4 High-Protein Pasta Recipes to Energize You All Day Long

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Hands up who’s firmly in the camp that says pasta should be reserved as a “sometimes” treat?

If you’re among the many who share this perception of pasta, it’s time to shake up the way we think about things. With a few nutrient-dense, high protein pasta recipes in your repertoire, you're about to enjoy the freedom to put pasta back in your healthy weekly meal rotation!  

We invite you to join us on our mission to make pasta a more wholesome, healthy and nutritious meal - and with the help of our naturally-boosted noodles, you’ll never have to worry about not getting enough protein in your diet again.

In terms of nutrition, the best way to make our favorite food even better for us is with - you guessed it - a balanced blend of nutrient-rich pasta toppings and sauces packed with protein.

Plus, with our better-for-you pastas at the heart of your recipes, you’re already off to a protein-packed start. Thanks to our high-quality wheat and semolina, each serving of Three Farm Daughters Pasta boasts a generous 9g of protein to get your nutritious dinners rolling.

Not only are our pasta shapes a healthy meal base designed to deliciously boost protein and fiber in your diet: They’re also a versatile canvas for creating masterpieces with nutrient-rich veggies, lean proteins, and a palette of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to shine!

To help you craft perfectly-rounded meals from Three Farm Daughters’ pasta, we’ve gathered up our 4 favorite high protein pasta recipes to give you all the vitality, satisfaction, and nutritional goodness you need to thrive. Let's get started!

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Why Protein is Your Perfect Ally

Before we get cooking, let’s do a quick refresher on the incredible role protein plays in feeling and functioning at your best. If you're passionate about supporting your healthiest lifestyle, protein is a nutrient you won't want to overlook. Here's why:

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A Powerhouse for Overall Health


Protein is the body's building block, the very foundation of our nutrition. It's essential for countless biological processes, such as muscle-building, bone-strengthening, and oxygenating our cells to supply our entire body with the nutrients it needs, and more.


It also plays a vital role in keeping you feeling full and satisfied after meals. This, in turn, can help maintain a healthy weight, curb unhealthy snack cravings, and avoid overeating.


Protein isn't just important for building and repairing your body. It also supports your immune system and helps regulate your hormones.

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Talk about a powerhouse for overall health! Don't pasta-up your opportunity to get your body firing on all cylinders with plenty of protein-rich foods as part of your balanced diet.

Now for the fun part: Here's how to make your protein-boosting meals even more delicious with a little help from your favorite pasta!

Our Top 4 Deliciously Protein-Packed Pasta Recipes

Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, there's plenty of delicious and nutritious sources of protein to choose from - and they just so happen to complement pasta perfectly!

Nuts, seeds, legumes, soy, eggs, seafood, and lean meats are all great options for incorporating more protein into your diet, especially in high protein pasta recipes.

Try these 4 delicious ways to power up your nutrition with pasta:

4. Grilled Salmon Pasta Salad

This super healthy pasta salad champions protein-packed ingredients like no other, delivering a one-two punch of nutrition and taste that won’t weigh you down.

Juicy, flaky morsels of grilled salmon pair up with Three Farm Daughters Penne as the stars of the show, making this a meal you'll always feel good about digging your fork into.

Featuring a delicious lineup of leafy greens, crisp cucumber, smoky salmon, tender pasta and salad fixins in a tangy yogurt dressing flecked with feta, dill, and toasted almonds: All heavy-hitters in the protein stakes.

Whip up a big batch of this zippy salad that's perfect for meal prepping, packed workday lunches, or served as a cold entree when the weather's warm. If you're a fan of fresh taste sensations, meet your new favorite standby snack that's filling, big on flavor, and keeps beautifully in the fridge - ready for whenever you need a boost.




You just can't pasta up our Penne for an unparalleled eating experience. This robust shape makes easy work of pasta salads, saucy dishes and everything in-between!

3. Pasta with Secret Roasted Veggie & Chickpea Sauce

When your cravings call for a meal that’s both indulgent and healthy, this protein-packed pasta is guaranteed to check all your boxes. Get ready for bold flavor and satisfaction factor, plus the chance to sneak in a bunch of veggies for any fussy eaters at your table!

