25 Easy Pasta Dinners The Whole Family Will Love
Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus
Fettuccine Alfredo probably isn’t the first dish you think of for a springtime supper or healthy eating. But this version, made with fresh, seasonal asparagus, is much lighter than the classic and just as delicious. With a bit of lemon to give it a citrus kick, it’s perfect for the warmer weather.
Recipe: Mushroom Stroganoff
Smoked paprika adds depth to this meatless dish.
Pasta Shells with Spring Vegetables
Pea tendrils, the tender tips of pea vines that taste just like the peas, make an unexpected and charming garnish.
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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
Spinach Ravioli Lasagna
Recipe: Spinach Ravioli Lasagna
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.
Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
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.
Cavatappi Pasta with Beans and Bacon
Thick, twisty cavatappi noodles pair beautifully with crisp bacon and bright beans.
Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole
Southerners love our casseroles, and it doesn’t get much easier than this Spaghetti Casserole.
Pasta with Shrimp and Tomato Cream Sauce
A touch of cream makes this tomato sauce oh-so-indulgent.
Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta
Recipe: Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta
With substantial pieces of butternut squash and browned beef, this pasta is a whole meal in one bowl.
Sweet Pepper Pasta with Sausage
Recipe: Sweet Pepper Pasta with Sausage
Who knew sweet peppers and sausage could be such a winning combination?
Spaghetti with Pecan Pesto and Garlicky Breadcrumbs
Only in the South do we throw pecans into our pesto—and once you make the switch, you’ll never look back.
Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Have some surplus from your farmers’ market haul? Add your extra produce to this catch-all, summery baked ziti.
Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta
This one skillet, one pot dish makes cooking an elegant dinner easier than ever.
Recipe: Tomato Carbonara
This vegetarian-friendly version of your favorite pasta dish swaps bacon for burst cherry tomatoes.
Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Recipe: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Chicken, penne, and cream sauce come together to create an all-star dinner casserole.
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese
Have a pack of ground beef on hand? Make this easy Spaghetti Bolognese your go-to dinner solution.
One-Pan Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, and Collards
Your guests will never suspect that a meal this elegant was cooking in just one pan. Talk about no cleanup!
Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs
Equal parts pasta and crisp, bright peas, this pasta helps you get your greens in (and still tastes great)!
Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Recipe: Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Freshen up your tried-and-true pasta casserole with bright green kale. A creamy sauce keeps this 30-minute pasta bake feeling appropriately cheesy and indulgent.
Skillet-Toasted Gnocchi with Peas
A stunning dish of gnocchi is shockingly easy to make – just pick up a package of the potato pasta at the grocery store and toss it in your skillet.
Cheesy Sheet Pan Pasta
Pasta, cooked and crisped to perfection on a sheet pan? Don’t knock it until you try it.
Winter Vegetables and Gnocchi
Recipe: Winter Vegetables and Gnocchi
This balanced bowl gives you full servings of vegetables and pasta in one, making it the ideal winter weeknight supper.
Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
Tortellini, chicken, broccoli, butter crackers, and pecans compose this casserole that bursts with flavor and texture.
Cajun Shrimp Boil Pasta
Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Boil Pasta
Shrimp, corn, and smoked sausage form the base for this warm-weather pasta dish with a nice Cajun kick.