Our Best 30-Minute Pasta Recipes To Upgrade Weekday Dinner

These easy pasta recipes are faster (and better) than ordering takeout

In such a fast-paced world, sometimes cooking seems like too much of a task, but these easy pasta dishes are sure to both please your palate and have you in-and-out of the kitchen in no time.

Perfect additions to your repertoire of easy weeknight meals, some of our best pasta recipes come together in 30 minutes or less. For the taste of fresh pasta, make some homemade pasta (using these tools) and set some aside for later use.

From creamy, truffle-laced tagliatelle to elemental spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, here are our best 30-minute pasta recipes.

Drunken Spaghetti (Spaghetti All'Ubriaco)
plate of burgundy-colored spaghetti cooked with red wine
Spaghetti gets cooked in red wine in this quick pasta dish that comes together in under half an hour. Get the recipe for Drunken Spaghetti (Spaghetti All'Ubriaco) »Michelle Heimerman
Noodles with Peas (Pasta e Piselli)
Noodles with Peas (Pasta e Piselli)
The always-comforting combination of peas, bacon, and cheese, which comes from Romeo Salta's The Pleasures of Italian Cooking, comes together in less than half an hour. Get the recipe for Noodles with Peas (Pasta e Piselli) »Matt Taylor-Gross
Tagliatelle with Black Truffle Cream Sauce
Tagliatelle with Black Truffle Cream Sauce
For this luxurious dish, chef Robin Jackson, of Knight Inlet Lodge in British Columbia, lavishes pasta in a truffle-infused cream sauce and crowns it with chanterelles, lavender, pecorino, and shavings of truffle, which release their seductive aroma in the steam. Get the recipe for Tagliatelle with Black Truffle Cream Sauce »Ingalls Photography
Farfalle with Cavolo Nero Pesto
Farfalle with Cavolo Nero Pesto
In this rendition of traditional Genoese pesto, sweet and nutty cavolo nero (also known as Tuscan kale or Lacinato kale) is used in place of basil and pine nuts. Get recipe for Farfalle with Cavolo Nero Pesto »Laura Sant
Rita Sodi's Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil
bowl of garlic and olive spaghetti
Rita Sodi, a native Florentine, is the chef-owner of I Sodi, a restaurant in the West Village where she cooks rustic Italian food including heaping bowls of pasta. This simple dish, full of garlic and salty Pecorino, is surprisingly full flavored with a kick of heat from the extra crushed red pepper. Get the recipe for Rita Sodi's Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil »Michelle Heimerman
Pappardelle with Butternut Squash, Walnuts, and Baby Kale
Pappardelle with Butternut Squash, Walnuts, and Baby Kale
Toasted walnuts, roasted butternut squash, baby kale, and a rich brown butter sauce combine over broad pappardelle noodles for a dish that perfectly captures fall's best flavors. Get the recipe for Pappardelle with Butternut Squash, Walnuts, and Baby Kale »Helen Rosner
Fettuccine Alfredo
bowl of Creamy fettuccine Alfredo
This extra-rich version of fettuccine Alfredo is impossible to resist. Boiling the pasta until it's just al dente allows it to soak up plenty of the creamy sauce. Get the recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo »Matt Taylor-Gross
Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff
One of many timeless recipes featured in American Food Writing is James Beard's take on this comforting noodle dish. Keep it simple. Beard says, "Beware of those that specify long cooking. Beef stroganoff is much better when prepared quickly." Get the recipe for Beef Stroganoff »Farideh Sadeghin
Fettuccine With Corn Crema and Charred Green Onions
corn fettucine recipe
For a creamy texture—without the cream—purée fresh, starchy corn into a thick sauce and then toss with smoky scallions for a succulent summer pasta. Get the recipe for Fettuccine With Corn Crema and Charred Green Onions »Matt Taylor-Gross
Spaghetti Carbonara
Spaghetti Carbonara
This elemental pasta classic is a ubiquitous first course in Rome's trattorias, but was at one time served at the end of the meal, a tradition that is now lost. As with all simple dishes, using the highest-quality ingredients is crucial to achieving the best flavor. Get the recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara »Matt Taylor-Gross
Pappardelle with Mixed Mushrooms, Ricotta, and Walnuts
Pappardelle with Mixed Mushrooms, Ricotta, and Walnuts
A mix of sautéed mushrooms, toasted walnuts, ricotta, thyme, honey, and pappardelle, this pasta dish needs only a green salad on the side. Get the recipe for Pappardelle with Mixed Mushrooms, Ricotta, and Walnuts »Farideh Sadeghin
Garlic Scape and Cherry Tomato Pasta
Garlic Scape and Cherry Tomato Pasta
Roasting garlic scapes with tomatoes and red onion sweetens them and enriches their flavor; toss them with pasta, lemon juice, and arugula for a simple meal. Get the recipe for Garlic Scape and Cherry Tomato Pasta »Farideh Sadeghin
Spaghetti alla Primavera
Spaghetti alla Primavera
Combine quickly cooked vegetables with their bite intact with creamy alfredo style sauce to make a pleasing pasta. Get the recipe for Spaghetti alla Primavera »Todd Coleman
Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Peperoncino Chiles
Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Peperoncino Chiles
Once served at the end of a meal—post dessert—this simple, classic Roman pasta dish has become a staple first-course across the city. Get the recipe for Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Peperoncino Chiles »Andrea Wyner

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