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4 ways to freshen up your pasta

Embrace herbs, veggies, beans and legumes when imagining new and easy ways to reinvent your favourite pasta recipes

Make herbs the heroes

Take this route and be rewarded with ultra-fresh flavour year-round. Pair cooked pasta – noodles, shapes or stuffed – with a handful of chopped herbs, a drizzle of olive oil, dash of red chilli flakes and shaved Parmesan. Easier still: Swirl pasta with a spoonful of pesto sauce and that same cheese! Try Compliments Basil Pesto Sauce with Naturally Simple Cheese-filled Herb Tortellini.

Swap your sauces

For cream sauce fans, try swapping in a rosée sauce – you get the richness but with a blush of tomato. Or lighten up your go-to cream sauce with a ladle of reserved pasta cooking water when you’re combining your cooked pasta and sauce. The move keeps the texture nice and creamy, but allows you to cut fat without compromising flavour. Try Compliments Fresh Gnocchi with Compliments Rosée Sauce.

More veggies, please!

Try swapping in spinach or chopped kale into your pasta water during the last minute of cooking, or sub in Spiralized zucchini noodles or even spaghetti squash in place of noodles. Top with a favourite veggie-based sauce. Try Compliments Marinara Sauce, or whip up a vegetarian lasagna with Compliments Naturally Simple Lasagna Sheets in an Easy White Sauce Veggie Lasagna.

Use lean meat, plant protein

Round out your pasta plate with crowd-pleasing staples like grilled chicken breast or shredded rotisserie chicken. Or go full-veggie with the addition of beans or legumes: Think pasta with chickpeas, pesto and a handful of chopped, fresh herbs. So simple, affordable and tasty! Try Compliments Sundried Tomato Pesto Sauce with Naturally Simple Spaghetti Nests.