Pasta night done right.
Pasta night is always a go-to for busy weeknights at my house, and these simple recipes prove that short ingredient lists won’t short you on flavor. If you’re looking to clean out the pantry, these pasta recipes with few ingredients are here to lend a hand. With just five ingredients, you’ve got a warm and hearty dinner on the table. Plus, these dishes are kid-friendly too. Easy pasta dishes like our favorite noodle salads make for great lunches the next day, and five-ingredient pasta bakes (lasagna and spaghetti and meatball casserole) freeze beautifully. Don’t waste time and money at the store racking up ingredients for a complicated recipe. With just five ingredients, these quick and easy pasta recipes won’t put a dent in your free time or wallet.
Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Add fresh dill just before serving to give this light pasta salad a hint of zing. It’s bright and colorful enough for serving at a luncheon, but easy enough for weekday lunches.
Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad
Recipe: Extra-Easy Lasagna
You don’t even have to pre-cook the noodles for this classic dinner recipe. Make one to eat and one to freeze for busy nights.
Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad
Use your bountiful farmers’ market haul for this summery pasta salad that feels indulgent with cheese-and spinach-filled tortellini.
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Homemade macaroni and cheese is the only way to do it at Mama’s house, and this one-dish recipe is as easy to master as the boxed stuff.
Sweet Pea-and-Mint Pasta Toss
Recipe: Sweet Pea-and-Mint Pasta Toss
Serve this springy pasta dish as a potluck side dish or along with grilled shrimp or chicken for a light and bright dinner.
Tomato-and-Gorgonzola Pasta Salad
You can sub beefsteak tomatoes and gorgonzola for other tomato varieties or crumbly cheese you have on hand.
Make-Ahead Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole
Ready-made ingredients make this pasta bake the best option for the busiest weeknights of the month.
Gnocchi with Spinach, Bacon, and Blue Cheese
Gnocchi is a nice changeup from classic spaghetti on Italian night, and this skillet recipe has perfectly balanced flavor.
5-Ingredient Tomato and Artichoke Penne
This pasta recipe makes a pan sauce that’s lighter than the jarred stuff, but you won’t miss out on any flavor.
Cheesy Taco Pasta
Recipe: Cheesy Taco Pasta
When you can’t decide between Mexican or Italian, this five-ingredient pasta is the best way to satisfy both cravings.
5-Ingredient Pesto Pasta Salad
Cacio e Pepe
Recipe: Cacio e Pepe
This classic pasta dish proves that even the simplest ingredient lists can make a restaurant worthy dinner.
Easy Baked Rigatoni with Chicken Meatballs
This 30-minute pasta recipe is ideal for busy weeknights. It freezes well and makes plenty to eat throughout the week.
Five Ingredient Tomato Ricotta Linguini
This summery pasta dinner won’t leave you feeling weighed down, but creamy ricotta adds a bit of indulgence.
Baked Spinach and Mozzarella Ravioli Florentine
Prep this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven to bake for just 30 minutes. You can easily customize the ingredients to fit what’s in your fridge and pantry.
Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo
Recipe: Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo
If you like heat, pile on the Cajun seasoning in this creamy pasta dish. Use smoked turkey sausage for an easy calorie cut.
Five Ingredient Baked Tortellini Casserole
Talk about comfort food! This cheesy, 30-minute pasta bake is a quintessential “it’s been a long day” dinner, and you deserve it.
Linguine with Arugula, Garlic and Parmesan
With a dish this simple, use good quality olive oil and Parmesan for the most flavorful results.
Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna
Recipe: Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna
In this recipe, using the slow cooker makes lasagna a breeze, and using ravioli instead of noodle sheets makes it extra cheesy.