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Quick & Easy Recipes

On nights when time is tight, you can still serve a nutritious, homemade dinner. These easy recipes deliver maximum satisfaction with minimum preparation.

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Spring Pasta with Radishes and Peas

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A delicious and utterly unique pasta, this dish is springtime in a bowl. Try Catherine Newman's easy, elegant recipe today.

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Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

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This super quick and easy mac-n-cheese is full of rich, cheesy flavor and a great time-saver. Try Alison Needham's delicious recipe today.

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Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

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This super tasty, quick & easy, angel hair pasta spaghetti cooks the pasta right in the sauce and is ready in a mere 15 minutes. Try Catherine Newman's delicious recipe today.

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Tortellini with Edamame and Smoked Sausage

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Our recipe blogger makes this simple pasta dinner in under 30 minutes using store-bought tortellini, sausage, and edamame beans.

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Creamy Chicken and Rotini Primavera

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This substitute sauce is as good as the real deal, but better for you and less expensive, about $1.35 per serving. Add whatever vegetable combination you like and feel free to use cheaper chicken cuts to make this even more budget-minded.

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Cold Peanut Noodles

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Okay, I don't know that you can really smell the orange, but my kids thought this sounded fancy. Boost the main-dish status here with some shredded grilled chicken breast or rotisserie chicken.

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Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage Brown Butter

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Quick, easy and delicious, this pasta recipe is the ideal comfort food. It's wholesome, nutritious and a great way to get kids to eat vitamin- and fiber-rich butternut squash.

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Egg Noodles with Ham and Peas

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If you don't have leftover ham, you could make this with deli ham (just cut it into strips, or else have them slice it thick and then you can dice it), with cooked bacon, with leftover turkey, or utterly meatless. It will still be good.

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Whole-Wheat Pasta with Chickpeas and Lemon

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The thing is, when I don't know what's for dinner, I often put a large pot of water on to boil, and then I look in the cupboard and freezer to figure out what I can put over pasta. Chickpeas, which retain their shape without going mushy, are perfect for this--also because they are protein-rich and nutrient-laden, and because the sauce cooks in the time the pasta does.

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