Let's start with the chickpeas - these little wonders are an excellent source of plant-based protein, each nutrient-dense bite bursting with a delightfully nutty flavor and satisfying texture. Paired with Three Farm Daughters Cavatappi, (which boasts a generous 9g of protein per serving!), you've got a winning combo for a protein powerhouse.

The secret roasted veggie sauce is the star of the show, made with a medley of perfectly-caramelized roasted tomatoes, zucchinis, peppers and red onions with fragrant herbs, garlic and umami-rich sun-dried tomatoes. Now, here's where the recipe takes a sneaky turn...

If you love robust texture, leave the roasted vegetables chunky for a rustic stir-through sauce. Or, give 'em a quick whizz in the blender to reveal the most creamy, velvety sauce that’s perfect for sneaking hidden veggies into your 5-a-day. It’s so silky, luscious and flavorful nobody will suspect a thing.  ;)




Holding its ground with the heaviest of sauces and toppings, our Cavatappi quickly rises to the top of your must-have list! 

2. Lemony Ricotta Penne with Turkey Meatballs

Get ready to be transported to a world of flavor with this Turkey Meatballs with Lemony Ricotta Penne recipe! Packed with protein, this dish is sure to leave you feeling satisfied and energized.

These turkey meatballs are so juicy and flavorful, you won't even miss the beef. The combination of parmesan cheese, parsley, and oregano gives them a delicious Italian-inspired flavor that pairs perfectly with the lemony ricotta penne. And let's not forget about the pasta: High-protein 3 Farm Daughters Penne, cooked to al dente perfection and draped in a dreamy ricotta sauce infused with bright and tangy lemon zest and juice.

This is a great recipe to have on hand for busy weeknights or special occasions when you want to impress your most health-conscious guests. Plus, it's a perfect plate for anyone looking to boost their lean protein intake or shake up their usual spaghetti meatballs routine.

1. One-Pot Southwest Style Rotini

This One-Pot Southwest Rotini is an exciting, nutrient-packed dinner sure to satisfy your cravings for a hearty, flavorful meal. Made with Three Farm Daughters Rotini Pasta, ground lean protein, kidney beans, and a variety of Tex-Mex inspired spices, this dish is perfect for those who love bold fiesta flavors.

It's a triple-whammy of energy-boosting protein, thanks to the addition of lean meat (or a veggie alternative!), plus kidney beans that serve up around 25g of protein. Add an extra 9g of protein in each serving of Three Farm Daughters Rotini Pasta and you'll be feeling fueled up in no time. With its combo of bright veggies, you’re in for a well-rounded balance of protein, fiber, complex carbs, antioxidants, plus essential vitamins and minerals, making it the ultimate feel-good feast.

Of course, you can’t forget the delicious flavors that’ll keep your fork coming back for more: Juicy fire-roasted tomatoes, green chilies, bell pepper, sweet potato and spices give this dish a zesty kick.

As a final fanfare, diced avocado and crushed tortilla strips bring refreshing, crunchy contrast to the rich, bold flavors. And the best part? This one-pot pasta is quick & easy enough for weeknight meals when you need a dose of excitement to power you through the rest of the week! Give it a whirl and discover a new favorite at your place.




We created our Rotini with a tall, robust twirl that holds whatever topping you put on it, making it the ultimate all-round versatile pasta shape for any recipe your heart desires!

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Here at Three Farm Daughters, we believe that healthy cooking should be fast, easy, and delicious. That's why we craft our pasta to be a superior canvas for creating the most nutrient-dense dinners possible.

As you can see, it's never been easier to up your protein intake with a little help from pasta.

We’re here to give you the 'go-ahead' to create deliciously nutritious meals with our nutrient-dense noodles and easy-to-follow recipes. Here's to putting pasta back on your weekly healthy meal rotation!

Why not give these high-protein pasta recipes a try and enjoy the delicious, wholesome meals that Three Farm Daughters pasta has to offer?

We'd love to see your creations! Share your photos, stories and recipes with us by tagging us on Instagram. Let's get cooking and enjoy the taste of wholesome, homemade meals!

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