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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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I was hungry for something different, so I gave my Italian-style lasagna a Mexican accent. It's packed with tempting seasonings, and the cheese, and green onions and ripe olives make an attractive topping. —Sheree Swistun of Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Double-Cheese Beef Pasta

Double-Cheese Beef Pasta

Double-Cheese Beef Pasta

Provolone and mozzarella cheeses star in this comforting pasta dish. My mother shared the recipe with me when I was married more than 50 years ago.—Marilyn Pearson, Billings, Montana

Vegetable Shrimp Toss

Vegetable Shrimp Toss

Vegetable Shrimp Toss

"Whenever I cook too much spaghetti, I just pop it in the refrigerator," relates Sharyn Craig from El Cajon, California. "The next time I have leftover veggies, I combine them with the pasta, some sauteed shrimp and a little Parmesan cheese."

Tomato Artichoke Chicken

Tomato Artichoke Chicken

Tomato Artichoke Chicken

Preparing the pizza sauce early in the week sure saves time later when it's used in this fast dinner. Tender chicken, roasted red peppers and marinated artichoke hearts put a flavorful spin on the red sauce that's served over pasta.
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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.

Mushroom Prosciutto Pasta

Mushroom Prosciutto Pasta

Mushroom Prosciutto Pasta

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Bow Ties with Sausage & Asparagus

Bow Ties with Sausage & Asparagus

Bow Ties with Sausage & Asparagus

We love asparagus, so I look for ways to go green. This veggie pasta comes together fast on hectic nights and makes wonderful leftovers. —Carol Suto, Liverpool, New York

Hearty Turkey Casserole

Hearty Turkey Casserole

Hearty Turkey Casserole

This recipe comes from reader Eunice Holmberg of Willmar, Minnesota. It’s a creamy, cheesy delight for guests of all ages.
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