Grandma was right all along: When cheesy, creamy sauces meet pasta, *magical* things happen. Think of avocado and toast or chocolate and peanut butter. That鈥檚 the level of delicious combinations we鈥檙e talking about, except this time it鈥檚 all about the retro spin on everyone鈥檚 favorite easy weeknight dish. One of the best things about pasta is there are SO many different kinds, and you can add any ingredients you want. But since cheese is our number one add-in, of course, we invite you to come and carb load with us while we share 15 of the best retro pasta dishes that would make any grandma proud.


1. Skinny Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bake: We didn鈥檛 know it was possible to see the words 鈥渟kinny鈥 and 鈥淎lfredo鈥 in the same sentence, but we鈥檒l take it! Shrimp is the perfect twist to lighten up this classic dish. (via Damn Delicious)


2. Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce: Garlic is a pasta must. It might linger with you for the rest of the night, but paired with all the cheesiness of this dish, it鈥檚 *totally* worth it. (via Julia鈥檚 Album)


3. Cheesy Spaghetti Bake: Aah, the oh-so-classic red sauce spaghetti. This time it鈥檚 topped with a mound of mozzarella cheese, giving Alfredo a serious run for its money. We think we鈥檒l need a second bowl of each to decide the winner. (via Lil Luna)


4. Beefy Cheesy Tortellini Bake: The love we have in our hearts for tortellini runs so deep that we can taste it even when we鈥檙e not eating it. A noodle stuffed with cheese that gets baked and covered in even MORE cheese is the epitome of cheesy pastas, right? (via Five Heart Home)


5. Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti: Baked pasta just has that extra special crunch we鈥檙e constantly craving from the crispy cheese. It鈥檚 on a totally different wavelength than stove-top pasta, but equally (if not more) delicious. (via Gimme Some Oven)


6. Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe: We couldn鈥檛 give you our favorite pasta recipes without including a classic baked macaroni and cheese. It鈥檚 all cheddar and Colby Jack, and *seriously* OH SO GOOD. (via Latin Meets Lagniappe)


7. Slow Cooker Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta: Anything with buffalo in the name, and we already know we鈥檙e going to want two servings. When it鈥檚 as easy to make as throwing everything in a crock pot, that鈥檚 an even bigger home run for us, obvi. (via Slow Cooker Gourmet)


8. Easy Cheesy Manicotti: Stuffed pasta is taken to a new level with this cheesy manicotti. Forget slurping long, dangly noodles 鈥 we want to take a big bite out of these super-sized shells. (via Homemade Hooplah)


9. Creamy Mushroom Fettuccine: This dish has a ton of Parmesan cheese, but we mainly love it because of its creamy sauce (insert mouth-watering emoji). Mix these two ingredients together and WOO! You get something sooo 鈥渄amn delicious.鈥 (via Damn Delicious)


10. Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo: Remember when we mentioned all the great add-ins you could put in pasta? Broccoli is one of our faves when it鈥檚 lightly saut茅ed. See, we can be healthy (kind of). (via Damn Delicious)


11. One Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo: Two meats, everybody! TWO meats. With Cajun spices and a creamy sauce, this penne pasta is a *must-eat-now* kind of meal. (via No. 2 Pencil)


12. One Pot Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta: Say it with us: cheesy pumpkin pasta. One more time for clarity: cheesy pumpkin pasta. We鈥檙e CRAZY for pumpkin anything, just like the rest of the world. Also, the cheese in this pasta is cream cheese. Major *swoon.* (via Domestic Superhero)


13. Authentic Fettuccine Alfredo: It鈥檚 the original, the grandaddy of them all 鈥 it鈥檚 classic Alfredo. With the only ingredients being butter, cream and Parmesan (plus yummy, carb-y noodles), this recipe gets five stars for simplicity. (via The Gracious Wife)


14. Three Cheese Pasta Bake: You really can鈥檛 go wrong when you mix noodles and three different cheeses (including ricotta!) together and bake them. If you need us, we鈥檒l be over here eating the whole pan鈥 (via Lil Luna)


15. Cheesy Tortellini Spinach Bake: Even though we鈥檙e all about the tortellini, this bake has bacon in it, and that might be the star of this dish after all. We鈥檇 still classify this recipe in the healthy pasta category though, because everyone knows anything with spinach in it has to be healthy鈥 right? (via Lil Luna)

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