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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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This recipe comes from reader Eunice Holmberg of Willmar, Minnesota. It’s a creamy, cheesy delight for guests of all ages.
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White Beans & Bow Ties

White Beans & Bow Ties

White Beans & Bow Ties

When we have fresh veggies, we toss them with pasta shapes like penne or bow tie. For add-ins, think heirloom tomatoes, onion and garlic. —Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado

Ham & Noodles with Veggies

Ham & Noodles with Veggies

Ham & Noodles with Veggies

A hearty, healthy dinner has never been easier! Frozen veggies in cheese sauce with pasta make this meal super fast.

Hoisin Pork Tenderloin

Hoisin Pork Tenderloin

Hoisin Pork Tenderloin

Ramen noodles are anything but college-casual when they're served with saucy pork tenderloin. Our guests go nuts when we sit down to this Asian-style meal. —Connie Keller, Lake Ozark, Missouri
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Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

In less than 30 minutes, I can put together this hearty salad of pasta, white beans and veggies – and it’s good for a crowd. — Mya Zeronis, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Artichoke Blue Cheese Fettuccine

Artichoke Blue Cheese Fettuccine

Artichoke Blue Cheese Fettuccine

Store-bought Alfredo sauce speeds along this flavorful, meatless entree. I use dry pasta, but you can use refrigerated fettuccine to make this recipe even faster.—Jolanthe Erb, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Homemade Italian Vegetable Soup

Homemade Italian Vegetable Soup

Homemade Italian Vegetable Soup

"One night when my husband and I needed a quick supper, I threw together this satisfying soup using only what we had on hand," shares Margaret Glassic of Easton, Pennsylvania. "It's a family favorite, and it's good for us, too!"

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

Fabulous Fettuccine

Fabulous Fettuccine

Fabulous Fettuccine

My mother-in-law is from Italy, so my husband, Bob, grew up eating pasta dishes. I've been preparing this fresh-tasting version for about 8 years. Bob requests it often, and even his mom thinks it's very good. -Mary Kay Morris, Cokato, Minnesota

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.

Festive Slow-Cooked Beef Tips

Festive Slow-Cooked Beef Tips

Festive Slow-Cooked Beef Tips

We once owned an organic greenhouse and produce business. Weekends were hectic, so I made no-fuss meals like yummy beef tips to fortify us at day’s end. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Bacon Bolognese

Bacon Bolognese

Bacon Bolognese

Pasta with ground beef was a house staple growing up. I’ve added bacon, white wine and juicy tomatoes to make it a next-level meal. —Carly Terrell, Granbury, Texas

Glazed Shrimp & Asparagus For 2

Glazed Shrimp & Asparagus For 2

Glazed Shrimp & Asparagus For 2

With its spicy, Asian flavor, this shrimp and asparagus combo is excellent for a special occasion or a quick-fix weeknight dinner. -Joan Duckworth, Lee's Summit, Missouri

Makeover Noodle Kugel

Makeover Noodle Kugel

Makeover Noodle Kugel

We think you'll feel good about serving this fabulous brunch dish, now that it's lower in saturated fat by 8 g and in cholesterol by 115 mg. —Cathy Tang, Redmond, Washington

Pasta Crab Egg Salad

Pasta Crab Egg Salad

Pasta Crab Egg Salad

Your family will never guess that the flavorful coating for this pasta and crab combination starts with yesterday's egg salad. This delicious second-day dish is simple to assemble and pretty, too.

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Bow Ties with Sausage & Asparagus

Bow Ties with Sausage & Asparagus

Bow Ties with Sausage & Asparagus

We love asparagus, so I look for ways to go green. This veggie pasta comes together fast on hectic nights and makes wonderful leftovers. —Carol Suto, Liverpool, New York

Curried Squash & Sausage

Curried Squash & Sausage

Curried Squash & Sausage

This stovetop supper is simple to make, and it charms my whole family of curry lovers. My kids even ask for it cold to have in their school lunches. —Colette Lower, York, Pennsylvania

Crunchy Ramen Salad

Crunchy Ramen Salad

Crunchy Ramen Salad

For potlucks and picnics, this salad's a knockout. I tote the veggies in a bowl, dressing in a jar and noodles in a bag. Then shake them up together when it's time to eat. —LJ Porter, Bauxite, Arkansas
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