No muss, no fuss – that’s how cooking dinner should be. Unfortunately, for many of us, the closest we come to cooking is walking into our kitchen, opening the fridge door … and abruptly shutting it and ordering takeout. As it turns out, there are plenty of easy pasta recipes available online that require minimal ingredients and very little prep work. (Cha-ching!)

Below are 27 easy pasta recipes that’ll only make it look like you slaved away by the stove. Get ready to drool!

1. Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

The dinner of my 20s, this dish only takes about 30 minutes of prep (and most of that time is spent waiting for the noodles to cook). There are only four steps, so get ready to be blown away!

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2. Salmon with Noodles

Salmon with Noodles

For the salmon fans in the house, this recipe has an amazingly simple flavor combo that includes salt, pepper, lemon juice and poppy seeds.

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3. Fresh Pasta with Pesto and Green Beans

Fresh Pasta with Pesto and Green Beans

This recipe only takes 30 minutes, and is delicious! I like recipes that multi-task, and you can also use the pesto as part of a veggie dip.

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4. Creamy Fettuccine with Rainbow Veggies

Creamy Fettuccine with Rainbow Veggies

Confession: I’m not the biggest fan of veggies, so there’s nothing better than a recipe that tricks you into eating them.

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5. Egg Noodles with Ham and Peas

Egg Noodles with Ham and Peas

You don’t necessarily have to use ham for this recipe. In fact, it’d be a great go-to dish for leftover Christmas turkey.

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6. Super Simple Nacho Pasta

Super Simple Nacho Pasta

Super simple is right! There are only three ingredients and you’re done in 20 minutes!

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7. Pasta with Spinach and Smoked SausagePasta with Spinach and Smoked Sausage

I’m a big fan of spinach, but never know what to do with it, so I was thrilled when I came across this recipe.

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8. Spicy Beef Noodle Bowl

Spicy Beef Noodle Bowl

While this pasta dish always compels me to try and learn to eat with chopsticks, it never ends well.

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9. Beef Stroganoff with Pasta

Beef Stroganoff with Pasta

Any recipe that involves steak, I’m in.

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10. Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl

Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl

There are so many different foods in one bowl, I don’t even know what to do with myself.

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11. Broken Noodles with Tomato Sauce and Ricotta

Broken Noodles with Tomato Sauce and Ricotta

Leave it to Martha Stewart to make a 15-minute dish look fancy.

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12. Lemony Broccoli Pasta with Chicken

Lemony Broccoli Pasta with Chicken

Really tasty, really filling, and the broccoli adds a nice crunch.

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13. Noodles with Roast Pork and Almond Sauce

Noodles with Roast Pork and Almond Sauce

This one takes 40 minutes, but barely any effort (and is very worth the wait). I prefer it with rice instead of noodles.

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14. Quick Beef Stroganoff

Quick Beef Stroganoff

Super good and super easy, this comfort food only takes 25 minutes (which I’m super comfortable with).

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15. Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli and Brie

Creamy Rigatoni With Broccoli and Brie

I’ve only ever had rigatoni with meat sauce, so this was a new spin on an old favorite.

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16. One-Dish Chicken Pasta

One-Dish Chicken Pasta

This is one of the first dishes I actually enjoyed that involved an onion. (Mom still doesn’t believe me.)

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17. Pasta with Lemon Olive Oil

Pasta With Lemon Olive Oil

So simple to make – and adding the extra parmesan really sends it over the top.

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18. Sweet Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta

Sweet Italian Sausage With Penne Pasta

If you’re a fan of penne, you’ll love this dish.

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19. Spaghetti with Bacon and Eggs

Spaghetti With Bacon and Eggs

I know, I don’t get it either – but it’s good!

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20. Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

This is a great dish to make in bulk for when you know you’re about to go on a cooking strike (again).

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21. Creamy Ramen Noodles

Creamy Ramen Noodles

Another new spin on an old favorite.

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22. Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

This dish makes me drool more than Homer Simpson.

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23. Spaghetti with Beef Mushroom Sauce

Spaghetti With Beef Mushroom Sauce

When meat sauce just won’t cut it, try this recipe on for size.

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24. Parmesan Pasta with Chicken and Rosemary

Parmesan Pasta With Chicken and Rosemary

With winter coming, you’re definitely going to want this recipe on hand.

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25. Orange Beef Pasta

Orange Beef Pasta


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26. Spicy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Spicy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

This is just like regular mac and cheese, only badass!

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27. Cheese Ravioli with Toasted Walnuts

Cheese Ravioli With Toasted Walnuts

In only 20 minutes, this dish looks as pretty as it tastes.

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