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8 Top-Rated, Budget-Friendly Pasta Recipes

Great-tasting pasta recipes that won't boil away your food budget. These top-rated pasta recipes are taste-tested and overwhelmingly approved by the Allrecipes community.

1. Karen's Taco Pasta

You probably already have most of the ingredients for this quick and easy pasta/taco combo in your pantry. Ground beef is flavored with taco seasoning and tossed with cooked pasta, cheese, and tomatoes. So simple! Rave Review:"I made a slight change by using pepper jack cheese instead of the Parmesan. After all it's cheese for cheese so no star deduction. This is a keeper folks and easily adaptable to your tastes." -- bd.weld

Karen's Taco Pasta

Karen's Taco Pasta | Photo by Allrecipes

2. Spaghetti Carbonara II

A super rich, classic bacon and egg spaghetti dish you can make when you don't want to run out to the store for extra ingredients. Rave Review: "My kids ate this like it was going out of style! One of those fantastic dinners that you can fix from what is on hand! I used turkey bacon though! A little less fat!" -- lola

Carbonara

Carbonara | Photo by Meredith

3. Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans

Ready in 25 minutes, this quick dish features spinach, tomatoes, and feta cheese tossed with canned cannellini beans and cooked pasta. Rave Review: "Good recipe as is, affordable and tasty. We used whole wheat penne and reduced fat feta. My 14 month old loved it, it was the first time she's had spinach. Thanks for the recipe, this will be in our regular dinner rotation now." -- hardrockgirl

Greek Pasta with Feta and Beans

Greek Pasta with Feta and Beans | Photo by Meredith

4. Baked Ziti II

It takes only 15 minutes to prep this super simple 5-ingredient dish and a mere 30 minutes to bake. Rave Review: "This was great. Easy to make, cheap, and great reviews. I added leftover baked chicken. Will be making it again." -- Donata

Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti | Photo by Meredith

5. Penne Primavera

Broccoli, carrots, and peas get cozy with penne pasta that's been simmered in broth for extra flavor. Rave Review: "This is fantastic! I have made this twice now and love how flavorful it is without having it coated in red sauce. The parmesan puts this dish over the top." -- MAZZO

Penne Primavera

Penne Primavera | Photo by Allrecipes

6. Macaroni and Cheese V

An easy homemade cheese sauce coats pasta with rich and creamy flavor. Rave Review: "I really liked this recipe--it's good old-fashioned comfort food! I used whole-wheat pasta for a healthier kick, and instead of bread crumbs, I crushed whole-wheat crackers. I served it with a salad and it was great!!" -- FRIDAGIRL_36

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese | Photo by Meredith

7. Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

No canned soup in this recipe! Rave Review: "Great recipe, the only one I make because it is truly from scratch, no canned soups! I add olives and cream cheese on occasion and lots of onion, garlic and crumb topping. I don't use butter (olive oil instead), peas or mushrooms (carrots instead). Always great, I have doubled the tuna for more protein." -- t_jones

Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch | Photo by Denise Sakaki

8. Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Ready in just 25 minutes! Rave Review: "This is the perfect busy night meal. Its quick, easy, inexpensive and LIGHT (I used whole wheat penne and substituted turkey bacon). Easily 25 minutes from preparation to dinner table." -- AUSSIEAMERICAN

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon | Photo by amy guerra

9. Hearty Vegetable Lasagna

Feel free to substitute any vegetables you like in this easy, hearty lasagna. Rave Review: "Loved it! I have turned to a new process for the lasagna noodles: lay hard noodles on sheet pan. Pour boiling water over to soften. Layer as usual. Works every time. I also like spinach (frozen pkg. thawed & drained) in with the ricotta mix." -- LUCKYKEL

Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna | Photo by Meredith


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