Quick and Easy Pasta Dishes

There's no better quick and easy dinner than a bowl of steaming hot pasta. From pastas with chicken and shrimp, to fast sauces and pasta salads, these quick and easy pasta dinners will have everyone begging for more.

How to Cook Italian Sausage

Italian sausage comes in countless varieties, including familiar types like pepperoni and salami; the kind of sausage most people refer to when they speak of how to cook Italian sausage is "sweet Italian," "spicy Italian" or "hot Italian" (the latter two are typically the same), and it's found in the pork section of the supermarket. Typically made with pork, peppers and Italian seasonings, Italian sausage is most commonly used in pasta dishes or as a topping for pizza, but it can be the centerpiece of many other dishes as well.

How to Make Baked Ziti

Sure, your friend's Italian-American grandmother knows how to make baked ziti, but why not gather a few tricks yourself? Ziti, a dish that's as beloved as spaghetti with meatballs, is poised to be your next Sunday supper.

Total: 15 mins

Pasta Carbonara

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Bored by spaghetti and meatballs? Give carbonara (bacon and egg pasta) a try for a fast and fresh take on Italian cuisine.

Total: 30 mins

How to Make Enchiladas

Enchiladas have been around in one form or another since the pre-Columbian times. In fact, it seems that people were figuring out how to make enchiladas almost as long as there have been tortillas. The ancient Aztecs made enchilada dishes consisting of a fried tortilla topped with salsa and cheese, covered by another tortilla and topped off with a fried egg. Though these dishes existed for centuries, the term "enchilada" (which literally means "chili filled") wasn't coined until the 19th century, and the original dish has been all but completely transformed since its early days.

How to Make Cornbread

Cornbread connoisseurs have a long line of people to thank for making this quick bread a mainstay in American cooking. In fact, this staple of Southern and Southwestern cuisine may be one of the most truly American foods there is. Native Americans used corn, or "maize," in cooking all sorts of dishes--including cornbread--for thousands of years before colonists first set food in what we now know as the United States. Since cornbread is leavened with baking powder instead of yeast, it was easy for early settlers to master how to make cornbread even with limited resources. So, it's no wonder the dish caught on. Its unique flavor and texture have kept it a favorite over the years.

How to Cook Chard

Spinach is delicious, but sometimes it's nice to mix things up--learning how to cook chard will provide an alternative leafy green for weeknight meals.

Pasta and Peas

Better Homes and Gardens

For a light and springy pasta dinner, try this pea, basil and Parmesan pesto, then top things off with strips of salty prosciutto.

Total: 30 mins

Organic White Mac and Cheese

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Avoid all of the artificial ingredients in boxed macaroni mixes by stirring together this easy homemade recipe. The extreme creaminess comes from four varities of cheese!

Bowties with Tuna

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This pasta and tuna one-dish dinner can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Save this recipe for a night when you need a meal in a hurry.

Creamy Sausage-Tomato Rotini

Midwest Living

Coat pasta with a creamy sauce of tomatoes and Italian sausage to make a fast and tasty dinner.

Total: 25 mins
Total: 20 mins

Cavatelli with Broccoli Rabe

Family Circle

Broccoli rabe has a slightly bitter yet delicious taste that blends beautifully with spicy Italian sausage in this pasta recipe.

Herbed Scallops with Couscous

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If you crave seafood in the middle of the week, try this 30-minute recipe. It takes little time to saute the seasoned scallops in butter and olive oil and to prepare the tomato-flavored couscous mix.

Straw and Hay Penne

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