Few pantry staples are as crowd-pleasing as pasta, and you have the recipes to prove it. From kids to colleagues and everyone in between, pasta is always the right answer when someone asks “What is for dinner?”
Wondering why? Because pasta pairs well with so many different foods, flavor profiles and types of cuisine, remember that cooking pasta with the just-right-texture- meaning chewy and firm without a hint of mushiness, also known as al dente – takes technique. But whatever type of noodle dish inspires your palette; you will have a delicious dinner on the table in minutes with these easy pasta recipes.
Below are the lists of your favorite pasta recipes perfect for dinner.
Whole-Wheat Penne with Marinated Feta and Arugula
The yogurt in this pasta dish makes it just creamy enough to feel indulgent, but not too heavy. All the ingredients work beautifully together, lemon zest, Aleppo pepper, peppery arugula, nutty whole wheat pasta, and tangy yogurt sauce. It just might become your go-to warm-weather pasta dish. Check the full recipe here!
Decadent Mac and Cheese
If you are going to make mac and cheese from scratch, you might as well go all out. That means indulging in a super-creamy variety made with evaporated milk and six cups of freshly grated cheese. And yes, that includes American cheese: it adds irresistible gooey-ness. Check the full recipe here!
Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Corn, Leeks and Mushrooms
Nothing is better than pasta you can whip up from ingredients you already have lying around. Ready in minutes, these back-pocket pastas are the best in everyone’s recipe book. This recipe could easily become a go-to. It has a super short ingredient list because Italian chicken sausage adds a ton of savory flavor and spices. Plus the fact that it is pre-cooked so you just need to heat it up. Check the full recipe here!
Wild Mushroom and Spinach Stuffed Shells
This baked pasta dish is hearty and satisfying, thanks to the creamy, rich ricotta and meaty wild mushrooms. A quick homemade marinara sauce ties it all together, and the spinach and blanket of cheese keep the pasta shells from drying out as they bake. Check the full recipe here!