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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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Pirate Pasta Shells

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Grandfather loved pirate stories and good pasta. When we make his stuffed shells, it reminds us of his favorite tropical places and adventures. —Kathy Noll, Laureldale, Pennsylvania
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Chicken Rolls with Pesto Pasta

Chicken Rolls with Pesto Pasta

Chicken Rolls with Pesto Pasta

Fresh basil (which is available in grocery stores year round) lends terrific flavor to these tasty chicken rolls. As the fantastic finishing touch, toss the pasta with purchased or homemade pesto just before serving. —Pat Stevens, Granbury, Texas

Chicken Spaghetti Supper

Chicken Spaghetti Supper

Chicken Spaghetti Supper

Instead of chicken breasts, try cut-up chicken or even browned turkey in her main dish. it's also interesting to try different types of pasta or to substitute rice for the spaghetti.—Carolene Esayenko, Calgary, Alberta

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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Oven-Ready Lasagna

Oven-Ready Lasagna

Oven-Ready Lasagna

When company drops in, Debbie uses the sauce to assemble this cheesy lasagna. Oven-ready noodles, which don't need to be cooked before they're layered in the baking dish, further speed preparation of this easy entree.

Spinach-Pork Stuffed Shells

Spinach-Pork Stuffed Shells

Spinach-Pork Stuffed Shells

Becky Burch of Marceline, Missouri shared these Italian-style shells.

Mexican-Style Chicken Manicotti

Mexican-Style Chicken Manicotti

Mexican-Style Chicken Manicotti

Combining an Italian pasta and Mexican ingredients created an exceptional dish for Mrs. Larry Phillips from Shreveport, Louisiana. She writes, "This recipe is well-liked even in Cajun Country Louisiana!"

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Buffalo chicken is a favorite in our household. Combine it with pasta and you have the ultimate comfort food. If you prefer less spicy food, the addition of sour cream, ranch dressing and mozzarella provides a creamy texture that nicely balances the spice. —Kathy White, Henderson, Nevada

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!

Macaroni Sausage Supper

Macaroni Sausage Supper

Macaroni Sausage Supper

Joyce Clauson and her husband chase winter’s chill in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin with this hearty and delicious casserole that’s been a family favorite for decades. TIP: “Sometimes I add a few fresh mushrooms or substitute cream of celery soup and a stalk of diced celery for extra flavor and nutrition,” Joyce says. She heats up leftover soup for lunch next day.

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.

Four-Cheese Turkey Pasta Bake

Four-Cheese Turkey Pasta Bake

Four-Cheese Turkey Pasta Bake

Leftover turkey combines with penne and cheeses to make a classic comfort food. The pasta bake works with chicken, shrimp or beef, too.—Mary Cokenour, Monticello, Utah
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