Quick & Easy Pasta Dishes

Take the hassle out of dinner with these quick and easy pasta tosses, from Thai-inspired chicken with rice noodles to tortellini with roasted red peppers and a light Alfredo sauce.


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Lemon-Basil Pasta

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

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Pasta, Red Bean & Parsley Toss

    Chili powder adds smokiness to this quick one-dish dinner. Chicken broth and pecorino cheese combine to create a light sauce.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   15 mins 
Start to Finish   30 mins 
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Lemon-Caper Tuna and Noodles

    This five-ingredient pasta recipe is creamy and delicious. Sprinkle with crushed croutons for a little crunch.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Spicy Pasta with Sweet Potatoes

    For a satisfying weeknight supper, toss pasta with roasted sweet potatoes, cream cheese, and chili sauce.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  450°F 
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Rigatoni with Broccoli, Beans & Basil

    For a budget-friendly dinner, toss pasta with cooked broccoli, canned cannellini beans, garlic, and homemade red pepper croutons.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Good and Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

    Give this classic comfort dish a healthier spin with less fat, fresh veggies, whole grain pasta, and real cheese.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   10 mins  425°F 
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Chicken & Pasta in Peanut Sauce

    Crushed red pepper adds a touch of heat to this Thai-inspired pasta toss. Simply combine chicken, your favorite veggies, and bottled peanut sauce for a supper they'll love.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Apple-Sausage Rigatoni

    This five-ingredient pasta dish is done in less than 30 minutes -- and that includes stirring together the rich sauce of cream and gorgonzola cheese. Golden Delicious apples are best in this dish.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Spicy Shrimp Pasta

    This quick-and-easy pasta toss features plump shrimp, broccoli, and tomatoes. Crushed red pepper adds a touch of heat.

Makes: 4 servings
Cook   5 mins  to  7 mins 
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Tricolor Tomato Ravioli

    This simple and tasty pasta dish starts with packaged cheese ravioli and tosses together with spinach, tomatoes, capers, and basil to make a quick supper they'll love.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   35 mins 
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Chicken Tortellini Toss

    For a foolproof 20-minute supper, toss packaged cheese tortellini with roast chicken, herbs, cauliflower, broccoli, and dried tomato pesto. Add a sprinkling of fresh Parmesan cheese.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Ravioli Skillet Lasagna

    For a fresh twist on lasagna that takes just 25 minutes to make on your stovetop, cook cheese- or meat-filled ravioli with ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, spinach, and tomato sauce.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Fresh Tomato and Arugula Pasta

    Here's a fresh and fast vegetarian supper that's hard to beat: combine onion, arugula, pine nuts, and tomatoes with ziti and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Tangy Gorgonzola cheese adds a punch of flavor.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
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Pasta with Spinach and Smoked Sausage

    This hearty, colorful dish is packed with good-for-you ingredients such as sweet peppers and fresh spinach. Turkey sausage cuts the fat and calories.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Thai Chicken Pasta

    Forget takeout: this fresh twist on Pad Thai requires only six ingredients and 20 minutes to make. To make the dish spicier, stir in some crushed red pepper.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Mushrooms and Pasta

    Fresh mushrooms add a meaty touch to this simple pasta toss. A light cheese sauce and sprinkling of fresh herbs makes it irresistible.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
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Tortellini Alfredo with Roasted Peppers

    This five-ingredient supper makes the most of packaged meat- or cheese-filled tortellini. Simply add sweet red peppers, light Alfredo sauce, basil, and coarsely ground black pepper.

Makes: 3 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Avocado Basil Pasta

    This 30-minute comfort dish combines crisp bacon, creamy avocado, and shredded Romano cheese. Lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic make a simple sauce.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
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Garlicky Peppers and Shrimp

    This dinner party-worthy dish is a snap to make -- simply toss together grilled sweet peppers, garlic, cayenne pepper, and jumbo shrimp.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Spicy Beef-Noodle Bowl

    No complicated sauce required for this delicious Asian-inspired dish -- just pick up a bottle of peanut sauce from the market and you'll be set.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Easy Chicken Marinara

    To make this 4-ingredient supper, top spaghetti with bread chicken patties, tomato sauce, and shredded mozzarella cheese.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Beef Stroganoff with Pasta

    With its rich cream sauce, pepper-coated steak, and fresh veggies, this pasta dish is sure to be a hit.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
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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.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Mediterranean Salmon and Noodle Bowl

    Balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil make a simple sauce for this toss-together dinner of spinach, salmon, sweet peppers, and fettuccine

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Trattoria-Style Spinach Fettuccine

    To make this 20-minute supper, toss spinach fettuccine with green onion, carrots, dried tomatoes, and red and yellow tomatoes. Olive oil and herbs make a simple sauce; feta cheese adds tanginess.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Linguine with Green Beans and Goat Cheese

    For a creative twist on linguine and veggies, try this 30-minute dish. Creamy goat cheese takes the place of traditional Alfredo sauce; green beans, leeks, and thyme brighten it up.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   13 mins 
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Bow Ties with Sausage and Peppers

    This flavorful dish requires just six ingredients, takes 25 minutes to make, and is full of flavor. Vegetable broth, parsley, and coarse black pepper make a simple sauce.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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