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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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This is my favorite meal to make when I'm short on time. You can also use different meats or vegetables depending on what you have on hand.—Sharon Gerst, North Liberty, Iowa.
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Ham & Noodles with Veggies

Ham & Noodles with Veggies

Ham & Noodles with Veggies

A hearty, healthy dinner has never been easier! Frozen veggies in cheese sauce with pasta make this meal super fast.

Tomato-Basil Chicken Spirals

Tomato-Basil Chicken Spirals

Tomato-Basil Chicken Spirals

After tasting a wonderful pasta dish at an Italian restaurant, I experimented until I came up with this recipe. It's become one of our favorite low-fat meals. The riper the tomatoes, the better it is!

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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Pasta Pizza Venison Bake

Pasta Pizza Venison Bake

Pasta Pizza Venison Bake

Venison gives a pleasant change-of-pace flavor to this quick-to-fix pasta casserole. "Since my husband is an avid hunter, I'm always trying to find new ways to prepare ground venison," writes Donna Thomas from Bark River, Michigan. "Even those who usually don't care for the meat will like this hearty on-dish meal."

Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans

Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans

Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans

I learned how to make this dish from friends in Genoa, Italy, where they're known for creating tasty combinations of veggies, pasta and beans. You can sub feta cheese to give this a Greek twist. — Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Ziti Supper

Ziti Supper

Ziti Supper

For her fabulous and fuss-free Ziti Supper, Elaine Spevak of Jacksonville, Florida turns to store-bought spaghetti sauce, then dresses it up with crisp veggies, olives, fresh parsley and cheese. The result? A healthy dinner entree that’s “quick to prepare and sure to please,” she reports. “This is my family’s very favorite pasta dish.” TIP: For easy variety, choose a spaghetti sauce with mini meatballs.

Ragu Bolognese

Ragu Bolognese

Ragu Bolognese

“I cook my hearty entree, Ragu Bolognese, slowly, which creates a rich sauce that’s absolutely delicious. The veggies add fiber, and I use skim milk and turkey sausage to keep it lighter,” Mary Bilyeu writes from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The flavorful dish is great for family, but special enough for company.

Cannelloni-Style Lasagna

Cannelloni-Style Lasagna

Cannelloni-Style Lasagna

I created this lasagna, combining two family favorite dishes, for our family's Christmas celebration. It was extra special because my parents had just come back from a trip to Italy. —Deborah Loop, Clinton Township, Michigan

Garden-Style Beef Lasagna

Garden-Style Beef Lasagna

Garden-Style Beef Lasagna

Everyone who has tried this fabulous lasagna dish absolutely loves it; rants and raves over it; and asks me for the recipe. People are always surprised that it can be prepared entirely in the microwave. For a change of pace, I like to add a layer of sliced zucchinis. –Micaela Miller, Corinth, Texas

Sausage Marinara Over Pasta

Sausage Marinara Over Pasta

Sausage Marinara Over Pasta

"My husband and I enjoy pasta, so after I discovered low-fat Italian turkey sausage at the supermarket, I came up with this chunky sauce," says Shirley Meletes of Lehigh Acres, Florida
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