Noodles & Pasta

This Cheesy Zucchini Pasta Bake Will Warm Your Heart — Delicious Links

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You're probably already dwelling on this (and if you weren't, I apologize in advance), but summer is winding down, folks. Sure, there's still tons of zucchini at the farmers market or in your garden, but it's no longer preposterous to suggest turning on your oven to make a cheesy pasta bake with it. That's why this roasted zucchini pasta is the perfect way to still honor summer while giving a nod to the impending return of fall.

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Recipe: Creamy Ricotta Corn and Tomato Baked Ziti — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Are you ready for the freshest casserole you'll eat this summer? While a traditional baked ziti will always have a place in our hearts, especially in the winter months, summer is a time to celebrate the bounty of produce at our fingertips. This casserole combines sweet corn kernels, diced tomatoes, and a no-cook ricotta cheese sauce in one easy pasta bake. With a sprinkle of fresh basil on top, it's a casserole you can enjoy on the patio with a glass of cold, crisp wine.

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Recipe: Geraldine’s Mellow Tomato Sauce with Brie — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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For the most part, watching Instagram stories is always a good idea — especially since it brought the idea for summer's most amazing tomato sauce to life. Had I not been scrolling through my feed, I never would have seen this simple, must-make tomato and Brie sauce that managing editor Geraldine pulled together for a fast and fancy midweek dinner. It's the kind of no-cook sauce made with the ripest, juiciest summer tomatoes in mind. They're chopped and tossed together with torn sweet basil, a few glugs of good olive oil, and chunks of creamy, pungent Brie that melt into the sauce when hot pasta hits the bowl.

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Recipe: Weeknight Teriyaki Meatball Bowls — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Keeping a bag of meatballs in the freezer means a quick meal is never far away, but that doesn't mean it always has to be spaghetti and meatballs or meatball subs. Yes, frozen meatballs do tend to be Italian flavored, but the seasoning is usually mild enough that we can easily change their flavor profile.

Simmered in an easy teriyaki sauce made with pantry staples that require minimal chopping, then tossed with udon noodles and a bag of frozen vegetables, this fast dinner has it all: tender meatballs cooked straight from the freezer, chewy noodles, and vegetables all coated in a sauce that will please little ones and adults alike.

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Recipe: A Last-Minute Ravioli Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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If you like light, lemony pastas as much as I do, this easy casserole — and I mean so easy it all come together in one baking dish — is going to be your jam. Ravioli straight from the freezer goes into a trusty baking dish with a sauce of white wine, broth, garlic, and thyme. It magically thickens up during baking with the help of cornstarch. Topped with thinly sliced lemons, it all bakes together into a luscious casserole that requires zero stove time and can be assembled in the time it takes the oven to heat up. Scatter some peas from the freezer on top and you now have a pasta casserole that took very little effort, but yields some amazing results.

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Recipe: Italian Sausage and Peppers Baked Ziti — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Cooking while on vacation is a great time to slow down and enjoy the process, but there can be some limitations. You might be in a rental kitchen with minimal equipment, or need to feed a crowd on a budget — that's where the tried-and-true combination of pasta, sauce, and cheese always wins the day. Throw in some Italian sausage and sweet peppers, and the smell of this baked casserole will lure everybody into the kitchen even though the sun's still up.

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