Easy Pasta Recipes

No matter what type of pasta noodles you like, whether you like red or white sauce, or meat vs. meatless pastas—this post has all kinds of easy pasta recipes that the whole family will love!

More Collections: Chicken Pasta Recipes, Healthy Pasta Recipes, Penne Pasta Recipes, Vegetarian Pasta Recipes

Collage of easy pasta recipes

An Easy Way to Feed the Family

For me, pasta dishes are among the easiest recipes to make!

Better yet, my kids are more apt to try and love a new recipe when it has pasta in it. Because – who doesn’t love pasta?!

I’ve collected some of our most favorite easy pasta recipes. Some recipes can be finished in under 30 minutes. Other easy recipes can be whipped up in just a few minutes, then baked in the oven or finished in the slow cooker. We promise you’ll love these easy pasta dishes.

Easy spaghetti pasta on a white plate

Tips for Making Easy Pasta dishes

Many of the recipes use precooked meats like chicken or ground beef. One trick I use is to precook enough to make several meals. I’ll portion the meat into 1 lb bags and then store them all in the freezer. When I have a recipe that calls for precooked meat, all I have to do is grab a portion from the freezer.   

Along that train of thought, many pasta dishes can be made ahead of time and either stored in the fridge or freezer to be warmed up later. Because it is so easy, I will often double the recipe I’m already making. I’ll use one for dinner and freeze the other to be used on a busy day. 

Also, pasta is pretty forgiving in that you can use virtually any type of noodle in a given recipe. Of course, there are a few recipes that you have to stick with what’s written (like lasagna), but other recipes can be switched up with whatever you have in the pantry.

  • Spaghetti, Angel hair, Linguine, Fettuccine are all similar and can be substituted for one another.
  • Penne, bow tie, wagon wheel, shell, rigatoni, fusilli, ziti can often be used interchangeably as well. 

With such a vast variety of pasta dishes listed I couldn’t possibly cover all the tips and tricks there are, so be sure to read each recipe post to find out all the ins and outs for that particular recipe. 

Easy and Delicious Pastas

Easy and Delicious Pastas

All of these recipes are “no fail” pastas that the whole family LOVES!

They’re simple to make, don’t require a ton of crazy ingredients, feed a decent sized crowd, and are always popular with whoever I feed it to. You’ll want to add some of these to your regular meal rotation as well!

Main Course Spaghetti Recipe
This easy spaghetti recipe is kid-friendly and is made with a delicious homemade spaghetti sauce making it the perfect family dinner recipe!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 30 votes
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Main Course Easy Lasagna Recipe
Our family's favorite lasagna recipe - not only because it's delicious but because it's so EASY! You don't even have to precook the lasagna noodles! With beef, pork, three cheeses, and tons of seasonings, you know this recipe is going to be a hit!
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.75 from 47 votes
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Main Course Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe
Everyone loves this Italian Sausage Pasta recipe! Not only is it easy, cheesy, and delicious, but it is a hit with the entire family and can be made mild or spicy depending on your preferences.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.92 from 47 votes
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Main Course Pasta Carbonara Recipe
A creamy, delicious and flavorful pasta dish filled with cream cheese, parmesan, garlic and bacon. For only having a few ingredients, this Pasta Carbonara has big flavor!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.78 from 9 votes
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Main Course Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Recipe
Cheesy garlic tortellini pasta is covered in a delish homemade sauce, and is ready in 20 minutes! It is perfect for busy weeknights.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Main Course Zucchini Ribbons and Pasta Recipe
Zucchini Ribbons and Pasta with Creamy Lemon-Basil Pasta - so delicious and under 400 calories! 
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Main Course Lemon Asparagus Pasta Recipe
This Lemon and Asparagus Pasta is so simple, yet packed with amazing flavor! Made from penne pasta, mixed with asparagus, and covered in a cheesy sauce with just a hint of lemon. 
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.7 from 10 votes
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Main Course Beef Stroganoff Recipe
This Easy Beef Stroganoff recipe is simple and flavorful. Served with egg noodles, this creamy stroganoff made in the slow cooker is a classic Sunday dinner recipe and is perfect to enjoy any night of the week.
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Chicken and Turkey Pastas

Easy Chicken and Turkey Pastas

We always tend to have some chicken on hand, like I mentioned before. I’ll cook up some chicken breasts and either shred or cube them, then store in the freezer for recipes like this.

Turkey and chicken are interchangeable in these recipes, so depending on what you have on hand, feel free to use either!

