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45+ Easy Pasta Recipes

Lasagna, spaghetti, ravioli, tortellini, and so many more easy pasta recipes to love! Pick one (or a few) and enjoy a stress-free dinner any night of the week.

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So Many Pasta-bilities

Forgive the pun, but it was just too fitting to pass up. I adore pasta in all of its shapes and sizes (and there are so many!), but my favorite thing about easy pasta recipes are the endless possibilities of how to prepare it, including casseroles, soups, salads, and one-pot wonders.

It tastes equally as great in a sauce (homemade bolognese sauce, white sauce or marinara sauce), a broth, a dressing, or even with just a little bit of salted butter. Trust me, that last one is a kid’s dream when it comes to pasta dinner ideas.

It’s important to know how to cook pasta, of course, but it really is one of the more forgiving things you can make. I have cooked it in an Instant Pot, a crockpot, a regular pot, the oven, and even an air fryer.

With so many easy pasta recipes to choose from, there is sure to be something for everyone. These are some of the tried and tested best pasta recipes I keep in the dinner rotation, and I hope you find something you love, as well.

Cooking pasta in a white pot.

Easy Pasta Recipes on the Stovetop

You’ll find a slew of traditional pasta recipes are made on the stovetop, due in large part to how quickly it all comes together. Be sure to always, always, always salt your water when boiling pasta separate from a sauce.

spaghetti and meatballs on white plate
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs. This classic dish is one of my family’s favorite pasta recipes and it can be made with frozen or homemade meatballs.
  • Chicken Alfredo. This Italian pasta made with fettucine comes together in less than 30 minutes.
  • One Pot Chicken Caprese Pasta. Less than 20 minutes to make and only one-pot? Dreamy.
  • Pasta Carbonara. I love the ease of this hearty yet easy pasta recipe, made with spaghetti, eggs, guanciale (or bacon), pepper and a few extras.
  • Creamy Chicken Pasta. Farfalle noodles, sautéed onions, peppers and shredded chicken are tossed in a rich, white sauce.
  • One Pan Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta. The iconic sandwich is reinvented as a pasta, and it is delicious.
  • Easy Goulash Recipe. This American goulash is tomato based and includes ground beef and macaroni noodles.
  • Homemade Hamburger Helper. My homemade version is as fast (if not faster) and tastier than its store-bought counterpart.
  • One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta. This is all of your favorite flavors of the more involved dish in an easy pasta that comes together in less than 30 minutes.
  • Lemon Chicken Fettuccine. For a lighter pasta, I always turn to this one made with chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs and a light lemon dressing.
  • Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta. This is my take on the popular Bonefish Grill appetizer, but reinvented as a pasta dinner idea.
  • Spaghetti Pesto. The pesto may be a dairy-free, vegan pesto but you would never know with how creamy and hearty it tastes.
  • Easy Parmesan Mushroom Gnocchi. An easy vegetarian pasta perfect for date night.
  • Asparagus Pasta. The stalky vegetable is the star of the this easy pasta recipe so you will want to get them as fresh as possible.
  • White Sauce Pasta Recipe. Made with whole milk and Parmesan, this creamy sauce comes together in just 15 minutes and is perfect to serve over your favorite pasta noodles!

Simple Pasta Recipes That Are Baked

I do love a really good casserole, especially one made with pasta. These oven-baked easy pasta recipes are perfect for a hungry family or friends. Sometimes I even take a short cut and make it into a recipe with leftover rotisserie chicken.

Slice of white chicken lasagna in pan.
  • Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna. Hearty shredded chicken, cream, spinach, and aromatics come together for a spin on the classic lasagna.
  • Easy Lasagna. The list wouldn’t be complete without this fan favorite, and it really is easy, I promise.
  • Cheesy Baked Ziti. This is one of my go-to simple pasta recipes when someone isn’t feeling well or needs a comforting dish.
  • Cheesy Ricotta Stuffed Shells. Make these ahead of time and thank your past self for giving you the night off.
  • Sheet Pan Gnocchi. Grab your favorite vegetables and make this as hearty as you like.
  • Caprese Pasta Bake. Tomatoes, mozzarella and basil are tossed with ziti for a lighter take on the baked ziti.
  • Baked Spaghetti. You read it right. You can absolutely bake spaghetti for a really filling meal.
  • Lasagna Roll Ups. All the same delicious layers and flavors as traditional lasagna but an easy to serve package.
  • White Chicken Lasagna with Pesto. Bursting with pesto, chicken and spinach covered in a white sauce, this lasagna is a favorite with guests.
  • Baked Beef Ravioli. When I can, I love making easy pasta recipes in bulk and freezing for those nights I don’t have time to cook. This one is a favorite make ahead dish!
  • Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole. This family-favorite is as if spaghetti and lasagna were one recipe. It is that good.
  • Pepperoni Lasagna Roll Ups. Consider this the pizza pasta dish you didn’t know you even needed in your life.
  • Three Cheese Manicotti. It doesn’t get cheesier than this easy pasta recipe, thanks to its use of three different cheeses.
  • Easy Baked Mostaccioli. A family favorite with tender pasta, juicy tomatoes and melty cheese, ready in just over an hour.
  • Baked Ziti Pasta with Meatballs. Layers of saucy pasta, cheese and meatballs make this a comforting family dinner!
  • Pizza Pasta Casserole. Pizza flavors combined with a baked pasta dish will be a new family favorite!

