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

One-Pan Pasta

Rating: 3.35 stars
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.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Rating: 3.51 stars
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.

Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach

Rating: 3.7 stars
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.

Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

This mouthwatering Italian recipe for gnocchi with tomato sauce was adapted from Martha Stewart Living, February 2004.

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.

Linguine with Lemon-Cream Sauce

Rating: 3.68 stars
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: 3.58 stars
No pasta's more iconic than spaghetti and meatballs, and now, it's a breeze to make -- the meatballs simmer right in the sauce.

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.

Linguine with Shrimp and White Wine

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.

Lemony Pesto Chicken Soup

Brighten your winter with this bright, lively soup that tastes like spring. It comes together in a flash, especially if you use store-bought broth, rotisserie chicken, and pesto.

Creamy Macaroni Salad

Rating: 3.63 stars
A tablespoon of mayo helps lend that tell-tale tangy flavor that everyone loves to this lower-in-fat recipe that instead relies on low-fat yogurt to bring creaminess.

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. 

Inspiration and Ideas

14 Fall Pasta Recipes That Make Perfect Weeknight Dinners

As much as we love classic spaghetti with meat sauce, sometimes you just need to switch things up. That's why we've gathered together 31 delicious recipes inspired by favorite pastas from Barilla. From skillet orzo and baked shells to ravioli salad and our ultimate one-pan pasta, there's a lot to enjoy here -- many dinners to come.

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.

Campanelle with Pistachio-Mint Pesto, Asparagus, and Cherry Tomatoes

Upend your pesto routine by switching out the usual basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan for mint, pistachios, and pecorino. Crisp-tender asparagus and juicy cherry tomatoes round out this vegetarian pasta that's equally delicious warm or at room temperature.