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5 Light and Delicious Pasta Recipes for Spring

For the longest time, I've believed that stick-to-your-ribs pasta recipes were exclusively for fall and winter meals. Sure, there's always pasta salads. But for spring, I love main-dish recipes that amp up the flavors of hearty greens like spinach, broccoli, and asparagus—and fresh produce in general—while letting actual pasta take a bit of a back seat. Here are 5 recipes that do a great job of doing just that. They might just put a bit of—ahem—spring in your step!

1) Whole-Family pasta with Broccoli and Cauliflower

Ready in just 25 minutes, this easy pasta dish features cannellini beans for protein and two kinds of good-for-you vegetables. "Picky kids loved this," said nycmom.

Whole-Family Pasta with Broccoli and Cauliflower

Whole-Family Pasta with Broccoli and Cauliflower | Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

2) Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

Angel hair pasta, bright lemon and a little spice makes this dish lighter for the season. "Loved it!" raves Allrecipes member kjpatter. "I like my food a little spicy, so I added more red pepper and salt. Easy and delicious. Try it, you won't regret it!"

Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

Shrimp Scampi with Pasta |  Photo by naples34102

3) Chef John's Pasta Primavera

Snap peas, asparagus, and zucchini play starring roles in this nod to warmer months from Chef John. "This is one of the year's great seasonal recipes; it looks, smells, and tastes like a cool, sunny spring day," he notes.

4) Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Allrecipes member Jean Tagliere calls this "a quick light meal. Wilted spinach, bacon and tomatoes are tossed with penne pasta. Good for any season and will complement anything." "I knew this recipe was a winner when my husband exclaimed, 'Wow! This tastes like restaurant food!'" raves Allrecipes member treycamey. "It tastes very good the next day, stays moist, and reheats well."

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon | Photo by abapplez

5) Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

"A light but super-tasty pasta dish with fresh asparagus cooked in broth, sauteed garlic, and seasoned chicken," writes Allrecipes member LAUREL B of her popular recipe.

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus | Photo by CookinBug

 

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