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    Hummus Pasta Salad

    This hummus pasta salad is a hearty side dish, but it could be a nice meatless main dish as well. Add the dressing while the pasta is still warm to allow the pasta to absorb some of the dressing. —Michelle Morrow, Newmarket, New Hampshire

    Spicy Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

    5 reviews

    I make this spicy shrimp pasta a lot because it's a something my family never seems to get tired of....


    Dutch Oven Pasta Bake

    1 review

    I was in a hurry one night, so I went on a pantry search to see what I had on...


    Decadent Spinach-Stuffed Shells

    1 review

    I created this comforting stuffed shells dish to serve on Christmas Eve, but it’s so good we enjoy it all...


    Five-Cheese Ziti al Forno

    10 reviews

    After having the five-cheese ziti at Olive Garden, I tried to make my own version of it—and I think I...

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    The Best Marinara Sauce

    1 review

    I developed this recipe with a friend to make the most of a bumper crop of tomatoes. Now we like...


    Pressure-Cooker Clam Sauce

    I serve this bright and fresh clam sauce often, usually with pasta. But it's also delectable as a hot dip...

    Chili Macaroni and Cheese

    4 reviews

    What could be tastier on a cold winter day than chili or mac and cheese? Put them together and you...


    Perfect Four-Cheese Lasagna

    4 reviews

    Lasagna is one of my favorites, and this is the recipe I’ve been making since I was a teenager. It’s...


    Slow-Cooker Short Rib Ragu over Pappardelle

    8 reviews

    An irresistible sauce gives this beef another dimension of flavor. Nearly any starchy side, such as potatoes or polenta, will...


    One-Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

    10 reviews

    When the weather's too chilly to grill burgers, I whip up a big pot of this cheesy pasta. Believe it...

    Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

    1 review

    Many years ago after I had had knee surgery, a friend brought me a big casserole of mac and cheese...


    Slow-Cooked Pizza Casserole

    10 reviews

    A friend from church gave me the recipe for this satisfying slow-cooked casserole. It's always one of the first dishes...


    Bacon-Colby Lasagna

    13 reviews

    With both bacon and ground beef, this hearty dish is a real crowd-pleaser. The recipe came from my grandmother, now...


    Pepperoni Lasagna

    8 reviews

    I've served this satisfying lasagna for years - when our children were small, they preferred it more than a steak...


    Loaded Chicken Carbonara Cups

    2 reviews

    Spaghetti cupcakes with a chicken carbonara twist make for a tasty, fun family dinner. Whole wheat pasta and reduced-fat ingredients...

    Cheesy Lasagna

    5 reviews

    The four different types of cheese make this lasagna a real crowd-pleaser. You can vary the amount of mozzarella, Monterey...


    Connie’s Tortellini Salad

    3 reviews

    Toss satisfying cheese tortellini and mozzarella with refreshing veggies for a substantial potluck salad. Sometimes I keep a bowl of...


    Creamy Lasagna Casserole

    23 reviews

    Satisfy your gang with this casserole sent in by Shelly Korell. The Eaton, Colorado reader whips up a rich combination...


    California Pasta Salad

    34 reviews

    As far as cold pasta salad recipes go, this is one of the best. Not only does it travel...


    Stuffed Pasta Shells

    19 reviews

    These savory shells never fail to make a big impression, even though the recipe is very easy. One or two...


    Three-Cheese Chicken Bake

    12 reviews

    This is a hearty, comforting casserole that's always a crowd-pleaser. The combination of flavors and interesting colors ensures I come...


    Pizza Pasta Casserole

    64 reviews

    Kids will line up for this zippy pizza-flavored dish. The recipe makes two casseroles, so you can serve one to...


    Garden-Fresh Spaghetti

    1 review

    This thick pasta sauce with fresh-from-the-garden flavor is chock-full of peppers, mushrooms, carrots and onion. "It makes a big batch,...

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    Pressure-Cooker Sicilian Meat Sauce

    4 reviews

    People have told me this is better than the gravy their Sicilian grandmothers used to make. But don't tell the...


    Pesto Pepper Tortellini

    4 reviews

    "This is a shortcut version of a rich, creamy pasta dish I enjoyed on a vacation trip," shares Mickie Taft...


    Confetti Spaghetti

    53 reviews

    It's not uncommon for folks to go back for second helpings of this hearty main dish when I share it...


    Jambalaya Pasta

    1 review

    My husband liked this dish at a restaurant, so we decided to re-create it at home. Guests frequently comment on...


    Crowd-Pleasing Baked Ziti

    2 reviews

    This isn’t your mama’s baked pasta! My zippy ziti boasts all the comfort and heartiness of Mom’s but with little...


    Beefy Noodle Casserole

    1 review

    When life calls for a potluck dish or family event, we stir up a batch of beef and noodles. That’s...