18 Great Italian Pastas

These warming entrees are perfect for family dinners and entertaining.


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Pasta with Baby Salisbury Steaks
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Pasta with Baby Salisbury Steaks

    Here's a bonus recipe for your weeknight repertoire, Pasta with Baby Salisbury Steaks. It lets you get reacquainted with that kitchen workhorse, the broiler.

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Tuscan Mac 'n' Cheese

    Buy a large bottle of kalamata olives and extra Asiago cheese (thanks to its firm to hard texture, it keeps longer than softer cheeses). Pair the two with a glass of wine and high-quality crackers, and you'll have a satisfying appetizer spread to come home to after one of those days. Italian sausage and kalamata olives are what give this dish an Italian flair. Use turkey sausage for a lower fat version of the recipe.

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Bow Ties with Sausage and Sweet Peppers

    The Italian name for bow ties, farfalle (fahr-FAH-lay), means "butterflies." The shapely pasta comes in two sizes, the regular size shown here, and miniature bows. Gather any late-season sweet peppers from your garden or the farmer's market for this spicy dish.

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Saucy One-Pan Ravioli

    Convenient purchased ravioli makes this an easy pasta meal to serve any day of the week. The ravioli soak up the juice from the cherry tomatoes as they cook, giving this one-pan dish maximum flavor with minimum cleanup.

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Ravioli with Red Clam Sauce

    Go Italian tonight. Buy a bag of ready-to-eat mixed salad greens or go by the salad bar at the grocery store and build a salad bowl for three. Round out the meal with a crisp green salad and crusty rolls.

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Parmesan Turkey with Pasta Sauce

    Walk into your kitchen after work and have this crunchy chicken and pasta dish finished in about half an hour.

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Creamy Green Beans and Pasta

    A creamy yogurt-mustard sauce tossed with green beans, bow-tie pasta, and pancetta make up this quick-to-fix pasta dish.

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Bolognese Sauce

    You'll have enough of the robust, meaty sauce for eight servings, or serve half of the sauce and freeze the other half for another meal.

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Chicken Livers in Italian Tomato Sauce

    Chicken livers work well for the quick-cooking technique of stir-frying.

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Wide Noodles with Chicken and Lima Beans

    Tomatoes and lima beans join with chicken breasts to make this stove top meal. Any width pasta will do here, but wider, ruffle-edge noodles, such as pappardelle or mafalda, create plenty of places for the sauce to cling. Any width pasta will do here, but wider, ruffle-edge noodles, such as pappardelle or mafalda, create plenty of places for the sauce to cling.

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Layers of Lasagna

    Layers of zesty-seasoned ground beef and tomatoes, tender pasta, and creamy ricotta cheese create a family-pleasing casserole. Only you need to know that this version is low-fat and provides generous amounts of both vitamin A and calcium.

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Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

    We updated everyone's favorite pasta dish by using ground turkey instead of ground beef.

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Fusilli with Creamy Tomato and Meat Sauce

    Whipping cream enriches this herbed tomato and meat sauce. Serve it over your favorite pasta.

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Turkey Lasagna Rolls

    For this robust lasagna-style entree, roll the noodles around a cheesy spinach filling and then top them with a turkey and tomato sauce.

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Lasagna

    By using lower-fat cheeses in this recipe, we slashed the fat per serving in half. This slimmer version also has 75 fewer calories than a standard lasagna recipe.

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Baked Mostaccioli With Meat Sauce

    Bake these single-serving casseroles, topped with lots of melted cheese, for a hot and satisfying supper.

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Chicken Manicotti with Chive Cream Sauce

    Broccoli and pimiento add vivid colors to the tasty chicken filling that spills from these pasta shells.

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Lickety-Split Lasagna

    The older children can pitch in to help put this easy lasagna together for a family-style dinner.

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