Sizzling Pasta Skillet Recipes

Skillet lasagna with basil
Photo: Andy Lyons

They say a watched pot never boils, so why use it anyway? Look to your new BFF, the skillet, to cook satisfying noodle recipes. These skillet pastas, including a kid-friendly taco pasta skillet, game-day chili pasta, trendy pad Thai, and ramen recipes galore, will make you wish you busted out your skillet for noodle-based suppers sooner.

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Rotini with Beef and Beans

Rotini with Beef and Beans
Jacob Fox

Skip sloppy joes tonight and try this not-so-sloppy 35-minute meal instead. Tex-Mex meets Italian in this hearty one-pan supper. Chances are you've already got everything you need on hand for this cheesy ground beef pasta skillet recipe!

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Skillet Ramen and Veggies

Skillet Ramen and Veggies
Blaine Moats

Ramen isn't just for college kids anymore. This pasta skillet dinner has enough protein to actually keep you satisfied! Break the noodles into the skillet, then toss in shrimp, squash, peas, and bacon for the best ramen you've never had.

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Poppin' Tomato and Sausage Skillet

Poppin’ Tomato and Sausage Skillet
Brie Passano

Stick with a classic meat sauce and pasta dinner with this sausage pasta skillet. It can hit your table in just 25 minutes! Skillet-roasted grape tomatoes pop in your mouth with each bite, while turkey sausage offers a savory complement to the naturally sweet tomato sauce.

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Creamy Stove-Top Alfredo with Bacon and Peas

Creamy Stove-Top Alfredo with Bacon and Peas
Blaine Moats

Whipping cream is the secret to this Alfredo's creamy goodness. Toss in garlic, peas, and bacon (because everything is better with bacon!) for a mouthwatering meal. If you have some extra chicken from earlier in the week, toss it in to transform this into a skillet chicken Alfredo pasta.

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Tomato-Basil Cavatelli Skillet

Tomato-Basil Cavatelli Skillet
Andy Lyons

Toss everything into the pan, walk away, and dinner's done. No stirring or fussing is needed for this fresh Italian entrée. For the cheesiest skillet pasta, choose sliced fresh mozzarella.

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One-Pot Spaghetti

One-Pot Spaghetti
Blaine Moats

Italian nonnas may spend all day sweating over their pasta sauce. Thanks to this so-easy skillet pasta, you don't have to—but you CAN enjoy similarly delicious results. Cook dried spaghetti right in the sauce, and you'll be twirling up delicious forkfuls in no time.

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Chicken Curry Skillet with Rice Noodles

Chicken Curry Skillet with Rice Noodles
Karla Conrad

Takeout? We don't think so! This homemade play on pad Thai satisfies both sweet and spicy cravings, thanks to coconut milk and fiery curry paste in the chicken pasta skillet ingredient lineup.

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Chili Pasta Skillet

Chili Pasta Skillet
Jason Donnelly

Score! Game day just got a whole lot better. Toss macaroni noodles into the skillet for a heartier version of your favorite entertaining recipe: chili.

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Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach

Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach
Andy Lyons

For a pasta that always makes you feel fancy, go with bow tie. (No tuxedo is required, thankfully!) Portobello mushrooms, smashed garlic, and baby spinach leaves dress up the skillet pasta in a savory, delicious way.

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Chicken and Spinach Pesto Noodle Skillet

Chicken and Spinach Pesto Noodle Skillet
Blaine Moats

Ditch your ramen's seasoning packet for homemade pesto. It tastes so much better—and is so much better for you! The essentials for this easy skillet pasta: spinach, walnuts, oil, and garlic. Chicken gives every bite a boost of protein.

Buy It: Maruchan Ramen Variety Pack, $19 for 24, Amazon

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Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai
Kritsada Panichgul

You don't have to hit the road to get your fix of this trendy street food. This chicken pasta skillet twist on pad Thai calls for soaking the rice noodles in water. Then all that's left to do is cook them in a homemade brown chili sauce.

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Whole Wheat Tortellini with Broccoli

Whole Wheat Tortellini with Broccoli
Karla Conrad

This Mediterranean meal is here to take the stress out of supper. Amp up basic tortellini with a trio of fresh toppings and plenty of crushed red pepper.

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Skillet Rotini with Zucchini and Sausage

Skillet Rotini with Zucchini and Sausage
Kritsada Panichgul

Pork sausage isn't just for breakfast. Try it for supper for a savory, well-seasoned protein pick. This zucchini and pasta skillet dinner will quickly become a favorite, thanks to sweet tomatoes, savory garlic, and three hits of spicy pepper. Sprinkle with cheese for an ooey-gooey finish.

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Wild Mushroom Ravioli Lasagna

Wild Mushroom Ravioli Lasagna
Karla Conrad

It's easy to drift into an Italian daydream with these mushroom-filled ravioli and spoonfuls of fluffy ricotta cheese. Fresh kale gives go-to basil a run for its money.

Test Kitchen Tip: Crank up the protein power and make this a chicken Parmesan pasta skillet of sorts by tossing in leftover diced chicken breast.

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Shrimp, Mango, and Couscous Skillet

Shrimp, Mango, and Couscous Skillet
Jacob Fox

Tiny pearls of couscous pasta cook up in a flash! Make it the star of your next dinner in this spicy shrimp and mango skillet pasta. It offers a hefty dose of island vibes in just 35 minutes.

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