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.

Staff Picks

Shortcut Italian Wedding Soup

A Parmesan rind is the powerhouse ingredient behind this fast, flavorful version of the classic soup.

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.

Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup

If you need to get dinner on the table fast but you're tight on time, you can make this restorative, immunity-boosting soup with store-bought broth and rotisserie chicken.

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. Our favorite broccoli pasta recipe calls for just five main ingredients (penne, broccoli, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan). There's minimal cleanup with this one-pot meal, but lots of flavor for your family to enjoy. It's a dish you'll make on the regular.

Corn Chowder with Zucchini and Orzo

Rating: 3.5 stars 36
This hearty fresh corn soup doesn't take long to make and it can be your main course.

Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

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

Dan Dan Noodles

Making chili oil from scratch is easy and adds a delicious complex flavor to this dish, but you can use regular hot chili oil instead in a pinch.

One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta

This lighter take on tuna casserole gets brightness and crunch from fresh asparagus and arugula.

Tortellini Soup with Peas and Spinach

Rating: 3.5 stars 25
Store-bought fresh cheese pasta meets homemade chicken stock in this quick soup.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Our ultimate mac and cheese relies on three different kinds of cheese -- American, cheddar, and Parmesan. For easier grating, put the block of cheese in the freezer for five minutes first.

Linguine Pasta with Lemon-Cream Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 102
Minimal ingredients and maximal flavor, that's how we describe this pasta dish with lemon cream sauce. All you need is olive oil, shallots, heavy cream, lemon juice and zest for the sauce; the tang of lemons is balanced by the richness of cream. Another reason to love this pasta is that the dish takes just 20 minutes to make.

Inspiration and Ideas

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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.
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.