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20 Easy Pasta Dinners That’ll Make Busy Weeknights a Breeze

These easy pasta dinners are a lifesaver on busy weeknights when you need something easy and delicious.

From shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta to million dollar spaghetti, all of these meals are a breeze to make.

Try one of these pasta recipes this week and enjoy stress-free, flavorful dinners that the whole family will love.

Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Shrimp Scampi Angel Hair Pasta in a skillet with a white background.
Photo Credit: Nutmeg Nanny

This instant pot shrimp scampi pasta has the perfect amount of butter, garlic, and lemon flavor.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Chicken, Sausage, and Pasta Skillet

Chicken Sausage Pasta in a Skillet with a white background.
Photo Credit: The Creative Bite

Ready in only 15 minutes this mouthwatering dinner is made with chicken apple sausage, a homemade parmesan cream sauce, penne, and more.

This recipe uses gluten-free pasta, but you can use any type of pasta you want.

Get the Recipe: Chicken, Sausage, and Pasta Skillet

Lazy Lasagna

Lasagna in a white dish.
Photo Credit: Foodess

This lazy lasagna recipe uses a genius time-saving shortcut that gives you a lasagna-tasting dish with only five minutes of prep time. Plus, it’s made with only three ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Lazy Lasagna

 Ricotta Lemon Pasta

Ricotta Lemon Pasta in a pot with a spoon scopping pasta out.
Photo Credit: Chenée Today

Bursting with bright lemon flavor, this ricotta cheese pasta is perfect to serve during the summer months or any time of year.

Red pepper flakes are an optional ingredient, but they add a little spice that complements the lemon perfectly.

Get the Recipe: Ricotta Lemon Pasta

Pizza Pasta Casserole

Pizza Pasta Casserole on a white plate with a plaid fabric background.
Photo Credit: Crayons & Cravings

If you can’t decide between serving pizza and pasta, just make this casserole that is a hybrid of both.

Use all your favorite pizza toppings to customize it to your taste. It’s a wonderful kid-friendly dinner option.

Get the Recipe: Pizza Pasta Casserole

Million Dollar Spaghetti

Million dollar spaghetti on a white plate.
Photo Credit: I Heart Eating

This million dollar spaghetti casserole combines layers of spaghetti, creamy cheese, and a hearty meat sauce for a delicious meal your family won’t be able to stop talking about.

Get the Recipe: Million Dollar Spaghetti

Chinese Pasta

Chinese pasta in a black bowl.
Photo Credit: Cooking with Lei

If you love pasta and Chinese food, this creative pasta dish will hit the spot. This pasta dinner is packed with Chinese flavors and made with ground beef and bell peppers.

Get the Recipe: Chinese Pasta

Ham and Pea Pasta

A bowl of ham and pea pasta with a fork on a table.
Photo Credit: The Forked Spoon

This creamy pasta recipe is filled with peas and diced ham. It’s a great way to use up any ham leftovers you have on hand.

Get the Recipe: Ham and Pea Pasta

Roasted Tomato Goat Cheese Pasta

Roasted tomato pasta with goat cheese on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Nutmeg Nanny

This irresistible angel hair pasta dish is filled with roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs, goat cheese, fresh lemon juice, and other ingredients.

It makes a great meatless Monday meal or you can add chicken if you want.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Tomato Goat Cheese Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Tortellini

A slow cooker with ingredients with beef, noodles, and mushrooms on a counter with a napkin.
Photo Credit: Cinnamon and Sage Co

This Tuscan chicken tortellini couldn’t be easier to make, just dump all the ingredients in the slow cooker and you’re good to go.

The star ingredient in this dish is the sundried tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Tuscan Chicken Tortellini

One Pot Taco Mac and Cheese

Taco mac and cheese in a blue pot with ingredients and a blue and white towel next to the pot on a white marble background.
Photo Credit: xoxoBella

Combining two family favorites, mac and cheese with tacos is guaranteed to be a favorite with everyone.

Get the Recipe: One Pot Taco Mac and Cheese

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta in a skillet on a white background.
Photo Credit: Princess Pinky Girl

Spice up your dinner menu with this creamy Cajun chicken pasta. It’s another one-pot meal, so cleanup is super simple.

Get the Recipe: Cajun Chicken Pasta

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

A spoon of chicken cordon bleu casserole in front of a bowl / A bowl of ham and noodles with a spoon.
Photo Credit: I Heart Eating

You’ll be in comfort food heaven with this delicious chicken cordon bleu casserole. There are also freezer meal directions so you can prep it ahead of time.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Penne Pasta

Chicken penne pasta in a casserole dish being served with a wood spoon.
Photo Credit: Zona’s Lazy Recipes

Made with rotisserie chicken, this cheesy penne pasta dish makes a hearty dinner that’s great for feeding a family.

If you’re feeding one or two people, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to enjoy the next day.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Penne Pasta

Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara

Bacon and mushroom carbonara on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Sweet Tea and Thyme

You’ll feel like you’re eating at an Italian restaurant when you try a bite of this bacon and mushroom carbonara, it’s that good.

Get the Recipe: Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Homemade hamburger helper in a white bowl.
Photo Credit: Dinner at the Zoo

This one-pot meal is perfect for when you don’t feel like doing a bunch of dishes (which for me is all the time).

You may never buy store-bought hamburger helper again once you try this recipe.

Get the Recipe: Homemade Hamburger Helper

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

A bowl of lasagna soup with a napkin on a marble counter.
Photo Credit: I Heart Eating

Made with ingredients you may already have in your pantry, this soup has all the lasagna flavor without all the hard work.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

Chicken Alfredo Bake

Chicken Alfredo casserole in a turquoise caserole dish.
Photo Credit: Dinner at the Zoo

This chicken alfredo bake has a homemade creamy sauce that is amazing. You can even use rotisserie chicken if you’re short on time or have some extra on hand.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Alfredo Bake

Ham Tetrazzini

A spoon with ham, peas, noodles in a pan / A plate of ham, peas, noodles on a plate with a fork.
Photo Credit: All Things Mamma

This ham tetrazinni is made with a tasty cheese sauce, mushrooms, and other ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Ham Tetrazzini

Ricotta Beef Stuffed Pasta Shells

Stuffed shells topped with sauce and cheese in a white casserole dish.
Photo Credit: xoxoBella

Four different types of cheese and a meat sauce come together to make these incredible stuffed shells. You’ll want to make this recipe often.

Get the Recipe: Ricotta Beef Stuffed Pasta Shells

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