25 Easy Pasta Recipes

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These Easy Pasta Recipes are perfect for busy weeknight dinners! Quick to throw together, healthy and hearty!

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If there’s one thing that I know is going to be a hit for dinner around here, it’s a great pasta recipe.

We are all big pasta lovers, and these easy pasta recipes are ones that I save for when life gets really crazy!

Most of these recipes are simple and quick to prep. Many can even be made entirely in advance and just thrown in the oven before dinner time!

So whether you have young kids who always seem to need your attention around 5:00pm, or you have teenagers who are running to practices, games and recitals, or you are busy with work and barely have time to make dinner, if you crave simple, healthy meals — these are the easy pasta recipes for you!

Different types of pasta:

We love all pasta.

It’s versatile, and pairs well with pretty much anything.

It’s easy to prep or make ahead to save on time later.

It can be hearty and comforting — a baked pasta for a cold day — or a light and fresh summer pasta salad.

Our favorite varieties of pasta are the ones that pack an extra nutritional punch: with added fiber, whole grains, plenty of protein and extra veggies. I love feeding these to my family knowing that they’re loaded with the fuel they need!

catelli pasta boxes in a variety of colors and types

Thankfully, my kids are big lovers of raw veggies.

But getting them to try out a new dinner recipe with ingredients or flavors they’re not familiar with? Good luck!

Because Catelli‘s Ancient Grains, Smart and Smart Veggie, and Gluten-Free pastas are a staple here and something they already love, it’s a little easier to get them to try something out (or sneak some cooked veggies into the meat sauce) when they’re getting a meal that looks familiar!

Tips for making this easy pasta recipes ahead:

  • Many pasta casserole recipes can be prepped entirely ahead of time, then either refrigerated or frozen for later that day or 2 or 3 months down the road. These are great for stocking up your freezer (or gifting a healthy meal to a family in need!).
  • To prepare pasta ahead of time for easier weeknight dinners, you can also cook the pasta until al dente, then drain, coat in a couple tablespoons of oil and allow to cool. Refrigerate in an air tight container, then simply shock in some boiling salted water before serving.

Tips for making healthier choices at the dinner table:

  • Swap regular white pasta for whole grain or a veggie-loaded variety like Catelli’s Smart Veggie — it has the same great taste they love but with high fibre and added veggies!
  • Stick to sauces that are vegetable based — a simple tomato or meat sauce with extra veggies, or get creative and add in pureed vegetables (butternut squash is a popular choice!) to your pasta sauce during cooking.
  • Swap heavy cream for milk or evaporated milk for a lighter but still hearty meal. Go primavera style and toss in whatever produce looks good at the grocery store that week!

*This post is generously sponsored by Catelli and I have been compensated for my time. As always, all opinions are my own.

Easy pasta recipes:

Easy Instant Pot Baked Ziti

easy instant pot baked ziti being scooped out of pressure cooker on a metal spoon

Baked Mac and Cheese Cups

baked mac and cheese cups stacked on grey plate

Healthier Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

healthier slow cooker spaghetti and meat sauce in black crockpot with metal tongs stuck in pasta

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini & Corn

bbq chicken pasta salad in white bowl with wooden spoon stuck in

Taco Lasagna Recipe

taco lasagna recipe in white pan with avocado fresh tomatoes and cilantro on top

White Chicken Lasagna with Ham and Spinach

white chicken lasagna with fresh parsley on white plate

Creamy Italian Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

two bowls of crockpot chicken noodle soup on marble background

Creamy Ranch Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe

creamy ranch bowtie pasta salad in a large bowl with fresh tomatoes in the background

Rigatoni Pasta Bake

rigatoni pasta bake overhead in white baking dish on blue background

Healthy One Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

one pot spaghetti in blue le creuset braiser with fresh parsley on top

One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pasta

one pot bbq chicken pasta close up in pan with spoon scooping some up

Healthier Slow Cooker Hamburger Helper Recipe

hamburger helper recipe in slow cooker with metal spoon stuck into pasta

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

crockpot spaghetti with chicken and metal spoon scooping some out of slow cooker

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

pepperoni pizza lasagna roll ups in white baking dish close up

One Pot Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

one pot chicken chow mein in grey pan with metal tongs pulling some noodles up

One Pot BBQ Chicken Chili Mac

one pot bbq chicken chili mac in red pan with wooden spoon stuck in

Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe

slow cooker baked ziti on grey plate close up on wooden background

More easy pasta recipes from Catelli

One Pot Mushroom and Zucchini Pasta

one pot mushroom and zucchini pasta on wooden background

Oven-Baked Tex Mex Fusili Pasta

tex mex fusili in white dish on wooden background

Creamy One Pot Spaghetti

catelli creamy spaghetti overhead in cast iron skillet

Shortcut Spaghettini Stir Fry

spaghettini stir fry in bowl on wooden background with white towel

Triple Cheese Lasagne

triple cheese lasagne in white dish overhead with shredded cheese on the side

Festive Taco Pasta Salad

taco pasta salad in bowl with fresh corn avocado and tomato in the background

Creamy Greens Pasta

creamy greens pasta overhead in bowl with blue towel on the side

Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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