Back to school season tends to kick up some conflicting emotions among parents. On one hand, they’re excited to get back into a routine and restore some semblance of order to their lives after the wonderful chaos of summer. On the other, it can be a struggle to keep up as schedules begin to fill up with things like practices and the limited after-school hours can get a little crazy, dinner time included!

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In an effort to remind everyone that dinner doesn’t have to be an additional source of stress for you, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite weeknight meal components – pasta!

There are an endless number of ways you can turn this pantry staple into easy pasta recipes perfect for weeknight meals. Here are a few tips:  

Prep it ahead of time! Pasta is perfect for food prep because it holds up well when made ahead of time. Prep a few of these Pasta Salad in a Jar so you have a quick grab and go dinner option.

Pasta Salad in a Jar

Stuff it! Everything is better when stuffed into a soft pasta shell. Whether you’re trying your hand at homemade like these Cheddar Dumplings or putting a fun twist in traditional with these lasagna rollups, have fun experimenting with different fillings that both kids and adults will enjoy. 
Cheddar Cheese DumplingsLasagna Roll Ups
Add veggies! Most kids enjoy pasta, which makes it the perfect vehicle for serving other foods they may enjoy a little less – like veggies! Try this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese or this Cheesy Pasta with Chicken and BroccoliGet the kids involved with fun and creative ideas in the kitchen!
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Pasta
Consider all cooking methods! Pasta is quick-cooking in general. You can whip up a quick dinner on the stove, like this Stovetop Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese or try it out in that new Instant Pot you just purchased!
Stovetop Cheeseburger Macaroni & Cheese
Keep dinner time simple and stress-free with these easy pasta meals that both kids and adults will love!

Need more ideas?  

Use those late summer veggies in this linguine. 
Creamy Broccoli, Tomato & Cheddar Linguine


Try a twist on a traditional with this Greek Yogurt Turkey Stroganoff
Greek Yogurt Turkey Stroganoff


Prep dinner ahead of time with this Make Ahead Spaghetti Pie 
Make-Ahead Spaghetti Pie

Easy Weeknight Pasta Meals | Cabot Creamery

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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.

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