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12 Quick and Easy Pasta Recipes with Few Ingredients

Are you feeling short on time but need to get dinner on the table asap? These quick and easy pasta recipes will save you! You only need a few ingredients per recipe and 30 minutes or less to make these delicious dinners ready to eat!

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Super Easy Family Friendly Pasta Recipes

How often do you make pasta for dinner each week? If you do not already meal prep them regularly, I’m sure you will after reading over these quick and easy pasta recipes.

These are great go-to recipes for busy days. Plus, just like frozen lasagna, leftovers are perfect for lunch or dinner the next day.

Tried and true pasta recipes are some of the best family-friendly meals for a few important reasons:

  • Cheap (hello budget!)
  • Easy (can my 10 year old make dinner tonight, please?!)
  • Delicious (a balanced mix of carbs, protein, and fats)
  • Freezer-friendly (so meal prep these recipes to save time)

Save these recipes and add them to your meal plan app today.

You might like these frugal but Healthy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes too.

How to Make Homemade Pasta Dinners

There are a few different ways to make homemade pasta dinners.

You can:

  • Cook on the stove
  • Prepare in an Instant Pot
  • Slow cook in a crock-pot or slow cooker
  • Bake in the oven

Cooking pasta on the stove is the most traditional way. The key here is adding salt to the water and keeping an eye on the time, so you get the exact texture you like best. Learn how to cook pasta perfectly (because you’re probably doing it wrong!).

However, if cooking isn’t your thing, using an Instant Pot can be a great method. With the appliance, you don’t have much hands-on time cooking, and you don’t need to worry about the pot boiling over and making a mess on the stove.

Slow cooking in a slow cooker is even easier (in my opinion) than the instant pot but does take more planning. These recipes usually need to be planned out beforehand because they take 6-8 hours to cook. The Instant Pot is much quicker. Choose what works best for you.

Baking pasta in the oven is great for pasta casseroles but makes a different dish than the big pot of pasta you might be seeking.

Both pasta casseroles and traditional pasta dishes are suitable for serving family style. Which, if you don’t know, means placing the finished dish on the table and having everyone serve themselves.

Take your pick of recipes to suit your personal preference best.

Common Ingredients for Simple Pasta Recipes


Most pasta noodles are wheat-based. However, gluten-free pasta made from brown rice, beans, or quinoa is also available. There’s even zero-calorie pasta made from konjac flour!


From a simple olive oil finish or store-bought sauce to homemade pesto, your pasta has to have sauce!

The most popular options are:


Sliced sausage, ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey, or pork), shredded chicken, fish, shrimp, and other seafood all pair well with any noodle type.


Tomato, broccoli, and zucchini are the most common pasta vegetables. Garnish frequently includes culinary herbs like basil, parsley, and thyme. Of course, you never want to forgo the garlic and onions!

Serve with a piece of homemade crusty no-knead bread or pair with any of these Homemade Pizza Recipes!


Use fresh herbs from your garden or grow a small potted garden inside for the best flavor. Alternatively, you can substitute with dry herbs and store-bought seasoning blends.

12 Quick and Easy Pasta Recipes with Few Ingredients

It’s time to find your new favorite dinner recipe! Let’s begin.

instant pot spaghetti

Super Easy Six Minute Instant Pot Spaghetti

No collection of “quick and easy pasta recipes” is complete without this Six-Minute Spaghetti. If you have an Instant Pot, this is a must-try meal! Ready in 6 minutes? Come on! It doesn’t get any quicker than that. (via Saving Talents)

easy pesto pasta recipe

Easy Pesto Pasta Recipe

The ultimate in versatility, Pesto Pasta is a delicious main course or side dish and served warm or cold. It’s great to make ahead and have on hand to serve for any occasion. (via Joy Food Sunshine)

macaroni ground beef

Super Easy Beef and Macaroni Skillet

Skillet meals employ one of the best methods of cooking dinner: pan-frying. This American Goulash recipe is a winner because you only need ONE PAN. That means everything is cooked together, and there’s very little clean up. (via Thrifty Frugal Mom)

taco pasta bake

Taco Pasta Casserole

With only 5 ingredients, there’s no excuse for skipping this dish! If you love spicy taco meat, you’ll love Taco Pasta Casserole. It’s all your favorite taco flavors baked into an easy-to-make pasta casserole. (via Mighty Mrs)

Three bowls of quick and easy pasta primavera with vegetables in them.

