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!

Stuffed Shells
This classic stuffed shells recipe is always a hit! Jumbo pasta shells are filled with 3 different types of cheese and topped with marinara.
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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!

A skillet full of spicy chicken chipotle pasta.
Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta
This spicy chicken chipotle pasta is made with tons of veggies and a creamy chipotle cheese sauce for an easy weeknight dinner that's decadent and completely irresistible. 
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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!

Creamy tomato pasta being stirred with a wooden spoon.
Creamy Tomato Pasta
My creamy tomato pasta is decadent, delicious, and extremely easy to make. It is perfect for a quick weeknight meal when you need comfort food that everyone in your family will love.
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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!

lemon garlic pasta
Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken
Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken Chicken Pasta is a delicious comfort dish that never disappoints! 
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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.

Tortellini Pasta Salad
My simple tortellini pasta salad is packed with fresh vegetables, salty cheese, and tender cooked pasta. The homemade red wine vinaigrette is the perfect finishing touch.
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6. Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This crowd-pleasing bacon Ranch pasta salad recipe combines the savory flavors of bacon, cheese, and Ranch dressing with hearty pasta for a quick dish that’s always a hit.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Bacon ranch pasta salad is the type of dish that will disappear at a potluck or backyard barbecue!
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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!

Creamy Tomato and Basil Penne Pasta
Creamy Tomato and Basil Penne Pasta
This simple penne pasta recipe is delicious!
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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!

Baked Ziti
Baked ziti is a pasta bake recipe that’s sure to be a hit with the whole family! It’s packed with pasta, cheese, and a meaty marinara sauce, and it’s perfect for assembling in advance for an easy weeknight dinner.
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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!

For under $10 and 30 minutes, this One-Skillet Creamy Tomato Italian Sausage Pasta will quickly become a favorite in your home!
One-Skillet Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta
This One-Skillet Creamy Tomato Italian Sausage Pasta uses just a few ingredients that I bet you have in your pantry already. You won't have to pick up much at the store and I'm betting will cost you under $10 to make this dish – it was for me!
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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!

crock pot lasagna
Crock Pot Lasagna
Crock Pot Lasagna means no need for an oven! Lasagna noodles, meat sauce, and cheese made all in the slow cooker. A classic pasta dish ready anytime!
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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.

Zucchini Lasagna
Zucchini Lasagna is a light yet super satisfying version of your favorite lasagna recipe! Skip the pasta and layer sliced zucchini with creamy ricotta cheese, hearty meat sauce, and of course, plenty of mozzarella!
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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.

A plate of crockpot chicken alfredo with a piece of garlic bread on the side.
Crockpot Chicken Alfredo
This crockpot chicken Alfredo pairs a rich, creamy sauce with juicy slow cooked chicken breast and pasta for a satisfying dinner.
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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.

Million Dollar Spaghetti
Million Dollar Spaghetti is the ultimate comfort food pasta bake! Four kinds of cheese, hearty ground beef, spicy sausage, and silky spaghetti noodles combine to make a dish that'll leave you feeling like a million bucks.
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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.

Baked Spaghetti
Cheesy baked spaghetti is the perfect meal for when you can’t decide between pasta or a casserole! Spaghetti noodles are combined with a meaty tomato sauce and three types of cheese, then baked in the oven for a kid-friendly dinner.
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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.

A wooden spoon lifting a scoop of pizza casserole from a crockpot.
Crockpot Pizza Casserole
Crockpot pizza casserole combines pasta with ground beef, pepperoni, a zesty tomato sauce, and plenty of cheese for a crowd-pleasing dinner!
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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.

A plate full of taco stuffed shells.
Taco Stuffed Shells
Taco Stuffed Shells
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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!

Turkey Tetrazzini
This easy, creamy Turkey Tetrazzini recipe is a delicious pasta casserole dish that is perfect for using up leftover holiday turkey! Cooked turkey is combined with cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, green peppers, and milk and topped with sharp cheddar cheese for an easy dinner recipe your entire family will love!
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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!

Baked Rigatoni
Baked rigatoni pairs tube pasta with a meaty, garlicky tomato sauce made with ground beef and Italian sausage, creamy ricotta, and melty shredded mozzarella. It's the kind of comfort food dinner that's always a hit!
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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!

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
My summer vegetable pasta salad is full of fresh veggies topped with a delicious, homemade balsamic vinegar dressing. It is the perfect summer dinner!
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20. Crock Pot Ravioli Lasagna

Get your cheese fix with this cheese-filled, cheesed-topped 4-ingredient crock pot ravioli lasagna. Just combine the ingredients, and let the crockpot do all the hard work!

Crock Pot Ravioli Lasagna
This easy 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Ravioli Lasagna recipe comes together in 10 minutes and only takes 3 hours in the slow cooker. Made with frozen ravioli, jarred pasta sauce, ground hamburger, and mozzarella cheese – this is truly a lazy day lasagna!
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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!

Instant Pot Tortellini
Check out how to make this Instant Pot Tortellini Pasta recipe that is a simple and hearty meal for the family with just a few ingredients. Ready in minutes!
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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.

Southern Baked Mac and Cheese
Southern baked mac and cheese is a classic! You'll love the rich, creamy cheese sauce and the crispy panko topping that browns to perfection in the oven.
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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.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
This Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole is the kind of dinner that will have your family running to the table! Rotini pasta is tossed with chicken, bacon, and a creamy ranch-flavored sauce, then smothered in melty cheese. So good!
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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.

Corn Pasta
Tender, fresh corn kernels and pasta are folded into a Parmesan-flecked sauce, then topped with smoky bacon and savory chives to make this delicious, creamy corn pasta. You'll want to eat it all summer long!
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25. Manicotti

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!

Cheese manicotti in a baking dish.
This classic cheese manicotti recipe is rich, flavorful, and always a crowd-pleaser! It’s simple to put together and perfect for making in advance.
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