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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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Supernatural Spaghetti

The idea for this recipe came to me when I saw someone dip a slice of pizza into a pasta dish. My wife and kids love it and so do my friends! —Robert Smith, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

I made these for a family Christmas get-together because I wanted something fun for my young nephews and niece to eat. Turns out, the adults loved them, too. The poor kids only got to have a few! —Kate Mainiero, Poughkeepsie, New York

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.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs

Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs

Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs

I’ve been cooking 50 years and this dish is still one that guests ask for frequently. My No. 1 standby recipe also makes amazing hero sandwiches, and the sauce works for any pasta. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida

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Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

When the temperature drops in Shawnee, Kansas, Melanie Hudson warms up with a comforting Italian classic. “As a zippy side or light entree, you simply can’t beat it for simplicity,” she notes. Serve with a tossed green salad.

Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna

No one will even miss the meat when you serve this vegetable-rich lasagna. It has a fresh, full-bodied flavor. To save time, prepare the carrot and spinach layers in advance.

Spicy Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Spicy Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Spicy Sausage Soup with Tortellini

This soup is such a family treasure, both my daughters asked for the recipe when they moved out on their own. I cook the tortellini separately, but you can let it plump up in the soup broth, too. —Cynthia Krakowiak, Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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Hearty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Hearty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Hearty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

"After years of experimenting, my mom has perfected her hearty spaghetti sauce recipe," notes Jennifer Shaw of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. "It's excellent served with a tossed salad and garlic bread." Although the recipe makes more than two servings, it freezes well.

Smoked Sausage with Pasta

Smoked Sausage with Pasta

Smoked Sausage with Pasta

Chock-full of sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes and basil flavor, this quick recipe satisfies the toughest critics. "It's one of my husband's favorite dishes, and he has no idea it's lower in fat," writes Ruth Ann Ruddell from Shelby, Michigan. "Add a green salad for a delicious meal."

Scrumptious Spaghetti

Scrumptious Spaghetti

Scrumptious Spaghetti

This is the dish I start with when preparing the meal. This chunky sauce needs to simmer so I can focus on the rest of the meal.—Sherry Horton, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Zucchini Sausage Lasagna

Zucchini Sausage Lasagna

Zucchini Sausage Lasagna

This delicious zucchini and sausage casserole is a great way to sneak more vegetables into your family's diet. Even friends who didn't think they'd like lasagna made with zucchini have been won over by the taste! -Catherine Dawe, Kent, Ohio

Salmon Fettuccine

Salmon Fettuccine

Salmon Fettuccine

My husband, Chet, and I both love sport fishing—in fact, we even went fishing on our honeymoon! This tasty recipe is a favorite when we have leftover cooked salmon to use up. It's also great with canned salmon.—Lisa Royston, Wasilla, Alaska

Italian Chicken Milan

Italian Chicken Milan

Italian Chicken Milan

—Mrs. Lara Priest, Gansevoort, New York

Noodles and Kraut

Noodles and Kraut

Noodles and Kraut

I sampled this recipe at a 25th anniversary party and was told it was a family favorite, courtesy of a Polish grandmother. I shared the recipe with my sister-in-law’s family and she told me her five-year-old son loved it so much that he would eat it cold for breakfast! Every time our family gathers now, someone brings this dish.

Curried Beef

Curried Beef

Curried Beef

Served with rice or noodles, this comforting beef dish hits the spot on a cool day.

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

This pasta is great for a big gathering. It works well as a starter dish or as a main dish for a smaller group. One peeled, diced carrot may be used in place of the sugar for a milder, sweeter and healthier substitute.—Kathryn White, Pinehurst, North Carolina

Pretty Ham Primavera

Pretty Ham Primavera

Pretty Ham Primavera

Give leftover ham a face-lift in this tasty pasta dish that mixes up in a wink. The mild cream sauce gets fresh flavor from sauteed mushrooms and a boost of color from frozen peas. —Joan Laurenzo, Johnstown, Ohio
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