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10 Best Weeknight Pasta Recipes

Hey pasta lovers, here are 10 of the best weeknight pasta recipes that are quick, easy and that feed a crowd! My family loves these recipes and I know yours will too!

The incredibly popular Creamy Lemon Chicken Risoni is a one-pan gem, a perfect example of quick and easy comfort food for a busy weeknight. Loaded with delicious lemon and garlic flavours combined with Risoni’s risotto-like texture, this pasta takes a simple chicken dish to a whole new level.

If you’re anything like me, traditional lasagna has a special place in your heart. This One Pot Lasagna recipe is a family favourite and to this day, is one of my most popular pasta recipes. Perfect for when you don’t have the time (or energy!) to spend hours in the kitchen to get a lasagna fix. The delicious pasta, rich tomato sauce and stretchy mozzarella provide almost unlimited possibilities to customise the recipe to your liking. A quick, easy dish that servers between 6-8 adults.

Riding the wave of rich tomato flavours is my One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese. Pillowy soft gnocchi with a rich, flavoursome bolognese is sure to be hit with the entire family. Perfect for a regular appearance on your meal plan rotation. This One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese recipe is quick to prep and a breeze to cleanup.

Make your weeknight dinners even quicker with my One Pan Lemon Gnocchi Chicken. On the table in less than 15 minutes, fluffy gnocchi is covered in a creamy, tangy lemon sauce and juicy marinated chicken making this a recipe perfect for cosy dinners.

Busy weeknights are made easier with this fuss-free One Pan Pesto Chicken Pasta. Treating the family to a delicious meal in under 30 minutes is a breeze with tender chicken breast fillets and a creamy garlic pesto sauce. You can also load this recipe with your favourite veggies to keep even the fussiest eaters satisfied.

Loaded with flavour, this Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake is equally at home on a busy weeknight or beautiful weekend meal. Cheesy chicken and veggies with a rich sauce are sure to satisfy everyone’s comfort food cravings.

This super family-friendly Risoni Mozzarella meatball recipe tastes like it should take longer to prepare. Coming together in less than 30 minutes, this hearty beef pasta will be a hit with the entire family. Mozzarella stuffed meatballs are matched perfectly with creamy tomato risoni.

My Tuscan Chicken Pasta will take you straight to the rustic landscapes of Tuscany with minimal prep time. Perfect for either chicken breast or thigh fillets, this chicken pasta dish works perfectly with substituted vegetables of your choosing.

Chicken and gnocchi are a match made in heaven and my family loves my Creamy Chicken Pesto Gnocchi recipe. Perfectly cooked chicken breast with fluffy gnocchi in a creamy pesto sauce makes for a delicious meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes.

A pasta favourites list isn’t complete without a Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini! The simple (yet delicious) garlic, cream and tomato sauce is perfect for a fast and easy meal you won’t believe is ready in less than 15 minutes!

Creamy Lemon Chicken Risoni Orzo

Creamy Lemon Chicken Risoni (Orzo)

Creamy pasta is my go-to comfort food at the best of times, but when it’s as easy as this recipe and made in one pan, it takes on a new level of amazing. This Creamy Lemon Chicken Risoni (Orzo) requires very little preparation but is incredibly delicious to eat. It cooks quickly and easily in the one pan making it the perfect family dinner for busy weeknights when you don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen! Risoni (or orzo) are small, oval-shaped pasta that take on a risotto-like texture and taste in this recipe. The dish is loaded with delicious lemon-garlic flavours and then finished with lashings of Parmesan cheese. I add spinach in the last few minutes of cooking because it requires no chopping, but don’t feel limited by this. Any vegetables of choice can be added directly to the pan just after the butter. Think asparagus, peas, broccoli or green beans. Once prepared, the dish can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and reheated ready when you need it!

One Pot Lasagna

One Pot Lasagna

Traditional lasagna is one of my most loved foods, but with two little people, I often did not have the energy to make it come dinner time. This One Pot Lasagna recipe is the perfect solution for those nights when you want a comforting, delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. This family-friendly recipe went viral soon after I shared it, and it is one of my most visited and most frequently made recipes.

Perfectly cooked layers of pasta are tucked between rich layers of tomato sauce, which is topped with stretchy, melty mozzarella. It’s easy to customise to your liking. You can add grated veggies or your favourite herbs to give it a personal touch. It’s easy, freezer friendly, made in one pan, and enough to serve between 6-8 adults. 

One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese

One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese

This is the ultimate comfort food, One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese! This delicious dish combines a rich, flavourful bolognese sauce with pillowy soft gnocchi. It’s all cooked in the one pan for ease of preparation and cleanup. Whether you are looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a comforting weekend indulgence, this One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese is sure to become a regular on your meal plan rotation!

Lemon Gnocchi Chicken

One Pan Lemon Gnocchi Chicken

This family friendly, comforting Lemon Gnocchi Chicken is made in one pan and is on the dinner table in less than 15 minutes! There is no need to precook the gnocchi, they are pillowy soft, smothered in a creamy, tangy lemon sauce and topped with juicy chicken marinated in paprika and thyme. This is the perfect recipe for a quick, easy and cosy weeknight dinner.

One Pan Pesto Chicken Pasta

One Pan Pesto Chicken Pasta

Treat yourself to this One Pan Pesto Chicken Pasta, the ultimate fuss-free dinner for busy weeknights. Tender chicken and perfectly cooked pasta come together with a garlicky creamy pesto sauce, all in the one pan! This recipe can be loaded with vegetables of your choice to suit your family’s tastes.

Chicken and Broccoli Bake

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Satisfy your cravings for comfort food with this creamy, cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or a slow weekend meal, it’s a family-friendly dish that’s quick, easy and loaded with flavour. With tender chicken, broccoli, and a rich, cheesy sauce, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone at the table!

Mozzarella Meatballs Risoni

Risoni Mozzarella Meatballs

It’s hard to believe these Risoni Mozzarella Meatballs come together in less than 30 minutes. It’s a comforting, super family friendly recipe. Soft, mozzarella stuffed meatballs are cooked in a creamy tomato risoni, all in the one pan. Admittedly, rolling meatballs does take a little bit of time and effort, but the great thing about this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time. The notes include how to make the meatballs and freeze them for a later date to help make dinner time run that little bit more smoothly on busy weeknights.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

This is the ultimate dinner for when you are time strapped on a busy weeknight. Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta. Tender chicken and al dente pasta all cooked in the one pan with a creamy, garlicky tomato sauce. I love that there is minimal prep with this one so that I can get dinner on the table fast. The vegetables can also be substituted to suit your family’s tastes (zucchini, silverbeet, peas or broccoli all work really well).

Creamy Pesto Chicken Gnocchi

Creamy Chicken Pesto Gnocchi

The perfect dinner that comes together in less than 30 minutes with minimal preparation and ease, all made in the one pan. Pillowy soft gnocchi is cooked in a creamy, rich pesto sauce and is topped with perfectly cooked chicken.

Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini Recipe

Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini

Indulge in a bowl of comforting spinach and ricotta tortellini. This one-pot wonder combines the delicate flavour of ricotta cheese and spinach into perfectly formed pillows of pasta. The dish is made even more delectable with a garlic-infused tomato sauce that’s rich, tangy, and savoury. And the best part? It takes less than 15 minutes to make! 

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