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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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On busy days, it's a comfort to know that my family can sit down to dinner minutes after we walk in the door. Double it to wow at a potluck. This recipe works in a slow cooker, too. —Virginia Krites, Cridersville, Ohio
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Mushroom Prosciutto Pasta

Mushroom Prosciutto Pasta

Mushroom Prosciutto Pasta

If prosciutto is not available at your deli counter, substitute diced ham.

Basil Pasta Sauce

Basil Pasta Sauce

Basil Pasta Sauce

Nothing beats the aroma of this speedy simmered pasta sauce...except its wonderful taste. To round out the meal, toss together a green salad and pop some garlic bread in the oven as shown in the photo at right. Or, steam asparagus for a swift side dish and pick up a chocolate cream pie from the supermarket.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Pretty Ham Primavera

Pretty Ham Primavera

Pretty Ham Primavera

Give leftover ham a face-lift in this tasty pasta dish that mixes up in a wink. The mild cream sauce gets fresh flavor from sauteed mushrooms and a boost of color from frozen peas. —Joan Laurenzo, Johnstown, Ohio
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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.

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.

Straw and Hay

Straw and Hay

Straw and Hay

Years after I clipped this recipe from a local newspaper, it's still one of my husband's and my favorites. Sometimes I substitute shrimp or scallops for the ham. We can't decide which way we like it more!

Favorite Chicken Pasta

Favorite Chicken Pasta

Favorite Chicken Pasta

“This dish was a favorite of mine at a local restaurant, but when I saw the recipe, I knew it was too rich for my family's diet,” writes Lynn Skilsky of Oro Valley, Arizona. “I made some healthy changes, and now it's one of my favorites.”

Shrimp Penne with Garlic Sauce for Two

Shrimp Penne with Garlic Sauce for Two

Shrimp Penne with Garlic Sauce for Two

“My friends and family request this all the time. It’s quick and smells so good.” Best of all, it's a breeze to downsize for two! Christy Martell - Round Hill, Virginia

Chili Manicotti

Chili Manicotti

Chili Manicotti

No one will guess that the secret to this taste-tempting entree is yesterday's chili. A jar of spaghetti sauce combined with Amy's specialty creates the ideal sauce for this cheese-filled manicotti. Topped with mozzarella, the mouthwatering meal will receive rave reviews...and requests for seconds.

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!

Spinach-Basil Lasagna

Spinach-Basil Lasagna

Spinach-Basil Lasagna

In the kitchen, my husband and I like to use classic ingredients in new ways. I came up with this lasagna one day and haven't made another type since. We love it! —Charlotte Gehle, Brownstown, MI
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