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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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My family really enjoys this meal. Cubed leftover turkey may be substituted for sausage. Just add to the skillet with the cooked pasta for a fast meal. —Katie Wollgast, Florissant, Missouri
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Grandma's Cajun Chicken & Spaghetti

Grandma's Cajun Chicken & Spaghetti

Grandma's Cajun Chicken & Spaghetti

I’m originally from Louisiana, where my grandma spoke Cajun French as she taught me her spicy chicken spaghetti, lovingly made on an old woodstove. —Brenda Melancon, McComb, Mississippi

Toasted Mexican Ravioli

Toasted Mexican Ravioli

Toasted Mexican Ravioli

We like Mexican and Italian foods, so spicy breaded ravioli gives us the best of both worlds. We serve sauce on the side and pass the queso fresco. —Cristy King, Scott Depot, WV

Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

This pretty crowd-pleaser always stands out on the buffet table. With plenty of shrimp, artichoke hearts, olives, peppers and a host of herbs, it's a tasty change-of-pace from pasta salads. I serve it with a from-scratch vinaigrette.—Ginger Johnson, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

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Slow-Cooked Turkey Stroganoff

Slow-Cooked Turkey Stroganoff

Slow-Cooked Turkey Stroganoff

I have been making this tasty dish for 30 plus years. Our family loves turkey and I make a variety of turkey dishes, but this is our favorite. I love it because I can put it in my slow cooker before I leave for work and come home to a hot, delicious dinner. It's great served over cooked noodles, rice, mashed potatoes or polenta.—Cindy Adams, Tracy, California

Smoked Sausage Pasta

Smoked Sausage Pasta

Smoked Sausage Pasta

“One of the things I like most about this is that you can chill leftovers and have an equally delicious sausage pasta salad later in the week.” Jasen Guillermo - Tucson, Arizona

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
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Venison Sausage Meatballs

Venison Sausage Meatballs

Venison Sausage Meatballs

These meatballs are a savory blend of ground venison and pork sausage, with water chestnuts for crunch. "This is my husband's favorite venison recipe," says Geraldine Mennear of Mastic, New York. "Even my co-workers, who normally don't like game meat, enjoy it."

Italian Meat Sauce

Italian Meat Sauce

Italian Meat Sauce

This robust home-style pasta sauce from Candi Johnsen of West Plains, Missouri tastes just as good after it's been frozen.

Cherry-Chicken Pasta Salad

Cherry-Chicken Pasta Salad

Cherry-Chicken Pasta Salad

The Women in Mission group at my church always receives compliments for this sweet and savory salad.

Meatball Minestrone

Meatball Minestrone

Meatball Minestrone

Just thinking about this soup simmering on the stove gets me hungry! The homemade meatballs are so tasty. —Esther Perea, Van Nuys, California

Spinach & Feta Stuffed Flank Steak

Spinach & Feta Stuffed Flank Steak

Spinach & Feta Stuffed Flank Steak

If you need a main dish recipe from a slow cooker that offers an upscale feel, this one is a great choice. Elegant enough for company, the rolled flank steak looks pretty on a plate.—Steven Schend, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Penne with Veggies and Black Beans

Penne with Veggies and Black Beans

Penne with Veggies and Black Beans

Chock-full of zucchini, tomatoes, sweet pepper and carrots, this hearty pasta dish puts your garden harvest to good use. For variety, I sometimes add one-half cup of salsa or one-half cup of thickened teriyaki sauce, writes Vickie Spoerle of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ziti Supper

Ziti Supper

Ziti Supper

For her fabulous and fuss-free Ziti Supper, Elaine Spevak of Jacksonville, Florida turns to store-bought spaghetti sauce, then dresses it up with crisp veggies, olives, fresh parsley and cheese. The result? A healthy dinner entree that’s “quick to prepare and sure to please,” she reports. “This is my family’s very favorite pasta dish.” TIP: For easy variety, choose a spaghetti sauce with mini meatballs.



Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

A little peppery heat warms up this tasty and versatile veggie-and-orzo side dish from Sam Stusek in Annapolis, Maryland. “I often substitute a variety of our favorite seasonal vegetables and it's always delicious,” he notes.

Smoked Mozzarella Chicken with Pasta

Smoked Mozzarella Chicken with Pasta

Smoked Mozzarella Chicken with Pasta

Take an ordinary chicken breast into wow territory with just a few extra ingredients. Use prosciutto instead of ham to make the dish extra smoky. —Naylet LaRochelle, Miami, Florida

Minted Orzo

Minted Orzo

Minted Orzo

In just 15 minutes, I can make a warm, fresh-tasting side. Its mild flavor balances lots of entrees, especially the spicy ones. —Donna Curtis, Oakhurst, New Jersey

Soup for Two

Soup for Two

Soup for Two

This comforting and colorful soup from field editor Margery Bryan of Royal City, Washington is loaded with old-fashioned goodness. The flavorful broth is chock-full of veggies, chicken and macaroni. "By changing the vegetables, you can make it different every time," Margery notes.
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