Find 25 of the best Easy Cheesy Pasta Recipes for easy comfort food options perfect for family dinners, weekend gatherings, and holiday parties!
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Everyone loves a good pasta recipe, but there’s just something particularly irresistible about pasta combined with cheese. Whether you’re indulging in Cheesy Lasagna, Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese, or Homemade Chicken Alfredo, there’s just something about the combination of tender noodles and a velvety cheese sauce that always hits the spot!
Take a look at the easy easy cheesy pasta recipes below to find the perfect option for all your recipe needs.
The Best Easy Cheesy Pasta Recipes
1. Stuffed Shells
Comfort food at is finest, these stuffed shells are made with three different kinds of cheese in the filling and more cheese piled on top!
2. Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta
Hearty and spicy, this chicken chipotle pasta dish takes loads of vegetables and tender chicken and tosses them with a cheesy cream sauce. It’s one recipe you will definitely want to make again and again!
3. Creamy Tomato Pasta
Tube-shaped pasta like ziti or penne is the perfect vehicle for a decadent tomato and cream sauce that’s punched up with parmesan in this creamy tomato pasta recipe. It’s the perfect option for weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to cook but still want something special!
4. Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken
This creamy lemon pasta with chicken features vibrant, zesty chicken tossed in a rich sauce for an easy dinner that’s rich and comforting yet light and refreshing thanks to the vibrant punch of lemon!
5. Tortellini Pasta Salad
Not your average pasta salad, this tortellini pasta salad combines fresh vegetables, tender pasta, and plenty of cheese! Tossed with a homemade red wine vinaigrette, it’s vibrant, zesty, and perfect for serving on its own or as a side dish with your favorite main course.
6. Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
7. Creamy Tomato and Basil Penne Pasta
The perfect comfort food, this creamy tomato and basil penne pasta uses just a handful of ingredients and cooks in around 30 minutes for a restaurant-worthy dinner you can easily whip up at home!
8. Baked Ziti
Comforting and cozy baked ziti is a classic pasta dish for a reason. This version is loaded with creamy ricotta cheese and a meaty marinara sauce for extra flavor and oomph. It’s also a great make-ahead option to keep on hand!
9. One-Skillet Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta
Easy, cheesy Italian sausage pasta comes together in just one skillet, making both prep and cleanup a breeze. Plus, this Parmesan-laden dish is budget-friendly, and you may already have all the ingredients you need to make it in your fridge and pantry!
10. Crock Pot Lasagna
This crock pot lasagna is an easy twist on everyone’s favorite comfort food dish. Super hands-off, it’s loaded with cheesy flavor and never disappoints!
11. Zucchini Lasagna
Technically speaking, there’s no actual pasta in this zucchini lasagna recipe. However, given that strips of zucchini stand in for noodles, I felt it should be included on this list anyway! With layers of ricotta, a hearty meat sauce, and tons of mozzarella, you won’t even realize the noodles are missing.
12. Crockpot Chicken Alfredo
You can never go wrong with a crockpot recipe, especially when tender, juicy chicken, al dente pasta, and creamy alfredo sauce are involved! Guaranteed to be your new go-to recipe, all you have to do is prep the ingredients, toss them together, and come back to dinner waiting for you with this crockpot chicken alfredo recipe.
13. Million Dollar Spaghetti
A cheese lover’s dream, not one, not two, not three, but FOUR kinds of cheese go into this incredible million dollar spaghetti! Savory and filling, it’s a family-friendly dish that will leave you feeling like a million bucks.
14. Baked Spaghetti
Change up your spaghetti routine and bake it in the oven when you make baked spaghetti! This is another recipe that calls for three different kinds of cheese that meld together for ooey gooey decadence.
15. Crockpot Pizza Casserole
Enjoy all the flavors of pizza, and swap the crust for pasta for the ultimate comfort food recipe with this easy crockpot pizza casserole! One bite and you’ll never go back to regular pizza again.
16. Taco Stuffed Shells
Take stuffed shells, but make them spicy! A fun way to switch up Taco Tuesday, these taco stuffed shells are easy, cheesy pasta perfection.
18. Turkey Tetrazzini
A great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers, this turkey tetrazzini combines cooked turkey with cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, green peppers, and of course plenty of cheese for a recipe that tastes brand new!
18. Baked Rigatoni
Baked rigatoni is my favorite kind of comfort food! Tube pasta is swirled with meaty marinara sauce and cream ricotta cheese. Then, it’s topped with shredded mozzarella and baked to perfection. Serve this one with a big green salad for a meal that satisfies even the hungriest crowd!
19. Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
Tender pasta and vibrant veggies are given a boost of creamy texture and tangy flavor with feta cheese in this easy summer vegetable pasta salad recipe. Whip it up in minutes of backyard barbecues, neighborhood potlucks, or light lunches!
20. Crock Pot Ravioli Lasagna
21. Instant Pot Tortellini
Another great slow cooker meal, Instant Pot tortellini takes cheesy tortellini and tosses it with savory tomato sauce. Parmesan cheese is the perfect finishing touch for a hearty meal that comes together with simple ingredients in a matter of minutes!
22. Southern Baked Mac and Cheese
I couldn’t write a list of easy cheesy pasta recipes without including mac and cheese, and this southern baked mac and cheese is far better than anything you’ll find in a box! With a silky cheese sauce and a crisp panko topping, it’ll have all your guests coming back for seconds and thirds.
23. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Chicken bacon ranch casserole takes some of my favorite ingredients – bacon, pasta, and Ranch dressing – and turns them into a decadent casserole. You’ll toss rotini pasta with chicken, bacon, and a creamy ranch-flavored sauce, and smother the mixture in melty cheese for an amazingly flavorful dinner.
24. Corn Pasta
Discover a whole new way to enjoy corn with this creamy corn pasta recipe! Simple yet delicious, it comes together quickly and tastes like you spent several hours over the stove.
With eight servings per recipe and a total time of less than an hour, this baked manicotti recipe is a savory, filling dish that’s great for feeding a crowd and perfect for making in advance and keeping in the freezer when you need dinner in a pinch!