18 Unique Pasta Recipes to Reinvigorate Your Love of Italian Noodles
We get it; pasta is the first thing that comes to mind when you need to cook dinner and you're crunched for time. To make meal planning even easier, we've compiled 18 recipes that will help you put this pantry staple to good use. Once you've mastered how to boil pasta the right way, you'll need tasty recipes that will quickly save the day and satisfy all your carb cravings. Click through for pasta dishes that will keep dinnertime easy — and interesting.
There’s nothing cauliflower can’t do with some garlic and a quick boil. The result is this deliciously deceptive dupe for Alfredo sauce. Besides the fact that it's healthier than your usual 'fredo, you can swap the milk for your go-to nut milk to make it dairy-free.
When Giada De Laurentiis tells you to add pancetta to spaghetti, do it immediately; your idea of homemade Italian food will never be the same. In addition to the pancetta, adding Pecorino Romano instead of our usual Parmesan takes this pasta dish to the next level.
This ooey gooey batch of macaroni and cheese will be a welcome end to a tough day. Plus the fact that we can make it in our slow cooker (aka, cook it while we clean up the rest of the house) gives it a few bonus points. Pair with Netflix and a glass of red wine for optimum enjoyment.
Italian sausage, cream, and both mozzarella and Parmesan cheese come together to create a meal that's already making our mouth water. We're always down to throw in some garlic and basil for a tasty finish, but we'll be honest — you had us at “one pan.”
Don't be fooled by the breakfast ingredients in this pasta dish; it's perfect for special occasions, like a Valentine's night in watching your favorite Netflix rom-com. Add some garlic, cheese, and parsley on top to have your S.O. saying "mmmmm" between bites.
This one-pan meal (which takes under 30 minutes to make, btw) will impress even the pickiest eater. Layers of lasagna noodles snuggle around a chili sauce seasoned with ginger, cumin, and smoked paprika for a pasta dish that will surprise and satisfy.
Ditch the dry pasta box and opt for the heart-healthy AND homemade goodness of avocado dough (yes you read that right). It's made with pantry items you probably already have on hand, like lemon juice and olive oil. Serve with diced avocado on top, or your favorite sauce.
Pumpkin and pecans sounds a lot like you're making a dessert, but believe us when we say they absolutely work well in a pasta dish too. The secret to making it extra delicious? A bit of cream cheese! Even though it's got pumpkin, feel free to make any time of year. We can't wait to dig in.
Prepare to become an Alfredo-alternative convert, because this simple (and vegetarian) sauce is good enough to make you forget the traditional one. The recipe calls for kale, but we recommend adding in other vegetables as well for an even healthier helping.
We've tried potato chips on burgers (we definitely recommend) but we've never tried it with mac and cheese. Until now. This pasta dish includes sautéed onions and Lay’s Wavy Hickory BBQ chips for extra flavor and crunch. Chips have never looked so good!
With mascarpone and salmon, this is not your average pasta dish, even if it's just as easy to make. Our favorite ingredients come together to make an uh-maze-ing meal, and it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish! The union is decadent, delicious, and soon, done.
Two American comfort foods collide in one steaming, cheesy bowl. Dinner doesn't get much better than this! The warm, delicious flavor combos make this a great Super Bowl dish, but it also makes a great pick for your next rainy day meal. Cozy mode: on.
Who says that pasta only has to be made with red sauce? Add on pasta classics like sausage and Parmesan, but take things to the next level by surprising yourself (and your taste buds) with sage and savory pumpkin. It's a dish that's great for more than Friendsgiving!
Everyone needs to master this essential bolognese pasta sauce recipe. The sugar, chili flakes, and oregano balance each other out for a well-rounded, full flavor. But the key to making this a truly delicious dish is the garlic breadcrumb topping. Yes please!
Sometimes, you don't want to make (and clean up) a big family recipe. And if you have a cozy night in planned, it's easier than you think to portion out the perfect serving size for one. Consider it a more luxurious, hands-on version of your favorite instant mac.
Making pasta from scratch will help you work out your stress when kneading the dough *and* give you something delicious to eat when it's done. Not only does it make a good date night idea (Pasta! Wine! Netflix!) but you'll also learn a new skill.
Pasta and pizza are two of our favorite dishes ever and together, their combinations are basically unstoppable. Pepperoni, tomatoes, oregano, and mozzarella mixed with your go-to noodle creates a whole new flavor experience that you do *not* want to miss.
Because you’re going to have a glass of wine anyway, why not add it to your noodles? After experience the unexpected flavor and color, they might just make it on your go-to recipe list. Grated cheese, chopped basil, and chopped garlic take things over the edge (in a good way).
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