25 Easy Pasta Recipes – 2021

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These easy pasta recipes will satisfy any pasta craving! Whether you’re hungry for classic lasagna or a new, inventive idea, we’ve got you covered.Pasta recipes

Pasta recipes are some of these most versatile dishes out there. Cooking a romantic dinner for two? There’s a pasta recipe for that. Need a quick and easy dinner on a weeknight? There’s a pasta recipe for that. Serving a crowd? There’s one for that too.

Below, you’ll find 25 easy pasta recipes we’ve made and loved on all sorts of occasions – family gatherings, date nights in, and times when I’ve been at a loss for what to cook for dinner. Oftentimes, those nights have yielded the best pasta dinners we’ve had. Turns out, it only takes simple ingredients – olive oil, fresh herbs, and a splash of wine or sprinkle of cheese – to create pasta recipes worth making again and again.

These pasta dishes are some of our favorites. I hope you love them as much as we do!

1. Spaghetti & Linguine Recipes

Easy pasta recipes

2. Pesto Pasta

This one’s a classic for a reason! Luckily for us, it comes together in 15 minutes flat.Linguine with Lemon and Tomatoes

3. Lemon Linguine with Roasted Tomatoes

Sometimes, the best pasta recipes are the simplest. Here, slow-roasted tomatoes and lemon add chewy texture and rich flavor to tangles of linguine, arugula, and creamy mozzarella cheese.

Spaghetti bolognese

4. Spaghetti Bolognese

You won’t miss the meat in this vegetarian spaghetti bolognese! French green lentils, walnuts, and cremini mushrooms make it hearty and substantial, while rosemary, sage, and a splash of red wine fill it with savory flavor.

Baked Pasta Recipes

Easy Baked ziti

5. Easy Baked Ziti

This baked ziti recipe is perfect for any and every occasion, from a busy weeknight to a holiday dinner. It’s quick and easy to make, great for serving a crowd, and delicious to boot!

Vegetarian Lasagna

6. Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

If you like a LOT of vegetables in your lasagna, this recipe is the one for you. I pile over 5 cups of roasted veggies between layers of creamy ricotta, pasta, and tomato sauce. They make it flavorful, hearty, and good for you, too!

Butternut squash Stuffed Shells

7. Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

These stuffed shells are an all-time Love and Lemons fan favorite, and once you try them, you’ll see why. The filling – made of roasted butternut squash and a vegan spinach “ricotta” – is bright and creamy. They’d be good if you stopped there, but serving them with a pinch of red pepper flakes and luscious cashew cream sauce makes them totally irresistible.

Zucchini Lasagna

8. Zucchini Lasagna

This is no ordinary zucchini lasagna! Instead of ricotta, I use a creamy blend of tofu, zucchini, and walnuts, and zucchini planks step in for half the noodles. Still, even lasagna purists will fall for it. It may not be traditional, but it’s savory, fresh, and comforting nonetheless.

Creamy Pasta Recipes

Fettuccine alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo
This nutty, velvety fettuccine Alfredo has a secret ingredient hiding inside it: cauliflower! Blended with Parmesan cheese, pasta water, and a touch of butter, it creates an Alfredo sauce that’s lighter than – but every bit as delicious as – the classic version.

Creamy pasta

Creamy Vegan Pasta
You don’t need dairy to make a luscious pasta sauce, and this vegan pasta is here to prove it! The protein-packed sauce is a rich, creamy blend of white beans, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast. Trust me, you’ll want to go back for seconds!

Homemade mac and cheese

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

An oldie, but a goodie! Steamed veggies and dollops of pesto add a fresh element to this creamy, comforting mac and cheese.

Pasta recipes

Creamy Pasta Pomodoro

If Jack would let me, I’d eat this pasta pomodoro for dinner every night of the week. The creamy tomato sauce is comforting, yet light, made by blending homemade marinara with cashews. It adds delicious tangy flavor to the hearty noodles and sautéed veggies in this dish.

Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle

Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle, page 167 of Love and Lemons Every Day

When sweet corn is in season, I can’t get enough of this sweet/smoky summer pasta! The juicy corn kernels blend with the “milk” from the cobs to become a perfect cream sauce without using actual cream.

Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettucine

Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettucine, page 65 of The Love and Lemons Cookbook
Nothing beats the bold umami flavor in this creamy vegan pasta sauce. Add seared Brussels sprouts and fettuccine into the mix, and you have a dish that even the pickiest eaters will love.

Vegetable Pasta Recipes

Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Make this flexible, veggie-packed pasta with whatever produce you have on hand! Toss the caramelized veggies with feta cheese, fresh basil, and a big squeeze of lemon juice to make a bright, satisfying dish.

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Kale

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Kale

The ultimate winter pasta dish! Crunchy walnuts, caramelized fennel, and a splash of white wine make it flavorful and fun to eat. 

Creamy mushroom pasta

Herb & Garlic Mushroom Pasta

This pasta recipe is a terrific choice for a date night in, especially if your date loves mushrooms as much as mine does. It feels elevated, but it’s deceptively easy to make. I won’t tell if you won’t!

Here are a few more of our favorite veggie-ful pastas:

No-Noodle Pasta Recipes

Healthy pasta recipes

Sweet Potato Noodles with Garlic & Kale

My vibrant spin on spaghetti aglio e olio! I toss garlicky sweet potato noodles with fresh basil, sautéed greens, toasted pine nuts, and a shower of Parmesan cheese.

Sweet Potato Lasagna

No-Noodle Sweet Potato Lasagna

Lasagna and baked sweet potatoes are two of my favorite comfort foods, so I thought, why not combine them? I add chopped sage and tangy feta to the creamy ricotta filling to highlight the cozy flavor of the sweet potato “noodles.” There’s nothing I crave more on a cold winter night!

Zucchini Noodle Puttanesca, page 177 of Love and Lemons Every Day

This recipe did the impossible: it got Jack and me to love olives! They add intense briny flavor to this super fresh summertime pasta.

Easy Pasta recipes

How to Make Zucchini Noodles

Lighten up your favorite pasta dishes by swapping zoodles for traditional noodles! Layer them into a lasagna, or sauté them and top them with any pasta sauce you love. Alternatively, try using strands of roasted spaghetti squash with your favorite pasta sauce.

What to Serve with Pasta Recipes

These recipes can all act as full meals on their own, but they’re also delicious with something fresh on the side. I particularly like to serve pasta with my Caesar salad, classic Caprese salad, or Greek Salad, but any of these favorite salad recipes would pair nicely with the easy pasta recipes here.

Alternatively, forego the salad and serve a roasted vegetable instead! Roasted broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts are all great partners for pasta.

And if you’re serving a crowd, charred cherry tomatoes, a burrata platter, or homemade focaccia would make a fantastic starter. Bon appétit!

More Favorite Dinner Ideas

If you love these pasta recipes, check out my favorite easy dinner recipes, 85 best vegan recipes, or top soup recipes next!

Pasta Recipes: Linguine with Lemon

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

Serves 2

  • 4 very thin lemon slices
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 ounces linguine pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups arugula
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup Roasted Tomatoes
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella, torn
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • ½ cup fresh basil, or dollops of pesto
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the lemon slices on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast for for 15 to 20 minutes or until they’re golden brown around the edges. Finely mince the lemons and set aside.
  • In the bottom of a medium-sized (cold) pot, combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and ¼ teaspoon sea salt.
  • Prepare the pasta according to the package directions, cooking until al dente. Reserve ¼ cup of the pasta cooking water. Scoop the hot pasta into the pot, along with the reserved pasta water, the arugula, and toss. If necessary, gently heat until the arugula wilts and the pasta is warmed through. Add the thyme, tomatoes, lemons, and toss again. Top with the mozzarella, pine nuts, and basil. Gently toss, season to taste and serve.

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