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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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My kids love to stuff spiral pasta inside bread for a clever dinner torte. We save the bread crusts to make garlicky croutons for salad. —Melissa Birdsong, Waleska, Georgia
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Penne with Veggies and Black Beans

Penne with Veggies and Black Beans

Penne with Veggies and Black Beans

Chock-full of zucchini, tomatoes, sweet pepper and carrots, this hearty pasta dish puts your garden harvest to good use. For variety, I sometimes add one-half cup of salsa or one-half cup of thickened teriyaki sauce, writes Vickie Spoerle of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Chicken Broccoli Lasagna

Chicken Broccoli Lasagna

Chicken Broccoli Lasagna

Nothing is as delicious as a gooey slice of lasagna. This lasagna uses up cooked chicken and has tasty broccoli.—Lisa Reilly, Kingston, Massachusetts

Argentine Lasagna

Argentine Lasagna

Argentine Lasagna

My family is from Argentina, which has a strong Italian heritage and large cattle ranches. This all-in-one lasagna is packed with meat, cheese and veggies. —Sylvia Maenenr, Omaha, Nebraska
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Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

A dash of red pepper puts zip in this lively main dish from Gloria Jones Grenga of Newnan, Georgia.

Spinach-Pork Stuffed Shells

Spinach-Pork Stuffed Shells

Spinach-Pork Stuffed Shells

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

Italian Turkey and Noodles

Italian Turkey and Noodles

Italian Turkey and Noodles

A jar of meatless spaghetti sauce makes this easy dish a perfect supper during the week...just add a green salad and dinner is set. Best of all, my whole family loves it. —Cindi Roshia of Racine, Wisconsin

Double Jack Mac

Double Jack Mac

Double Jack Mac

This was a recipe that came about when I asked my two sisters what they would like to see added to traditional Mac and Cheese to make it a little special. One said Pepper Jack Cheese and the other said black beans. I liked both of the ideas and this is the result. The black beans add color and nutrition. The Pepper Jack cheese adds zip and fun.—Andrea Johnson, Freeport, Illinois

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!

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

Cheesy Bow Tie Chicken

Cheesy Bow Tie Chicken

Cheesy Bow Tie Chicken

Here's a super-simple dish that tastes like it's straight from a nice Italian restaurant. Spinach-artichoke dip is usually available in supermarket delis. It comes frozen, too. Just make sure to thaw it according to the package directions before dinnertime. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan

Meatless Lasagna

Meatless Lasagna

Meatless Lasagna

"This saucy lasagna is one of my specialties," says Sharon Allen of Allentown, Pennsylvania. "It's packed with fresh-tasting vegetables, such s zucchini, mushrooms, carrots and peppers. The colorful casserole is a great way to celebrate the bounty of summertime."
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