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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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I stirred up an easy pasta and figured if we all like it, others might, too. Broccoli and bacon add color and crunch to this creamy casserole. —Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Ham and Pea Pasta Alfredo

Ham and Pea Pasta Alfredo

Ham and Pea Pasta Alfredo

When I want a filling meal that even the kids enjoy, I toss ham and sugar snap peas with Romano cream sauce and pasta. —CR Monachino, Kenmore, New York

Turkey Ramen Noodle Salad

Turkey Ramen Noodle Salad

Turkey Ramen Noodle Salad

My husband and I make this awesome salad together—he does the chopping. When we bring it to potlucks, we pack the ramen and almonds separately and toss them in right before it's time to dish up. They stay nice and crunchy that way. —Kristen Pallant, Big Arm, Montana

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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Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

From Desert Hot Springs, California, Marian Ridgeway writes, “My neighbor and I used to have a friendly competition for that first ripe tomato! This side dish with orzo is always a favorite.”

Basil Turkey Soup

Basil Turkey Soup

Basil Turkey Soup

After a busy day of Christmas shopping, it's easy to put together this soup with leftover turkey and frozen vegetables. It tastes like it simmered all day!

Nutty Cheese Tortellini

Nutty Cheese Tortellini

Nutty Cheese Tortellini

“I like to plant Italian flat-leaf parsley in a long terra-cotta planter, so I have it on hand,” says Barb Kramer of Endwell, New York. “The Italian parsley really lends itself to this pasta dish.”
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Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This pasta salad is frequently requested at family get-togethers. The poppy seed dressing is also delicious in coleslaw or with a tossed salad.

Red Clam Sauce

Red Clam Sauce

Red Clam Sauce

“This recipe tastes like it's been slaved over all day. Instead, it cooks while you do other things.” What a great way to jazz up pasta sauce! JoAnn Brown - LaTrobe, Pennsylvania

Pea 'n' Crab Pasta Salad

Pea 'n' Crab Pasta Salad

Pea 'n' Crab Pasta Salad

This pretty pasta salad is jazzed up with crabmeat, spinach and peas. With crumbled feta and just the right amount of Italian dressing, it makes a hearty side dish or a satisfying main course served with bread alongside. -Test Kitchen

Sausage 'n' Noodle Dinner

Sausage 'n' Noodle Dinner

Sausage 'n' Noodle Dinner

I adapted this dish from a recipe my German grandmother gave me. It reminds me of my heritage whenever I make it.

Vermicelli Rice Pilaf

Vermicelli Rice Pilaf

Vermicelli Rice Pilaf

At the holidays, I use butter and white rice in this recipe, just like my mom and generations of Armenian women did. But most days I saute the vermicelli in olive oil and substitute brown rice for white. —Jean Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin

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

Microwave Minestrone

Microwave Minestrone

Microwave Minestrone

"This hearty soup is packed with vegetables and pasta," remarks Emma Magielda of Amsterdam, New York. "By the time I set the table, it's ready."

Easy Sausage & Ravioli for Two

Easy Sausage & Ravioli for Two

Easy Sausage & Ravioli for Two

This saucy combo of frozen ravioli and Italian sausage is guaranteed to please. “It’s great served with garlic bread and a salad.” —Misty Williams, Grain Valley, Missouri

Make Once, Eat Twice Lasagna

Make Once, Eat Twice Lasagna

Make Once, Eat Twice Lasagna

Our family loves this recipe accompanied with a green salad and garlic bread. It is so handy on lazy days or when guests arrive to have an extra, ready-made pan in the freezer. —Geri Davis, Prescott, Arizona

Microwave Mexican Manicotti

Microwave Mexican Manicotti

Microwave Mexican Manicotti

This recipe from Nancy Ensor of Oviedo, Florida is a time-saver because you don't need to cook the pasta shells first. "It's easy to prepare and a delightful twist to Mexican cooking," she relates.

Floret Pasta Toss

Floret Pasta Toss

Floret Pasta Toss

This refreshing salad from kari Congenie of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois is fast to prepare because you can slice the vegetables while the pasta cookes. "I just threw it together, adding flavors that suited my taste buds," Kari notes. "Feel free to add a few of your own."
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