Pasta Primavera

When you’re feeling like something light, Pasta Primavera is the recipe to make! It’s packed with vegetables and finished with a butter parmesan cream sauce. (via The Forked Spoon)

Sausage pasta recipe in a white bowl on the table with a serving spoon.

Sausage & Broccoli Rabe with Pasta

Take a look at the ingredients in this sausage pasta, and you’ll find a restaurant-worthy combination of broccoli rabe, sun-dried tomatoes, white wine, and parmesan cheese. Don’t be fooled, though. The best part is still to come – it’s ready in 30 minutes or less and serves 6! That means it’s the perfect lunch or dinner for company that anyone can make! (via Cook What You Love)

creamy one pot pasta recipe

Creamy One Pot Pasta

True to its name, you only need one pot for this creamy pasta dinner! Toss all the ingredients in a pot and stir them together until they are done cooking. It’s ready in just three simple steps and 20 minutes of cooking time. (via Lemons and Zest)

easy shrimp linguine recipe

Easy Creamy Garlic Shrimp Linguine Seafood Pasta

Here’s an easy pasta recipe with shrimp that’s sure to be a family favorite! It’s all about the creamy garlic sauce. The cream, parmesan, and garlic coat each bite and make a healthy meal in just a few minutes. (via Melanie Cooks)

5 ingredient pasta alfredo

Easy Pasta Alfredo

My favorite easy pasta recipe with chicken is this 5 ingredient fettuccini alfredo – hands down! It’s hard to go wrong when it only takes one pan, a handful of ingredients, and 15 minutes to make dinner. (via Kim Inspired DIY)

A quick and easy chicken parmesan pasta in a white bowl.

Best Homemade Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Is chicken parm your favorite dish to order when you eat out? Now you can take all those flavors and simmer them into a quick 20-minute pasta dinner! (via Create Yum)

easy crockpot pasta

Easy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

There are only 10 minutes of prep time for this easy slow cooker pasta recipe. Think you can handle that? Grab the 5 ingredients (plus water) and dump them in the crock-pot. Flick the machine on and go about your day until dinner-time! (via Life Should Cost Less)

pasta and beans recipe

Pasta e Fagioli aka Pasta and Beans

Pasta e Fagioli is the ideal way to eat traditional Italian food on a budget. Don’t let the name (or simplicity of the recipe) fool you! This is a legit, tried-and-true authentic Italian meal. Pasta + beans + sauce = dinner is served. Thank me later. (via Christina’s Cucina)

More Easy Homemade Pasta Recipes

Loreto and Nicoletta

Monday 1st of August 2022

Great roster of pasta dishes. So delicioys and easy


Sunday 31st of July 2022

So many delicious options! That buffalo chicken pasta is calling my name! I can't wait to make it!

Jessica Haggard

Wednesday 3rd of August 2022

That buffalo chicken one is so popular :) Hope you enjoy and try them all - come back to the page for more great recipes and roundups!


Saturday 30th of July 2022

During these hot months, pasta is on repeat. Love this variety of quick and easy's so good the next day too!


Thursday 28th of July 2022

So many great recipes. I love finding some easy recipes that are also budget friendly thanks for sharing.


Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this amazing list! I've already found a few that we want to make next week! I'm set for meal planning now! Woo hoo!

Jessica Haggard

Wednesday 3rd of August 2022

Meal planning is my jam. Glad you are finding this list useful too!!