Pasta is the best, right? Nothing beats a comforting pasta dish in the evening…sometimes you might even feel like you want to wrap yourself in it (maybe it’s just me). One of my favorite things about pasta is that it’s really fast and easy to make. In about 20 minutes you can eat the most delicious dinner ever! I’m not kidding, make any of these quick and easy pasta recipes for dinner this week and you will understand.
This collection of quick pasta dishes includes vegetarian and creamy tortellini, salmon pasta, pesto pasta, tuna pasta, tomato pasta, feta pasta and even a 10-minute chicken pasta. You can make these easy meals as comforting or as healthy as you desire by changing up some of the ingredients. The recipes are pretty versatile and made with simple ingredients.
The majority of these simple pasta recipes are kid-friendly with the exception of the feta pasta, because it’s spicy. Feel free to adjust the servings of the recipes wherever needed to enjoy these with the family!
Easy Pasta Recipes To Make For Dinner
Cheese-filled pasta like tortellini is one of my favorite things to cook with, because it’s ready in just 3 minutes and it’s SO good! This vegetarian pasta recipe is simple, packed with vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and basil, but it’s also so creamy and satisfying. You will want to make this dish for dinner again and again and again.
One of the best meals you can make with a can of tuna is this easy tuna pasta. It tastes amazing and is ready in about 20 minutes. You also get to sneak in and use up some of the vegetables you’ve been meaning to eat when you went grocery shopping during the weekend.
Remember feta pasta? This is the 12-minute spicy version of that dish and it’s made in a very different way, because you’ll cook it on the stove, not the oven. It’s flavorful, healthy, not overly salty and full of garlic and fresh herbs. Totally my kind of pasta!
I probably shouldn’t say it, but this is my favortie, favorite pasta recipe! Ever. If you love salmon and you love tortellini, this salmon pasta is definitely the recipe you need to try from this collection. If you pick just one, trust me – this should be the one. It’s so wonderful. You’ll need salmon, cheese-filled tortellini, tomato, zucchini, basil and some cream cheese to make the creamy pasta sauce. Trust me, if salmon is your thing, don’t skip this dish.
Cook up some penne or whatever type of pasta you desire and then just add in the pesto, some milk, garlic and don’t forget to add in some shredded cauliflower or cauliflower rice. This is a great trick to sneak in some veggies into your kid’s diet…Finish with some mozzarella, fresh cherry tomatoes and arugula if desired. Yes, it’s that easy and it’s so tasty!
Chicken pasta in 10 minutes? Yes, it’s possible! And so delicious, if I may add. The trick is to use some leftover shredded chicken and quick cooking pasta like macaroni. You make everything together in one large pan and it’s so healthy, yet full of flavor and deliciousness.
This is an easy pasta dish to make when you need to clean up the fridge! Use quick-cooking pasta to make this garlicky meal in about 10 minutes.
Oh, yes…if this isn’t the most comforting meal ever, I don’t know what is. If you’ve never had sour cream in your pasta sauce it might sound weird, but don’t knock it till you try it, okay? This dinner is a must-try for anyone who loves creamy pasta.
Couscous is basically tiny pasta and this meal is one of the best ways to prepare it for dinner. Made with tomatoes, garlic, pesto, basil, Parmesan and mozzarella, it’s a super simple dish. But the beauty is exactly in its simplicity, it tastes incredible.
As you can tell, I like my creamy tortellini! This pasta dish with tomatoes, garlic and broccoli is no exception.
I hope you enjoy these easy pasta recipes for a quick dinner this week, it really doesn’t get much better!
More Easy Dinner Ideas:
- 7oz/200g cheese tortellini, refrigerated
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1 cup juicy tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup basil
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 2 Tbsp cream cheese (heaping)
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- salt to taste
- Chop all the vegetables and heat a large pan (medium-high temperature).
- Cook the chopped tomato with the olive oil in the pan for 2-3 minutes, covered with a lid until you get your tomato sauce.
- Stir in the tortellini and let them cook for 1-2 minutes (or follow instructions on package label - some types might need to cook longer - the ones I bought took 3-4 minutes).
- Stir in the zucchini and garlic. Then add the cream cheese and a little bit of milk - this will turn into a creamy garlicky sauce.
- In 1-2 minutes add in the mozzarella cheese and the basil, stirring throughout. Have a taste and add salt if needed.
- Serve immediately and add Parmesan cheese or arugula if desired.
You can find the original recipe here.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 557Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 67mgSodium 841mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 20g