By Lynn Andriani

These simple Italian recipes for classic meals let you have a home-cooked Sunday dinner on a busy Wednesday night. Learn how to make a stress-free lasagna, spaghetti with clams and more!

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  • The No-Bake Lasagna

    <a href="">Mario Batali</a>'s no-layering, no-stress dish treats <a href="">lasagna noodles</a> the same as any other <a href="">pasta</a>. The chef boils the sheets until they're <a href="">al dente</a> and then tosses them with a five-minute <a href="">tomato sauce</a> flavored with <a href="">olive paste</a> (which you can buy or easily make) and <a href="">pitted green olives</a>. <b>Get the recipe: <a href="" target="blank">Not-Baked Lasagne</a></b>

  • The Throw-In-Whatever-You-Have Clam Sauce

    <a href="">Jenny Rosenstrach</a>, who writes the blog <a href="" target="blank">Dinner: A Love Story</a>, which inspired a book with the same name, counts this quick <a href="">seafood pasta</a> as one of her go-to weeknight suppers. All you need is <a href="">spaghetti</a>, an onion or a <a href="">shallot</a>, garlic, olive oil, <a href="">littleneck clams</a> and a half-cup of white wine. Fresh herbs, tomatoes and corn are nice but definitely not necessary. <b>Get the recipe: <a href="" target="blank">Spaghetti with Clams</a></b>

  • The Complete-Meal Pasta

    There's no reason to make a salad or anything else when you have this dish, which combines tender <a href="">rigatoni</a>, browned sausage and crisp <a href="">broccoli rabe</a> in a bright <a href="">pesto sauce</a>. Although whizzing walnuts, basil, garlic, and olive oil in a food processor takes just minutes, if you're really pressed, store-bought is more than fine. <b>Get the recipe: <a href="" target="blank">Pasta with Walnut Pesto, Sausage and Broccoli Rabe</a></b>

  • Meatballs That Don't Take All Afternoon

    Chicken meatballs are lighter than beef or pork, and deliver deep, savory flavor, thanks to <a href="">fennel seed</a>, black pepper, parsley and white wine. This recipe calls for baking the golf-ball-size rounds in a 450° oven for 14 minutes instead of frying them, which makes cleanup about a zillion times easier. <b>Get the recipe: <a href="" target="blank">Chicken Meatballs</a></b>

  • A Cheater Homemade Pizza You'll Be Proud Of

    We're all about repurposing leftovers, but one use that had escaped us -- until now -- is pizza. Pita, pizza dough or <a href="">wheat tortillas</a> all work for the crust; top them with whatever extras you have. A container of tomato sauce? Just add <a href="">mozzarella</a> and <a href="">red chili flakes</a>. Roasted vegetables? Layer shaved <a href="">Pecorino Romano</a> over them. Any kind of cooked greens, from kale to spinach? Throw on some sliced <a href="">Spanish chorizo</a> and crumbled blue cheese. <b>Get the recipe: <a href="" target="blank">Gigi "Skizza" with Arugula Pesto, Ricotta and Chicken</a></b>

  • Shrimp Scampi, The Ultimate Weeknight Supper

    There's no point in taking shortcuts when it comes to this buttery, garlicky Italian-restaurant classic -- it's inherently speedy. The shellfish cooks in 10 minutes, and the ingredient list is blessedly short: butter, garlic, herbs, and <a href="">lemon zest</a> and juice. Add a loaf of crusty bread and you've got supper. <b>Get the recipe: <a href="" target="blank">Sizzling Shrimp Scampi</a></b>

Have a little extra time? Click through the slideshow below to see some healthy lasagna recipes you can make at home.

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  • Yummy Pumpkin Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Yummy Pumpkin Lasagna recipe</a> by She Cooks She Gardens</strong>

  • Skinny Veggie Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Skinny Veggie Lasagna recipe</a> by Pinch of Yum</strong>

  • Healthy Lasagne Recipe With Turkey, Pesto & Peppers

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Healthy Lasagne Recipe with Turkey, Pesto & Peppers recipe</a> by Cookin' Canuck</strong>

  • Zucchini Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Zucchini Lasagna recipe</a> by Fab Fit Mommy</strong>

  • Spinach, Mushroom And Turkey Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Spinach, Mushroom and Turkey Lasagna recipe</a> by Heather's Dish</strong>

  • Healthy Spinach Lasagna Rolls

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Healthy Spinach Lasagna Rolls recipe</a> by The Girl Who Ate Everything</strong>

  • Vegetarian Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Vegetarian Lasagna recipe</a> by Delaine's Skinny Delights</strong>

  • Pumpkin Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Pumpkin Lasagna recipe</a> by Prevention RD</strong>

  • Roasted Pumpkin And Garlic Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Roasted Pumpkin and Garlic Lasagna recipe</a> by Apron Strings</strong>

  • Turkey Sausage And Spinach Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Turkey Sausage and Spinach Lasagna recipe</a> by Daily Unadventures in Cooking</strong>

  • Vegan Ricotta And Spinach Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Vegan Ricotta And Spinach Lasagna recipe</a> by Quiche A Week</strong>