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9 Quick & Easy Pasta Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

Avocado pasta
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After a long day at work, there's nothing quite like a hot homemade dinner. Trouble is, most people don't have someone waiting at home who's cooking for them. Which is why it's up to you to take care of yourself with these nine super-easy pasta dishes. Most come together as quickly as it takes to boil a pot of water, and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry. 

Sloppy Joe lasagna
<a href="http://thechicsite.com/2013/09/19/sloppy-joe-lasagna/" target="_blank">Courtesy of The Chic Site</a>

Sloppy Joe lasagna

No-boil/oven-ready lasagna pasta sheets mean you don't have to cook the pasta before you build. Cook time is basically cut in half. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Tomato sauce
  • Ground beef
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Onion
  • Bell peppers

Pesto pasta
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Pesto pasta

Whip up this basil pesto while your pasta cooks. You'll be eating in 10 minutes flat. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Pine nuts
  • Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic

Cheesy baked skillet pasta
<a href="http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/baked-skillet-pasta-with-gouda-cheese/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest</a>

Cheesy baked skillet pasta

Gouda adds a deep-and-decadent flavor, and the salty pepperoni makes it taste like pizza, which is never a bad thing. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Gemelli pasta 
  • Marinara sauce
  • Gouda cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni

Fettuccine Alfredo
<a href="http://www.dessertfortwo.com/2016/01/dinner-for-two-easy-fettuccine-alfredo/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Dessert for Two</a>

Fettuccine alfredo

This creamy fettuccine is not meant to be made in bulk and saved for later. Whip it up in 10 minutes after work and eat it right away -- it's best that way, trust us. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fettuccine noodles
  • Frozen peas

Kale and chorizo pasta
<a href="http://fourchordkitchen.com/recipes/2015/3/5/chorizo-and-kale-spaghetti" target="_blank">Courtesy of Four Chord Kitchen</a>

Chorizo and kale pasta

The quickest way to make any pasta healthier is to throw in some kale. That's not to say this dish is healthy, what with all that spicy chorizo, velvety butter, and chewy bread, but the vegetable makes it easier to pretend. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Mexican chorizo
  • Kale
  • Garlic
  • Butter

Garlic shrimp fettuccine
<a href="http://damndelicious.net/2015/03/13/garlic-butter-shrimp-pasta/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Damn Delicious</a>

Garlic shrimp fettuccine

Together, butter, garlic, Parmesan, shrimp, and peppery arugula is one of the greatest ingredient combinations known to man. Put it all in a 20-minute pasta dish, and you've got one of the greatest weeknight dinners known to man. The crazy-quick recipe is right here.

Key ingredients:

  • Fettuccine noodles
  • Shrimp
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Arugula

Avocado pasta
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Avocado pasta

Blended avocado makes this sauce extra creamy in the same way heavy cream would, but it's far healthier. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pasta noodles
  • Olive oil
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Lime

Triple tomato pasta
<a href="http://bakerbynature.com/one-pan-tomato-basil-pasta/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Baker by Nature</a>

Triple-tomato pasta

Sun-dried tomatoes and fresh cherry tomatoes over a tomato sauce base make these noodles extra flavorful. Plus, it's all done in under an hour. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bucatini noodles
  • Tomato paste
  • Basil

Salmon and spinach pasta
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Salmon and spinach pasta

Healthy and ready in the time it takes to boil the pasta. This recipe hits all the marks.

Key ingredients:

  • Baby spinach
  • Smoked salmon
  • Creme fraiche
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Parmesan

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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's former Recipes editor. Follow her at @perrysant.