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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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Flavorful Swedish Meatballs

Flavorful Swedish Meatballs

Flavorful Swedish Meatballs

Our kids—Garrett, 10, and Heather, 5—love to roll the ground beef and pork mixture into these moist meatballs. We enjoy them prepared in a creamy gravy. But the frozen meatballs also are great additions to soups and stews, or to stir into spaghetti sauce and serve over pasta. —Stacy Thomas Anchorage, Alaska

Florentine Chicken Soup

Florentine Chicken Soup

Florentine Chicken Soup

“My husband loves Alfredo sauce, so I'm always looking for new variations,” writes Cindie Henf from Sebastian, Florida. “This easy-to-make soup is wonderful with crusty Italian bread and a tomato-mozzarella-basil salad. Best of all, it's the perfect amount for two of us.”

Italian Chicken and Peppers

Italian Chicken and Peppers

Italian Chicken and Peppers

I put this chicken recipe together one day when I had leftover peppers and wanted something easy. To my delight, the taste reminded me of pizza—something I love but can no longer eat! It's great with steamed broccoli. —Brenda Nolen, Simpsonville, South Carolina
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Summer Garden Couscous Salad

Summer Garden Couscous Salad

Summer Garden Couscous Salad

This salad makes the most of summer's bounty. I used to prepare it with a mayonnaise dressing, but lightened it with lemon vinaigrette. It's even better now! —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

Beef in Onion Gravy

Beef in Onion Gravy

Beef in Onion Gravy

I double this super recipe to feed our family of four so I'm sure to have leftovers to send with my husband to work for lunch. His co-workers tell him he's lucky to have someone who fixes him such special meals. It's our secret that it's an easy slow cooker dinner! —Denise Albers, Freeburg, Illinois

Chicken Manicotti

Chicken Manicotti

Chicken Manicotti

When a girlfriend came home from the hospital with her newborn, I sent over this freezer casserole. She and her family raved over how good it was. Try substituting olives for mushrooms or using veal instead of chicken. —Jamie Valocchi, Mesa, Arizona

Italian Sausage Minestrone

Italian Sausage Minestrone

Italian Sausage Minestrone

This no-fuss minestrone is perfect family fare on chilly days. Feeling daring? Substitute a can of butter beans or pinto beans for one of the cans of cannellini beans. I serve it with warm with crusty French bread for dipping into the broth.—Elizabeth Renteria, Vancouver, Washington

Penne & Sausage Casseroles

Penne & Sausage Casseroles

Penne & Sausage Casseroles

Cheese, sausage and mushrooms make this casserole a consistent hit. It comes together quickly and feeds a crowd, too. —John Venturino, Concord, California

Cordon Bleu Lasagna

Cordon Bleu Lasagna

Cordon Bleu Lasagna

Five cheeses and a jar of prepared Alfredo sauce enhance this terrific lasagna recipe. It’s effortless to prepare and kid-friendly, too. Karlene Burton JACKSON, TENNESSEE

Creamy Tomato Shrimp with Penne

Creamy Tomato Shrimp with Penne

Creamy Tomato Shrimp with Penne

This creamy pasta dish looks and tastes like it’s meant for festive occasions but only takes 20 minutes to make. As Cassie says, “People love this entree's flavor and think it’s complicated, but jarred sauces make it so fast.” Cassie Conrad - Prescott Valley, AZ

Homemade Fettuccini Alfredo

Homemade Fettuccini Alfredo

Homemade Fettuccini Alfredo

A creamy and comforting cheese sauce, with a hint of pepper and nutmeg, coats fettuccine noodles in fine fashion. "This is wonderful as is, but sometimes I like to add sliced fresh mushrooms and black olives that have been sauteed in butter and garlic," notes Jo Gray from Park City, Montana.

Shrimp Linguine with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Shrimp Linguine with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Shrimp Linguine with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Easy and elegant, this creamy pasta dish with a hint of heat makes any dinner seem like a special affair. —Athena M. Russell, Greenville, South Carolina

Summertime Orzo & Chicken

Summertime Orzo & Chicken

Summertime Orzo & Chicken

This easy-as-can-be main dish is likely to become a summer staple at your house. It’s that good! If you prefer, grill the chicken breasts instead of cooking in a skillet. —Fran MacMillan, West Melbourne, Florida

Bacon Mac & Cheese

Bacon Mac & Cheese

Bacon Mac & Cheese

Jalapeno pepper adds an extra kick to this bacon mac and cheese, giving it great grown-up taste. I serve this comforting dish throughout the year.—Shelly Boehm, South Bend, Indiana
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