20-Minute Pasta Recipes

Making dinner doesn't have to take all night. These quick and easy pasta recipes can be on your table in 20 minutes or less! With classic recipes like saucy ravioli, juicy shrimp and pasta, and fettuccine Alfredo, we have an easy pasta recipe for everyone.

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    Shrimp Scampi

    Garlic, parsley, and lemon coat each bite of shrimp and noodles with fresh flavors, while a half-and-half mix of butter and olive oil brings everything together. One bite will have you asking, "Wait, this was made in 20 minutes?!"

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    Lemon-Pesto Pasta

    If you can’t find—or don’t enjoy—green beans, try this easy vegetarian pasta recipe with asparagus pieces, broccolini bites, or thin coins of squash. You’ll score 12 grams of filling fiber per serving, thanks to a healthy dose of veggies, beans, and multigrain pasta.

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    Mushroom and Beef Ravioli Soup

    Start with frozen beef ravioli and you can have this soup on the table in 20 minutes. Fresh thyme and mini red sweet peppers freshen up each comforting bowl.

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    Copycat Pesto Cavatappi

    This delicious and easy copycat cavatappi recipe is even faster than takeout! You need only 15 minutes to whip up a batch of this creamy pesto pasta for dinner. Top with shrimp or chicken to please heartier appetites.

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    Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach

    This simple pasta recipe is full of fresh spinach and tender mushrooms. Toss in some leftover chicken or steak from last night to transform this bowtie skillet from side dish to entree.

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    One-Pot Ham and Greens Pasta

    This recipe will save you time before and after dinner—the meal is ready in just 20 minutes, and there's only one pot to clean up afterward! Customize with your favorite leafy greens and cheese (we love Asiago or Parmesan) to make this easy pasta recipe your own.

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    Pesto Penne with Deli-Roasted Chicken

    Pasta and veggies? Yes, please! This yummy recipe is loaded with fresh broccoli and roasted red sweet peppers. Using deli-roasted chicken to add protein also cuts down the time needed to prepare this easy pasta recipe.

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    Greek Spinach-Tortellini Salad

    Now here’s a light and refreshing take on pasta salad: Top a vinaigrette-dressed mixed vegetable salad with cooked cheese tortellini. No need for croutons when you have pasta bites instead!

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    Aglio e Olio

    Sure, this bowl of noodles looks simple, but watch out—it's hot! The garlicky, cheesy pasta has a healthy dose of red pepper flakes, giving it an unexpected burst of flavor.

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    Gnocchi, Sweet Corn, and Arugula in Cream Sauce

    Gnocchi, a mash-up of mashed potatoes and pasta, is the perfect pasta for a quick and easy dinner since you can stock it in your pantry. Boil, add cream cheese, stir in some fresh sweet corn, and finish with arugula to make this bright and delicious meal.

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    Asian Pork Skillet

    Ramen isn't just for dorm room dining. Here, we combine the thin noodles with fresh pea pods and sweet pepper strips, plus savory hoisin sauce and lean pork for a hearty bowl that will please kids and adults alike.

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    Sesame Chicken and Noodles

    Soy sauce, fresh ginger, and garlic-chili sauce create this recipe's signature flavors, while refrigerated grilled chicken breast reduces the time needed to prepare this takeout-inspired meal.

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    Lemon-Caper Tuna and Noodles with Alfredo

    Five ingredients. Twenty minutes. We've found the ultimate quick and easy weeknight dinner! This yummy pasta dish is a speedy, skinnier take on fettuccine Alfredo that offers 41 grams of filling protein via canned tuna.

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    Fettuccine Alfredo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Veggies

    Fettuccine Alfredo in just 15 minutes? Believe it! This fast pasta recipe is loaded with asparagus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and fresh mushrooms, and it's ready in a snap.

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    Shrimply Divine Pasta

    Shrimp is definitely the star ingredient in this quick and easy pasta recipe. Covered with a simple sauce and packed with fresh spinach, this light yet flavorful dish is perfect for a fast dinner.

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    Chicken and Pasta in Peanut Sauce

    Broccolini and red sweet peppers add freshness, chicken breasts crank up the protein, and bottled peanut sauce infuses each bite with a pleasant nutty quality.

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    Chicken Linguine with Pesto Sauce

    Luxurious Alfredo sauce and zesty pesto team up to create the perfectly creamy sauce for this linguine dinner. Broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots boost the vitamin levels of this chicken pasta recipe.

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    Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff

    This so-easy pasta dinner is topped with a creamy mushroom sauce—and it's vegetarian! Quick, comforting, and delicious, this pasta recipe is perfect for the whole family.

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    Chicken with Parmesan Noodles

    A dash of pesto adds a burst of flavor to this speedy chicken and pasta recipe. Add in carrots for a serving of veggies and a pop of color.

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    Easy Pasta Primavera

    Wagon wheel pasta is perfect for soaking up the creamy sauce in this kid-friendly pasta recipe. Customize with any veggies you have on hand (or need to use up).

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    Ravioli with Spinach Pesto

    Craving ravioli? This quick pasta recipe can be on the table in just 20 minutes! Summer squash and fresh spinach give this easy dinner recipe a nutrition boost.

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    Fast Chicken Fettuccine

    You need just five ingredients to create this veggie-filled dinner masterpiece. Top with a sprinkle of freshly shredded cheese and a bit of cracked black pepper for a restaurant-style finish.

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