For pasta lovers who cherish both the comfort of a carb-filled bowl and the fuel of a high-protein diet, we’ve got you covered.
This collection of High-Protein Pasta Recipes is just what you need to eat delicious, comforting pastas while still dueling your muscles.
Whether you’re an athlete seeking recovery meals or a health-conscious gourmet simply craving a new twist on an Italian classic, these recipes offer a mosaic of possibilities.
High Protein Pasta Recipes:
1. Pastalaya (Jambalaya Pasta)
Pastalaya, also known as Jambalaya Pasta, is a delicious dish with shrimp, chicken, and sausage in a creamy, cheesy sauce, packed with Louisiana flavors. It’s like everyone’s go to Jambalaya, but with pasta instead of rice.
So spice up your pasta game, and whip up this super easy Jambalaya Pasta for dinner tonight. Savor the yummiest pasta dish of all time!
Get the Recipe: Pastalaya
2. TikTok Spaghetti
TikTok Spaghetti is like an absolute internet sensation! Seriously, once you give it a try, you’ll totally get why.
Picture this: creamy alfredo pasta, topped with a hearty meat sauce, smothered in mozzarella, and baked to gooey perfection. It’s super yummy! You’ll surely add it to your regular menu!
Get the Recipe: TikTok Spaghetti
3. Taco Pasta
Give our Taco Pasta a try, and see how amazingly cheesy and creamy it turns out. All of your favorite taco flavors, mixed in with any type of pasta you like.
Adding a Tex-Mex flair to your pasta makes a quick, flavorful meal you can whip up in no time. This pasta dish is a total classic, that never gets old. It’s so easy and delicious!
Get the Recipe: Taco Pasta
4. American Goulash
Hey, check out this throwback dish from old-time Americana, American Goulash!
Tender macaroni and hearty ground beef are tossed in a well-seasoned tomato sauce and topped with plenty of cheese. Doesn’t that sound like the ultimate kid-friendly dinner?
This pasta dish is so easy, it’s like a timeless classic that never gets old!
Get the Recipe: American Goulash
5. Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti and Meatballs is crowd-pleaser and loved by people of all ages.
In this recipe, juicy and flavorful meatballs are cooked in marinara sauce and then served with twirly spaghetti.
Enjoy this comforting classic for a Sunday dinner. Or make any regular day feel extra special with this delicious dish!
Get the Recipe: Spaghetti and Meatballs
6. Ground Turkey Pasta Bake
We’ve got an amazing pasta bake recipe for you that goes from stove to oven to table!
When you cook ground turkey in a tasty seasoned tomato sauce with lots of veggies, it becomes gooey, cheesy, and oh-so-satisfying, and makes your Pasta Bake a complete winner!
Give this delicious dish a try for your everyday weeknight dinner, and simply watch everyone dig in. It’s also perfect for feeding a crowd or repurposing for multiple meals!
Get the Recipe: Ground Turkey Pasta Bake
7. Cincinnati Chili
If you’re looking for a unique new chili recipe, check this out! Cincinnati Chili is unlike any other chilis you’ve tried, but it’s totally awesome!
It’s usually served over spaghetti noodles and has surprising flavorings like cinnamon, cloves, and even chocolate. How cool is that?
Give your favorite comfort food a fun twist with this amazing regional recipe. It’s just as great on the stovetop or in the crockpot!
Get the Recipe: Cincinnati Chili
8. Spicy Sausage Pasta
Next time you’re craving some pasta dinner ideas, why not give this Spicy Sausage Pasta a shot? You’ll be blown away by the amazing flavors that can come together in just a few minutes.
Whip up a big batch for a crowd or use it for meal prep, as it also keeps well in the fridge!
Get the Recipe: Spicy Sausage Pasta
9. Cajun Chicken Pasta
Want a restaurant-quality pasta recipe that’s super easy to make on busy weeknights? Look no further, as this Cajun Chicken Pasta is your answer!
With tender chicken in a creamy, cheesy sauce and just the right amount of Cajun smoky heat, it pairs perfectly with your favorite pasta shapes.
So, get ready for this easy pasta meal!
Get the Recipe: Cajun Chicken Pasta
10. Salmon Pasta
This Salmon Pasta is seriously divine! It’s loaded with incredible flavors that come from perfectly roasted salmon.
It’s creamy and comforting, but not overly heavy on the fat and cream. And the best part? It’s ready in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for a regular weeknight dinner or a fancy date night meal!
Get the Recipe: Salmon Pasta
11. Lamb Ragu
Lamb Ragu is a downright delicious and comforting Italian sauce. You will love the tender ground lamb, which is simmered low and slow, in a perfectly seasoned tomato sauce.
It’s made with simple ingredients, and it’s pretty easy to whip up. You just need a little patience, as these incredible flavors take time to develop.
