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11 Easy Pasta Dinners {Quick Recipes}

Easy Pasta Dinner - quick and healthy meals for busy summer nights | MoneywiseMoms

Who loves an easy pasta dinner? With summer upon us, we've moved away from casseroles and are looking for quick meals that come together easily on the stovetop or can be prepped ahead in the slow cooker. All of these 11 Easy Pasta Dinners include vegetables and can be made with your favorite pasta (I like wheat or protein pasta for extra nutrition). Add some of these recipes to your menu plan for a little variety this summer.
Creamy Sausage and Spinach Tortellini from Everyday Reading | Easy Pasta Dinners
Creamy Sausage and Spinach Tortellini from Everyday Reading

Just seven ingredients (and two are garlic & olive oil!) make this colorful and flavorful dish that cooks up quickly in one pot with a creamy tomato sauce.

One Pot Pasta Primavera from Oh My Veggies | Easy Pasta Dinners

One Pot Pasta Primavera from Oh My Veggies

Combine broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms and peas with your favorite pasta and an easy cream sauce with this fresh primavera.

Turkey Parmesan Pasta | Easy Pasta Dinners

Turkey Parmesan Pasta from MoneywiseMoms

This stovetop version of baked ziti lets you skip the oven and long cooking time and enjoy a cheesy, meaty meal in a half hour. Everything cooks in one pot, so clean up is easy, too!

Chicken Enchilada Pasta from Spoonful of Flavor | Easy Pasta Dinners

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta from Spoonful of Flavor

Make your Taco Tuesday a twist by cooking pasta in enchilada sauce and adding cooked chicken, black beans and corn. Add whatever toppings you like once it's ready to go.

One Pot Pasta from Damn Delicious | Easy Pasta Dinners

One Pot Pasta from Damn Delicious

It sounds odd to put sausage, onions, basil and tomatoes into a pot with water to boil and then just ignore it, but it really works. The water gets absorbed into the pasta, and this one-pot meal is ready to serve.

Chicken Broccoli Lo Mein from Mom Advice | Easy Pasta Dinners

Chicken Broccoli Lo Mein from Mom Advice

This quick-and-easy version of lo mein makes feeding the family so easy. My kids love this recipe.

Rainbow Peanut Noodles from Gimme Some Oven | Easy Pasta Dinners

Rainbow Peanut Noodles from Gimme Some Oven

Whenever I can have Pad Thai, I grab the chance. My son has a peanut allergy, so this recipe won't happen in my house, but this lightened-up version includes more vegetables and protein than the tradition. Give it a try!

Slow Cooker Pork Ragu and Fettuccine | Easy Pasta Dinners

Slow Cooker Pork Ragu and Fettuccine from MoneywiseMoms

We enjoy this meal year-round. It's a dump-in-the-slow-cooker-and-go recipe. I just boil the water for noodles, and while they're cooking, I shred up the pork right in the pot. It's easy and so delicious, my family requests it at least once a month!

Chicken Fajita Pasta from Kevin and Amanda | Easy Pasta Dinners

Chicken Fajita Pasta from Kevin and Amanda

This flavorful dish is made all in one pot (love that!) and uses homemade taco seasoning along with lots of fresh bell peppers.

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese from House of Yumm | Easy Pasta Dinners

One Pot Spinach & Artichoke Mac and Cheese from House of Yumm

We eat a lot of mac & cheese, so I love finding novel recipes like this one that includes another of our favorite flavor combos (spinach and artichoke dip fans!). It's another easy one-pot meal.

Chicken Lo Mein from The Wholesome Dish | Easy Pasta Dinners

One Pot Chicken Lo Mein from The Wholesome Dish

Yes, I know I've shared this recipe before, but it's because it's THAT GOOD. It's in our regular meal plan rotation, and everyone loves it. It only takes a few minutes to chop everything up, it all goes in one skillet, then I cover and walk away. I love easy recipes like this!

Looking for more easy weeknight meals? Check out 5 Beginner Crockpot Meals and 10 Summer Slow Cooker Meals.

Linked up to DIY Craft and Recipe Linkup at The SITS Girls, Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids. Fluster's Creative Muster Party at Fluster Buster and Do Tell Tuesday at Mabey She Made It.

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Ashley Mullen

Monday 8th of June 2015

Thanks for linking up this week. I am pinning it to the Creative K board on Pinterest.

Gina

Monday 8th of June 2015

Thanks, Ashley!