Crockpot Pasta Dinner Ideas

Is there anything better than having dinner ready and waiting for you? This is why I love crockpot recipes, and these easy pasta recipes made in the slow cooker are some of my favorite. I typically set it up in the morning or after lunch and enjoy the bonus of a stress-free dinner.

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Easy Pasta Salads

From bringing one to a potluck or making it a whole meal, there is something so comforting and satisfying about a well-made pasta salad recipe. These are some of my favorites and they never disappoint when I have a craving for cold pasta.

Greek pasta salad in a glass bowl.

Easy Pasta Soups

Soup with pasta is simply made for each other, and there are so many different ways to enjoy this fantastic combo. I make one of these simple pasta recipes at least once a week during the chillier winter months or when anyone is in need of a little comfort.

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  • Sausage Tortellini Soup. One of my husband’s favorites, this soup is packed with lots of wonderful flavors.
  • Pasta e Fagioli. This Olive Garden copycat is loaded with fresh veggies, beans, ground beef, seasonings and ditalini pasta. One of our favorite easy pasta recipes!
  • Easy Chicken Gnocchi Soup. It just takes 30 minutes to make a comforting and hearty soup.
  • Easy Lasagna Soup Recipe. All the wonderful flavors of lasagna without any of the work.
  • Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup. Pasta takes this tomato soup to the next level. Sorry, grilled cheese.
  • Chicken Noodle Soup. You might not immediately think pasta when you think of this soup, but it is in the name. I make this whenever anyone gets a little sniffle.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most popular pasta dishes?

The most famous pasta dishes are spaghetti, lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo, pasta carbonara, ravioli and macaroni.

What are the 5 main types of pasta?

The 5 main types of pasta are penne, spaghetti noodles, linguine, shells and lasagna noodles.

Which pasta taste the best?

This will depend on your personal preference, but I prefer Rao’s, De Cecco or the barilla brand.

Favorite Bread to Serve with Pasta Ideas

I realize that pasta and bread may seem like a lot of carbs, but they are just meant to be. To add a little freshness, I also like to serve an Olive Garden salad or a chopped salad. Depending on my choice of easy pasta recipes, I typically choose one of these breads to serve along with it.

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Easy Pasta Recipes

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Learn how to cook your favorite varieties of pasta with these easy instructions. All my best tips and tricks for cooking pasta to perfection every time.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • Large 8-12 quart pot
  • Colander
  • Measuring cup

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt , more to taste
  • 5-6 quarts water

Pasta sauce for serving

    Instructions

    • Fill a large pot about 2/3 the way full with water. Add in 1 Tablespoon kosher salt. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat.
    • Add the pasta to the pot and cook for the recommended time according to package directions. Stir every couple of minutes to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan.
    • Test the pasta about 1-2 minutes before recommended time. Cook for another minute if needed.
    • Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and then drain the noodles in a colander. Add pasta to the sauce (or follow recipe as directed) and thin out with the reserved pasta water as needed.

    Notes

    Storing: Allow pasta to cool, then transfer to a zip top bag or container with lid. Add a drizzle of olive oil and toss the noodles in the bag or container to prevent them from sticking together. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, then add to your favorite recipe. 
    Reheating cooked pasta: Reheat in the microwave until warm, or heat back up in a pot of boiling water. 
    Sauce: We love serving cooked noodles with our favorite homemade spaghetti sauce, marinara or this easy alfredo sauce

    Nutrition

    Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: Italian
    Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

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    The Full List of the Best Pasta Recipes

    Click on the links below to find the recipes for all of the delicious easy pasta recipes mentioned above.

