These easy pasta recipes are the comfort food meals that I crave this time of year. Today I am sharing my favorite no-stress wholesome pasta recipes to help us make it through the winter and to help make dinnertime a little easier.
Pasta is the food that I would happily eat every single day. It’s inexpensive, it’s easy, there are a million ways to serve it. Make it meaty or cheesy or cover it in tomato sauce. Serve it as a side dish or a main course. Get creative, or stick to something classic. There are no wrong answers.
A few of these recipes are made in just one pot, saving you clean up time. Most can be made in under 45 minutes or less. I’ve included old family favorites, quick and easy dinners, and vegetarian options. And yes, I included a handful of macaroni and cheese recipes, like the crazy delicious Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese pictured above.
Some recipes specifically call for fresh pasta. I tend to use fresh pasta when I want to cook the pasta right in the sauce. Don’t substitute dried pasta for fresh pasta, it will throw the proportions and the cooking time off.
One of the best things about these easy pasta recipes is that they reheat well, and it is easy to make a big batch. To make a larger batch of a skillet recipe, just use a dutch oven instead of a skillet.
You can pack up leftovers for lunch or just eat them for dinner throughout the week. Having ready to eat food in the fridge is always a good thing.
23 Easy Pasta Recipes
Need some dinner inspiration? You have come to the right place. Here are 23 easy pasta recipes. Some are all made in one pot, some have meat, others are vegetarian. They are all delicious meals that you can make without spending too much time in the kitchen.
You can cook gnocchi right in a sauce! It works really well with the fresh mini gnocchi that you can find in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods. I used my easy homemade roasted tomato sauce for this meal, it's my go-to sauce recipe.
Have you tried making lasagna by spreading the lasagna sheets with ricotta, topping them with zucchini, and rolling them up? It's so fun to make lasagna this way. If you want, you can use bolognese sauce to prepare this meal too.
You have reached the macaroni and cheese section of this list. To start things off, a very classic stovetop macaroni and cheese with a breadcrumb topping. It tastes like it was baked, even though it wasn't.