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I turn to pasta recipes more than anything else for a quick and easy meal any time of day. No-cook pasta sauces are my best friend in the summer, and a simple mac and cheese is a perfect dinner in the winter. Classic Bolognese sauces and traditional Italian pastas make regular appearances on our dinner table. Try my microwave mac and cheese when you’re really hangry ~ it’s instant gratification!

  • Giada's lemon spaghetti twirled on a fork

    Giada’s Lemon Spaghetti ~ a no cook sauce!

    Giada’s lemon spaghetti is the ultimate in easy summer eating ~ it’s hot pasta tossed with lemon juice, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, a little starchy water, and lots of fresh basil…

  • lobster pasta salad in a bowl, with potato chips

    Lobster Pasta Salad

    Lobster pasta salad is the classic New England lobster roll made into a creamy pasta salad! It’s the perfect summer side dish.…

  • lemon basil pasta salad in a bowl with serving spoon

    Pasta salads for barbecue season!

    Our favorite pasta salads for barbecues, potlucks, and cookouts. These fresh, bright, colorful salads, from macaroni to couscous, will wake up your paper plates this summer!…

  • BLT pasta salad, in a white bowl

    BLT Pasta Salad

    BLT pasta salad takes the classic flavors of a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich and turns them into a super fresh, super crave-able summer side dish for barbecues and potlucks (or…

  • Pasta peperonata with tuna in a bowl with fork

    Spaghetti Peperonata with Tuna and Olives

    Spaghetti Peperonata with tuna and olives is a rustic Italian style pasta that’s easy to throw together on a weeknight. It’s an inexpensive, healthy 30 minute meal with that casual Mediterranean…

  • Truffle mac and cheese just out of the oven

    Truffle Mac and Cheese

    Truffle Mac and Cheese ~ a luxurious baked pasta with plenty of rich creamy sauce and an earthy flavor and aroma thanks to truffled cheese, truffle oil, and a dash of…

  • lemon garlic shrimp with orzo in a skillet

    Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Orzo

    Lemon garlic shrimp with orzo in (would you believe it?) 30 minutes! My weeknight friendly shrimp scampi is served over toasted orzo for an easy meal with lots of saucy Mediterranean…

  • a bowl of pumpkin Alfredo pasta with sage and pine nuts

    Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

    Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta is made with just 6 simple ingredients in 15 minutes! It’s a Fall comfort food powerhouse just waiting to happen in your kitchen. Yes carbs ~ but there’s…

  • Overhead of a bowl of broccoli and white cheddar baked shells with a fork.

    Broccoli and Cheddar Baked Shells

    Broccoli and cheddar baked shells is comfort food at its finest! This classic macaroni and cheese is quick and easy for family meals, and upscale enough for company.…

  • A bowl of spaghetti salad.

    7 Ways to Love Spaghetti this Summer

    Summer spaghetti recipes are light, bright, and veggie forward ~ look to no cook or barely cooked sauces like basil pesto, aglio olio, and fresh tomato alla checca for delicious inspo.…

  • creamy lemon asparagus pasta in a skillet

    Creamy Lemon Asparagus Pasta

    Creamy Lemon Asparagus Pasta is a 30 minute vegetarian meal that’s cozy and incredibly delicious. I call it comfort food, spring style!…

  • Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad in glass bowl

    Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad

    Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad is a delicious twist on a potluck classic ~ quick to prepare using common ingredients, the Asian flavors in this colorful pasta salad really pop. It’s an…

  • a jar of homemade artichoke lemon pesto

    Lemony Artichoke Pesto Recipe

    Artichoke Lemon Pesto is a deliciously healthy Mediterranean tapenade perfect for simple pastas, spreading on toasty bruschetta, or serving with cheese and crackers. You’ll want to have a jar in your…

