When the weekdays get busy, and you’re looking for a quick and satisfying dinner solution, pasta comes to the rescue. In this roundup, we’ve put together 12 delectable weeknight pasta recipes that will save you time without sacrificing flavor. From creamy Alfredo to zesty lemon garlic, these dishes offer a perfect balance of simplicity and taste for your busiest evenings.
The Best Vodka Sauce Recipe
This recipe is the Best Vodka Sauce out there! This recipe is made in the Instant Pot, so it takes only a few minutes and zero effort to throw together. And it is 100% delicious. You can make this recipe with Pappardelle Noodles or penne!
Sopita (Shell and Cheese Soup) from Mexico
This Shells and Cheese Soup is a popular and simple soup recipe made using shell pasta, tomato sauce, and chicken broth. It is affordable, versatile, and so easy to make!
Brown Butter Gnocchi with Sage and Walnuts
This brown butter gnocchi with sage and walnuts is the perfect 30 minute dinner! It comes together quickly, and the browned butter adds a depth and richness to the dish. Top it with some parmesan and mwah…. perfection.
Cacio e Pepe
A classic Roman dish, Bucatani Cacio e Pepe is a cheesy pasta covered in creamy sauce that you’ll want to make again and again!
Creamy Beef and Shells in the Instant Pot
This Creamy Beef and Shells in the Instant Pot is a perfect 20 minute dinner. The pasta is cooked in a tomato and cream sauce that mixes deliciously with the beef in the recipe! It is thickened up with parmesan cheese and ready to serve so quickly. You’re going to love it!
30 Minute Thai Peanut Noodles
This Thai Peanut Noodles recipe is fantastic for a quick and delicious better-than-takeout meal. The noodles are cooked in a rich and delicious Peanut Sauce. The recipe comes together, start to finish, in under 30 minutes.
Shrimp Scampi in the Instant Pot
The ever elegant restaurant entree that you love to order just became so much easier to make at home! This recipe for Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi cooks in– get this– 3 minutes! This is a one pot meal that you’ll love to serve up, either for a quick meal for yourself or to impress at a dinner party!
Instant Pot Goulash
This Instant Pot Goulash is a delightful blend of meat, pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese. It has a cook time of 6 minutes in the Instant Pot, and will satisfy your family’s cravings without needing to slave away over the stove!
Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta in the Instant Pot
If you want a 20 minute meal complete with pasta, shrimp, and a delicious (slightly spicy) sauce, this is the recipe for you! Bang Bang Shrimp is a popular appetizer at a classic chain restaurant. This meal takes the best flavors of that dish, but brings it up a notch by adding pasta and cooking it quickly in the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Pizza Pasta Bake
Pizza + Pasta = The Ultimate Dinner Heaven! This Pizza Pasta Bake can be made in your Instant Pot and will be ready to enjoy in under 15 minutes!
Gouda Mac and Cheese
This super easy gouda mac and cheese recipe is super creamy, rich, and packed with flavors. It’s super delicious, quick, and easy to make in just under 30 minutes!
Creamy Pesto Pasta (Instant Pot or Stovetop)
This Instant Pot Pesto Pasta is a quick and easy way to cook your noodles and add even more flavor to your dinner! The pesto cooks with cream to make a Creamy Pesto Pasta that is delightful! Keep reading for instructions on how to make it.