Incredibly Easy Pasta Recipes

No time for dinner? Take the hassle out of weeknight cooking with our quick and easy pasta recipes. They're ready in just 15-40 minutes, and we've got a slew of dishes to choose from, including Thai-inspired chicken pasta, seafood bucatini, and pesto pasta. Try one of our delicious pasta recipes the next time you're in a pinch for a quick dinner recipe.

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    Wild Mushroom Ravioli Skilllet Lasagna

    Dish up a protein-packed meatless meal with this ravioli skillet that gets a flavor boost from a lower-calorie wild mushroom filling. Shortcut ingredients like refrigerated pasta and store-bought sauce provide the flavors of lasagna without the wait time.

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    Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini

    Simply delicious! Basil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and fresh dill add amazing flavor to chicken, orzo, and zucchini.

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    Shrimp Pasta Diavolo

    The spicy tomato sauce that accompanies this classic seafood pasta gets its kick from crushed red pepper. Adjust the heat to fit your family's preference by adding more or less of the ingredient.

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    Homemade Cup of Noodles

    Need an easy yet healthy on-the-go lunch? This is it. With all of the combination options, you could have a different-flavor noodle cup every day of the week!

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    Creamy Stove-Top Alfredo with Bacon and Peas

    Satisfy comfort-food cravings with cheesy Alfredo-sauced pasta that's ready in minutes. Crisp, crumbly bacon adds a hint of saltiness to the dish, while frozen peas contribute color.

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    Gnocchi, Sweet Corn, and Arugula in Cream Sauce

    This easy, creamy recipe is perfect for a busy night. Love the recipe but want to switch it up? Swap the corn for sweet pepper, or add some cooked shrimp (or both!).

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    Copycat Pesto Cavatappi

    Making your own cavatappi is way less time-consuming than driving to the nearest fast-casual restaurant (really, it's done in 15 minutes!). This pesto-packed recipe is based off the Noodles and Company version, but we think it's even better.

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    Tilapia Pasta

    A tangy tomato sauce flavored with fresh fennel and capers coats this tasty fish pasta. Watch to discover the secret to the zippy linguine recipe.

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    Rosemary and Ravioli Chicken Soup

    Your guests will think you slaved away in the kitchen over this soup all day, but really it only takes 35 minutes to make. Top with fresh basil leaves and cracked black pepper for a fancier presentation.

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    Lemon Caper Tuna and Noodles with Alfredo

    As easy as making a box of pasta but waayy better. Plus, you know exactly what goes into your meal.

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    Chicken with Parmesan Noodles

    A delicious, well-balanced meal in 20 minutes? Count us in. Pasta, chicken, and carrots combine for a simple yet satisfying dinner.

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    Chili-Pasta Skillet

    Is this chili or pasta? It doesn't matter when it's this delicious.

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    Linguine with Sausage, Greens, and Egg Pan Sauce

    The simple yet satisfying egg sauce in this weeknight dinner thickens as it's swirled into cooked linguine. Flavorful sausage adds an aromatic punch that matches the dish's bright burst of mustard greens.

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    Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl

    This stunning meal only takes 25 minutes to prep. Make the bowls, then set out fresh cilantro, Fresno pepper slices, lime wedges, and green onions for dinner guests to top their own meals!

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    Shrimp and Broccoli Noodle Bowl

    This recipe tells it like it is: shrimp, broccoli, and noodles (plus, flavor-filled extras like golden raisins and green onion). Make it in a Mason jar and bring it to work!

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    Chicken, Squash, and Parmesan Spaghetti

    Low in fat and high in fiber, nutty acorn squash keeps this easy skillet dinner extra creamy. Fresh sage and Parmesan cheese bring new life to the whole wheat spaghetti, which is topped with tender pieces of chicken.

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    Soba Noodle Bowl

    Carrots, jalapeno peppers, and sugar snap peas lend color and flavor to this healthy meal.

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    Spicy Beef-Noodle Bowl

    Make your own version of takeout beef and broccoli! Egg noodles make it heartier, and peanut sauce adds a fun new flavor.

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    Asian Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs

    For your next spaghetti night, give the red sauce a break and try a bowl of fragrant chicken meatballs and noodles. Fresh ginger, cilantro, and crisp veggies imitate the taste of takeout.

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    Three-Cheese Tortellini in Brown Butter Sauce

    When cooked until the solids caramelize, butter takes on a brown color and rich, nutty flavor. Use it to sauce refrigerated tortellini and crispy pancetta for this inexpensive pasta recipe.

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    Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

    Take this skillet mac and cheese to new heights by stirring in caramelized onions or bacon in addition to the recipe's chicken, spinach, and tomatoes. Reduced-fat cheddar cheese and fat-free milk help keep the cozy comfort food's cream sauce under 400 calories per serving.

