25+ Dinner Recipes with Macaroni, Pasta & Noodles

May 4, 2020
Reaching for noodles in the pantry for dinner? Looking for some new recipes to enjoy with macaroni and pasta?  Take a browse through these 25+ Dinner Recipes with Macaroni, Pasta & Noodles to inspire you.  They're some of our favorite go-to pasta dinner recipes, and all easy ideas the whole family will love. 
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Noodles are one of those staples we always seem to have on hand.  Open up the pantry, and there's about a 99.9% chance there's some kind of pasta in there, right?  And usually there are several types to choose from, not just one or two.

Truth be told, I'm a pasta and noodles fanatic.  If it were up to me, we'd eat some kind of pasta dish every night for dinner.  I'm always on the lookout for new and different ways to enjoy this pantry staple favorite.

If you're like me and can't get enough of the stuff, here are 25+ of our favorite go-to dinner recipes with macaroni, pasta, & noodles.  They're easy ideas we're sure the whole family will love.  Hopefully you'll find one or two ... or perhaps 25 ... to give inspiration for that next time you grab those noodles from the pantry for dinner.

Click on the hyperlinked title of each dish to get the recipe.  Enjoy!

1. Easy Baked Mostaciolli (aka: Baked Cheesy Pasta)

Also known as Baked Ziti, Baked Penne, or Baked Cheesy Pasta as we like to refer to it, Easy Baked Mostaccioli is a hearty simple baked pasta dish made of tube-shaped noodles surrounded in meaty tomato sauce and melty cheese. But no matter what you call it, it's a tasty family-friendly and budget-friendly dish that'll become a weeknight dinner staple for sure.

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2. 4-Ingredient Quick & Easy Goulash
Looking for quick and easy dinner ideas?  Look no further than 4-Ingredient Quick & Easy Goulash!  It's simple, easy, family-friendly, budget-friendly comfort food that just seems to be loved by all.

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3. Creamy Baked Noodles
Creamy Baked Noodles are such a simple side dish, I hesitate to even call them a "recipe."  But while Creamy Baked Noodles may be simple, they're simply one of our favorites.  They may just become one of your favorites, too.

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You don't need a ton of fancy ingredients and hours on end to make a fabulous batch of homemade spaghetti and meatballs from scratch.  A few very simple ingredients cooked well together definitely equals one rich and flavorful pot of classic Spaghetti and Meatballs the whole family will love.

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Simple ingredients and lots of cheese are the secrets that make Nanna's baked spaghetti so good!

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Mom's cooking is the best!  Especially when it's her family-favorite Baked Macaroni and Cheese, loaded with melty Vermont white cheddar.

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What happens when ham and Mom's macaroni and cheese collide?  Baked Ham Macaroni and Cheese deliciousness, that's what!  Homemade mac and cheese with white sauce from scratch, lots of melty cheese, and the smoky flavor of ham combine beautifully for one super tasty mac & cheese dish.

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Pizza ~ always a favorite.  Spaghetti ~ always a favorite.  So why not put them together in one delicious dish?  Why not, indeed!  With this Pizza Spaghetti Bake, you can enjoy two family favorites in one quick-and-easy dinner.

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Loaded with lots of ground beef and noodles surrounded in delicious yet simple flavors, this casserole makes for a very family-friendly & very tasty dinner, indeed.

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Easy, cheesy hamburger and macaroni comfort food, all with the convenience of one-pot cooking.  This easy Chili Cheese Mac brings tasty spice to dinner!

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Oh, dig in to a pan of this tasty Beef Stroganoff Casserole for dinner!  Loaded with ground beef, noodles, fresh sliced mushrooms, and a creamy beefy sauce, it's also loaded with great flavor the whole family will love.

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Love traditional beef stroganoff?  Give this Zesty Ranch Beef Stroganoff version a try!  It's a twist on the classic that's sure to become a favorite with the entire family, kids and grown-ups alike.

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13. Turketti (aka: Leftover Turkey Spaghetti Casserole)
Creamy spaghetti loaded with chopped turkey and slathered with cheese, Turketti {aka: Leftover Turkey Spaghetti Casserole} debuted to rave reviews at our house.  It's an easy, tasty way to enjoy those turkey leftovers -- or substitute chicken, if you'd like.  Not to mention, it's just got a fun name, don't you think?

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Got some leftover turkey in the freezer?  Whip up a creamy pan of Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole to enjoy.  You may just decide it's so good, you don't want to wait for turkey leftovers  to make it!

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15. Pasta in Creamy Sausage Sauce
Pair this Pasta in Creamy Sausage Sauce with some warm crusty bread and a simple salad for a quick and easy complete meal.  And get ready to dig on in to a plate of pasta deliciousness.

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With their fabulous flavor, beautiful look, and ease of prep, these easy lasagna roll-ups are impressive enough to serve to company, yet easy enough for any weekday meal. Serve them as the star attraction for an easy meatless dinner main dish, or pair them with a simple meat dish as a super tasty side. Either way, you'll love their cheesy spinach deliciousness!

