Quick and Easy Pasta Dinner Recipes

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Chicken Alfredo Bake

Rating: 4.5 stars
Made with penne pasta and rotisserie chicken, this is a quick version of chicken alfredo bake. Serve with garlic bread and a green salad for a no-fuss weeknight meal.

Last-Minute Lemon Spaghetti and Shrimp

Rating: 4.57 stars
This delicious pasta dish comes together in about 20 minutes. The taste is fresh and tart! If you try this recipe using dried basil or bottled lemon juice, then you haven't tried this recipe!

Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

Rating: 4.54 stars
Known as 'gnocchi alla sorrentina,' this classic Italian pasta dish that uses simple ingredients and tastes delicious. Use homemade or store-bought gnocchi.

Shrimp Noodle Bowls

Rating: 5 stars
These shrimp noodle bowls are best served cold. Make it ahead of time and tote it for lunch.

Bucatini Cacio e Pepe (Roman Sheep Herder's Pasta)

Rating: 4.65 stars
This peasant food comes from Roman sheep herders who had little time and money to spend on eating. They used their sheep's cheese and a bit of the water that cooked the pasta to create a cream, then added black pepper to give it some extra flavor. Cheap, easy, and fast: this was perfect for them and for us even today!

Shrimp Primavera with Goat Cheese

Rating: 4.86 stars
This dish is one of my favorites. If you like goat cheese it will become one of yours as well. I was inspired to make this dish after trying a similar one made with chicken at a local restaurant. Serve with a nice crusty loaf of french bread, a garden salad, and a glass of your favorite red wine!

Three Cheese Chicken Penne

Rating: 4.55 stars
Savory chicken, fresh spinach, penne pasta, basil and creamy cheeses are baked together in this simple and fresh chicken dish. Serve with a salad and warm bread for an easy weeknight meal!
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Simple Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 4.41 stars
A very quick and easy fix to a tasty side-dish. Fancy, designer mac and cheese often costs forty or fifty dollars to prepare when you have so many exotic and expensive cheeses, but they aren't always the best tasting. This recipe is cheap and tasty.

Buttered Noodles

Rating: 4.52 stars
Such a simple and delicious recipe, yet I get many questions on how to make it.

Simple Beef Stroganoff

Rating: 4.08 stars
This is a very simple and quick beef stroganoff that can be made after a busy day at work. It uses ground beef and mushroom soup!

Italian Chicken Skillet

Rating: 4.44 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!

Instant Pot® Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Rating: 4.32 stars
Try this perfect shrimp pasta seasoned with Thai chili sauce and Sriracha®, made in minutes in your Instant Pot® for a quick and easy midweek dinner with a kick.

Inspiration and Ideas

Pasta Ai Fiori Di Zucca (Zucchini Blossom Pasta)

Rating: Unrated
"A fantastic pasta dish made like traditional pasta in Italy: simple and full of flavor." – Buckweat Queen

Restaurant Style Mac and Cheese

Rating: Unrated
"My kids love this recipe! This is so simple to make." – Fit&Healthy Mom

Passover Matzo Lasagna

Rating: 4.44 stars

You won't miss the lasagna noodles in this quick to assemble dairy passover dish. Whole Matzo boards are used in place of the noodles.