleaser. They're also a foolproof way to sneak veggies into a weeknight meal.

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Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs

Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs

If you have one pot and twenty minutes to spare, you can make this bright spring pasta, which combines creamy ricotta and the freshest, crispest green veggies you can find.

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Tortellini-and-Tomato Salad

Tortellini-and-Tomato Salad
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe:Tortellini-and-Tomato Salad

Of course it's delicious, but you'll also love how fresh and vibrant this pasta salad looks on your dinner table.

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Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
Iain Bagwell

Recipe:Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Get your fill of comfort food and eat your veggies too in this cheesy pasta bake. Kids will scramble for seconds of this irresistible dinner dish.

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Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes

Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes

This penne dish is bursting with flavor thanks to delicious veggies, including grape tomatoes and haricots verts.

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Sweet Pea-and-Mint Pasta Toss

Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Sweet Pea-and-Mint Pasta Toss

Fragrant mint takes center stage in this easy pasta toss, which requires only four ingredients (plus the Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette). Find fresh mint at the grocery store, or pluck it from your windowsill herb garden.

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Fresh Vegetable Lasagna

Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe:Fresh Vegetable Lasagna

Update the weeknight staple with veggies like zucchini and bell peppers in this super-easy vegetable lasagna recipe.

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Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

Easy Pasta Recipes: Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

Recipe:Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

This dish is as easy as can be. It combines chicken and bow tie pasta—a winning combination that can also feed a crowd.

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Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad

Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad

Customize this pasta to your heart's content. Bring home whatever looks good at the farmers' market, and incorporate it into this easy main.

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Chicken-and-Tortellini Salad

Chicken-and-Tortellini Salad
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Chicken-and-Tortellini Salad

Elevate typical weeknight chicken with this pasta recipe, which is filled with nutritious green veggies.

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Tomato-and-Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Tomato-and-Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

Get your Gorgonzola fix with this easy pasta recipe. Mix up a batch of our Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette, an ideally delicate dressing for this fresh dish.

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Late-Night Pasta Chez Frank

Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Hector M Sanchez

Recipe: Late-Night Pasta Chez Frank

Fresh, bursting tomatoes elevate this pasta to a memorable mealtime experience.

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