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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 turned leftover hamburgers into meatballs and dreamed up this cozy Southwestern soup. Now my Italian family asks for it over traditional wedding soup. —Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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Flavorful Italian Pot Roast

Flavorful Italian Pot Roast

Flavorful Italian Pot Roast

I fix this pot roast when my grown children come over. I know it's one of their favorites, because all of them have asked for the recipe.

Wheely-Good Pasta Salad

Wheely-Good Pasta Salad

Wheely-Good Pasta Salad

"Red pepper pieces accent this yummy side dish, and the pasta wheels really 'drive' the theme," says Amber Kimmich from Powhatan, Virginia.

Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

Leftover turkey, dressing and sweet potatoes make terrific stuffing for jumbo pasta shells. We add cheese and use turkey gravy as the sauce for this crowd-pleaser. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island
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Sesame Seed Citrus Noodles

Sesame Seed Citrus Noodles

Sesame Seed Citrus Noodles

I made this easy bu elegant weeknight recipe often. The noodles have a wonderful citrus tang with a hint of basil and a bit of crunch form the toasted sesame seeds.

Turkey Portobello Pasta

Turkey Portobello Pasta

Turkey Portobello Pasta

With portobellos and a host of seasoning, this turkey pasta dish is truly special. From Heather Fergeson of Idaho Springs, Colorado, it’s perfect for guests, but since it’s so quick, you can make it any night at all!

Chicken-Pepper Alfredo

Chicken-Pepper Alfredo

Chicken-Pepper Alfredo

When I want a lighter dinner, I use lean turkey bacon in this recipe. It gives the pasta that richness you want without all the extra fat. —Courtney Harris, Denton, Texas

Italian Bean Soup

Italian Bean Soup

Italian Bean Soup

This budget-friendly bean soup with orzo, potato and veggies is so hearty, you won’t even notice it’s meatless. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware

Turkey Spaghetti Casserole

Turkey Spaghetti Casserole

Turkey Spaghetti Casserole

My mom made this creamy comforting dish when I was growing up. Whenever I have leftover chicken or turkey, I look forward to making this simple, yet tasty, filling dish. —Casandra Hetrick, Lindsey, Ohio

Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

With fresh basil and tomatoes in the dressing, this refreshing salad delightfully captures the flavor of summer.

Quick Chicken Parmesan

Quick Chicken Parmesan

Quick Chicken Parmesan

My mother inspired me to develop my first pasta sauce. It's tangy, simple and really satisfying. The longer it simmers, the better it gets, so keep that in mind if you have time to spare. —Danielle Grochowski, Milwaukee, Wisconsin



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

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.

Chicken Pasta Salad for Four

Chicken Pasta Salad for Four

Chicken Pasta Salad for Four

Santa himself might find it hard to resist this hearty, colorful chicken salad packed with veggies, pasta and flavor. Our Test Kitchen added just the right touch of heat to warm and welcome friends and family in from the cold! TIP: This versatile recipe can be varied for all seasons of the year by adding hard-cooked eggs, different meats, such as turkey, ham, tuna or shrimp…even by changing the nuts and vegetables to whatever you have on hand!

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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

Udon Noodles with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Udon Noodles with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Udon Noodles with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Thai cuisine has such wonderfully intense flavors, but the dishes can be heavy and time-consuming. My answer is a refreshing salad with mango, gingerroot and a pop of jalapeno. —Melanie Stevenson, Reading, Pennsylvania

Sun-Dried Tomato Linguine

Sun-Dried Tomato Linguine

Sun-Dried Tomato Linguine

We call this “Gus’s Special Pasta” because my oldest child claimed it as his own. It’s cheesy, garlicky goodness and quick to fix. —Courtney Gaylord, Columbus, Indiana
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