Crowd-Pleasing Pasta Recipes
Spring is in the air, and we’re planning some crowd-pleasing pasta dinners, perfectly paired with crisp white wine and flickering candles on the patio. Springtime is for whipping up delicious pasta suppers in the kitchen and then dining alfresco, surrounded by friends and family. These are our favorite pasta recipes and they are quick to make and are as crowd-pleasing as can be. We’re making the most of seasonal produce. Asparagus, arugula, beans, artichokes, and peas—it’s time for you to shine. So whip up some of our favorite pasta recipes for your family. From flavor to ease of preparation to pleasing a crowd, these pastas deliver. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
Sweet Pepper Pasta with Sausage
Recipe: Sweet Pepper Pasta with Sausage
Sweet peppers take center stage in this lively pasta dish. Orecchiette pasta, hot Italian sausage, and baby bell peppers create a dish you won’t soon forget.
Spaghetti with Pecan Pesto and Garlicky Breadcrumbs
Recipe: Spaghetti with Pecan Pesto and Garlicky Breadcrumbs
Springtime is pesto time. This dish is full of flavor, and the garlicky breadcrumbs make it a real winner. Just picture feasting on this dish under a lavender, late-afternoon sky.
Shrimp Boil Pasta
Recipe: Shrimp Boil Pasta
Craving a shrimp boil? If you can’t make it to the nearest body of water, channel the coast with this bright pasta recipe. It’s hearty and flavorful, a perfect way to welcome to the season.
Skillet-Toasted Gnocchi with Peas
Recipe: Skillet-Toasted Gnocchi with Peas
This hearty dish takes gnocchi to delicious new heights. The pillowy dumplings are studded with bright, bursting peas, making a spring dish to savor.
Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Recipe: Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Deploy your favorite spring and summer veggies in this family-favorite baked ziti recipe.
Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta
Recipe: Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta
Reinvent cabbage as a spring ingredient with this vibrant, flavorful pasta. Serve it to a crowd—it’s practically gourmet. (And the best part? One skillet, one pot, 25 minutes, and you’re done!)
Penne with Mushrooms, Corn, and Thyme
Recipe: Penne with Mushrooms, Corn, and Thyme
Add fresh corn to this mushroom-adorned penne for a bright main dish. Easy to scoop and even easier to eat, guests will seek seconds of this dish.
Recipe: Tomato Carbonara
Add some Italian flavor to your dinner table with this classic carbonara recipe. It’s cheery and bright, with plenty of tomatoes and fragrant herbs—chives, parsley, and garlic, anyone?
Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Recipe: Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
For a warm, comforting take on spring pasta, go for this kale and pasta bake. The kids will love it. It’s so good, they’ll never even realize how much kale they’re eating.
Skillet Mac and Cheese with Crispy Breadcrumbs
Recipe: Skillet Mac and Cheese with Crispy Breadcrumbs
It’s a Southern classic. It’s a delicious pasta. It’s our take on mac and cheese, prepared skillfully in a skillet. Crispy breadcrumbs make it just fancy enough for a crowd.
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese
Recipe: Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese
Hearty and fresh, this easy pasta dish only takes half an hour to prepare. It’s perfect alongside a crisp green salad with a glass of dry wine.
Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Recipe: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Chicken Alfredo is always a dinnertime staple. It’s easy to prepare and it’s a definite crowd pleaser. Whip up our classic recipe for a filling dinner main.
Pasta Shells with Spring Vegetables
Recipe: Pasta Shells with Spring Vegetables
Spring vegetables are some of the most thrilling of the year. Fresh flavors and wonderful textures mix in this easy, super seasonal pasta dish.
Creamy Spring Pasta Bake
Recipe: Creamy Spring Pasta Bake
Our pasta bake recipes are everyone's go-tos in winter, but this one is a perfect variation for spring, full of bursting baby sweet peas and savory ham.
One-Pan Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, and Collards
Recipe: One-Pan Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, and Collards
If you can’t get your hands on collards, substitute your favorite spring veggies into this easy-as-can-be one-pan pasta recipe.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus
Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus
Update your dinnertime go-to with delicious asparagus. It’s an easy way to reinvent a classic fettuccine, and your family is sure to approve.
Mix 'n' Match Spring Pasta Toss
Recipe: Mix 'n' Match Spring Pasta Toss
This pasta is as easy as can be. One quick toss of irresistibly crisp spring veggies is all it takes to get this craveable pasta to the table.
Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Recipe: Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
We know you’ll be making a few trips to the farmers’ market this season, so why not pick up the ingredients to make this pasta salad? Choose your favorites—and your guests’ favorites—to personalize this dish.
Lemony Broccoli Rabe Pasta
Recipe: Lemony Broccoli Rabe Pasta
Make the most of citrus this season. Lemon enlivens this pasta, giving it a cheery calling card. It’s almost as bright as these sunny spring days.
Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Recipe: Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Crunch your way through this wonderful salad, a delicious mix of pecans, bacon, grapes, and onion—not to mention tender pasta and tasty broccoli.
Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
Sneak some broccoli into your kids’ dinner with this tasty pasta bake. They’ll never be the wiser.
Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad
Recipe: Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad
Green beans don’t often get their due. Rectify that oversight with this delicious pasta salad, which puts lemony green beans front and center.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Tortellini Salad
Guests will ask for seconds of this chicken and tortellini dish. It’s delicious and oh-so easy to prepare.
Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs
Recipe: Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs
This delicate pasta dish is a showstopper. Serve it to a crowd, and guests will ooh and aah over the creamy ricotta and fragrant herbs.
Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Recipe: Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Pair green beans and tomatoes for an inspired pasta dish that looks much more involved than it actually is. Your guests will be impressed, and you’ll be ready for dinner in no time.
Sweet Pea-and-Mint Pasta Toss
Recipe: Sweet Pea-and-Mint Pasta Toss
There has never been a more perfect spring pair than sweet pea and mint. Treat your guests to this enchanting combination—and don’t worry, you won’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen, thanks to this recipe’s 30-minute prep time.
Confetti Pasta Salad
Recipe: Confetti Pasta Salad
The bright colors in this pasta dish will make any dinner exponentially more cheerful. It’s vibrant and enticing—and oh-so delicious.
Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad
Recipe: Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad
Grill your favorite vegetables to give this pasta dish some wonderful warm weather flavor.
Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Recipe: Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Field peas hide amongst the pasta in this spring supper dish, delicious little surprises that will keep guests coming back for seconds.
Recipe: Shrimp Scampi
Add some seafood to your weeknight dinner with this incredibly simple shrimp scampi recipe. It’s delectable and perfect for a spring supper.