Salmon and Asparagus Lasagna

It’s always interesting to try a few changes with a familiar dish. This is an attractive and healthy variation on lasagna, with flakes of tender salmon and chopped asparagus in a light lemon and herb sauce layered with the pasta. It’s perfect for when asparagus is in season.

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

A healthy, quick and easy family meal, this hearty bake combines ready-cooked chicken and whole wheat pasta in a cheesy sauce. Including little broccoli florets is a great way to encourage children to enjoy this super-nourishing vegetable as part of their daily diet.

Sausage, Pasta and Mixed Bean Bake

This hearty, colourful and very nutritious main dish is perfect for an easy midweek meal, and can be rustled up quickly from ingredients you have in the pantry. Serve with a green salad.

Spaghetti with scallops, asparagus and Swiss chard

This is a sophisticated dish, combining pasta with a stir-fry of creamy white scallops and vibrant green vegetables. The scallops are low in fat and rich in vitamin B12 and many minerals. By cooking the vegetables briefly in very little liquid they retain all their nutrients.

Tofu noodles

Popular in Northern Japan, soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour, which gives them a slightly nutty flavour. In this quick and simple dish, the thin brown noodles are delicious stir-fried with protein-rich tofu and crunchy water chestnuts.

Pad Thai noodles with shrimp

Typical Thai flavours, including chili pepper, lime and coconut, combine in this aromatic stir-fry of shrimp, noodles and Asian vegetables. By using a curry paste, the preparation time is reduced.

Pasta, asparagus and pea frittata

Little soup pasta shapes make a great filling for this Italian-style flat omelette with tender sliced asparagus and frozen peas. It’s delicious served hot, warm or cold, with a simple salad for a light meal. Add some garlic bread for a more hearty meal.

Goat’s cheese and watermelon salad

Juicy watermelon makes the perfect partner to tangy goat’s cheese in this easy-to-assemble pasta salad. Flavour and texture are provided by crunchy Belgian endive, peppery arugula and toasted pine nuts, which combine to give a Mediterranean flair.

Pasta, ham and fava bean salad

This quick and easy pasta salad is just right for busy people. It is appealing and sustaining and the watercress and walnut pesto dressing adds a great flavour.

Chicken noodle soup

This is one of the simplest soups to make with wonderful exotic flavours provided by lemon grass, coconut, ginger and chili pepper. The addition of thin noodles makes it quick and easy to prepare in one pot.

Vegetable and pasta soup

This classic pistou from the south of France, topped with a rich-tasting garlic and basil paste, called aïllade, and a sprinkling of Parmesan, makes a nourishing main meal. Serve with crusty bread.

Warm tuna, pasta and parsley salad

This is a simple and delicious pasta dish that is just as good served hot as it is cold. It makes a great lunch for friends because you can make it a day in advance, so you can relax and enjoy the company.

Tomato, shrimp and pepper pasta

Rice and corn pasta is great for those with a wheat intolerance. It cooks and tastes just like wheat pasta and comes in a variety of shapes. This is a flavour-packed dish and simply needs a crunchy green salad to complete the meal.

Sardine, tomato and olive pasta

Brilliant for a midweek meal, this punchy pasta dish uses heart-healthy oily fish with a mixture of popular deli foods – salami, olives and sun-dried tomatoes – for speed and convenience.

Linguine with crab

This dish bursts with the colour and flavour of fresh herbs, zesty lemon and piquant chili that enhance the sweet crabmeat and pasta. It’s an all-round star because it’s so easy to make in the time that it takes to cook the pasta.

Pasta carbonara with leeks

A fabulously quick egg and pancetta pasta favourite with added vegetables for extra nutrition. It’s surprising how little pancetta and Parmesan cheese you need to achieve a really deep, rich flavour.

Fusilli with summer pesto

Whole wheat pasta is a good source of complex carbohydrate and has a low GI value. Tossed with steamed summer vegetables and a fresh herb pesto, this makes a tempting and satisfying meal.

Mushroom Pasta Bake

Using a variety of fresh and dried mushrooms combined with tasty artichoke hearts gives an exotic flavour to this tempting dish.

Goat’s Cheese, Spinach and Pesto Lasagna

Fresh pasta needs only brief oven-baking. Used in a vegetarian lasagna it is layered with wilted fresh spinach and juicy cherry tomatoes, then baked with a creamy goat’s cheese topping.

Salmon and asparagus lasagna

It’s always interesting to try a few changes with a familiar dish. This is an attractive and healthy variation on lasagna, with flakes of tender salmon and chopped asparagus in a light lemon and herb sauce layered with the pasta. It’s perfect for when asparagus is in season.