  • spaghetti carbonara for breakfast in a skillet

    Breakfast Pasta Carbonara

    My Breakfast Pasta Carbonara recipe with smoked bacon, eggs, Parmesan and a handful of fresh parsley is an irresistible skillet pasta. It’s a comforting late night snack or lazy weekend breakfast…

  • Overhead photo of a bowl of Jamie Oliver's Easy Sausage Carbonara with fork and napkin

    Jamie Oliver’s Easy Sausage Carbonara

    Jamie Oliver’s Easy Sausage Carbonara is my latest 5-ingredient, 30 minute meal obsession and gives spaghetti and meatballs a whole new meaning. Yes it’s simple enough to memorize, but don’t worry,…

  • taking forkful of pasta Bolognese

    Easy Pasta Bolognese Recipe

    My Easy Pasta Bolognese Recipe is a classic Italian meat sauce that’s comforting and SO satisfying! It gets even better as it sits in the fridge, so plan to make a…

  • spaghetti salad in a white bowl

    Spaghetti Salad ~ a family favorite!

    Spaghetti Salad is what you make for dinner when you’ve got loads of fresh produce but you’re craving comfy carbs (sound familiar?)…this easy season spanning recipe combines hot garlicky pasta with a…

  • Pimento macaroni and cheese in a skillet with spoon

    Pimento Macaroni and Cheese

    Pimento Macaroni and Cheese is hard to resist. It’s a luxuriously easy skillet mac with the legendary flavors of pimento cheese folded in. If you’re a pimento cheese lover, I’ve got your new…

  • a nest of homemade green pasta

    Homemade Pasta with Fresh Greens

    Homemade Pasta with Fresh Greens ~ no pasta machine needed for this easy, fun, and fresh green pasta that packs a healthy dose of spring in every bite. Don’t think you…

  • Macaroni and cheese in a white bowl

    How to Make Mac and Cheese without a recipe!

    How to Make Mac and Cheese without a recipe ~ it’s easy when you’ve got my super simple formula. Imagine making quick and creamy macaroni and cheese without rifling through cookbooks,…

  • pasta with radicchio and bacon

    Pasta with Radicchio, Bacon, and Walnuts

    Pasta with radicchio, bacon and walnuts is a classic meal with a complex flavor and that Italian flair for tossing together something incredible with very little. This 30-minute meal is a…

  • pasta with pesto

    Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Pesto

    I’m all about healthy 30 minute meals like this Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Pesto that come together from the pantry without a trip to the store. It’s frugal eating…

  • kale and pancetta pasta

    Kale and Pancetta Pasta with Lemon and Garlic

    Kale and Pancetta Pasta with Lemon and Garlic ~ this recipe doesn’t have many ingredients, but the combination of flavors is bold and satisfying. Pasta rules the 30 minute dinner world…

  • chili mac

    Chili Mac and Cheese

    Chili Mac and Cheese is the ultimate fall comfort food, perfect for feeding the family or a hungry game day crowd. Comfort food lovers will appreciate the epic combo of meaty…

  • zucchini beef meatballs with pasta marinara

    Zucchini Beef Meatballs

    Zucchini Beef Meatballs made with ricotta cheese are soft, pillowy, and utterly delicious. I like to serve them with pasta marinara for a healthier, lightened up comfort meal that gets raves…

  • Tossing pasta with a chive parsley pesto

    Chive and Parsley Pesto

    Chive and Parsley Pesto ~ a spring green pesto sauce that goes rogue without a trace of basil. Don’t save it just for pasta, use it on fish, chicken, sandwiches, burgers,…

  • Pasta twirled on a fork

    5 Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinners

    5 Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinners ~ I’ve put together 5 of my favorite pasta recipes that are perfect for fall weeknight cooking. They’re simple, seasonal, quick 30 minute meals, and every…

  • A bowl of pasta alla checca

    Easy Pasta Alla Checca

    Easy pasta alla checca is a healthy raw tomato sauce from Italy that’s a refreshing way to do pasta when the temperatures rise. Heat waves, record highs, sweltering nights…bring it! This…

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