Make-ahead pasta dishes are great for weekday dinners, especially during the summer months when the last thing you want to do is spend time in a hot kitchen. They are also great year round.
Whether you are planning a potluck, a beach day, a picnic, or a camping adventure...whatever you have in mind any of these recipes can be taken along for the journey.
Take your pick from Mediterranean flavors, dishes with a hint of spice, and a few different choices of protein. It's time to get cooking!
7 Make-Ahead Pasta Dishes You'll Love
Olive and Tuna Pasta
Keep this hearty pasta dish chilled until ready to serve and you'll enjoy a wonderful recipe with Mediterranean flavors. It's a great picnic dish!
Caprese Pasta Salad
If you adore Caprese salad then making this pasta dish is a must: it has a tasty blend of mozzarella and tomatoes seasoned with garlic, onion and chili peppers.
Pasta Salad with Walnuts
Walnuts add a pleasant crunch to this make-ahead pasta dish but you could use your favorite nuts. Black olives, red onions, and tomatoes add color and flavor.
Penne with Pesto
Homemade pesto adds loads of flavor to this simple pasta salad prepared with penne. Feel free to swap the pasta shape for whatever you have on hand. This is a great dish that can be enjoyed warm, at room temperature or chilled.
Pasta Salad with Tuna
A few handfuls of arugula, canned tuna, tomatoes, red onions, and a zesty lemon dressing transform humble pasta into a delicious meal. Get the recipe here.
Bowtie Chicken Pasta Salad
To make this pasta recipe come together even quicker use rotisserie chicken. You'll love the combination of green peas, sesame seeds, and Parmesan cheese.
Spicy Pasta Salad
If you'd prefer a make-ahead pasta dish with a spicy kick then this recipe is for you. Chili powder, garlic, tomatoes, and capers give this pasta an enticing Mediterranean flavor.
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