Everyone should have a handful of easy pasta recipes in their back pocket. And every parent should have a handful of easy, super fast pasta recipes in theirs. The key to serving weeknight noodles in minutes is taking advantage of a few key fridge and pantry staples, like with these 11 pasta recipes that I cannot get enough of.

Here are some ingredients you should keep on hand at all times, and the pasta recipes that you can make with them. Then, a dinner in minutes is always at the ready.

Related: How to cook pasta perfectly, even ahead of time.

 

Sausage + Spinach
I make a version of the One Pot Sausage Spinach Pasta at The Kolb Corner (above) monthly, and my kids would be happy if I did so weekly. Chicken sausage just needs a quick sauté, and any tender, quick-cooking green (arugula, spinach, baby kale) will do.

 

Easy, super fast pasta recipes: 15-Minute Carbonara at Girl Gone Gourmet

Egg + Bacon
The 15-Minute Carbonara at Girl Gone Gourmet is the ultimate sh**-I-have-nothing-for-dinner dinner. You’ll be amazed at how a little bacon and egg can turn simple pasta into a comforting — even decadent — dinner. Just be sure to keep a bit of the starchy pasta water to add to the sauce; this will help lighten the sauce.

 

Easy, super fast pasta recipes: Pasta with 15-Minute Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce at Epicurious

Pasta with 15-Minute Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce | Photo by Chelsea Kyle for Epicurious

Cherry Tomatoes + Garlic + Olive Oil
The¬†Pasta with 15-Minute Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce at Epicurious is the queen of easy pasta recipes. All you need are some tomatoes, garlic, and a little heat. I love to make this when I‚Äôve got a bunch of tomatoes that are on the verge of going bad — reducing food waste, a plus!

Related: 6 mouthwatering no-cook pasta sauce recipes that save the day.

 

Easy, super fast pasta recipes: Quick and Easy 15-minute Chicken Pasta at Gimme Delicious
Chicken + Bell Peppers + Mozzarella
It’s hard to cook a protein in minutes, but the Quick and Easy 15-minute Chicken Pasta at Gimme Delicious smartly takes advantage of sliced chicken and peppers to make a satisfying and nutritious dinner.

 

Easy, super fast pasta recipes: Ravioli with Sautéed Asparagus and Walnuts at Green Valley Kitchen

Asparagus + Walnuts + Lemon
Take advantage of spring asparagus as Geraldine does in this recipe for Ravioli with Sautéed Asparagus and Walnuts at Green Valley Kitchen. Walnuts add a crunchy texture that elevates this dish into something truly wonderful, and they stay fresh for months kept in the freezer.
Easy, super fast pasta recipes: Teriyaki Zucchini Noodles at Eat Well 101
Zucchini + Soy Sauce + Sesame Seeds
The carb lovers don‚Äôt get to have all the fun. These¬†Teriyaki Zucchini Noodles¬†at Eat Well 101 would make quick and delicious use of some pre-spiralized zoodles. Saut√©, make a sauce, and mix — take that, Monday.

Related: 8 super quick curry recipes that will make you forget all about takeout. 

 

Easy, super fast pasta recipes: Ravioli with Peas and Garlic at Seek Satiation
Peas + Garlic + Cheese
The simple combination of ingredients in the Ravioli with Peas and Garlic at Seek Satiation are a favorite among both kids and grown-ups. All of the ingredients come from the freezer or fridge, and can be ready by the time¬†the kids have unloaded the day’s artwork from their backpacks.

 

Easy, super fast pasta recipes: Pasta con Ceci at Dinner A Love Story

Chickpeas + Tomato Paste + Good Olive Oil
When Stacie featured the Pasta con Ceci at Dinner A Love Story in one of our [totally awesome and helpful] weekly meal plans, I immediately bookmarked it for a weeknight dinner. Canned chickpeas and some good olive oil turn pantry pasta into the coziest family meal. Just make extra, because this is even better as a leftover lunch the next day.

 

Easy, super fast pasta recipes: Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta | Photo by Bobbi Lin for Food52

Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta | Photo by Bobbi Lin for Food52

Lemon + Cream 
You‚Äôll look at the ingredient list for¬†Barbara Kafka‚Äôs Creamy Lemon Pasta at Food52 and wonder if it will amount to much — but, trust me, it does. And it’s the perfect backdrop for any quick- cooking green vegetable¬†or even shrimp, if you want to add protein.

PRO TIP: Be sure to check out this genius cooking shortcut for how to cook green veggies for pasta super fast using just one pot. 

Related:¬†How to cook pasta ahead of time so that it’s ready and waiting.

Easy, super fast pasta recipes: Pea Pesto Pasta at Just A Taste

Pesto 
For the best prepared pesto, go to the refrigerator section and seek out the freshly made stuff. Or make your own — follow simple pesto recipe¬†and it’ll come together¬†in a blender by the time your pasta cooks.¬†I often don’t have enough fresh basil in the house for a traditional¬†pesto, so I love to use spinach or even peas, as Kelly does in her Pea Pesto Pasta at Just A Taste.¬†It’s the perfect adaptation for spring!

 

Easy, super fast pasta recipes: 15-Minute Lazy Noodles at The Woks of Life

Ground Meat + Wheat Noodles + Savory Sauce
I’m craving¬†this savory and wholesome recipe for¬†15-Minute Lazy Noodles at The Woks of Life. You have to do a little cooking in addition to boiling noodles, but I usually have cooked ground beef in the freezer from when I follow this quick batch cooking trick, and the sauce and veggies come together in no time. Be sure to¬†read Sarah’s notes: I love how she encourages readers to be flexible with the recipe.