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15+ Incredibly Easy Pasta Recipes

No time for dinner? Take the hassle out of weeknight cooking with our quick and easy pasta recipes. Not only are they all ready in 15-35 minutes, but 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 dinner.

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    • Creamy Stove-Top Alfredo with Bacon and Peas

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

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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.

    • 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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    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 pasta sauce, provide the flavors of lasagna without the wait time.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 20-Minute Peanut Sauced Veggies and Noodles
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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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      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 found 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 an extra 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.

    • Garlicky Zucchini Noodles (Without The Pasta!)
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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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      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 into 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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      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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      Spicy Pasta with Sweet Potatoes

      To make our satisfying weeknight supper, toss pasta with roasted sweet potatoes, cream cheese, and chili sauce. The mix of sweet and savory adds an unexpected depth of flavor to the simple pasta recipe.

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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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      Next Slideshow Pasta Salad: 20 Recipes to Try

      Pasta Salad: 20 Recipes to Try

      For your next potluck or picnic, make a delicious and easy pasta salad. With so many varieties -- Italian pasta salad, chicken pasta salad, and other party-ready recipes -- there's no need to rely on the same recipe every time. Switch it up with our pasta salads featuring fresh veggies and flavorful herbs.
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