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25 Weeknight Pasta Dinner Recipes

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When you’re looking to enjoy a big bowl of pasta for dinner, look no further than these easy and delicious pasta dinner ideas! Most of the dishes are quick to cook and ready to eat in 30 minutes or less.

Hands down, pasta is a universal crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re hungry for a soul-satisfying meal on a busy weeknight or looking to share a cozy plate for a date-night at home, there’s nothing better than tucking into a bowl of perfectly cooked pasta for dinner.

Ingredients for making spinach mushroom pasta, with fresh pappardelle noodles, sliced mushrooms, shallots and spinach leaves.

My friends and family call me the Queen of Pasta. I credit my Italian-American background — tiny star-shaped pasta (pastina) was my first solid food as a baby and I’ve never stopped loving it!

I included a handful of my top pasta recipes in my cookbook Family Style: Shared Plates for Casual Feasts but I could probably write an entire book on pasta alone.

Grab a big pasta pot and boil some water. Then scroll down through this list of Familystyle Food favorites to find your favorite pasta shape. Pick a vegetarian pasta or meat pasta sauce to go with it and get your fork ready to dig in!

Spaghetti, linguine and bucatini pasta recipes

Fettuccine pasta recipes

  • Creamy Lemon Cacio e Pepe with Pancetta: A combination carbonara and cacio e pepe pasta, this quick lemony recipe satisfies on every level, with creamy, cheesy black pepper sauce, Italian pancetta and sweet peas.
  • Wild Mushroom Fettuccine: Fettuccine noodles coated in a buttery sauce with savory mushrooms. It’s a perfect elegant and comforting meal!
  • Asparagus Mushroom Pasta: A vegetarian recipe in a quick butter sauce with hearty mixed mushrooms, thyme and shallots.

Pappardelle pasta recipes

Pasta with meat sauce:

Seafood Pasta Recipes

  • Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta: An easy, elegant, 20-minute garlic shrimp pasta recipe that will become a classic in your kitchen! Juicy quick-sauteed shrimp in a rich, tasty garlic butter sauce
  • Roasted Calamari Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes: Quick and so tasty! This sheet-pan roasted calamari is sauced with spicy cherry tomatoes and toasted breadcrumbs.

Vegetarian pasta recipes

Baked Pasta Recipes

25 Weeknight Pasta Dinner Recipes: Bucatini with Sheet Pan Tomato Sauce

Karen Tedesco
The best pasta recipes are quick and delicious! Make a restaurant-worthy dinner at home with this easy and elegant homemade pasta sauce made entirely on a sheet pan, with roasted cherry tomatoes, basil and ricotta.
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5 from 3 community reviews
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 pound (450 g) cherry or grape tomatoes
  • ¼ cup (65 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • ½-1 teaspoon crushed red chili
  • 1 fresh red chili pepper (such as Fresno), sliced in half lenghtwise (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • 12 ounces (340 g) dried bucatini or spaghetti
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
  • ½ cup (125 g) whole milk ricotta cheese
  • Freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese


  • Preheat oven to 425 (220C) degrees.
  • Arrange half of the cherry tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet. Slice the remaining tomatoes in half and add to the baking sheet.
  • Toss the tomatoes with the oil, crushed red pepper, fresh chili and ¾ teaspoon salt.
  • Roast 20-25 minutes, until the tomatoes are very soft, shriveled and juicy. Use the back of a wooden spoon or a potato masher to lightly crush the tomatoes. For extra heat, chop the chili pepper and add back to the sauce, otherwise remove it.
  • While the tomatoes are roasting, bring 5-6 quarts of water to a boil with 2 tablespoons salt. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions (about 10 minutes) for perfect al dente texture.
  • Scoop out ½ cup of the pasta water and reserve. Drain the pasta and transfer to a serving bowl (cover to keep warm).
  • Pour ¼ cup of the pasta water onto the sheet pan. Add the garlic and stir to create a saucy, chunky consistency, adding additional water little by little as needed. Stir in the basil.
  • Add about half the sauce to the pasta and toss to coat. To serve, portion the pasta into bowls and add 2 tablespoons ricotta alongside. Add more sauce to taste and sprinkle with grated cheese.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1579IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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Hey, I’m Karen

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I’m a food obsessed super-taster and professionally trained cook ALL about creating elevated dinners with everyday ingredients. Find simplified recipes made from scratch and enjoy incredibly tasty food! Read more about me here.

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