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27 Delicious Ideas For Weeknight Pasta Dinners

All ready in 30 minutes or less.


1. 15-Minute Spaghetti Carbonara

Just spaghetti + bacon + garlic + Parmesan + egg. Get the recipe.

2. One-Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

3. Spaghetti With Zucchini, Lemon, and Parmesan

Fresh and filling. Get the recipe.

4. Oven-Baked Chicken Parmesan

5. Fusilli With Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Butternut Squash

The butternut squash roasts in the oven while the pasta cooks on the stovetop. Get the recipe.

6. Shrimp Scampi

The easy shrimp marinade — butter, lemon, garlic, red pepper flakes, and a splash of white wine — makes all the difference. Get the recipe.

7. Penne All'Arrabbiata

Arrabbiata means "angry" in Italian — and here, that translates into a simple tomato sauce spiked with fiery red chili. Get the recipe.

8. Whole Wheat Penne With Sautéed Kale and Chorizo

Not a fan of kale? You can also sub in spinach — just don't sauté it as long. Get the recipe.

9. Skillet Mac 'n' Cheese Pizza

For those nights when you can't decide between pasta and pizza. Get the recipe.

10. One-Pot Pasta Primavera With Fresh Veggies and Mushrooms

Get the recipe. (And find more one-pot pasta ideas here.)

11. Orecchiette With Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts and Hazelnuts

Brown butter Brussels sprouts = also great on their own/as a side. Get the recipe.

12. Easy Beef Stroganoff

Cooks in 30 minutes. Gets devoured in approximately four. Get the recipe.

13. Creamy Vegan Tomato-Basil Pasta

This version swaps out the dairy for creamy cashews blended with a tomato base. Get the recipe.

14. Five-Ingredient Pasta Salad

15. Spaghetti With Beef Marinara

Can't go wrong with a classic. Get the recipe.

16. Goat Cheese Lemon Pasta

With kale and red pepper flakes. Get the recipe.

17. Angel Hair Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Smash away. (And grape tomatoes work too!) Get the recipe.

18. Fettuccine With Lighter Butternut Squash Alfredo

This version swaps out heavy cream and cheese for a healthier base that's mostly butternut squash, chicken stock, and milk. Get the recipe.

19. Buffalo Chicken Penne

20. Spaghetti With Sautéed Greens and Bacon

21. Easy Stovetop Turkey Meatballs

Simmer these in marinara sauce for 12 to 15 minutes — then serve over your favorite pasta. Get the recipe.

22. Lighter Sundried Tomato Fettucine

This version subs in Greek yogurt instead of cream. Get the recipe.

23. Orecchiette With Mushrooms, Peas, and Parmesan

24. Gluten-Free Zucchini Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes

25. One-Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta

A quick, flavorful way to use up leftover chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken. Get the recipe.

26. Pasta With Easy Tomato Cream Sauce

Just cut tomato sauce with a bit for cream for the pretty (and easy!) orange color. Get the recipe.

27. Cacio e Pepe

Parm + pepper: Proof that you don't need a laundry list of ingredients to make something delicious. Get the recipe.

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