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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. Spaghetti Carbonara II

"A super rich, classic 'bacon and egg' spaghetti dish. Great to serve for company. This recipe also makes an unusual brunch offering." -- SABRINATEE



Carbonara | Photo by Meredith

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

2. Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans

"An easy, quick, and tasty recipe. The flavors are wonderfully different as they are combined and meld together." -- Joelene Craver


Greek Pasta with Feta and Beans

Greek Pasta with Feta and Beans | Photo by Meredith

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

3. Baked Ziti II

"Three cheeses layered with pasta and marinara sauce. This recipe is so easy and so good!" -- BUCHKO


Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti | Photo by Meredith

Rave Review: "This was great. Easy to make, cheap, and great reviews. I added leftover baked chicken. Will be making it again." -- Donata

4. Penne Primavera

"A great, flavorful pasta dish for when you don't want something heavy." -- calead910


Penne Primavera

Penne Primavera | Photo by Allrecipes

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

5. Macaroni and Cheese V

"This is my mom's recipe for macaroni and cheese with a bread crumb topping and a little dry mustard for zip. It is great!! You can make it more or less cheesy, depends on your taste." -- LEACH


Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese | Photo by Meredith

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

6. Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

"No canned soup mix in this recipe! Mushrooms, onions, celery, and peas all go into this comfort casserole." -- MVANWINKLE


Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch | Photo by Denise Sakaki

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

7. Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

"This is a quick light meal. Wilted spinach, bacon and tomatoes are tossed with penne pasta. Good for any season and will compliment anything." -- Jean Tagliere


Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon | Photo by amy guerra

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

8. Hearty Vegetable Lasagna

"This hearty, vegetable lasagna is the only lasagna my husband will eat. We love it!!! Hope you all enjoy as much as we do." -- Sue


Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna | Photo by Meredith

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

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