25 Easy 20 Minute Pasta Dinners

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Pasta is always an easy dinner! If you’re in a time crunch and looking for a delicious meal idea check out these easy 20-minute pasta dinners! With 25 to choose from you’re sure to find one your family will love!

20 Minute Pasta Recipes

Looking for a quick and easy dinner? Make one of these pasta recipes that will be ready in 20 minutes or less!

Creamy Pomodoro Sauce Recipe

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Creamy Pomodoro Sauce Recipe

This Pomodoro Sauce Recipe is deliciously creamy and zesty. Made in under 20 minutes, you can have a homemade pasta sauce ready in the time it takes to cook the pasta. It is incredibly tasty and satisfying!

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (pasta with garlic, oil & herbs)

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (pasta with garlic, oil & herbs)

You really can’t get much more simple than this delicious take on the traditional Spaghetti Aglio e olio. In this version, I add a bunch of fresh herbs and a little bit of cheeses to boost the flavor a bit.

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Instant Pot Cheesy Garlic Butter Spaghetti {Dump and Start, Vegetarian}

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Instant Pot Cheesy Garlic Butter Spaghetti {Dump and Start, Vegetarian}

Looking for the ultimate comfort food recipe? This Instant Pot Cheesy Garlic Butter Spaghetti is it! Made with just 8 everyday pantry essentials, this is a true dump and start recipe that is super satisfying and super delicious. Just the thing when you need to get supper on the table fast. 

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Creamy One-Pot Pasta with Peas

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Creamy One-Pot Pasta with Peas

Creamy One-Pot Pasta with Peas is a simple, healthy dinner you can have on the table in under 20 minutes. With just a handful of ingredients and a lightened up yogurt cream sauce, this vegetarian pasta recipe is easy, comforting, and delicious. 

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Rasta Pasta

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Rasta Pasta

Rasta pasta is creamy pasta tossed with Caribbean style jerk chicken and sauteed bell peppers. This dish is so full of flavor, and makes a great weeknight dinner that can be made in just half an hour! It’s creamy, rich, spicy, and cheesy.

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Caprese Pasta Bake

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Caprese Pasta Bake

Caprese pasta bake is an easy dump-and-bake summer recipe that the whole family will love! Ready in under 20 minutes, this recipe is so easy to throw together and perfect for a quick dinner, a picnic or for your packed lunch!

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Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein

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Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein

Chinese Chow Mein made in an instant pot in under 15 minutes. It is so easy that you don’t need to be an expert in cooking to get the kudos you deserve. Do you ever have one of those nights where you want just want everyone to sit at the table and happily eat dinner, no complaining? This Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein recipe is my go-to recipe for that night.

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Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

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Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

Delicious salty bacon and sweet delicate peas come together in this 20-minute creamy pasta dish!

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Tenderstem Broccoli, Chilli and Garlic Spaghetti

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Tenderstem Broccoli, Chilli and Garlic Spaghetti

A simple and delicious fusion of extra virgin olive oil, chilli garlic and Tenderstem broccoli all tossed together with spaghetti and topped with Parmesan – the perfect quick meal for a week night!

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Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

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Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta is a creamy Italian pasta dish made with dried pasta shells, plenty of leftovers from dinner the night before and a delicious cream cheese tomato sauce. This Instant Pot creamy tomato sauce is ideal for families as well as Instant Pot Beginners.

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Creamy Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi (One Pan, 20 Minutes)

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Creamy Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi (One Pan, 20 Minutes)

This creamy Tuscan sausage gnocchi is the ultimate comfort food! Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, cream, and fresh basil make the most amazing sauce.

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Vegan Pesto Pasta with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes • Happy Kitchen

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Vegan Pesto Pasta with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes • Happy Kitchen

Creamy, delicious, healthy, satisfying vegan pesto pasta is the perfect marriage of comfort food and culinary art that comes together quickly and simply. This dairy-free pesto pasta dinner is flavorful and fast, making it the ideal family dinner or an easy one to use when you are meal prepping for the week. 

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Easy Asparagus Pasta - French Bistro in Ten Minutes

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Easy Asparagus Pasta – French Bistro in Ten Minutes

You could find this asparagus pasta recipe in a French bistro in the spring, or you can make it at home.

