19 Quick & Easy Pasta Dishes

When you need to get dinner on the table fast, pasta is the perfect standby. Get out of your spaghetti-with-red-sauce rut thanks to these quick-prep dishes that include classic basics and a few inventive twists.

Penne Alla Vodka

"I made this recipe for an appetizer yesterday. It was DELICIOUS and everyone loved it."

-Tamalicious121

Macaroni with Fontina & Gorgonzola Cheese

"A slightly more sophisticated version of the classic macaroni and cheese. Don't worry, the kids will still love it."

-KelBel

Homemade Tomato Sauce

"I've been cooking this sauce occasionally for years. It is simple and delicious and the flavor is wonderful."

-heatherbelleday

Baked Cavatelli

"My mother made it for dinner when I was young. Always a favorite in my house!"

-cerridwynoxford

Shrimp & Scallops Pesto Pasta

"This was a great, quick meal. The pasta was very tasty with a perfect little kick."

-RecipeNut

Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce

"This is a recipe I got from my father who got it from a little old lady he knew from Italy. I always simmer this sauce with my meatballs. It is to die for!"

-InMemoryofBrats

Alfredo Sauce

"I just keep making this over and over. This recipe is proof that alfredo sauce doesn't have to be difficult, and you can eat at home for a fraction of the cost and as good, or better quality than eating out."

-Mom24grlz

Spaghetti with Mint & Parsley Pesto

This simple, 2-step recipe will have fresh, green dinner on the table in no time.

Smoked Turkey Sausage with Pasta

"The flavor is not what you would expect from so few ingredients. And when my husband says 'That was really good, honey,' it's definitely a keeper!"

-Pegger1

Easy Lasagna Rolls

"I'm NOT one to cook meals in the microwave, but these may have changed my mind. Great recipe for hot summer days!"

-jswinks

Pasta with Mushroom-Garlic Sauce

"This was very good. I really liked the simplicity of the recipe but yet it looked like restaurant quality."

-LaQuietia

Avocado Pesto

"This is vegan, but you'd never know it. The avocado adds a wonderful creaminess!"

-sofie-a-toast

Creamy Ramen Noodles

"This is especially good if you break up a slice of American cheese and melt it in, giving the Ramen a creamy cheese sauce!"

-Pryjmaty

Mom's Italian "Hamburger Helper"

"It was a huge hit with me, my hubby and my 15-month old son. It was twice as yummy the next day for lunch!"

- Lisa Lisa Ann

Fettuccine Alfredo

"This is a great and simple sauce for pasta. For a twist, I added a little cooked prosciutto and Gorgonzola cheese. My family went nuts and had seconds!"

-CarolK

Ravioli & Meatball Bake

"A great crowd-pleaser and a good dish to bring to a potluck where you have to bring something to pass around."

-Becky in Wisconsin

Sweet Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta

"We enjoyed this tasty pasta dish. It was quick and easy to throw together, with ingredients that I always have on hand."

-Baby Kato

Lemon & Tomato Pasta

"This is wonderfully easy and delicious. The lemony flavor is light and tasty and went so well with the seasonings."

-Annacia

Pepper & Cheese Chicken Pasta

"This is a great dish that everyone loved. Don't let the spicy scare you, it has the perfect amount of heat."

-tinajoebob