10 Easy Pasta Side Dishes to Pair With Your Favorite Proteins

As avid admirers of celestial-shaped pasta, we were disappointed when one pasta producer chose to discontinue the official starry shape of pasta.


This week, instead of boxed mac & cheese, try this grown-up, well-balanced version as a noodle side dish. 

Macaroni and Cheese with Cashew Cream

This pasta side dish's only cooking requirement? The couscous is heating up. Then, toss together the vivid vegetable and herb mix-ins and shake up the balsamic dressing to add this clean-out-the-fridge pasta side dish to your menu. 

Herbed Garden Couscous

If you're short on time, this finest pasta side dish could save the day...or at the very least your dinner plans. It just requires 6 ingredients and 10 minutes of hands-on effort, but it tastes like something from a gourmet caterer or cafe.

Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Pasta

Why make separate vegetable salads and pasta side dishes when you can combine both ideas into a single tasty package? 

Roasted Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Salad

This comfortable pasta side dish, described as "easy and delicious" by one five-star reviewer, gets a sneaky yet considerable flavor boost thanks to one swap. 

Orzo with Butternut Squash, Sage, and Bacon

When Trader Joe's released their version of this trendy cauliflower recipe, it flew off the shelves so fast that they had to limit the number of bags each consumer could buy. 

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Make the most of your farmers market purchases with this simple, cheesy, vegetable-rich pasta meal. Its name is somewhat misleading, as the recipe requires for far more than three produce picks.

Triple-Veggie Pasta

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