There is nothing wrong with serving pasta dishes as long as you have a full serving of protein for each person. If you have no meat or fish in the dish you can do this by combining incomplete proteins to make complete proteins. Pasta is part of the grain group (made from wheat), so just serve with it something from the dairy group (cheese of any kind, milk in the sauce, cheese in an appetizer or on garlic bread, a glass of milk, pudding or ice cream for dessert) or from the legume group (peas, beans, lentils, nuts). Or have something from both of those groups to make sure there is enough protein. If there is meat or fish (shrimp, salmon, etc.) in the pasta dish you don’t have to worry about it since they contain complete protein all by themselves. But you could use less of the meat/fish by combining proteins as explained above. That usually saves money and still gives a very healthy meal.
Click title for link at AllYou. Click the label “combine proteins” below this post for more examples. It’s one of the cheapest and healthiest ways to plan meals. Once you learn this trick you will have many tasty options.