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Dinner On the Go: 15 Simple Pasta Recipes

By: Nathan, Editor, RecipeLion

Let’s face it. A lot of us don’t have time to make a big dinner for ourselves, and we especially don’t have time to feed and care for a family too. So if you’re like us, you go to your weeknight staples in dire situations and you whip out what you know to be a tried and true recipe – pasta. Easy pasta recipes have gotten us out of a lot of binds. They don’t take much time to cook or prep and they always get the job done. There’s really nothing to complain about when it comes to easy pasta recipes.

Easy Pasta with OnionsEasy Homemade StoveTop Mac & CheeseRoasted Red Pepper Linguini

The only down side, however, to a lot of simple pasta recipes is that they get a little boring. If you are making pasta with a jar of sauce over angel hair or spaghetti, of course it is going to get stale to the taste buds. But we have great news. We’ve collected some of our favorite pasta recipes that can be made on-the-fly with our collection Dinner On the Go: 15 Simple Pasta Recipes. Quick, easy, and delicious, there’s nothing better than simple pasta recipes.

Southwest Chicken & PastaHomemade Pesto PastsBeefy Salsa Mac

This collection of great pasta dishes has a lot of recipes that are not like your everyday spaghetti and ziti dishes that you’re used to. But this doesn’t mean that you have to make your own pasta sauce, which can be a bit of a hassle when you’re in a hurry. Instead, it means that we’ve collected some great recipes for pasta with homemade sauces that can be made in minutes. These fantastic dishes create fresh and new sauces that will create a flavor explosion to your taste buds. The next time you need dinner on the go, consider one of these excellent pasta recipes. Enjoy!

Our Best 15 Simple Pasta Recipes



Southwest Wagon Wheel PastaThe Best Weeknight Linguine


Southwestern Wagonwheel Pasta - Take a ride to the wild wild west and check out this delicious easy pasta recipe. Made with green chillies and loaded with cheese, this southwestern meal will have your family coming back for seconds.

The Best Weekday Linguine - Perfect for any weeknight meal, this gourmet Italian dish is ready in just 30 minutes and may be one of the best pasta recipes. Made with a homemade spicy clam sauce, The Best Weeknight Linguine has a bold flavor that you will not be able to resist.

Simple Sundried Tomato Pasta - You can never have too many easy dinner recipes as a go-to for the week. This Simple Sun-dried Tomato Pasta is a must to add to your easy pasta recipes list. It's a quick, no fuss recipe that pairs wonderfully with any meat entree; or just eat it by itself.

Skillet Mac & Beef - This saucy pasta and ground beef dish uses ingredients that you have in your pantry and makes one of the best budget friendly, ground beef recipes. Quick and easy, it is perfect for a busy weeknight meal and will satisfy the family.

Southwest Chicken & Pasta - One pot dinners are great when you want a meal with very little clean up. Colorful and full of flavor, Southwest Chicken Pasta features, broccoli, green peppers, and chunks of chicken all simmered in a creamy sauce. Fast easy and satisfying, make this delicious pasta recipe for the family on a busy weeknight.

Roasted Red Pepper Linguini - Bring gourmet to your own home with Roasted Red Pepper Linguini. Made with fresh spinach, wild mushrooms and tomatoes, this homemade paste recipe is then topped with Asiago cheese for a taste that you will love.

Easy Homemade Stove Top Mac N' Cheese - I am a huge fan of baked macaroni and cheese recipes but sometimes you want your comfort food a little faster. This satisfying and rich Easy Homemade Stove Top Mac N' Cheese is easy enough to make any time and will have you ditching the blue box stuff.

Easy Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Spinach - If you have the patience to allow onions to caramelize, this quick and easy recipe is affordable and absolutely delicious. This Easy Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Spinach has been a go-to meal that my whole family has loved for years.

Quick Skillet Ziti - Ground beef and pasta are a winning combination in this 4-ingredient pasta dish that is ready in minutes. One of the simplest pasta recipes that is also budget friendly, Quick Skillet Ziti is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner for two that will leave you with some leftovers for lunch the next day.

Beefy Salsa Mac - Spice up your typical macaroni and cheese recipe and add some beef and a splash of salsa for a zesty treat. Quick and easy, this wonderful weeknight recipe is perfect when you are in a rush, but still looking to please your appetite. Cheesy and Meaty, who can resist?

Fresh Homemade Pesto Pasta - Put away the marinara and try this delicious homemade pesto recipe. Made from fresh basil leaves, garlic, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts, it's nutty flavor tastes great on pasta and sandwiches. Add something new and delicious to your pasta recipes.

Easy Mediterranean Angel Hair - Trying to spice up simple pasta recipes for a weeknight meal? This Easy Mediterranean Angel Hair recipe, made with bell peppers, Kalamata olives, capers, Feta cheese and anchovies, is sure to send you back to the islands of Capri.

Special Slow Cooker Pasta Recipes

Slow Cooker Creamy Spaghetti


Slow Cooker Creamy Spaghetti - Comforting, easy pasta recipes are so handy when you're trying to come up with a weeknight meal. This recipe for Slow Cooker Creamy Spaghetti so no exception! Your family will love this rich, creamy spaghetti, packed with Italian sausage.

Thrifty Chicken Stroganoff - Free slow cooker chicken recipes like Thrifty Chicken Stroganoff are a great way to incorporate new flavors into everyday cooking. Keep your meals healthy, balanced and cheap with slow cooker chicken recipes like this delicious spin on a Russian classic.







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