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Pasta Recipes

Pasta can be a quick, easy and healthy option for any meal. Easy pasta dishes cook quickly and offer endless flavor possibilities. Here's a collection of our best classic Italian recipes and new twists on old favorites.

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Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

From Sardis, Ohio, Dorothy Bayes sends this refreshingly light take on an all-time favorite. It's perfect for a fast weeknight dinner or festive weekend barbecue.

Simple Sausage Lasagna

Simple Sausage Lasagna

Simple Sausage Lasagna

When I saw a lasagna recipe that did not call for precooking the noodles, I was anxious to try this time-saving shortcut. Making some changes and additions to suit my taste, I developed this popular dish that I now call my own.

Favorite Italian Wedding Soup

Favorite Italian Wedding Soup

Favorite Italian Wedding Soup

I enjoyed a similar soup for lunch at work one day and decided to re-create it at home. I love the combination of meatballs, vegetables and pasta.
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Orzo-Stuffed Peppers

Orzo-Stuffed Peppers

Orzo-Stuffed Peppers

Packed with orzo, Italian sausage and summer flavors, these stuffed peppers make a fun, fast-fixing meal. Get colorful with green, orange, red or yellow peppers. Use more or less pepper flakes to adjust the level of heat to your liking! —Kelly Evans, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Asian Spaghetti

Asian Spaghetti

Asian Spaghetti

We love this recipe with its bright, crisp-tender snow peas and carrots, but you could easily substitute any veggies you have on hand. —Anne Smithson, Cary, North Carolina

Caramelized Onion & Garlic Pasta

Caramelized Onion & Garlic Pasta

Caramelized Onion & Garlic Pasta

This full-flavored recipe is the result of my mom's love of pasta and our love of cooking together. With a bit of pepper heat and smoky bacon, the entree is excellent alone or paired with grilled chicken. —Lacy Jo Matheson, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

Contest-Winning Easy Minestrone

Contest-Winning Easy Minestrone

Contest-Winning Easy Minestrone

This recipe is special to me because it’s one of the few dinners my entire family loves. And I can feel good about serving it because it’s full of nutrition and low in fat. —Lauren Brennan, Hood River, Oregon

Easy Tortellini Soup

Easy Tortellini Soup

Easy Tortellini Soup

Quick, easy and colorful, this soup makes a cozy cup or even a light lunch on blustery days. Veggies add nutrition, and cheese tortellini makes it hearty and delicious. —Gaye Thompson, St. Charles, Missouri

Italian Basil Pasta Salad

Italian Basil Pasta Salad

Italian Basil Pasta Salad

Ready for a big bite of summertime? Pass around this garden-fresh pasta salad. I'd suggest serving it at your next dinner party, potluck or luncheon. —Charlotte Gehle, Brownstown, Michigan

Balsamic Pork Scallopine

Balsamic Pork Scallopine

Balsamic Pork Scallopine

I developed this delightful dish by tweaking my veal scallopine recipe—thinly sliced pork is an economical alternative and a tasty success! —Mary Cokenour, Monticello, Utah

Hearty Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Hearty Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Hearty Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Oregano really shines in this hearty soup from field editor Traci K Wynne, Denver, Pennsylvania. “It smells delicious while it’s cooking and makes a great lunch or dinner. You could use lima beans instead of the green beans.”

Family-Favorite Pasta Sauce

Family-Favorite Pasta Sauce

Family-Favorite Pasta Sauce

This hearty Italian-style meat sauce has a sweetness that I really love. It’s the recipe I use for spaghetti, lasagna and gnocci, which I bake with mozzarella and Parmesan on top. —Jody L Bober, St Clairsville, Ohio

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Always searching for new and different soup recipes, I came across a similar one in an old church cookbook and changed a few ingredients to suit my family's tastes. Now it's one of our favorites and I always get requests for the recipe. —Heather Persch, Hudsonville, Michigan

Contest-Winning Picnic Pasta Salad

Contest-Winning Picnic Pasta Salad

Contest-Winning Picnic Pasta Salad

My family's not big on traditional pasta salads made with mayonnaise, so when I served this colorful version that uses Italian dressing, it was a big hit. This crowd-pleaser is loaded with vegetables, beans and tricolor pasta. -Felicia Fiocchi, Vineland, New Jersey
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