17 Stress-Free Pasta Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

Dumping a box of pasta into boiling water is easy. But dreaming up a sophisticated flavor combo, too? Not so much. Enter Coterie member Katie Workman, a writer and mom who is simplifying mealtime with her blog The Mom 100. Translation? Her pasta recipes are simple (we’re talking five ingredients max) and tasty.

30 Comfort Food Pastas You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

simple baked pasta bolognese sauce recipe
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Simple Baked Pasta With Bolognese Sauce

Think of this as deconstructed lasagna.

chicken mushroom marsala rotelle recipe
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Chicken And Mushroom Marsala Rotelle

Just rotisserie chicken, plus four simple ingredients.

pasta creamy sundried tomato scallion sauce recipe
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Pasta With Creamy Sundried Tomato And Scallion Sauce

Call this a greatest hit.

campanelle chicken sausage kale olives recipe
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Campanelle With Chicken Sausage, Kale And Olives

And just like that, your kids are eating dark, leafy greens.

creamy four cheese pasta recipe
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Creamy Four-cheese Pasta

Can there ever really be enough cheese?

pasta salad chicken green olives ramp vinaigrette recipe
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Pasta Salad With Chicken, Green Olives And Ramp Vinaigrette

Psst: If you can’t find ramps, scallions are OK, too.

pasta edamame mint basil pesto recipe
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Pasta With Edamame, Mint And Basil Pesto

Serve hot and pass the Parm around the table.

simplest tomato corn basil mozzarella pasta salad recipe
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Simplest Tomato, Corn, Basil And Mozzarella Pasta Salad

If fresh corn isn’t in season, frozen is great, too.

whole grain penne zucchini tomato feta recipe
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Whole Grain Penne With Zucchini, Tomato And Feta

Another five-ingredient wonder.

thin spaghetti fennel bacon parmesan recipe
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Thin Spaghetti With Fennel, Bacon And Parmesan

A dish that proves bacon can be elegant.

orange and herb orzo recipe
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Orange And Herb Orzo

Looks and tastes extravagant. (Hint: It’s not.)

sheetpan macaroni and cheese squares 265
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Sheetpan Macaroni And Cheese Squares

Bonus: The leftovers are portable.

instant pot ziti lasagna bolognese sauce recipe
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Instant Pot Ziti 'lasagna' With Bolognese Sauce

It tastes like it was cooking all Sunday long.

cavatappi roasted cherry tomatoes pesto recipe
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Cavatappi With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes And Pesto

Make it tonight, thank us later.

fresh linguine shrimp peas pink cream sauce recipe
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Fresh Linguine With Shrimp And Peas In A Pink Cream Sauce

The whole dish comes together in just 20 minutes (really).

basic mac and cheese recipe
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Basic Mac And Cheese

Preheating the oven? What are we, amateurs?

creamy goat cheese spinach linguine recipe
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Creamy Goat Cheese And Spinach Linguine

Best of all, you probably have the ingredients on hand.

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Heath Goldman

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?
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