This roundup of pasta dinner recipes will help get the ball rolling on dinner prep tonight.

Pasta is one of the ultimate comfort foods! Who doesn’t love long strands of spaghetti smothered in tomato sauce or thick pieces of lasagna layered with meat and cheese? Pasta is an instant family favorite that is as much fun to make as it is to eat!

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Pasta for the Win!

  • Budget-friendly and versatile, pasta dinners are winning dinners! Not only for busy weeknights, but also when weekends call for casual get-togethers and formal-ish dinner parties.
  • Get creative with a pasta shape that’s already in the pantry or explore something new. And don’t forget – the same recipe can be made with a different pasta shape every time, making it original all over again!
Table of Contents
  1. Pasta for the Win!
  2. Meat and Pasta
  3. Seafood-Based Pasta Dishes
  4. Meat-Free Pasta Dishes
  5. One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta Recipe

Meat and Pasta

Big appetites with love these hearty, and easy to make pasta dishes.

Italian Sausage Pasta in a skillet, garnished with fresh parsley
Italian Sausage Pasta
This easy 30 minute, one pot Italian Sausage Pasta recipe is the perfect family meal topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
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spaghetti and meatballs in a crock pot with a spoon
Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs is one meal closer to making life simple and delicious. Each meatball is seasoned perfectly and topped with a quick and easy homemade sauce your whole family will love.
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a bowl of taco spaghetti with a fork
Taco Spaghetti Recipe
Make Taco Spaghetti for a hearty and tasty dinner that's ready in no time at all!
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bowl of Homemade Beefaroni Recipe with cheese
Homemade Beefaroni Recipe
Make a hearty and delicious pasta dinner with this easy beefaroni recipe!
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Chicken tetrazzini on a white plate garnished with parsley
Chicken Tetrazzini (or turkey)
Chicken Tetrazzini is a creamy and delicious casserole. So simple and delicious your family will love it!
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Seafood-Based Pasta Dishes

Shrimp and pasta go hand in hand like old friends!

adding shrimp to noodles to make Cajun Shrimp Pasta Recipe
Cajun Shrimp Pasta Recipe
Cajun Shrimp Pasta with a hint of heat and a rich cream sauce is easy and elegant.
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Easy Shrimp Alfredo prepared and served in a pan, garnished with fresh parsley
Easy Shrimp Alfredo
Easy Shrimp Alfredo is so simple to make, it's perfect for a mid-week meal. But it's also decadent enough to serve as a special dinner for family or guests.
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Bang bang shrimp pasta in a pan with a bite on a fork
Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta
Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta is a super quick and delicious dish that is perfect for busy nights. In just 20 minutes you’ll be sitting down to a creamy satisfying dinner.
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Garlic Shrimp Pasta in a white bowl with a fork
Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Garlic Shrimp Pasta is a quick and delicious weekday recipe that's ready in under 30 minutes.
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Meat-Free Pasta Dishes

Folks who enjoy a meat-free day of the week, and vegetarians alike, keep pasta on regular rotation. These dishes don’t miss the meat and will be easy family favorites in no time!

A bowl of Veggie Feta Pasta
Veggie Feta Pasta Recipe
With quick and easy preparation, this feta pasta bake will become a meal time favorite recipe.
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top view of One Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta in a bowl
One Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta
This creamy one pot pasta dish with garlic, tomatoes and cream is perfect for lunch or dinner.
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Cacio e Pepe twirled on a plate
Cacio e Pepe
This is the best Cacio e Pepe Recipe! Only 4 ingredients are needed for a light, full-flavored and delicious dish.
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bowl of Black Bean Pasta
Black Bean Pasta
This black bean vegetarian pasta makes a hearty and healthy one pot pasta main dish.
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close up of pasta primavera recipe
Pasta Primavera Recipe
This pasta primavera recipe is easy to make and loaded with healthy vegetables and hearty pasta. It's perfect for lunch or dinner.
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garlic pasta in a pot with parsley and tongs
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One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta

One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta is filled with rich flavors for one of the best pasta dinner recipes to feed a hungry crew!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author The Shortcut Kitchen



  • 1 pound angel hair pasta
  • 3 14.5 ounce cans chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream not to be confused with whipped topping for desserts
  • ½ cup parmesan grated
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • parsley chopped, for garnish


  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  • When butter is melted, add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Once chicken broth is boiling, add angel hair pasta.
  • Cook pasta until done then lower heat and let simmer until most of the broth has evaporated.
  • Turn heat off and add whipping cream and parmesan cheese.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 938kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2025IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    Stumbled upon this recipe looking for something to do with heavy cream that needed to be used. It was delicious, with very little effort. Could definitely be a weeknight meal, and could also be adapted to use small amounts of leftover protein or vegetables. I used vermicelli instead of angel hair, which had an 8 minute cooking time in a large deep skillet vs. a pot. I significantly increased the garlic, and garnished with fresh chives and fresh cracked black pepper, because that’s what I had on hand. We cleaned our plates, and will definitely be making again. A keeper! And LOVE that it’s a one-pot wonder!

  2. WOW!! This was fantastic!! I had doubts about it with the whipping cream but holy smokes. Will make again! 

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night and it was a huge hit for all of us! Easy and so flavorful. Loved it and we will make it again for sure!

  4. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! It is a favorite at my house. I add cream cheese to it sometimes to create a richer sauce. Pair it with Lemon chicken, your family will beg you to make it all the time! 😉

  5. Made this tonight, my super picky 12year old loved it. I made it exactly as outlook Ned, next time I may add more garlic, couldn’t really taste it much. This would also be great with some chicken tossed in.

    Super yummy, easy recipe. Will be making this again soon! Thanks for sharing.

  6. This looks yummy! I would like to make this, however I have never used canned chicken broth,. Is it concentrated chicken broth (that you would have to mix with water) or normal chicken broth? Thank you!

  7. Help! This is o e of my favorite recipes but can’t see the directions and ingredients. Could you please send it to me?

  8. added about 2 T of garlic, used about 30 oz of sodium free chicken broth in the box. (My biggest pan could not hold 3 14.5 oz cans). and used less pasta. SOOOO good. I made chicken and mushrooms in another pan and added after the parm and cream. Delicious. Thank you

  9. Sounds really good! Though with only 1 tsp of garlic in it, not sure why it has garlic in the name. Think I’ll add more garlic (maybe fresh minced) and maybe some red pepper flakes. 🙂

  10. To reduce the sodium, use either low sodium or no sodium chicken broth and try seasonings which do not have salt in them or a salt substitute.

  11. This was great! So easy too. I left out some of the whipping cream because after pouring 1/2 of it in, it seemed like enough.
    Next time I will try some grilled chicken with it!

  12. I made this last night.. It was GREAT. I used Rigatoni. I added Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes and some italian Seasoning, it was Amazing. This will become a twice a month recipe for me now..

  13. Do you have the carb and sodium count on this recipe?

    I need a kidney friendly version if there is one.


    It looks amazingly yummy by the way!!