The Best 15-Minute Pasta Recipes for When You’re Feeling Really Lazy

cheater s pad thai 15 minute pasta recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Pasta is our go-to when we need to get dinner on the table fast. But some nights, we need faster than fast. Here are 17 of our favorite recipes that can be on the table in 15 minutes—whether it’s for a quick meal on a jam-packed weeknight or a lazy Sunday when you’re deep in a Netflix binge.

one pot 15 minute pasta limone recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


One Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Fresh, bright flavors in no time.

easy italian tortellini pasta salad 15 minute recipe
The Recipe Critic


Easy Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

Store-bought tortellini is truly heaven sent.

spaghetti carbonara 15 minute pasta recipe
Damn Delicious


Spaghetti Carbonara

Bacon and eggs in pasta form? Sign us up.

one pot pasta primavera 15 minute recipe
Oh My Veggies


One-Pot Pasta Primavera

This dish is fast, won’t leave you with a pile of dirty dishes and is loaded with healthy veggies. In other words: a weeknight miracle.

spicy udon stir fry 15 minute pasta recipe
Seasons and Suppers


Spicy Udon Stir-Fry

This recipe is super adaptable—mix and match your favorite veggies or throw in a protein.

stovetop mac and cheese 15 minute pasta recipe
Ambitious Kitchen


Stovetop Mac and Cheese

We promise: It’s better than the stuff in the box.

lemony broccolini pasta 15 minute recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Lemony Broccolini Pasta

Fancy enough for company, without any of the fuss.

kale caesar pasta salad 15 minute recipe
Foodie Crush


Kale Caesar Pasta Salad

Our favorite salad, with bow-tie pasta for bulk, and roasted cherry tomatoes for a burst of flavor.

quick lo mein 15 minute pasta recipe
Pinch of Yum


Quick Lo Mein

Don’t even bother calling for takeout.

angel hair pasta with raw tomato sauce 15 minute recipe
Smitten Kitchen


Angel Hair Pasta with Raw Tomato Sauce

Instead of cooking the sauce, just let fresh, juicy tomatoes marinate with basil and garlic while the pasta cooks. Genius.

five ingredient bacon asparagus pasta 15 minute recipe
Gimme Some Oven


Five-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta

Did someone say bacon?

cheater s pad thai 15 minute pasta recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Cheater’s Pad Thai

We promise: no weird ingredients that you’ll never use again.

lemon butter garlic shrimp with angel hair pasta 15 minute recipe
Averie Cooks


Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

Shrimp cooks up perfectly in two or three minutes—a dream protein for anyone in a hurry.

mediterranean pasta 15 minute recipe
Girl Gone Gourmet


Mediterranean Pasta

Olives, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and feta cheese—just like a quick trip to Santorini.

one pot spicy peanut noodles with veggies 15 minute pasta recipe
Simply Healthy Kitchen


One-Pot Spicy Peanut Noodles with Veggies

Boil the noodles in coconut milk steeped with lemongrass, tamarind and ginger for an authentic Thai taste in no time.

pappardelle with prosciutto arugula and lemon 15 minute pasta recipe
Spoon Fork Bacon


Pappardelle with Prosciutto, Arugula and Lemon

Surprisingly light, for pasta night.

easy caprese pasta 15 minute recipe
Chelsea’s Messy Apron


Easy Caprese Pasta

The secret ingredient? Italian dressing.