22 Fast, Fresh Pasta Dishes for Weeknight Suppers

When it comes to weeknight cooking, pasta rules in our household. A hot dish of pasta, cooked up quickly, with a sprinkling of fresh cheese and herbs or a quick sausage sauce — it has all the fullness of a truly homecooked meal, with the ease of takeout. Here are twenty-two (yes, twenty-two!) pasta dishes from our archives that are fast, fresh, and just right for now.

Most of these are very quick, like eat in an hour sort of quick. Others take a little extra preparation, but if you roast squash or simmer a sauce the night before, it can feed you a couple meals during the week.

TOP ROW
1 Pasta with Brown Butter and Fried Sage
2 Pasta with Mint Pesto, Peas and Ricotta Salata
3 Velvety Broccoli and Feta Pasta
4 Pasta alla Norma
5 Rich No-Cream Wild Mushroom Pasta Sauce

SECOND ROW
6 Orecchiette with Sausage and Kale
7 Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
8 3-Sausage Pasta Sauce
9 Pasta Carbonara
10 Anelletti Pasta with Sausage and Greens

THIRD ROW
11 Quick Lunch Pasta with Greens, Mushrooms and Meats
12 Italian Chicken Salad...Pasta
13 Roasted Garlic, Olive and Tomato Pasta Salad
14 Lemony Ricotta Pasta with Basil
15 Lemon Pepper Pasta with Capers

FOURTH ROW
16 Pasta with Pesto
17 Basic Tomato Sauce (with Optional Zing!)
18 Pasta with Butternut Squash, Sage, and Pine Nuts
19 Greek Chicken Pasta with Olives and Feta
20 Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Peas and Mushrooms

BOTTOM ROW
21 Ridiculously Quick Pasta al Pomodoro
22 Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad

Originally published September 3, 2009.

Related: Twelve Steps To a Better Pasta Salad

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