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    Creamy Vegetable and Tortellini Soup with Pesto

    Add six ingredients to a pot, stir, and cook for seven minutes! That's all it takes to make this easy pasta recipe perfect for a quick dinner idea.

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    Peanut Sauced Veggies and Noodles

    Skip the grocery trip -- you likely have every ingredient on hand for this 20-minute pasta dinner.

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    One-Pot Ham-and-Greens Pasta

    Blackened seasoning -- a mixture of spices inspired by Cajun cooking -- makes this 20-minute pasta pop. A handful of healthy greens, such as kale leaves or mustard greens, sliced garlic, and cooked ham, join orecchiette to complete the one-dish dinner.

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    Make-It-Mine Mac and Cheese

    Whatcha in the mood for? Veggies? Pesto? Tuna? Kale? This customizable mac and cheese recipe has 11 different versions -- plus, we bet you could invent your own.

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    Bucatini with Shrimp and Spicy Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce

    Juicy shrimp, robust garlic, and a bubbly tomato sauce prove that just because a pasta dish is easy doesn't mean it's basic. Our delicious bucatini recipe is surprisingly low-fuss but still special enough to serve to any dinner guest.

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    Pasta Caprese

    Caprese-lovers won't be able to deny the Italian flavor in our delicious pasta dish. It's got all your favorites of the classic salad, including mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes. Editor's tip: Add some sausage for a boost of heartiness.

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    Pesto Penne with Deli-Roasted Chicken

    Purchased basil pesto and chopped deli-roasted chicken help you pull this pasta recipe together in no time! Chopped broccoli and roasted red peppers add fresh flavor to the mix.

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    Arugula and Dried Tomato Pasta

    Impressive ingredients -- including Genoa salami, baby arugula, and dried tomatoes -- turn basic pasta into an elegant affair. For extra tomato flavor, use the oil from the packed tomatoes in place of the olive oil in our homemade sauce.

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    Garlicky Zucchini Noodles

    Serve no-pasta noodles as a quick and easy way to add delicious garden vegetables to your diet. Our zucchini noodles are tossed with garlic, walnut oil, goat cheese, and prosciutto in this delicious pasta recipe.

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    Easy Pasta Primavera

    Four main ingredients -- pasta, frozen veggies, milk, and cream cheese -- are all it takes to make this crowd-pleasing budget pasta dinner. Soak up the velvety cheese sauce with wagon wheel pasta or any small tube noodles you have on hand.

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    Aglio e Olio

    Sometimes the simplest recipe can be the most delicious. Plain pasta dressed with a light coating of olive oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic makes a surprisingly flavorful dinner recipe.

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    Orecchiette with Ricotta and Chard Pan Sauce

    The combination of creamy ricotta cheese, crushed red pepper, and nutrient-rich Swiss chard makes our orecchiette recipe a standout weeknight meal. Bonus: The kids will love digging in to the bite-size noodles!

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    Pasta Carbonara

    Lovers of the classically rich and creamy carbonara will swoon over our low-calorie version of the pasta favorite. Turkey bacon and low-fat evaporated milk cut fat and calories, while nutrient-rich veggies and multigrain pasta amp up the health factor.

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    Angel Hair with Walnut Pesto

    Our homemade walnut pesto sauce transforms a simple spaghetti dish into a company-ready dinner recipe. Better yet, the delicious pesto sauce can easily be made in advance and refrigerated for up to a week.

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    Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach

    If you're looking for a quick and easy pasta recipe that's also a scrumptious vegetarian meal, we've got just the dish for you. This farfalle pasta is full of bold flavor from fresh garlic, mushrooms, and spinach.

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    Shrimp, Chickpea, and Feta Cheese Nests

    Spice up spaghetti with our Mediterranean twist on the classic pasta dish. Shrimp, chickpeas, fresh tomato, and mint add bursts of flavor to every bite.

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    Best-Ever Tomato Sauce

    Next time you need a marinara sauce don't reach for the canned goods section of your pantry. Instead, whip up a batch of this fresh sauce starring Roma tomatoes and basil. 

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    Sesame Chicken with Noodles

    Sesame oil adds a nutty taste to this 400-calorie dish that takes just 20 minutes to make. Sweet peppers and cilantro keep things colorful, while Asian garlic-chili sauce adds a subtle kick.

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    Fettuccine Alfredo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Veggies

    Fettuccine Alfredo that's ready in a quarter of an hour, full of delicious veggies, and tasty enough for the whole family? No, it's not too good to be true! Our version of the classic pasta dish boasts Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, and sun-dried tomatoes.

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    Chicken and Pasta in Peanut Sauce

    Crushed red pepper brings a touch of heat to this Thai-inspired pasta toss. Simply combine chicken, your favorite veggies, and bottled peanut sauce for a supper the whole family will love.

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    Lemon-Basil Pasta

    This five-ingredient dinner is so easy and incredibly delicious. Lemon, basil, and olive oil make a flavorful sauce for linguine and cannellini beans.

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