There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a pasta dinner. No matter the sauce, the shape of the pasta, or the toppings, there’s just nothing better. Sometimes, though, making a pasta dish can be complicated and frustrating, especially when you’re hungry and craving some delicious carbs. But, it doesn’t have to be complicated to be tasty! The delicious pasta recipes on this list are so simple that anyone could make them!
1. Garlic parmesan spaghetti
It doesn’t get much simpler than this tasty pasta recipe. You’ll only need about five ingredients, plus any additions you’d like to make. Simply toss some cooked spaghetti in olive oil, then add in Italian herbs and red pepper flakes if you like some spice. Don’t forget plenty of minced garlic and parmesan cheese because that’s what makes the whole dish! This dish is perfect to eat alone, but you could also add some protein like chicken or Italian sausage for extra flavor.
2. Creamy alfredo pasta
Your go-to at any restaurant will suddenly become your favorite new meal to cook! This super easy alfredo pasta sauce might seem complicated, but it’s actually a lot easier than you might think. You’ll only need a few ingredients, and you’ll most likely already have them at home! This combination of garlic, flour, butter, parmesan cheese, and milk come together to form the perfect dish and is great for a lot of meals other than pasta. If you prefer an even creamier sauce, use less milk and replace it with cream cheese or heavy cream instead. Modify this one how you like!
3. Red and white pasta
This next pasta recipe won’t involve much cooking from scratch, which is perfect for anyone in a hurry or someone who just doesn’t feel up to the task. All you’ll need for this dish is any kind of cooked pasta, a jar of marinara sauce, a jar of alfredo sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Place the pasta in a casserole dish, then take turns pouring out the jars of sauce on top, mixing while you go. Then, you cover the whole dish with mozzarella cheese and throw it in the oven!
4. Cherry tomato angel hair
Some of the best pasta meals come from the fewest ingredients, and that’s definitely true with this next recipe. You’ll want to start with some olive oil in a skillet, then add lots of minced garlic and as many cherry tomatoes as you want. Once the tomatoes are soft, add some Italian spices and any other flavors you prefer, then add in your angel hair! Mix together and you’re ready to eat! This is truly very simple to make, and I’m sure anyone could do it!
5. Roasted red pepper rigatoni
This next recipe might be on the slightly more complex side of easy pasta recipes, but don’t let that scare you! Nothing about this recipe is difficult, it just requires a food processor to get the sauce as creamy as possible. You’ll need a jar of roasted red peppers, mixed garlic, butter, milk, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and of course the rigatoni pasta. Garnish with extra parmesan and fresh or dried basil, then get to eating!
6. Tomato spinach chicken spaghetti
If your normal pasta dish is just lacking something special, why not jazz it up with some extra textures and flavors? This yummy spinach, tomato, and chicken pasta is filled with great flavors and is super simple to make. You’ll start by cooking some chicken in a skillet, then slowly add in the other ingredients, finishing with the spaghetti. Combine all together and you have a great meal to enjoy with family or friends!
7. Chicken pasta primavera
Our next recipe is very similar to the last, in that it is a delicious mix of chicken, vegetables, and pasta. This recipe, however, is loaded up with lots more veggies and is creamier, because of the addition of heavy cream. You can basically cook any vegetables you like with this dish, whether it be zucchini, bell peppers, or broccoli. Don’t forget to top with parmesan cheese for an even tastier dish. So, if you’re looking for a way to get your intake of vegetables but also enjoy some yummy carbs at the same time, then look no further!
8. Cheeseburger pasta
Cheese lovers can rejoice at this next pasta recipe! The delicious and comforting meal will be your new favorite once you see how simple it really is to make. All you’ll need is some ground beef, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, pasta, milk, plus a variety of different seasonings you most likely already have. Just cook your ground beef in a skillet, then add cream cheese and cheddar cheese to make your tasty sauce. Season your sauce up, then add whatever shape pasta you like! It really is that easy, and it makes for great leftovers the next day!
9. Vodka sauce pasta
This classic Italian dish doesn’t just have to be something you only get at restaurants, you can make it yourself with ease! You’ll start with sauteed garlic and tomato puree, then add in your heavy cream, vodka, and parmesan! Don’t worry, the alcohol in the vodka will boil off when cooking and will leave you with a delicious tasting sauce! Mix in your pasta of choice, (I recommend penne because it holds onto the sauce very well). Garnish with some basil and parmesan cheese and dig in!
10. Chicken fajita pasta
Our final easy to make pasta recipe on this list is a fun one! This flavorful meal is super delicious and is a fun twist on Mexican and Italian foods. Cook the chicken and vegetables beforehand, then set aside. Then, make the sauce using heavy cream, diced tomatoes, and of course, the fajita seasoning. Return the chicken and vegetables to the pasta and sauce, the combine, and enjoy! You can garnish this dish however you like, and be proud of what you made!