13 Cheap And Easy Italian Pasta Dishes

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During the holiday season, we get so focused on holiday meals that we sometimes don’t have any energy left to make a regular meal during the week. We get busy with work, school, holiday shopping, and all the things that come with the season. So it’s good to know that there are recipes we can rely on to get dinner on the table fast with minimal money or time in the kitchen. Recipes like these.

1. Spaghetti Pie

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Have you ever tried a spaghetti pie? It’s a delicious alternative to the same ol’ spaghetti night and makes a terrific weeknight meal!

2. Cavatappi Pasta

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Cavatappi is a fun pasta. It makes great pasta dinners, salads, and more. This Cavatappi Pasta is a blend of Italian flavors that work well with or without the meat. It all comes together for an easy weeknight meal.

3. Creamy Vegetable Pasta

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If you enjoy creamy pasta, this Creamy Vegetable Pasta recipe is for you. This recipe is made with a cashew cream sauce that is rich and delicate. It’s a plant-based pasta dish, so you can use frozen vegetables to create a delicious dinner in no time.

4. Artichoke Chicken Pasta

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Give this Artichoke Chicken Pasta recipe a try, and you’ll find yourself craving it again and again. The mild, lemony tang of the sauce perfectly balances the garlic chicken flavor.

5. Dairy-Free Carbonara

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Nothing could be simpler than this Dairy-Free Carbonara, but it definitely does not compromise on flavor. The creamy sauce perfectly blankets the delicious pasta for a beautiful flavor combination that will leave you craving more.

6. Rustic Italian Pasta Salad

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This Rustic Italian Pasta Salad could be a side dish, but it holds its own as a main dish, too. Make this for dinner tonight, and it’s sure to be a hit, especially for those who love Italian flavors. It is rustic, hearty, and meat-free.

7. Baked Ziti

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Try this Baked Ziti for an effortlessly delicious dinner tonight. This casserole dish is easy to assemble, and the oven does most of the work. It’s an Italian dinner you can meal prep that saves you time during weeknights without compromising on a delicious meal for the family.

8. Orzo Salad With Pesto

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This delicious Orzo Salad with Pesto is great for lunches or light dinners. With garden vegetables, healthy fats, feta, and arugula, this dish is perfect for hot summer days.

9. Pumpkin Pasta

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta and your favorite cheeses combine for an irresistible fall dish. This easy pumpkin pasta recipe is perfect for a hearty weeknight meal.

10. Vegan Pasta Puttanesca

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Vegan Pasta Puttanesca is a plant-based and vegan Puttanesca. This pasta dish might look unassuming, but it packs quite a punch flavor-wise.

11. Tuscan Pasta Salad

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This hearty and healthy Tuscan Pasta Salad celebrates the best flavors from the Tuscan region. It’s a quick and easy dinner that will fill your belly and keep your taste buds happy. It’s also versatile enough to add beans, vegetables, or cheeses to suit your taste.

12. Garlicky Broccolini Pasta

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If you’re too busy to cook, make this Garlicky Broccolini Pasta. Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of this dish because the simple flavors are wonderful. This dish lets the ingredients shine; one serving won’t be enough.

13. Olive Pasta

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It doesn’t get any simpler than this. Olive Pasta totally hits the spot. You’ll only need five ingredients and 10 minutes of cooking time to make this simple, flavorful pasta.

Sick Of The Same Ol’ Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

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Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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