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    Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Juicy, tender meatballs simmered with marinara and then tossed with spaghetti noodles. These homemade spaghetti and meatballs taste like they came straight from an Italian restaurant! 
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    Chicken fettuccine alfredo in a white skillet.
    Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
    Tender fettuccine noodles covered in a creamy homemade alfredo sauce and then topped with seasoned chicken. This chicken fettuccine alfredo is easily made in under 30 minutes and is loaded with Italian flavor! 
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    Chicken Pasta Caprese
    Onepot chicken pasta caprese is the easiest, most incredible pasta dish ever. It takes less than 20 minutes to make this dish and since it's only one-pot, clean up will be a snap too!
    Total Time: 18 minutes
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    Pasta Carbonara
    Enjoy the fresh, flavorful, and simple dish that is classic pasta carbonara. In under 30 minutes using spaghetti, eggs, guanciale (or bacon), pepper, and a few extras, you can enjoy this traditional, creamy, restaurant-quality recipe right at home!
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    Creamy Chicken Pasta
    Tender farfalle noodles coated in a creamy and rich white pasta sauce with sautéed onions, peppers and shredded chicken. Your family will be begging for seconds of this creamy chicken pasta recipe!
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    One Pan Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta
    Tender chunks of ham and chicken combined with flavorful Swiss cheese make this one pan chicken cordon bleu pasta a truly spectacular and easy 30-minute meal!
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    Goulash in a white pot with wooden spoon.
    Easy Goulash Recipe
    This easy homemade goulash is made in one pot (including the noodles) in just 30 minutes. It's a classic, family-favorite dish packed with tons of flavor!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Homemade Hamburger Helper
    Enjoy the classic flavors you love with this easy homemade Hamburger Helper. It’s full of ground beef and macaroni all simmered in a creamy cheddar sauce. A quick meal for weeknight dinners, this is one both the kids and adults will adore!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta
    This one pot chicken parmesan pasta is easy, delicious and one of my go-to dinner recipes! It has all the classic and comforting flavors of chicken parm but in a one-pan pasta dish.
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Lemon Chicken Fettuccine
    This lemon chicken fettuccine is a refreshing pasta recipe made with chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs and a light lemon dressing. Ready in just 30 minutes, this dish is easy and delicious!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Bang bang shrimp pasta in a white bowl.
    Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta
    Sweet, spicy, and creamy bang bang shrimp pasta is a simple copycat recipe made with al dente pasta and pan-seared shrimp in a creamy sriracha and chili sauce!
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    spaghetti pesto with fork on plate
    Spaghetti Pesto
    Tender spaghetti noodles coated in a flavorful basil pesto sauce and topped with a rich lemon ricotta cream. This spaghetti pesto is the perfect way to enjoy a quick and easy dinner with fresh bold flavors!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    A plate of parmesan mushroom gnocchi
    Easy Parmesan Mushroom Gnocchi
    Buttery sautèed mushrooms and fluffy gnocchi is simple to put together for a weeknight dinner. In a rush I buy the pre sliced mushrooms and save a step. If you find a variety of wild mushrooms like beech or enoki, play around and add them in!
    Total Time: 45 minutes
    Slice of white chicken lasagna in pan.
    Chicken Alfredo Lasagna
    Easy chicken alfredo lasagna made with tender rotisserie chicken and the best creamy alfredo sauce made with Parmesan cheese, cream cheese and spinach.
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    Baked Ziti Recipe
    This easy baked ziti is a comforting, crowd-pleasing Italian-American dish made with ziti pasta, marinara, cheese and beef then baked until bubbly.
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe
    These ricotta stuffed shells are made with three different cheeses and marinara sauce! Stuffed pasta shells are a hearty recipe that is a comforting family favorite for weeknights or holidays!
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    Sheet Pan Gnocchi
    This sheet pan gnocchi is perfect for a last minute dinner or side dish. The gnocchi becomes crispy and the vegetables are roasted to perfection.
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Caprese Pasta Bake
    A delicious caprese pasta bake covered in creamy tomato sauce and bubbly mozzarella. This easy 30-minute meal is the perfect way to use up fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden!   
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Baked Spaghetti
    This baked spaghetti is a hearty and comforting baked pasta dish! Made with a delicious meat sauce and cheesy, creamy noodles it's then oven-baked until hot and golden.
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    Lasagna Roll Ups
    Tender lasagna noodles filled with a creamy ricotta cheese filling and a flavorful meat sauce. These lasagna roll ups are an easy dinner idea that your family will request again and again. 
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    White Chicken Lasagna with Pesto
    White Chicken Lasagna
    This white chicken lasagna with pesto is layered with a creamy white sauce, chicken, spinach and melty cheese then baked until golden and bubbly. It's the perfect spin on a classic dinner recipe that the whole family will love! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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    Baked Beef Ravioli
    This baked beef ravioli is the perfect family friendly dinner any night of the week! Makes a great freezer meal and can be easily made in bulk. So cheesy, beefy and delicious!
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    Million Dollar Spaghetti
