15 Budget-Friendly Pasta Meal Prep Recipes

It’s time for you to take a break from bringing the same old sandwiches and salads to work! If you are craving for a new taste, why not try pasta for your meals? If you’re on a tight budget, though, getting pastas through take-outs can be costly. And it’s because of this that I often tell people I know to plan and prepare their meals ahead of time! This means that all there’s left to do before eating is reheat your meal. And if you like pasta, I have here 15 budget-friendly pasta meal prep recipes you’ll surely love!

15. Cold Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad

This Cold Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad is the perfect easy cold meal prep idea or a dish for a potluck!

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14. Easy Chicken Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Perfect for hot summer days, this easy chicken pepperoni pasta salad is just what you need! Plus, this pasta salad is great for meal preps if you have don’t have access to a microwave.

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13. Cold Chicken Pasta with Broccoli and Peas

Looking for a cold lunch idea? Then this tasty Cold Chicken Pasta with Broccoli and Peas meal prep is for you!

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12. Homemade Penne a la Vodka

Don’t worry the vodka just adds a delicious flavor and the actual alcohol content will burn off when you simmer the sauce.

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11. Chicken Pasta Bake

Cheesy Baked Pasta with Chicken is a delicious baked pasta that will satisfy your entire family. This baked pasta is comfort food at it’s finest. It is filled with chunks of chicken, penne pasta, chopped tomatoes all wrapped up in a creamy cheese sauce. Make this ahead of time and pop in the oven before dinner.

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10. Creamy Mushroom Pappardelle

Is there anything more perfect than creamy mushroom pappardelle? That warm, earthy mushroom flavour paired with hearty pasta noodles, and bathed in a rich cream sauce…you know I’m right, bestie. Creamy mushroom pasta is as good as it gets.

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9. Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad with Roasted Veggies (Oil-Free!)

Fun fusilli pasta, creamy vegan pesto, earthy chickpeas, and bright roasted vegetables, combine for a quick, easy, and colorful vegan pesto pasta salad. This recipe is oil-free but full of flavor. Serve cold as a perfect side dish for a summer cookout or warm as your main course.

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8. My Favorite Baked Ziti

This easy casserole goes from start to eating in far less than an hour. Perfect for entertaining or a quick dinner idea.

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7. Ground Beef and Tomato Pasta Bake

If you are looking for a hearty and comforting meal, I’ve got you covered with this beef and tomato pasta bake. Pasta is baked in a rich tomato sauce and topped with cheese for an easy dinner that the whole family will love!

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6. Vegetarian Pasta Bake

This creamy and cheesy vegetarian pasta bake is easy and to make and perfect for meal prep. Packed full of tasty flavors – red onion, goats cheese, spinach and tomatoes make for the perfect bowl of comfort! Quick to prep with fresh vegetables.

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5. Garlic Chicken & Veggies Pasta Meal Prep Recipe

This Garlic Chicken & Veggies Pasta Meal Prep will satisfy even the pickiest eater, while helping you save time in the kitchen and stay on budget.

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4. Spicy Tuna Pasta Salad

Spicy Tuna Pasta Salad is an easy cold pasta salad to serve during grilling season or to bring to your next potluck. It’s perfect as a make-ahead side dish or lunch. You’ll love the delicious, creamy, sweet and spicy dressing!

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3. Pasta Salad With Cucumbers and Italian Dressing

This is a simple recipe for a pasta salad with cucumbers and Italian dressing. It is a great meal for the hot summer days and perfect as an alfresco lunch with a cold glass of Pinot Grigio.

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2. Olive Garden Copycat Minestrone Soup

Olive Garden copycat minestrone soup tastes just like the restaurant version right at home. Warm, filling, and full of veggies, this soup is still incredibly easy to make and only requires the Instant Pot or one large stock pot to make!

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1. Gluten Free Taco Pasta Salad (Paleo)

This Gluten Free Taco Pasta Salad is creamy, hearty, a little spicy, and the best side dish! This Paleo pasta salad is bold and hearty enough for any time of the year. It is great as a side dish, easy appetizer, or light meal. The flavors make this pasta salad unique and unforgettable!

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