The best part is that it takes less than ten minutes to make. It’s perfect when you are tired getting home from work but it’s also tasty enough to serve to friends on the weekend.

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Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino (Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil & Chili) and The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Amy Riolo

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Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino (Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil & Chili) and The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Amy Riolo

A classic, simple Italian dish that can be made when there’s “nothing to eat”!

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Spinach Artichoke Fettuccine

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Spinach Artichoke Fettuccine

This creamy fettuccine recipe is super easy and comforting. Classic spinach artichoke dip flavors are perfect to turn into a sauce for your favorite pasta. Make it meatless or add some protein like chicken, shrimp, or salmon. 

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Easy, Unfussy Homemade Ramen

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Easy, Unfussy Homemade Ramen

This easy homemade ramen is truly as unfussy as it gets. You probably have all the ingredients you need to make this in your pantry and refrigerator right now. It’s meant to soothe your soul with the hot, noodle-y goodness of ramen and subtle Asian flavors

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Lemon Garlic Parmesan Pasta

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Lemon Garlic Parmesan Pasta

What I am fan girl-ing over this summer: this Lemon Garlic Parmesan Pasta. When you toss spaghetti pasta with butter, lemon juice, fresh garlic and a loaded amount of parmesan cheese, you don’t stand a chance.

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Gorgonzola Pasta

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Gorgonzola Pasta

This Gorgonzola pasta comes together in just ONE POT with only 7 ingredients in a mere 20 minutes. A creamy, tangy Gorgonzola sauce coats every curly cue of the cavatappi pasta and is tossed with peppery arugula and crunchy walnuts for the perfect weeknight dinner!

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One Pot Smoked Gouda & Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

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One Pot Smoked Gouda & Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

One pot, six ingredients and 20 minutes is all it takes to get smoked Gouda mac and cheese on the dinner table tonight! This hearty one pot pasta is loaded with flavors of smokey cheese and sun dried tomatoes in a creamy, dreamy sauce.

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20 Minute One Pot Mushroom Stroganoff | Midwest Foodie

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20 Minute One Pot Mushroom Stroganoff | Midwest Foodie

This 20 minute one pot mushroom stroganoff is a quick and easy vegetarian dinner that will have your family cleaning their plates and asking for seconds! It’s a creamy, flavorful carb-lover’s dream!

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Easy One Pot Mac & Cheese

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Easy One Pot Mac & Cheese

Ditch the blue box and it’s endless ingredient list for this 20 minute, 9 ingredient REAL one pot mac and cheese. Your kids are going to love it and you don’t have to worry about feeding them ingredients you can’t pronounce!

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Pasta Con Broccoli

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Pasta Con Broccoli

Pasta con Broccoli is an incredible Italian dish with broccoli and mushrooms in a tomato cream sauce. This one pot dinner is made from start to finish in less than 20 minutes!

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Easy Gnocchi Sorrentina - Gnocchi Inspired by Sorrento Italy

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Easy Gnocchi Sorrentina – Gnocchi Inspired by Sorrento Italy

If you’re looking for a simple dinner idea, you’re in luck! This easy gnocchi recipe is inspired by our recent trip to Sorrento and can be made in under twenty minutes! Delicious gnocchi tossed in a fresh tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella and basil, and then served hot. One of the best gnocchi recipes you’ll ever try!

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15 Minute Creamy Mushroom Gnocchi

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15 Minute Creamy Mushroom Gnocchi

This 15 Minute Creamy Mushroom Gnocchi is an amazing weeknight meal. On the table in 15 minutes, this lightning-fast pasta dinner is covered in a rich mushroom cream sauce that comes together fast with no can-of-something soup.

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Vegetarian "Chicken" Caesar Pasta Salad

Vegetarian “Chicken” Caesar Pasta Salad

This vegetarian chicken Caesar pasta salad is perfect for a quick and easy dinner. Hearty enough for any meat eater but totally meatless!! 

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I know cooking every night can be time-consuming and so having a bank of quick and easy meals to choose from can help! I don’t think you can ever go wrong with pasta so I’m sure whatever recipe you choose from this list you’ll love!

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