These pasta meals are lightweight, nourishing, delicious and quick and easy to prepare. If you want a higher protein option, try pasta varieties that utilise other grains like quinoa.
1 Sundried tomato and almond pasta
Dice and fry one small onion and two cloves of garlic in two tablespoons of olive oil. Chop half a cup of sundried tomatoes and add to onions along with half a cup each of tomato paste and water.
Simmer for a couple of minutes before adding a quarter cup of olives, one teaspoon of brown sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix through cooked pasta and top with a generous handful of toasted almonds.
2 Miso ravioli
Bring three cups of water to boil, add two sliced spring onions, three-quarters of a cup of sliced shitake mushrooms (dried), two tablespoons of wakame seaweed, half a cup of veggies of your choice and one packet of store-bought ravioli.
Cook ravioli for time specified on packet, then stir in four tablespoons of miso paste. Taste and add extra miso if needed.
3 Coriander pesto with cherry tomatoes
Make the pesto at home by blending 1.5 cups of packed coriander, half a cup each of pumpkin seeds and olive oil, half a teaspoon of salt, two tablespoons of nutritional yeast or parmesan and a squeeze of lemon juice until smooth.
Add a little extra oil if the mixture seems dry. To assemble in the field, chop one punnet-full of cherry tomatoes in half and stir through cooked pasta with the pesto.
4 Creamy salmon and avocado pasta with capers
Mash one ripe avocado with half a cup of cream cheese and a good pinch of salt. Stir through two tablespoons of diced capers and 150g of smoked or tinned salmon. Mix with pasta and top with half a cup of toasted walnuts.
5 Peach and brown sugar dessert pasta
Who says you can’t eat dessert for dinner? Toast one cup of breadcrumbs with half a cup of brown sugar and a pinch of salt in two tablespoons of coconut oil until golden.
Stir through pasta and serve topped with tinned peach slices and drizzle with a little of the peach syrup.