45-Minute Pasta Main Dish Recipes

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Baked Ziti I

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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

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

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

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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

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

Quick and Easy Pancit

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Quick, Easy and delicious! Will remind you of Island Fiestas!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

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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!

Linguine with Clam Sauce

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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.

Spinach Tomato Tortellini

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An old boyfriend's mother used to cook this for me whenever I ate over. Cheese tortellini are served in a creamy tomato and spinach sauce. I love it!

Pasta with Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Sauce

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This a great way to use pumpkin in your cooking rather than your baking. The flavor of the pumpkin doesn't come out very strong and if you didn't know what was in it, you probably wouldn't even realize it was pumpkin. But it makes a great creamy pasta sauce with a different type of flavor.

Tomato Basil Penne Pasta

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A Mediterranean-style family staple.

Easy Turkey Tetrazzini

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An easy, quick turkey dish that turns precooked turkey into a family favorite.

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

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My family requests this recipe every year for birthday parties and other events! It's crowd- and family-friendly, as well as easy to make ahead and then refrigerate!

Inspiration and Ideas

The Best Clam Sauce

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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!

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

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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.

Chicken Riggies

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This is Utica, New York's, specialty dish. Rigatoni (riggies) pasta is paired with chicken and spicy peppers in a creamy red/white sauce. Some other popular additions are mushrooms and black olives.