20 Pasta Recipes You Can Make in Less than 20 Minutes

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Pasta is known for being a quick weeknight dinner, but just how quickly can you make it? How about 20 minutes or less? It’s hard not to like the sound of that when your week is especially busy and takeout seems like the only option.

These 20 pasta recipes come together in next to no time and fit pretty much any craving you may have. Whether you’re in the mood for something meaty, creamy and decadent, or packed full of vegetables, we’ve got something here for you.

One-Pot Wonders

Cook both the pasta and sauce in one pot and you’ve automatically shaved minutes off your cooking time. Not only will you be able to get to the dinner table faster, but you’ll also be able to clean up quickly since you’ll have less pots and pans to wash.

Spaghetti with Crispy Pancetta(Image credit: Christine Han)

Fast & Fancy

Pasta you can serve at a dinner party is absolutely possible in under 20 minutes. These recipes feel a little more special than the usual ones, but come together quickly. That means they’re perfect for a nice Saturday night with friends or an impromptu Wednesday when you’d just like to pop open a bottle of wine and enjoy something nice.

Fresh Tomato Blender Sauce(Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Family Favorites

Here are the crowd-pleasers — the ones you can make over and over again and no one in your family will complain. These pasta dishes are fast and simple ,and most definitely worthy of gaining a regular spot on your weekly meal plan.

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