Quick & Easy Pasta Recipes

Shouldn't comfort food be quick and easy to prepare? One of the undeniable titans of the comfort label, find a selection of pasta salads, pasta dishes with vegetable, seafood, chicken, sauces, and more favorites with these quick and easy pasta recipes.

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One-Pan Pasta

Rating: 3.5 stars 7146
It's one of our most popular recipes and for good reason. This is our original one-pot pasta recipe, inspired by a dish one of our food editors ate in Puglia, Italy. All the ingredients cook together in a straight-sided skillet, you don’t even need to boil water first—and it's on the table in just 20 minutes.

Penne with Garlicky Tomatoes and Salmon

Shake yourself out of a pasta rut with this simple, supremely flavorful recipe for penne with salmon. While the noodles cook in their own pot, you'll sauté juicy cherry tomatoes with garlic and then steam the salmon right in the same pan. The result is a fresh and flavorful seafood dinner that comes together in under 30 minutes. 

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 999
Capture the pure taste of summer with this pasta. The secret: using raw, fresh tomatoes that have never seen the inside of a refrigerator for the tomato sauce. Recipe copyright 2012 by Eugenia Bone.

One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon

Less is more in this quick and easy weeknight dinner. It calls for just five main ingredients (penne, broccoli, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan) and requires minimal cleanup.

Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 158
This mouthwatering Italian recipe for gnocchi with tomato sauce was adapted from Martha Stewart Living, February 2004.

Linguine with Lemon-Cream Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 102
This quickly made pasta dish relies on the tang of lemons with the richness of cream sauce for its flavor.

Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

Rating: 3.5 stars 537
No pasta's more iconic than spaghetti and meatballs, and now, it's a breeze to make -- the meatballs simmer right in the sauce.

Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach

Rating: 3.5 stars 159
This is one of the quickest, most efficient suppers on the planet. Creamy goat cheese makes its own sauce, but it needs the fresh brightness of lemon to really pop.

Linguine with Shrimp and White Wine

Rating: 3.5 stars 236
This 20-minute shrimp pasta recipe is sure to become a favorite. All you need for the sauce is a flavorful and fragrant combination of butter, garlic, white wine, and lemon juice.

Brothy Orzo and Pork Meatballs

In this one-pot dinner recipe, meatballs are given a makeover for spring. Ground pork, fennel seed, and Parmesan are mixed togther and formed into meatballs that cook in a light, bright broth with orzo pasta, lemon juice, and fresh dill. 

Ravioli with Tomatoes and Basil Dressing

Rating: 3.5 stars 50
Grape tomatoes are smaller than cherry tomatoes and less juicy, so they won't water down the ravioli. They're as colorful as candy, too (and almost as sweet).

One-Pot Penne with Spinach, Ricotta, and Pine Nuts

Rating: 3 stars 49
In this easy six-ingredient dish, the spinach cooks right in the pot with the pasta. Spoon ricotta onto each serving, and let your guests mix it up themselves.

Inspiration and Ideas

Quick, Easy, and Delicious Pasta Recipes Ideal for Weeknight Dinners
When you need a comforting meal but don't have a lot of time, whip up one of these fast pasta recipes. All can be made in 45 minutes or less.
13 No-Cook Pasta Sauces You'll Be Making on Repeat This Summer
Craving pasta but don't feel like standing over a hot stove while your sauce slow simmers? Try making one of our no-cook pasta sauces. They're quick, easy, and delicious.
Pasta Carbonara
Rating: 3.5 stars 179

If you can boil water, then making pasta carbonara is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. A quick dinner made from six everyday kitchen staples, carbonara is a comfort food standby in Italian kitchens for good reason. As the spaghetti cooks, you'll crisp up some pancetta in a skillet, whisk together eggs and cream on the side, and then toss it all together with and grated Parmesan to create a silky, creamy pasta that is perfect for any day of the week.