45-Minute Pasta Main Dish Recipes

You'll be sitting down to a pasta dinner in under an hour with these 45-minute pasta recipes, complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

Staff Picks

Baked Ziti I

Rating: 4.71 stars
A lady I worked with brought this in one day, and it was a hit. Now it is the favorite of all my dinner guests. It's great for a covered dish dinner too. I have made this also without the meat, and it is well received.

Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Rating: 4.27 stars
Easily doubled for a potluck, cottage cheese and sour cream are the unique elements to this macaroni and cheese recipe.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Rating: 4.08 stars
A new and yummy twist to Gnocchi. Pair this up with butter or your favorite alfredo sauce. This recipe can be made with butternut squash instead of the sweet potatoes.

Crab-Stuffed Manicotti

Rating: 4.15 stars
Manicotti shells stuffed with crab meat and covered with Alfredo sauce make a great meal for family or company.

Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

Rating: 4.58 stars
Well-rounded seafood and pasta dish. Good with any pasta; angel hair is less filling.

Quick and Easy Pancit

Rating: 4.37 stars
Quick, Easy and delicious! Will remind you of Island Fiestas!

Garlic Shrimp Pasta Bake

Rating: 4.88 stars
Want a super satisfying, quick and easy dinner? Then this buttery garlic shrimp pasta bake is definitely a family pleasing meal idea that you should try!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Rating: 4.73 stars
Cajun cooking is a combination of French and Southern cuisine. It is robust, country style cookery - and so is this dish! Laissez le bon temp roulez and bon appetit!

Italian Chicken Skillet

Rating: 4.42 stars
This is a healthy, delicious, easy dinner! The best part is that it cooks all in one skillet so there is hardly any mess!

Tomato Basil Penne Pasta

Rating: 4.41 stars
A Mediterranean-style family staple.

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Rating: 4.48 stars
This is an easy, inexpensive, white clam sauce. Try it over any kind of pasta; lemon pepper linguine is especially tasty. Extend the sauce for larger portions by adding in one half cup of chicken broth.

Skillet Lasagna

Rating: 4.75 stars
This no-bake skillet lasagna is made right on your stovetop and is a fast and easy alternative to store-bought hamburger mixes!

Inspiration and Ideas

The Best Clam Sauce
Rating: Unrated
I cannot order better white clam sauce in a restaurant. My boyfriend begs me to make this! Thanks Mom! Serve this dish with fresh garlic bread and a nice white wine. I promise this is a keeper and you won't like any other white clam sauce!
Easy Turkey Tetrazzini
Rating: Unrated
An easy, quick turkey dish that turns precooked turkey into a family favorite.

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Rating: 4.47 stars

This is a very simple recipe and it tastes divine! My sister and I were trying to come up with the perfect Alfredo recipe and we found it.