Penne and farfalle and orzo, oh my! With so many types of noodles how can you choose just one? Don't worry we've got 20 recipes here to cover your bases.
20 Perfect Pasta Recipes
15 Minute Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Cashew Pasta
If you are a meat person you could add some grilled chicken or whichever meat you prefer. Plus, everyone will love the sauce. It’s a classic turned crazy easy and good for you too!
Get the recipe: 15 Minute Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Cashew Pasta
Mezzelune Dolci (Half-Moon-Shape Sweet Past Filled With Candied Fruit)
This is a classic Neapolitan pasta dessert filled with candied fruits and ricotta cheese. You can use good-quality chocolate chips instead of candied fruit.
Pasta With Peas, Asparagus, Butter Lettuce And Prosciutto
Wilted butter lettuce is a surprisingly delicious addition to pasta with sweet green peas and salty prosciutto.
Get the recipe: Pasta with Peas, Asparagus, Butter Lettuce and Prosciutto
Cauliflower Pasta With Pecorino, Grated Egg And Pine Nuts
Inspired by the Sicilian approach to cauliflower (but without the expensive saffron), this pasta gets its distinctive, delicious taste from slowly caramelizing the cauliflower in a skillet until the vegetable turns musky sweet. Pecorino sharpens up the pasta, and the addition of grated eggs gives it a satisfying richness.
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Pasta with Pecorino, Grated Egg and Pine Nuts
Pasta With Creamy Mushroom-Pea Sauce
Peas combine deliciously with wild mushrooms, such as chanterelles, but they are hard to come by this early in the season. You can still get the depth of flavor from more available creminis.
Get the recipe: Pasta with Creamy Mushroom-Pea Sauce
Shrimp And Pesto Pasta
The delightful flavors of asparagus and pesto combine beautifully with fettuccine and shrimp in a light and simple pasta dish that works for family or casual entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with a tomato-and-arugula salad tossed with mustard-balsamic vinaigrette and fruit sorbet for dessert.
Get the recipe: Shrimp And Pesto Pasta
Here we take basic lasagna ingredients - ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes - and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying meal for the whole family. To cut down on prep time, look for pre-sliced mushrooms. For meat lovers, brown some crumbled turkey sausage along with the onions and garlic. Serve with: Steamed broccoli and whole-grain baguette.
Get the recipe: Inside-Out Lasagna
Italian Mussels And Pasta
This combination of mussels with plenty of garlic, parsley, saffron and white wine was inspired by the Venetian soup zuppa de peoci, which is usually ladled over sliced crusty bread. Here we serve it over pasta. For a more elegant presentation you can remove the mussels from their shells before serving…but then again, who wants to be elegant?
Get the recipe: Italian Mussels and Pasta
Asparagus Linguine With Almond Butter Crisp
Rather than blanching and shocking the spears, simply sauté bite-sized pieces, then let them cook to al dente in a bit of broth and soy so that they soak up some of that flavor while cooking. This butter is actually a completely savory compound butter, playing up the nutty almonds with salty grated Parmesan, a touch of heat from chile flakes, and fragrant roasted garlic. Serve over a simple piece of fish, chicken with some grilled vegetables, or you can skip the protein and just liven up veggies with spiced garlic crunch.
Get the recipe: Asparagus Linguine with Almond Butter Crisp
Pasta With Green Beans, Potatoes And Basil Pesto (Pasta Alla Ligure)
The combination of pasta, potatoes, and pesto seems unlikely, but it works, creating a hearty primo pungent with the flavor of fresh basil.
Sweet Potato And Red Pepper Pasta
Here’s a way to use the “power vegetables” sweet potato and red bell pepper in a satisfying vegetarian pasta dish full of fresh herbs and creamy goat cheese. Any fresh herbs you have on hand, like basil, oregano, sorrel or chives, can be substituted for the tarragon. Serve with a garden salad.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato And Red Pepper Pasta
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Is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of pasta?
To celebrate National Pasta Day we've rounded up the most delectable pasta recipes. Some are veggie-filled; others are topped with meat or seafood; and one is sweet! Start boiling some water because these recipes are bound to make you crave a delicious bowl of noodles tonight.
Check out the slideshow above for 20 perfect pasta recipes.