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Pasta Dinners

Whether it's for a family night or entertaining with friends, pasta offers a variety options and flavors. From spaghetti, lasagna, fettuccine and alfredo to ingredients like chicken, shrimp, turkey and vegetarian, these pasta recipes are sure to be a hit for your next dinner.

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The name of this Italian-inspired dish means "baked pasta with beans." But my busy family translates it as "super satisfying dinner." —Cindy Preller, Grayslake, Illinois
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Italian Pasta Bake

Italian Pasta Bake

Italian Pasta Bake

I love to make this dish whenever I need to bring a dish to pass. Fresh tomatoes add a nice touch that's missing from most other meat, pasta and tomato casseroles.—Karla Johnson, East Helena, Montana

Spaghetti Ham Toss

Spaghetti Ham Toss

Spaghetti Ham Toss

Marybeth Wright of Maitland, Florida says it takes her only minutes to make this time-saving pasta toss. Leftover ham, canned ripe olives, sliced mushrooms and roasted red peppers lend plenty of flavor to the colorful combination of tastes.

Linguine with Broccoli Rabe & Peppers

Linguine with Broccoli Rabe & Peppers

Linguine with Broccoli Rabe & Peppers

Broccoli rabe is one of my favorite veggies. Since it cooks right with the pasta, you can multitask. Before you know it, dinner is served. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware
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Manicotti with Eggplant Sauce

Manicotti with Eggplant Sauce

Manicotti with Eggplant Sauce

This Italian-style dish from Barbara Nowakowski of North Tonawanda, New York has a hearty spinach and cheese filling and a well-seasoned tomato-eggplant sauce. Since the recipe calls for reduced-fat ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, it will fill you up, not out!

Pepper Steak Fettuccine

Pepper Steak Fettuccine

Pepper Steak Fettuccine

"My husband is a pasta lover, so I created this tangy dish for him," explains Crysta West of New Straitsville, Ohio. Strips of round steak, green pepper and onion make it hearty—and at 99¢ a serving, it's economical, too.

Cheese Manicotti

Cheese Manicotti

Cheese Manicotti

This is the first meal I cooked for my husband, and years later he still enjoys my manicotti recipe! —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

Zippy Macaroni and Cheese

Zippy Macaroni and Cheese

Zippy Macaroni and Cheese

When I was asked to teach an advanced 4-H foods class, I included this recipe. The kids loved it and have been making it for their families ever since.—Glenda Schwartz, Morden, Manitoba

Creamy Spinach & Rigatoni Bake

Creamy Spinach & Rigatoni Bake

Creamy Spinach & Rigatoni Bake

Macaroni and cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods, but go ahead and give an Italian twist here. —Tammy Rex, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

Tomato 'n' Shrimp Pasta

Tomato 'n' Shrimp Pasta

Tomato 'n' Shrimp Pasta

Diced tomatoes, a little tomato paste and fresh basil combine with onions and mushrooms to make a tasty sauce for sauteed shrimp.

Spicy Scallop Fettuccine

Spicy Scallop Fettuccine

Spicy Scallop Fettuccine

This attractive savory stir-fry from Dot Christiansen of Bettendorf, Iowa stars succulent, quick-cooking scallops. "It may seem that timing is everything when you first try this recipe, but you'll soon realize you can pretty much just throw it together," she hints. "It's well worth it!"

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
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