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="http://www.mariobatali.com/">Mario Batali</a>'s no-layering, no-stress dish treats <a href="http://www.cooksillustrated.com/tastetests/overview.asp?docid=9843">lasagna noodles</a> the same as any other <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasta">pasta</a>. The chef boils the sheets until they're <a href="http://busycooks.about.com/od/glossary/g/aldente.-8El.htm">al dente</a> and then tosses them with a five-minute <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/tomato-sauce-recipe/index.html">tomato sauce</a> flavored with <a href="http://homecooking.about.com/od/condimentrecipes/r/blcon25.htm">olive paste</a> (which you can buy or easily make) and <a href="http://www.tarladalal.com/glossary-pitted-olives-1410i">pitted green olives</a>. <b>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.oprah.com/food/Not-Baked-Lasagne-with-Green-Olives-Tomatoes-and-Basil-Recipe" target="blank">Not-Baked Lasagne</a></b>

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

    <a href="http://www.wholeliving.com/135965/kitchen-food-blogger-jenny-rosenstrach">Jenny Rosenstrach</a>, who writes the blog <a href="http://www.dinneralovestory.com/" target="blank">Dinner: A Love Story</a>, which inspired a book with the same name, counts this quick <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipes/seafood/pasta/">seafood pasta</a> as one of her go-to weeknight suppers. All you need is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti">spaghetti</a>, an onion or a <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/ingredients-guide/shallots-00000000039363/index.html">shallot</a>, garlic, olive oil, <a href="http://www.wisegeek.org/what-are-littleneck-clams.htm">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="http://www.oprah.com/food/Spaghetti-with-Clams-Recipe" 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="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rigatoni">rigatoni</a>, browned sausage and crisp <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapini">broccoli rabe</a> in a bright <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesto">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="http://www.oprah.com/food/Pasta-with-Walnut-Pesto-Sausage-and-Broccoli-Rabe" 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="http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/fennel-seed.html">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="http://www.oprah.com/food/Chicken-Meatballs-Recipe" 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="http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/05/26/recipe-whole-wheat-tortillas/">wheat tortillas</a> all work for the crust; top them with whatever extras you have. A container of tomato sauce? Just add <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-mozzarella-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-174355">mozzarella</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crushed_red_pepper">red chili flakes</a>. Roasted vegetables? Layer shaved <a href="http://italianfood.about.com/od/aboutingredients/a/Pecorino-Romano.htm">Pecorino Romano</a> over them. Any kind of cooked greens, from kale to spinach? Throw on some sliced <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/06/dining/truly-spanish-chorizo-in-america-at-last.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm">Spanish chorizo</a> and crumbled blue cheese. <b>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.oprah.com/food/Gigi-Skizza-with-Arugula-Pesto-Ricotta-and-Chicken" 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="http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/LemonZest.htm">lemon zest</a> and juice. Add a loaf of crusty bread and you've got supper. <b>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.oprah.com/food/Sizzling-Shrimp-Scampi" 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="http://shecooksshegardens.com/2011/08/yummy-pumpkin-lasagna/" target="_hplink">Yummy Pumpkin Lasagna recipe</a> by She Cooks She Gardens</strong>

  • Skinny Veggie Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://pinchofyum.com/skinny-veggie-lasagna" target="_hplink">Skinny Veggie Lasagna recipe</a> by Pinch of Yum</strong>

  • Healthy Lasagne Recipe With Turkey, Pesto & Peppers

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.cookincanuck.com/2012/01/healthy-lasagne-recipe-with-turkey-pesto-peppers/" target="_hplink">Healthy Lasagne Recipe with Turkey, Pesto & Peppers recipe</a> by Cookin' Canuck</strong>

  • Zucchini Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.fabfitmommy.com/zucchini-lasagna/" target="_hplink">Zucchini Lasagna recipe</a> by Fab Fit Mommy</strong>

  • Spinach, Mushroom And Turkey Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.heathersdish.com/1/weeknight-spinach-mushroom-and-turkey-lasagna/" target="_hplink">Spinach, Mushroom and Turkey Lasagna recipe</a> by Heather's Dish</strong>

  • Healthy Spinach Lasagna Rolls

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2011/04/spinach-lasagna-rolls.html" target="_hplink">Healthy Spinach Lasagna Rolls recipe</a> by The Girl Who Ate Everything</strong>

  • Vegetarian Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://delainesskinnydelights.blogspot.com/2012/07/vegetarian-lasagna.html" target="_hplink">Vegetarian Lasagna recipe</a> by Delaine's Skinny Delights</strong>

  • Pumpkin Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.preventionrd.com/2010/09/pumpkin-lasagna/" target="_hplink">Pumpkin Lasagna recipe</a> by Prevention RD</strong>

  • Roasted Pumpkin And Garlic Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.apronstringsblog.com/roasted-pumpkin-and-garlic-lasagna-recipe-to-celebrate-world-pasta-day-for-meatless-monday/" target="_hplink">Roasted Pumpkin and Garlic Lasagna recipe</a> by Apron Strings</strong>

  • Turkey Sausage And Spinach Lasagna

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.dailyunadventuresincooking.com/recipe/turkey-sausage-and-spinach-lasagna/" 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="http://quicheaweek.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/vegan-ricotta-and-spinach-lasagna-for-two/" target="_hplink">Vegan Ricotta And Spinach Lasagna recipe</a> by Quiche A Week</strong>