Why not make your next pasta night extra special, and cook up this amazing ragu? Yum!
Get the Recipe: Lamb Ragu
12. Pesto Chicken Pasta
Got a busy weeknight? Then try our Pesto Chicken Pasta, which gets ready in just 25 minutes and is packed with amazing flavors!
This speedy recipe brings together sautéed chicken, hearty pasta, and the sweet burst of cherry tomatoes that perfectly complement the herby basil. It’s the ultimate combo you all will love!
Get the Recipe: Pesto Chicken Pasta
13. Kielbasa Pasta
This Kielbasa Pasta is the perfect go-to for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
It features delicious pasta, smoky Polish sausage, and a mix of fresh veggies. It’s a complete meal that’s ready in just about 30 minutes!
You’ll definitely want to make this one again and again!
Get the Recipe: Kielbasa Pasta
14. Pasta Fazool (Pasta e Fagioli)
Pasta e Fagioli, also called Pasta Fazool in Italian-American communities, is a timeless and comforting soup that warms the soul from the inside out. It’s a simple, customizable, and budget-friendly dish that’s packed with amazing flavors. Your whole family will love it!
Grab a big bowl of our soup and cozy up! We bet you’ll savor every single bite!
Get the Recipe: Pasta e Fagioli
15. Pasta alla Norcina
Pasta alla Norcina is a super tasty dish where Italian sausage, mushrooms, and perfectly cooked pasta are all smothered in a creamy white wine-infused sauce. Super yummy!
So let’s have a cozy and comforting pasta night with this super-easy recipe. And see your entire family devour it completely!
Get the Recipe: Pasta alla Norcina
16. Italian Sausage and Tortellini Bake
This Italian Sausage and Tortellini Bake is like comfort food heaven! With a deliciously seasoned tomato sauce and loads of cheese, it’s a hit for everyone.
And the best part? It only requires a few minutes of hands-on time, then your oven takes care of the rest. Enjoy!
Get the Recipe: Sausage Tortellini Bake
17. Antipasto Pasta Salad
Alright, here’s the star for your upcoming potluck spread! Our Antipasto Pasta Salad is simply amazing and so satisfying, your guests might skip the main dish for seconds.
Plus, it’s super easy to make. You can whip it up as a quick weeknight dinner with all the protein, veggies, and carbs you need. Or, prep ahead for lunches throughout the week!
Get the Recipe: Antipasto Pasta Salad
18. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Here’s a beloved childhood classic that everyone enjoys, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. It’s classic, super meaty, and filling.
You’ll have a blast twirling those noodles when it hits the table. You can can whip it up as a speedy weeknight meal, or let the sauce simmer for hours!
Get the Recipe: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
19. Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta
Boom! Now you can master your favorite restaurant dish right at home and feel the joy, with our copycat Louisiana Chicken Pasta recipe.
Featuring crispy, Cajun-seasoned chicken and a creamy, spicy parmesan sauce, this dish promises every single oomph of your restaurant favorite.
If you are looking for a pasta recipe that screams comfort food, this is it!
Get the Recipe: Louisiana Chicken Pasta
20. Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
If you haven’t tried Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe yet, you have to add this easy pasta recipe to your collection.
Seriously, it’s like a flavor explosion in your mouth! No wonder this dish from the southeast corner of Italy has become so popular worldwide. Next time you’re in the mood for pasta, give this one a shot!
Get the Recipe: Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
21. Johnny Marzetti
Johnny Marzetti is beloved and adored from coast to coast. It’s the quintessential classic vintage casserole. It’s made with a beefy tomato sauce and gooey melted cheese. We bet this one brings back some nostalgic memories.
Amidst the ever-changing food trends and styles, let’s cherish the timeless classics!
Get the Recipe: Johnny Marzetti
22. Creamy Sausage Pasta
This Creamy Sausage Pasta is like magic! You’ll turn simple, everyday ingredients into an incredibly delicious dish! And Italian sausage in pasta? Mind-blowing!
Imagine your favorite Italian sausage in a heavenly garlic parmesan cream sauce, paired with the pasta shape you love. No frills, no fuss, and ready in just 20 minutes.
Trust us, one bite of these amazing flavors and you’ll be totally hooked!
Get the Recipe: Creamy Sausage Pasta
23. Cheesy Tortellini Bake
Craving a no-fuss dinner tonight? Look right here for this delicious Cheesy Tortellini Bake! Even your pickiest eaters will devour this hearty and comforting pasta dish.
It’s saucy, meaty, and oh-so cheesy. It’s a total winner! If you’ve got a few minutes and an oven to spare, this one-pan weeknight dinner is right up your alley. Enjoy!
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Tortellini Bake
24. Chicken Pastina Soup
Chicken Pastina Soup is a perfectly comforting dish for when you’re craving something warm to cozy up with. It’s light, yet satisfying, and a fun twist on the classic chicken noodle.