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Looking for super tasty meatless dinner ideas?  This vegetable lasagna recipe is for you!  Loaded with shredded carrot, bell pepper strips, broccoli florets, and three kinds of melty cheese, it's also loaded with fabulous flavor.

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Loaded with fabulous flavor, easy to make, & taking all of about 30 minutes to prepare, Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is a perfectly delicious weeknight dinner meal the whole family will love!

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Get all the flavor and deliciousness of classic chicken pot pie in a quick and easy noodle skillet dish. Loaded with chopped chicken, carrots, peas, and creamy pot pie sauce, Chicken Pot Pie Noodles Skillet is one delicious comfort food dinner that's sure to please.

Two words ~ fast & flavorful.  Which make this Chicken Penne Alfredo, with fresh carrots and broccoli, just perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Another bonus?  It's a skinnier version of Alfredo, too.

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Creamy casserole lover's alert ~ this Leftover Ham & Noodle Casserole is for you!  Loaded with chopped ham, tender noodles, and veggies surrounded in a creamy cheesy sauce, it's one comfort-food dinner dish, for sure.

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Bacon-laced creamy Turkey-Bacon Alfredo Casserole is a wonderful way to enjoy turkey -- or, substitute chicken if you'd like.  Taking advantage of prepared Alfredo sauce convenience, it's not only tasty, it's easy to prepare, too.

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Jumbo pasta shells stuffed full with cheesy seasoned ground beef & topped with a super tasty quick-and-easy sauce. It's a beloved family-favorite comfort food dish, for sure.

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Macaroni and Cheese Muffins are a fun, unique, and adorable way to serve up everyone's beloved mac & cheese! 

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Slices of boneless top round steak cook up fork-tender and surrounded in a creamy tomato-based sauce in this Creamy Crock Pot Round Steak.  It's saucy goodness is perfect for spooning over a plate of hot cooked noodles.

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With five yummy cheeses and just fifteen minutes on the stove top, you've got a pot of this scrumptiously creamy 5-Cheese Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese.  It's creamy, cheesy comfort food at its best, for sure.

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All the creamy cheesy downhome goodness we love, with the added bonus of crock pot convenience. It's truly the easiest to make mac & cheese around, all the while saving that oven space, too!

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With two kinds of creamy cheese, bacon, and crockpot convenience, Slow Cooker Bacon Macaroni and Cheese is an absolute favorite at our house.  Give it a try, and we think it will become a favorite at your house, too!

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Monterey Jack-infused white sauce with ham and mushrooms make for a different & delicious twist on classic lasagna in this creamy Ham & Cheese Lasagna.  It's one very tasty way to enjoy ham and noodles.

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This is one rich, hearty, flavor-loaded soup ... that's so much "more" than just a basic turkey soup.  Such a tasty creamy-comfort way to enjoy those noodles!

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Super-simple, colorful, and flavorful, this Easy Pepper & Olive Pasta Toss with Feta crumbles is a great meatless main dish or side.  And you truly won't believe how easy it is to prepare.

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Looking for a super simple, super tasty macaroni salad? Made with just a few basic ingredients, Ham & Cheese Macaroni Salad is easy to pull together and loaded with flavor, too.

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Classic Amish Macaroni Salad is an old-timey favorite.  And it's a classic favorite for a reason ~ because it's just plain good.  With its characteristicly sweet creamy dressing, this macaroni salad is simply perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and pretty much any everyday meal!

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With just 4 simple ingredients & 15 minutes hands-on prep, Lazy Lasagna (made with frozen ravioli) is a weeknight meal dream! Adored by kids & grown-ups alike, this family-friendly dish will quickly become a weeknight dinner staple.

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Hearty Chicken Lasagna Stew is a quick, easy, and tasty way to enjoy the flavors of classic lasagna, without all the lasagna-layering fuss. Loaded with chicken, lasagna noodles, "hidden" vegetables, and topped with creamy ricotta and mozzarella, it delivers up lasagna deliciousness in every bite.

Loaded with ground beef, bacon, cheese, & all the flavors of a classic cheeseburger, this is one amazingly hearty & delicious dinner dish -- that's loved by all! 

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This hearty Cheeseburger Macaroni Soup is made easy & delicious with Hamburger Helper® mix as its base. It's one flavor-packed, hearty soup that's truly comfort food at its best!

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  1. These all look fabulous! I often reach for pasta for dinner since it's a dish that almost everyone will eat. Pinned

  2. I love pasta - you have some great ideas here! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a wonderful week.

  3. Oh, these all look wonderful. I am a pasta fanatic. I came by from Blogger's Pit Stop. Pinning!

  4. Oh my goodness, I just had to pin the 'turkey spinach soup' and the 'chili mac n cheese.' They look delicious!

  5. Tracey what a great round up of pasta recipes. I made creamy pesto pasta for lunch today with some melty cheese mixed in at the end - have you tried that? Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday (I can't find your party link up page?)


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