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Pasta Recipes

Pasta can be a quick, easy and healthy option for any meal. Easy pasta dishes cook quickly and offer endless flavor possibilities. Here's a collection of our best classic Italian recipes and new twists on old favorites.

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Grandfather loved pirate stories and good pasta. When we make his stuffed shells, it reminds us of his favorite tropical places and adventures. —Kathy Noll, Laureldale, Pennsylvania
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Artichoke & Lemon Pasta

Artichoke & Lemon Pasta

Artichoke & Lemon Pasta

While sailing in the Mediterranean, we tasted a lemony pasta. I developed my own version of it that our guests love. Try it with shrimp, kalamatas and asparagus. —Peter Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

No-Cook Fresh Tomato Sauce

No-Cook Fresh Tomato Sauce

No-Cook Fresh Tomato Sauce

Try this sauce at times when you have a box of pasta or a store-bought pizza shell and need a sure-fire topping. Dinner is served. —Julianne Schnuck, Taste of Home Designer

Cannelloni-Style Lasagna

Cannelloni-Style Lasagna

Cannelloni-Style Lasagna

I created this lasagna, combining two family favorite dishes, for our family's Christmas celebration. It was extra special because my parents had just come back from a trip to Italy. —Deborah Loop, Clinton Township, Michigan

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Turkey Meatballs Soup

Turkey Meatballs Soup

Turkey Meatballs Soup

Cooked Italian turkey meatballs can be found in the refrigerated section of your local grocery stores. You can also substitute frozen beef meatballs.

Lamb Kabobs with Yogurt Sauce

Lamb Kabobs with Yogurt Sauce

Lamb Kabobs with Yogurt Sauce

I make these whenever I find lamb stew chunks at the meat counter. I've served it to people who aren't fond of lamb but enjoyed the flavor of these kabobs.

Honey-Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms

Honey-Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms

Honey-Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms

It's hard to believe such an elegant dish is table ready in half an hour. To cut prep time, use a food processor to slice onions and mushrooms. Mixed vegetables make a quick side dish.
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Italian Sausage N Peppers Supper

Italian Sausage N Peppers Supper

Italian Sausage N Peppers Supper

I created this sausage and pepper dish after I enjoyed similar at an Italian restaurant. My young son loves it even though it is a little spicy. -Teresa Puszkar of Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ham Pasta Salad

Ham Pasta Salad

Ham Pasta Salad

I "invented" this salad as I went along...it's a combination of various pasta salad recipes I'd seen. It can be served as a side dish, of course. In summer, however, my husband doesn't care for hot meals, so I make it as a main dish. We're recent city transplants with two young children, ages 6 and 3.

Savory Mediterranean Orzo

Savory Mediterranean Orzo

Savory Mediterranean Orzo

If you like to celebrate the season by sampling flavors from around the world, you’ll love this Mediterranean side. The yellow summer squash, roasted red peppers and spinach yield specks of eye-popping color that makes this dish festive.—Kristi Silk, Ferndale, Washington

Sausage Marinara Sauce

Sausage Marinara Sauce

Sausage Marinara Sauce

Not only does this sauce freeze well, but it's a family favorite. I like to keep a few batches in the freezer. Then I simply cook the pasta, reheat the sauce and dinner is ready.—Christi Gillentine, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Pork and Pasta

Pork and Pasta

Pork and Pasta

“A quick stovetop recipe that's great for using up leftover pork loin or those cooked chops sitting in the fridge. Used as a main dish, you can count on two generous servings.” Janice Kennedy - Sayville, New York

Speedy Spaghetti

Speedy Spaghetti

Speedy Spaghetti

On a busy weekday, Debbie relies on her premade meat sauce to put an Italian spaghetti dinner on the table in mere minutes. It's nicely seasoned and has plenty of meat and mushrooms.

Traditional Swiss Steak

Traditional Swiss Steak

Traditional Swiss Steak

Our ladies' group held monthly dinners at our church to raise money and this is one of the dishes we served. We never had to advertise these dinners - word about the good food got around quickly.

Mexican-Style Chicken Manicotti

Mexican-Style Chicken Manicotti

Mexican-Style Chicken Manicotti

Combining an Italian pasta and Mexican ingredients created an exceptional dish for Mrs. Larry Phillips from Shreveport, Louisiana. She writes, "This recipe is well-liked even in Cajun Country Louisiana!"

Balsamic Chicken with Broccoli Couscous

Balsamic Chicken with Broccoli Couscous

Balsamic Chicken with Broccoli Couscous

This quick-fix recipe uses an ingenious shortcut: The broccoli cooks right along with the couscous. Just add a healthy vegetable side.

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Our Test Kitchen tossed tender tube pasta with fresh spinach, onion, blue cheese and chicken broth to create this aromatic entree. A sprinkling of toasted honey pecans tops it all with a touch of sweetness.

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

A dash of red pepper puts zip in this lively main dish from Gloria Jones Grenga of Newnan, Georgia.
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