    Everyone runs to the table when million dollar spaghetti casserole is on the menu! In under 1 hour, this baked pasta dish made with layers of cooked spaghetti, meat sauce, and cheesy goodness will have everyone happy and satisfied!
    Total Time: 1 hour
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    Pepperoni Lasagna Roll Ups
    All of the flavors of pepperoni pizza and traditional lasagna combined into one delicious creation. These pepperoni lasagna roll ups are easy to make, ready in 30 minutes and will be a hit with your family!
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    Three cheese manicotti on a white plate.
    Cheese Manicotti
    Your new favorite dish comes with manicotti noodles stuffed with 3 kinds of cheese then covered in marinara sauce and more cheese! Baked until bubbly, this easy Italian-inspired casserole is ready in under 1 hour!
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
    This crockpot lasagna recipe is the easiest way to make lasagna! Simple to assemble with tender pasta noodles, meat sauce and cheese then it cooks hands off for busy days.
    Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
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    Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff
    This slow cooker beef stroganoff only takes 5 minutes to prep and is made with less than 10 ingredients! A classic comfort food dish that's packed with flavor in a creamy sauce.
    Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
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    Crockpot Creamy Italian Chicken
    This creamy Italian chicken is made in the crockpot with just 4 simple ingredients. A family favorite meal that's perfect for busy weeknights.
    Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes
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    Crockpot lasagna soup in a bowl.
    Crockpot Lasagna Soup
    This easy crockpot lasagna soup is a meaty, saucy recipe that has all the delicious flavors we love in a traditionally baked classic lasagna but in the form of a comforting, hearty, soup!
    Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
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    caprese pasta salad in bowl
    Caprese Pasta Salad
    This is the best Caprese pasta salad with classic Caprese salad flavors of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil tossed with pasta and a homemade dressing.
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Macaroni salad in a bowl.
    Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe
    This easy macaroni salad recipe is a classic potluck side dish made with noodles, red pepper, celery, onions and a creamy mayo dressing. It will be a staple at BBQs all summer!
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
    This Greek pasta salad is easy to make ahead with tender pasta, veggies, creamy feta and then tossed in a red wine vinaigrette. The best summer side dish!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe
    This chicken caesar pasta salad is super easy to make and comes together in just 10 minutes! Perfect for a quick dinner or to bring to a potluck. 
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    Orzo Salad
    Topped with a delicious homemade vinaigrette, this bright and colorful orzo salad is so fresh plus loaded with fantastic flavor. Such a healthy and filling side dish recipe or light lunch for summer!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    pesto chicken salad
    Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad
    This chicken pesto pasta salad is light, healthy and packed with fresh basil pesto flavor! Make ahead for BBQs, summer potlucks, brunches, easy lunches & more! 
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
    This Buffalo chicken pasta salad is perfect for summer! Made with the spicy flavor of Buffalo sauce mixed with chicken, noodles and veggies, this easy pasta salad is a favorite at any cookout!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing
    Filled with tender pasta, crisp veggies and a zesty Italian dressing, this delicious and easy pasta salad is a potluck must-have!
    Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
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    BLT pasta salad in a bowl
    BLT Pasta Salad
    This BLT pasta salad is a fun twist on the classic bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Easy to make and great for summer parties and picnics!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    italian tortellini pasta salad in a bowl with a wooden spoon
    Tortellini Pasta Salad
    Easy tortellini pasta salad made with zesty Italian dressing in just 15 minutes! So full of flavor and a side dish the whole family will love. Perfect for any summer BBQ!
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    sausage tortellini soup
    Sausage Tortellini Soup
    This sausage tortellini soup is easy to make with Italian sausage, vegetables, tortellini and a savory tomato-based broth. It's the perfect comfort soup for cold days
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Healthy pasta fagioli recipe
    Pasta e Fagioli
    This pasta e fagioli is an easy Olive Garden copycat that's loaded with fresh veggies, beans, ground beef, seasonings and tender pasta. This Italian soup is hearty for a satisfying meal!
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    chicken gnocchi soup
    Chicken Gnocchi Soup
    This homemade chicken gnocchi soup is the perfect comfort food… creamy, hearty and delicious! Only takes one pot and 30 minutes to make. 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Lasagna soup in a white bowl.
    Lasagna Soup Recipe
    This easy lasagna soup recipe simmers in one pot with tender noodles, sausage, garlic, onion, an Italian seasoned marinara sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan and creamy ricotta.
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    tomato tortellini soup in a bowl
    Tomato Tortellini Soup
    Creamy tomato tortellini soup topped with fresh parmesan and basil. An easy 30-minute meal that the whole family will love!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Chicken Noodle Soup
    Chicken noodle soup is the perfect comfort soup on a chilly day. Simple to make and full of delicious flavor. It will become an instant favorite!
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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