I have mixed feelings about April. It’s the start of a new season and everything begins to bloom. The grass is one shade darker, and there are longer, warmer days filled with sunshine. There is an undeniable energy to the month. Cabinets get cleaned, wardrobes get changed, and the air is crisp and alive. But it’s also the month when taxes are due, something most people I know don’t enjoy, unless of course you’re getting a refund. But if you’re not (like me), the month usually leaves you feeling a little more cautious about your spending. And one easy place to cut back is with what you eat. But even on a budget, these recipes are all really good, and full of great flavor. They’re so good you’ll forget that they’re really inexpensive to make. With just a few ingredients, an ordinary box of pasta can be turned into a really delicious meal, all of which can be pulled together in the time it takes to cook the pasta. If you think eating on a budget has to be boring, then check out these recipes for some new inspiration.
greek pasta salad
This is one of my most favorites pasta recipes – ever. I love the combination of the yogurt and feta dressing and it’s a great make-ahead recipe. It also works great in a larger batch and keeps really well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Try this one, it’s really good.
One of the easiest pasta recipes that you can make. A flavorful sauce of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and fresh lemon juice bring a simple bowl of pasta to life.
pasta with fresh herbs
Tossing in some fresh herbs to a bowl of pasta makes it instantly taste fresh and seasonal. Fresh basil and parsley work really well together in this dish, but just one or the other works fine as well. A good dusting of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano over the top is all you need to finish it off.
pasta with creamy avocado sauce
I really like the versatility of avocados and here, they make a perfectly great sauce for pasta. When buying avocados, I look for slightly smaller ones, that way I can use it all up at once. The sauce is light and creamy, with lots of fresh lemon flavor.
pasta with tuna, capers and lemon
This combination may sound a little strange but it really does work well together. I like to use fresh tuna when I can but when you’re on a budget, canned tuna works just as well. A hint of capers and lemon really brighten up it all up.
pasta with zucchini ribbons
A simple pasta dish that’s made beautiful by cutting the zucchini into strips to look like ribbons (it’s a great trick to make it look and feel more special even though you’re using a simple ingredient).
pasta with asparagus pesto
Pasta and pesto are a natural combination but if you haven’t tried making pesto from ingredients other than basil, then spring is a great time to try it with asparagus. Pesto is a really versatile sauce that’s not only great over pasta, but eggs too (another budget-friendly ingredient).
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