Main Course Lemon Chicken Pasta Recipe
Flavorful Lemon Chicken Pasta is covered in a delicious sauce made from lemons, whipping cream, cheeses, and fresh basil.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Main Course Pesto Pasta recipe
This Chicken Pesto Pasta is very flavorful and simple dinner idea that is sure to please. It's filled with bow-tie pasta, chunks of chicken, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and pesto making it a new go-to meal recipe. 
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Main Course Chicken Asparagus Pasta Recipe
This cheesy Chicken Asparagus Pasta is one the whole family will love. It's flavorful and filled with everyone's favorite ingredients!! 
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.72 from 7 votes
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Main Course Triple Cheddar Chicken and Pasta Recipe
Even my pickiest eaters love this easy chicken pasta, which is why it's a go-to weeknight dinner in our family! With pasta, chicken, seasonings, and cream sauce full of cheese, you definitely can't go wrong!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Main Course Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Recipe
Easy Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta - a creamy and delicious pasta dish filled with cheese, chicken and bacon all made in one pot! This pasta can't be beat!
Total Time: 23 minutes
4.8 from 10 votes
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Main Course Easy One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe
Easy Turkey Tetrazzini - egg noodles, mushrooms, and turkey topped with a creamy sauce and served with parmesan cheese! Comfort food at its best, this easy one pot turkey tetrazzini is a great way to use those holiday leftovers.
Total Time: 40 minutes
Main Course Chicken Manicotti Recipe
These manicotti shells are stuffed with a cheesy chicken mixture, and topped with tasty marinara!
Total Time: 43 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Main Course Chicken Spaghetti Recipe
This easy recipe calls for chicken, spaghetti noodles, cream of chicken, salsa, sour cream and cheese, making it the epitome of comfort food.
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 38 votes
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Main Course Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe
This creamy Turkey Tetrazzini is a simple and flavorful pasta casserole dish. It's perfect for using leftover holiday turkey, but makes for a crowd favorite year round!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.91 from 31 votes
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Crock Pot & Oven Baked Pastas

Easy slow cooker & Oven Baked Pastas

These crock pot and baked pasta recipes are awesome for easy prep. They might take a little longer to make from start to finish, but they are less hands on time. So you can prepare them earlier on in the day and then they’ll be ready by dinner time.

Main Course Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
A delicious and simple casserole version of the dish every family loves - Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Casserole! Pasta, chicken, lots of cheese, and yummy seasonings make this pasta casserole a hit!
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.81 from 21 votes
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cheesy baked spaghetti in serving spoon
Main Course Baked Spaghetti Recipe
Cheesy Baked Spaghetti - a simple, delicious, dinner recipe filled with hamburger, sausage, cheese and more! Everyone will love this dinner recipe!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Main Course Chicken Lasagna Recipe
Everyone Loves Lasagna! This White Chicken Lasagna Version Is Just As Delicious As Classic Lasagna And Is Filled With Spinach, Cheese And Delicious Homemade White Sauce.
Total Time: 1 hour
4.72 from 14 votes
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Main Course Three Cheese Pasta Bake Recipe
If you like creamy, cheesy, white sauce pasta then you'll absolutely love this Three Cheese Pasta Bake Recipe. Filled with Ricotta, Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese, and is SO easy to throw together! The whole family loves this recipe!!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.84 from 18 votes
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Main Course Chicken Asparagus Pasta Bake Recipe
Deliciously Cheesy Chicken asparagus pasta bake a favorite dish topped with panko and baked to crispy perfection!!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Main Course Baked Ravioli Recipe
Easy Cheesy Baked Ravioli - a quick, simple and delicious dinner recipe that the whole family loves! It's so cheesy and so tasty!
Total Time: 21 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Main Course Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
Classic Lasagna made in the slow cooker! This delicious crock pot recipe has all the layers of noodles, cheese, sauce and meat that everyone loves but made more simply.
4.91 from 10 votes
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Main Course Cheesy Baked Tortellini recipe
This Easy Cheesy Baked Tortellini is simple and delicious too. Tortellini, bacon, cheese, basil, & spinach fill this recipe and make it irresistible and perfect for dinner any night.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.72 from 14 votes
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Main Course Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Everyone loves a good slow cooker recipe, and this Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is so simple, cheesy and delicious. With loads of cheese, butter, and sour cream it's hard not to love this creamy macaroni and cheese recipe.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.94 from 33 votes
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Easy Pasta Salads

Easy Pasta Salads

All of these are cold pastas, and make great side dishes. Although, some of them include meat, which makes them filling enough to use for a main dish.

Salad, Side Dish Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
A dish that is appealing to both your tastebuds and your eyes! This beautiful Layered Pasta Salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more.
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Salad Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
This delicious Greek Pasta Salad is filled with rotini pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese and is covered in a tasty greek dressing! It's our new go-to pasta salad and is perfectly light and refreshing.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salad Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
Delicious Taco Pasta Salad filled with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and more!!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.69 from 16 votes
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Salad, Side Dish Macaroni Salad Recipe
A simple, creamy macaroni salad loaded with pasta, peas and ham. It's perfect for parties, family dinners, and potlucks!
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe
A great summer dish - Bowtie Pasta Salad recipe on { lilluna.com } Yummy pasta, veggies, & dressing!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Appetizer, Salad Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe
Chinese Pasta Salad - filled with lettuce, noodles, fried wontons and more tossed in a delicious homemade dressing.
Total Time: 6 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Salad Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe
Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad - a light and delicious salad filled with orzo, fresh mozzarella cubes, tomatoes and basil. Definitely a new favorite and so simple!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salad Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad recipe
This Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad Is Covered In Basil And Filled With Mozzarella Balls, Tomatoes, Basil And Balsamic Vinaigrette Reduction Sauce! It's A Light Dish With A Bold Flavor, Making It Perfect For Potlucks, Parties, BBQ's, And Get Togethers!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salad Tortellini Salad Recipe
Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits - perfect for summer time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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