Quick and Easy Pasta Dinner Recipes

Family favorites, like spaghetti or mac and cheese, can also be on the table in a hurry, with over 770 quick and easy pasta dinner recipes.

Staff Picks

Chicken Alfredo Bake

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
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: 4.5 stars 14
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: 4.5 stars 15
Known as 'gnocchi alla sorrentina,' this classic Italian pasta dish that uses simple ingredients and tastes delicious. Use homemade or store-bought gnocchi.

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

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
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: 5 stars 21
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!
By Luna's Mom

Three Cheese Chicken Penne

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
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: 4.5 stars 891
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: 4.5 stars 124
Such a simple and delicious recipe, yet I get many questions on how to make it.

Simple Beef Stroganoff

Rating: 4 stars 922
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!
By Brenda

Italian Chicken Skillet

Rating: 4.5 stars 591
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: 4.5 stars 18
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 2
"A fantastic pasta dish made like traditional pasta in Italy: simple and full of flavor." – Buckweat Queen
Restaurant Style Mac and Cheese
Rating: Unrated 209
"My kids love this recipe! This is so simple to make." – Fit&Healthy Mom
Simple Macaroni and Cheese
Rating: 4.5 stars 888

This easy mac and cheese recipe is ready in under 30 minutes.