With a simple clear broth, seasoned with herbs and aromatic veggies, this nostalgic bowl of chicken and stars will transport you back to your childhood days!
Get the Recipe: Chicken Pastina Soup
25. Portuguese Bean Soup
Surprise! Portuguese Bean Soup isn’t actually Portuguese! It’s a super comforting and hearty soup that actually originated in Hawaii.
Packed with delicious ingredients like smoked ham hocks, macaroni, kidney beans, a mix of veggies, and Portuguese sausage (hence the name), this bowl is bursting with flavor.
You definitely don’t want to miss out on this!
Get the Recipe: Portuguese Bean Soup
26. Creamy Ground Chicken Pasta
We’ve got a super easy one-pot meal idea for you, Creamy Ground Chicken Pasta. It’s so ridiculously delicious and simple, you’ll keep coming back to it.
Just use any ground meat you have and bam! Your scrumptious meal will be ready in a jiffy.
And the best part? It’s loaded with spinach and cherry tomatoes for extra flavor and nutrients. Try it!
Get the Recipe: Creamy Ground Chicken Pasta
27. Creamy Rasta Pasta
Get ready for a mouthwatering meal packed with flavors, Rasta Pasta!
Imagine a creamy jerk pasta loaded with vibrant red, green, and yellow peppers. You can even top it off with shrimp or chicken. It’s generously seasoned with Jamaican jerk seasoning and finished off with a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
This easy recipe can be whipped up in about half an hour, making it the perfect choice for a chilly weeknight dinner!
Get the Recipe: Rasta Pasta
28. Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Cheese
Got some holiday leftovers? This Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Cheese is the perfect way to use them up!
It’s creamy, comfy, and super delicious. With a pasta base, amazing cream sauce, and the added veggie power of broccoli, it’s a crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s a great make-ahead dish!
Get the Recipe: Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Cheese
29. Creamy Tortellini Soup
This Creamy Tortellini Soup is like a dreamy cozy winter evening in a bowl. It’s got all the flavors you love. Sun dried tomato pesto, cheesy tortellini, sausage and seasonings give it that amazing Italian taste.
Trust us, it’s unbelievably delicious. You’ve got to try it to experience these incredible flavors!
Get the Recipe: Creamy Tortellini Soup
30. Scallop Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
This Scallop Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes recipe is ridiculously quick and easy. Seriously, in just about 20 minutes you’ve got yourself a top-notch meal ready to devour.
And this fancy dish is sure to impress your guests, but guess what? It’s also perfect for those busy weeknights when you need something delicious in a flash. Try it, you all will love it!
Get the Recipe: Scallop Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
31. Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Add a little excitement to your life with this bowl of succulent, plump shrimp, tomatoes, and a kick of heat. This Shrimp Fra Diavolo, is spicy and and super delicious!
Pair it with some pasta smothered in sauce or a nice crusty bread, and make your cozy night memorable.
And yes, please feel free to make adjustments to the heat, according to your preferences. Just don’t tone it down too much, or it won’t be Shrimp Fra Diavolo anymore!
Get the Recipe: Shrimp Fra Diavolo
32. Avgolemono Soup
Introducing your new ultimate comfort food! This Avgolemono Soup takes your regular chicken noodle soup to a whole new level.
It’s super silky, smooth, and delicious. This classic Greek lemon soup, combines egg and lemon, to create a creamy, velvety broth with a refreshing hint of lemon.
Plus, you can whip up this cozy pot in just about 30 minutes. Trust us, you’re going to adore this one!
Get the Recipe: Avgolemono Soup
33. Tortellini Pasta Salad with Prosciutto
This amazing Tortellini Pasta Salad is a dish that not only tastes fantastic but also looks absolutely stunning!
It’s super quick and easy to make, and it’s guaranteed to be a hit with everyone. It’s perfect, whether you’re having a potluck or just hanging out with family. Seriously, this one’s a winner!
Get the Recipe: Tortellini Pasta Salad with Prosciutto
34. Pesto Tortellini Soup
This Pesto Tortellini Soup is like the coziest bowl of goodness, and this one is a must in your life.
In this recipe, soft, pillowy tortellini take a dip in a magical pesto broth, accompanied by some chicken and veggies. It’s a super quick meal, ready in just about 30 minutes, and bursting with amazing pesto flavor.
Give it a shot, it could easily become your new favorite!
Get the Recipe: Pesto Tortellini Soup
35. Crustless Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
Craving that comfy, cozy flavor of pot pie without the hassle of dealing with pie crust or biscuits? Then this recipe is just for you!
Imagine that creamy, veggie-packed goodness with hearty chicken and without the extra work.
This one is perfect for lazy and chill days, my friends. Why not give it a shot? We bet you all will love it!
Get the Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
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