Quick-Fix Pasta Suppers
Pasta dishes cook quickly and offer endless flavor possibilities. Make one of our best Italian classics or try a new twist on an old favorite tonight.
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If you're craving a cheesy casserole but don't have the time to assemble and bake one, make a quick cooktop casserole with all your favorite casserole ingredients.
- Recipe: One-Dish Chicken Pasta
Whisk warm milk into the flour mixture to ensure a lump-free sauce. We also recommend shredding your own cheese for a creamier texture. We tested with Cracker Barrel Extra-Sharp Cheddar. Our step-by-step guide removes any guesswork from making this classic pasta.
Step-by-Step Video: Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This creamy bow tie pasta recipe combines chicken, cream of mushroom soup, and cheese for a satisfying main dish. Cooking the pasta in the same water that the chicken was cooked in gives the noodles extra flavor —and using just one pot makes for easy cleanup
- Recipe: Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta
Beef broth, soy sauce, and orange marmalade form a simple yet flavorful sauce for this pasta tossed with beef, snow peas, and carrots. Measure all ingredients before you begin cooking for the very best results.
- Recipe: Orange Beef Pasta
Won ton wrappers make homemade ravioli super easy to prepare. A light sauce made with chicken broth and white wine tops the fresh ricotta, Parmesan, and basil-stuffed pasta. Change the level of spiciness by adjusting the amount of dried crushed red pepper.
Kale has a mild cabbage-like flavor that's nice with sausage. To save a few minutes on the cook time, use spinach, which does not require steaming. Cook pasta, chop onion, and toast pine nuts the day before. Rinse pasta with cold water to wash away starches that cause sticking, and refrigerate in a zip-top plastic bag.
- Recipe: Pasta with Sausage and Kale
Spinach, chopped chicken, and Parmesan and cottage cheeses combine to form the filling for these rich, Alfredo-topped pasta shells. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken to speed up the prep time.
- Recipe: Pronto-Stuffed Pasta Shells
This company-worthy pasta dish is easy enough to make on a weeknight. To get dinner on the table fast, stuff the chicken, cheese, and spinach mixture into the pasta in advance and freeze. When you’re ready to eat, just arrange thawed cannelloni in a dish, top with jarred sauce, and bake.
Cooked quickly in a skillet, Greek-seasoned turkey cutlets are the perfect accompaniment to fettuccine with sautéed red onion, tomatoes and olives. Feel free to substitute your favorite canned tomato blend.
If you like Caesar salad, you’ll love this pasta twist. Lemon and Dijon mustard enhance bottled Caesar dressing to make a warm, creamy sauce for tortelloni and roasted red bell pepper strips.
This top-rated spinach-ravioli lasagna uses convenience items, like store-bought pesto sauce, jarred Alfredo sauce, and frozen cheese-filled ravioli, to deliver a delicious main dish with little time and effort on your part.
- Recipe: Spinach Ravioli Lasagna
- Recipe: Sweet-Hot Asian Noodle Bowl
In less than an hour, you can create a one-dish dinner that will satisfy the whole family. A hallmark of Southern cooking, this updated main dish stars Alfredo sauce, prosciutto, and Parmesan cheese.
Canned diced tomatoes and green chiles kick up the flavor in this almost effortless mac and cheese. To tame the spiciness, use regular cheese and milder diced tomatoes and chiles.
- Recipe: Spicy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
One easy way to kick up the flavor in a dish is to add Cajun seasoning. Here, the seasoning is sprinkled on the chicken strips before they're sautéed and tossed into the linguine-vegetable mixture.
- Recipe: Cajun Chicken Pasta
No pots and pans are required for this easy, no-mess Mediterranean recipe. Simply use a glass measuring cup to heat the broth in the microwave, place dry couscous in the serving bowl, and then add the broth. Once the remaining ingredients are stirred in, the dish is ready to serve.
- Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Couscous
Jarred Alfredo sauce makes preparing this flavor-packed pasta simple. Sautéed onion, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, and fresh spinach leaves are a winning veggie combination. Add cooked chicken for a heartier variation.
- Recipe: Fettuccine-Vegetable Toss
This elegant pasta dinner will have your family thinking you worked in the kitchen all day long. The secret, though, is refrigerated ravioli and jarred alfredo sauce that's heated with white wine, chopped fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil. Top with grated Parmesan cheese for a tasty finishing touch.
Lemon and garlic combine with delicate angel hair pasta and mild-flavored shrimp for a refreshing and quick pasta supper. Buy peeled and deveined shrimp at the grocery store to cut prep time.
- Recipe: Shrimp Scampi
Bacon and a white wine sauce add plenty of rich flavor to tortelloni, peas, tomatoes, and spring greens. We tested with porcini mushroom tortelloni, but you can substitute your favorite variety.
This hearty Italian entree features grilled chicken and zucchini tossed with storebought cheese tortellini, pesto, chopped tomatoes, and Italian herb seasoning.
A container of refrigerated pesto adds distinctive flavor to this basic beef-and-cheese lasagna, and the unbaked lasagna can be frozen for up to three months.
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Serve up the sweet taste of summer any night of the week. Sautéed in a hot skillet with a splash of olive oil, grape tomatoes become fragrant and juicy – perfect for pairing with pasta.
- Recipe: Burst Tomato and Herb Spaghetti
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Broccoli rabe, a bitter, almost-spicy descendant of wild mustard, is actually more closely related to turnips than broccoli. Blanching, before sautéing, mellows out its bitterness and locks in the bright green color.
- Recipe: Lemony Broccoli Rabe Pasta
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Cook the pasta al dente (1 or 2 minutes shorter than package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed with the vegetables and vinaigrette. Ripe for riffs, the salad is also delicious with cheese-filled tortellini.
- Recipe: Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
This dish is a revelation. Throw all of your ingredients into one pot over medium-high heat, and about 25 minutes later you'll have noodles perfectly coated in a luscious tomato-basil sauce.
Using a mix of different shapes of pasta? Add any larger, thicker shapes to the pot 2 to 3 minutes before smaller pasta. Feel free to veer from the recipe and use up any vegetables that you have on hand. Try swapping out green beans or broccoli for the sugar snaps or 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper for the jarred pimiento.
Recipe: Mix 'n' Match Spring Pasta Toss