The Pioneer Woman's Best Pasta Recipes

Make tonight pasta night with these comforting picks, including Ree Drummond's creamy Alfredo and hearty lasagna.

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Pasta Primavera

Consider this a clean-out-your-refrigerator meal. Ree's wine-spiked cream sauce is tossed with pasta and all manner of fresh veggies, including carrots, broccoli and bell pepper, to create an all-in-one meal that's both comforting and easy to prepare.

Get the Recipe: Pasta Primavera

Kale-Pasta Mason Jar Salads

Transporting salads can be tricky, because the lettuce tends to wilt. But if you follow Ree's lead and stack the salad fixings with the greens at the top inside a hefty glass jar, this Italian-inspired meal will hold up well until lunchtime.  

Get the Recipe: Kale-Pasta Mason Jar Salad

Pantry Pasta

If Ree's primavera was set to clean out your refrigerator, this recipe will make use of all that's stocked in your pantry. Look to cans of tomatoes and jarred pesto to create a bold sauce, and dress it up with briny olives and tender artichoke hearts to create fuller flavor. Bonus: This fuss-free dinner can be on the table in just 30 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Pantry Pasta

Alfredo Sauce

The ultimate in pasta-sauce indulgence, Ree's silky Alfredo can be made with just a few ingredients. Follow her lead and keep a bit of pasta water on hand when adding the noodles; you might need it to thin the creamy sauce.

Get the Recipe: Alfredo Sauce

Chicken Florentine Pasta

Dinner for a crowd in only 16 minutes? Check. Ree brings the flavors you know and love in classic chicken Florentine, like spinach, white wine and tender chicken, into a hearty pasta dinner with juicy grape tomatoes and plenty of nutty Parmesan cheese.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Florentine Pasta

Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Pasta with tomato sauce is good, sure. But when you add a few hefty glugs of heavy cream, the sauce turns, rich and oh so comforting. Just before serving, Ree brightens up the dish with fragrant basil for a fresh finish.

Get the Recipe: Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad

The little ones (and kids at heart) in your life will appreciate the crispy bacon and chunks of creamy cheddar cheese that stud this shaped-noodle pasta salad. Ree keeps the dressing simple with a mayonnaise base, which she gently seasons for added taste and texture.

Get the Recipe: Kid Friendly Pasta Salad

Penne alla Vodka

Don't worry: Ree's fast-fix pasta doesn't turn out super boozy. Instead, the vodka offers a welcome bite to this tomato-cream sauce, which boasts a subtle punch of spice thanks to the addition of red pepper flakes. 

Get the Recipe: Penne alla Vodka

Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs

Think of Ree's light, healthy supper as a next-level take on pasta with meatballs. Instead of a ground-meat mixture, though, there are chunks of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which stay moist and tender while simmering in the sauce.

Get the Recipe: Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs

Quick Shells and Cheese

It's all about the gooey, melty cheese sauce in this 15-minute comfort food. To achieve the best possible flavor and an ultra-creamy texture, Ree opts for cheddar and Jack cheeses — as well as a hunk of processed cheese — when prepping the mixture.

Get the Recipe: Quick Shells and Cheese

Pasta Puttanesca

All it takes is 15 minutes to turn out the bold flavors in this pasta. If you think you don't like anchovies, give them a chance here. The fillets are mashed with the garlic and briny Kalamata olives, and they essentially dissolve when cooking in the sauce, so all that remains is their umami flavor.

Get the Recipe: Pasta Puttanesca

Baked Ziti

Just look at the ooey-gooey cheese blanket resting atop this hearty pasta casserole. Not only does the dish exude comfort and heft thanks to the beef-sausage meat sauce, but it also feeds a crowd.

Get the Recipe: Baked Ziti

Pasta Alla Ladd 

The combination of ground beef, whole tomatoes and common pantry spices is classic, but the addition of thyme elevates this from an everyday meat sauce to a seriously delicious dish.  

Get the Recipe: Pasta Alla Ladd

Spicy Pasta Salad with Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil 

To pump up the smoky flavor in this creamy pasta salad, Ree uses both smoked Gouda cheese and adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers. Fresh basil and juicy grape tomatoes balance out the creaminess from the mayo-based dressing with brightness. 

Get the Recipe: Spicy Pasta Salad with Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil

Rigatoni and Meatballs 

Ree uses two kinds of meat — ground pork and beef — and nutty Parmesan to give her meatballs plenty of flavor. She then upgrades this classic dish with a simple homemade tomato sauce, and she tops it with minced parsley for a fresh finish. 

Get the Recipe: Rigatoni and Meatballs

Macaroni and Cheese 

Who said mac and cheese is just for kids? Ree adds dry mustard, black pepper and seasoned salt to the ooey-gooey cheese sauce to add sophisticated flavors to this childhood classic.  

Get the Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese

Penne Alla Betsy 

Ree cooks shrimp in a mixture of oil and butter to give them a beautiful golden-brown color before chopping them into her creamy tomato sauce. 

Get the Recipe: Penne Alla Betsy

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