Generic Quick Pasta Recipe

A generic quick pasta recipe should be a welcome addition to your healthy recipes collection, especially if you are into seasonal cooking. Many new recipes can be developed from this main recipe, depending on the season, and what is in your produce drawer! Lots of room for creativity!

Generic Quick Pasta Recipe and Tips from Healthy Diet Habits

Your aim should be to follow the half plate rule. So in applying healthy diet habits, you would expect to see half of the dish vegetables, 1/4 of the dish meat, and 1/4 of the dish pasta! In other words, the dish should look very colorful, and not just whitish because it is mostly pasta! It should be a vegetable dish!

Ingredients in a Quick Pasta Recipe

Grains of Choice: 8 to 16 oz. cooked hot pasta choice (1 to 2 oz per serving) Choices are unlimited. There are whole wheat, corn, brown rice, and gluten free choices available in any shape or size that you can imagine.


Meat of choice: vegan or vegetarian meat sub of choice, or beans like garbanzos or white beans.

Chicken for Pasta

  • Sliced Onions
  • 2 T. oil of choice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Chopped Garlic


Fresh Chopped Vegetables of choice: Zucchini, Asparagus, Celery, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Green peppers, Kale, Red peppers, Cauliflower, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Green beans, Peas, or any seasonal vegetable.

Pasta Vegetables

Fresh herbs of choice: Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Thyme, Oregano, or your choice.

Chopped Cilantro

Topping of choice: Parmesan cheese grated, any Tapenade, Olives, Artichokes, Capers, or combination, and salt and pepper to taste.


Directions for Generic Quick Pasta Recipe

  • Prep your meat. Italian sausage that is chemical free works well. Chop it in rounds about 1/4th inch thick. Leftover chopped chicken is quick, but any chopped meat works. Stir fry until browned and cooked through and remove from pan.
  • Stir fry your onions in oil, and add ¼ cup water to prevent burning and keep the calories low, add garlic. Push to the side of the pan.
  • Add vegetables of choice and quickly stir fry them until tender, but still crispy.
  • Add back in the cooked meat, cooked pasta, beans, and fresh chopped herbs and heat through.

Top the pasta vegetable dish with anything that sounds good! I often use Trader Joe’s Red pepper/Artichoke Tapenade and Fresh grated Parmesan cheese and it has a nice tang.

Quick Pasta Recipe


I have literally made hundreds of different pasta dishes using this generic pasta recipe. You can simply use the process over and over, using different meats, seasonal vegetables, herbs, and beans.

A simple topping of olive oil and lemon is very tasty and inexpensive. As the seasons change, so does this recipe. From sliced asparagus paired with artichokes and garbanzo beans in the spring, to winter vegetables, you are only limited by your creativity.

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I have found that the quality of the meal is enhanced by the quality of the ingredients. I try to buy the freshest ingredients at my local farmer’s market. I have also found that leaving out fresh herbs from the mix will usually garner a “Something’s missing," comment from one of my family! Fresh herbs make the difference between a good meal, and an outstanding one!

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