Dinner is a thorn in my side most days. Some days I love to spend the day cooking up a storm to feed the family, and then there are days that I feel like I can barely offer them cereal as their dinner. Being an adult is hard sometimes and knowing that dinner is on the menu every single day kind of exhausts me. Something we often resort to on busy weeknights for dinners are easy pasta dinner recipes. I decided it was time to do some research and have a collection of easy pasta dinner ideas that can be quick go to dinners when I just don’t know what to make.
We love pasta at our house. Well everyone but my one son. Everyone loves a good pasta dish and I love an easy pasta dish. Easy pasta recipes are super important to me, especially on a busy weeknight. I have about 10 of my own pasta recipes that I can throw together at a moments notice.
I even have one pasta dish that uses frozen sauce that can easily be put on the pasta once defrosted. Its my daughters favorite and it has such a fresh flavor to it.
I know I am not the only one looking for pasta comfort food dishes. Overall pasta dinners are pretty affordable. You dont really need to use meat in the pasta and you can fill it with veggies. Pasta is also very filling and oh so comforting so it can feed a lot of people for less.
What if I am gluten free?
Never fear, you too can eat all the pasta dinners.
Since I am gluten free I have to often cook my own separate pasta so that I can enjoy dinner with the rest of my family. My favorite gluten free pastas are Barilla’s Penne Pasta and Jovial Gluten Free pasta Tagliatelle and others they offer. These seem to be the closest to regular pasta and they are what I prefer. The tagliatelle is so good, I can barely tell the difference!
I also really love the Taste Republic Cauliflower Gluten Free Pastas that you can get at Costco or Target.
Target offers a couple unique options such as Taste Republic’s Tortellini and Ravioli. I always get the Linguine from Costco but I have not tried these and I need to!
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Anyways, lets move on to the best part of this post, over 40 amazing quick and easy pasta dinner ideas and recipes:
I have rounded up 40 of the best pasta recipes so that you can have a one stop place to find some that are tried and true!
I have included some of my own that are on this site, so that they are all in one place!
This is one of our favorite go to recipe when we want pasta. The flavors of the smokey roasted pasta and the creamy sauce are a wonderful combination with the parmesan cheese and basil.
One of our absolute favorite side dishes is this greek tortellini pasta salad. It goes great with grilled chicken or hamburgers. You can also add chicken right to the pasta to make this a one pot meal.
Okay so technically this is a soup, but its a thick and hearty soup full of pasta. I would definitely consider this a pasta dish. The texture of the veggies along with the tomato herb base and the pasta is absolutely amazing. I always set some aside before I add the pasta and cook up some gluten free pasta for me to enjoy in mine.
These are so yummy and fun to make. I use fresh cooked pasta and dip them in an olive oil parmesan mixture and air fry them! They are so good dipped in tomato sauces or alfredo sauce!
This is the pasta I was telling you about. This is my daughters favorite pasta dish. It has an uncooked pasta sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, chives and parmesan cheese. It is blended up in the blender and you pour the hot cooked pasta right over the top. The heat from the pasta warms through the sauce and brings all the aromatics out of it. It smells and tastes amazing.
This roasted tomato sauce pasta is one of our favorites as well!
This 5 ingredient broccoli pasta was something I ate growing up! We often would add some asparagus to the pasta as well! It takes less than 30 minutes to throw it together.
This hearty creamy tomato and spicy sausage gnocchi is my sons favorite. The one son that does not like pasta, loves this one.
You cannot go wrong with a basil fettuccine alfredo. Homemade alfredo is so stinking easy to make. It is so much better than stoe bought too!
How about some homemade meatballs? Its the only kind I will eat. I like to know what is in my meatballs. These two recipes are so good!
Homemade spaghetti sauce is also so much better than store bought and once again it is so much easier to make that most people think!
This is one of my family’s favorites!
I have never had a taco pasta but it sounds pretty amazing!
Baked ziti is so good and this recipe is one to try!
I have got to try this spaghetti carbonara! I love the combination in this pasta dish.
Another great pasta dish! Try this cajun pasta!
This reminds me of the broccoli pasta they used to have at the Olive Garden. A garlic cream and broccoli pasta with pasta orecchiette.
Throw this together quick! With a side of garlic bread and a salad and you have an easy weeknight meal.
Want chicken parmesan but without all the work? This is a great option.
It cannot get better than a garlic butter shrimp pasta really!
This creamy lemon pasta looks amazing!
Penna alla vodka is another one of our favorites to make!
This easy ravioli sauce looks amazing!
I will definitely be making this pasta this fall.
Another great ziti pasta bake to try!
Creamy cajun chicken pasta is such a great pasta to make!
Simple garlic butter noodles are a perfect side dish or a simple meal to make!
This chicken spaghetti looks so amazing!
I love bowtie pasta and this bowtie pasta bake looks so good!
Lemon garlic cream pasta is such a wonderful dish.
Stuffed shells is a recipe that my family loves and this one my The Cozy Cook looks amazing! When you are wanting a classic lasagna but not all the work, stuffed shells are considerably easier.
I have to try this chicken and bacon pasta. It looks easy to make and that combination is amazing.
A simple and classic dinner recipe! Try this beef and noodles for dinner. A combination of ground beef and a creamy sauce is a guaranteed win.
You cant go wrong with a creamy tomato pasta.
I am definitely making this garlic, parmesan with spinach and mushrooms pasta.
Anything pesto related is something I will love and this chicken pesto pasta is one to make.
I love shrimp and chicken scampi and this pasta looks amazing!
I have to try this recipe out! It has all the things I am craving!
A perfect pasta dish for the fall season. This is a must make!
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Enjoy these pasta dinner ideas and try them out today!
With all these amazing pasta dinner ideas, you can have a fun, easy and flavorful meal every night of the week!
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