Impress Your Guests with These Simple yet Elegant Pasta Creations

Pasta is a staple ingredient in many kitchens, and for good reason. This versatile carb can be transformed into an endless variety of dishes, from classic Italian favorites to modern fusion creations. But let’s admit it, sometimes a simple spaghetti with store-bought sauce just won’t cut it when you’re trying to impress your guests. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to help you create some simple yet elegant pasta dishes that are sure to wow your guests and leave them wanting more. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to elevate your pasta game with these delicious recipes!

Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta

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Great for busy weeknights, or any night you’re craving pasta, this Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta is fast, creamy and satisfying! With a rich tomato-based cream sauce and plenty of crumbled spicy Italian sausage, this easy pasta recipe is a great pasta dish you can make in about 20 minutes!

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Chicken Sausage Pasta

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This very easy Chicken Sausage Pasta is also bursting with zucchini, onion, garlic, Parmesan, and pine nuts. It comes together in a matter of minutes.

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Linguini Alfredo

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Linguini Alfredo is always a family favorite but I love how fast and easy it is to pull together. Only a few ingredients are needed and you have a masterpiece of a meal.

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Steak Pasta

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Steak pasta has the succulent tenderness of perfectly cooked steak intertwined with the comforting allure of al dente pasta, resulting in a marriage of flavors and textures that is simply

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Lemon Garlic Pasta

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Lemon Garlic Pasta takes on 30 minutes from start to finish! With its creamy lemon garlic sauce, asparagus, and peas mixed in with penne pasta, it’ll become your favorite go-to dinner!

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Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

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Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta is an insanely easy dinner recipe that practically cooks itself. Tender, juicy chicken that is creamy and savory. 

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One Pot Pappardelle Pasta Primavera

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This One Pot Pappardelle Pasta Primavera is a fast, easy dinner that cooks in one pan, so cleanup is a snap. It’s a delicious way to get lots of vegetables in every bite.

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One Pot Vegetable Pasta

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This simple one pot vegetable pasta is packed with hearty fresh veggies and cooked in a creamy tomato sauce until al dente.

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Creamy Garlic Skillet Shrimp

A creamy and delicious skillet dinner made with pasta and shrimp that takes no time at all to assemble and only requires 2 kitchen pans to make.

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Pizzaiolo Pasta

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This easy one pot pasta recipe is a mix between pepperoni pizza and Mac and cheese! It’s a go-to easy dinner when things are busy in our house!

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Turkey Lasagna Casserole

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If you’re looking to make a lower calorie pasta dinner, this turkey lasagna casserole is a great option. Everything comes together in a single pan in about 30 minutes, and every serving has 36 grams of protein.

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Three Cheese Baked Ziti

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This one pan baked ziti will save you on weeknights. Extra creamy from the cheese mixture and flavor packed from the classic Italian spices.

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Mediterranean Linguini

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This Mediterranean linguine recipe will transport you to the countryside of Italy with just one bite.

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Spicy Peanut Noodles

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These nutty Spicy Peanut Noodles are the ideal quick Southeast Asia inspired lunch or dinner. Customize this versatile noodle dish with your own vegetables, protein, and spice level to make it your own.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Peanut Noodles


  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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