Like Converse, Coca-Cola and Elvis — spaghetti is a classic. But how’s this for some real talk: As much as we love the stuff, spaghetti tends to fall on the boring side. Those plain old noodles in plain old marinara. Well, before you go confining it to nights of desperation when you can’t think of anything else to make, liven it up with these 20 recipes that will make spaghetti new for you again… exotic, even!

1. Spaghetti and Meatballs: If you just love that quintessential tomato-y red sauce on your pasta, meatballs are a game changer. And cheese. Never forget cheese. (via Crumbly Cookie)

2. Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino: This spaghetti recipe sounds super fancy but it’s really just garlic, olive oil and chili flakes. (via Swati Bansal Rao)

3. Spaghetti Pie: Sing a song of pasta sauce, and cheese to apply. Four cups spaghetti baked into a pie! Umm, yum. (via Fox News Magazine)

4. Spaghetti Tacos: Why put spaghetti in a taco? The real question is… why not? (via Foodie Crush)

5. Baked Lemon Spaghetti: This spaghetti has been lemonized and then baked into cheesy oblivion. We love us some parm. (via Recipe Girl)

6. Zucchini and Lemon Spaghetti: Adding zucchini to your spaghetti is a great way to incorporate some veggies into a meal that’s high in carbs. (via Oh My Veggies)

7. Creamy Avocado Pasta: Presenting the dynamic duo, spaghetti and avocado. It’s creamy, it’s green, it’s simply satisfying. (via Two Peas and Their Pod)

8. Kale Pesto Spaghetti: Making pesto with kale is an amazing idea. Smothering spaghetti with it is even more brilliant. (via Little Leopard Book)

9. Spaghetti With Broccoli and Bacon: While we’re putting veggies into our spaghetti, let’s go with broccoli! Oh, and bacon. Bacon is a vegetable, right? (via Taste)

10. Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites: Who ever said don’t play with your food? Not us. Lace those noodles through a slice of a hot dog for a fun-with-you-food night. We’re sure your kids will be able to imagine them into octopi and squids and all kids of squiggly things. (via Damn Delicious)

11. Spaghetti Carbonara With Shrimp: If you’re a seafood lover, stick some shrimp in that spaghetti! Cover with garlic and olive oil. And, again, cheese. (via 4 Pure)

12. Pepperoni Pizza Spaghetti Bake: Spaghetti and pizza? Whaaaaaaat? (via Sweet Treats and More)

13. Spaghetti Fritters: Fried spaghetti sounds like State Fair food to us, and that’s not a bad thing. Make it at home, dip in marinara and enjoy! (via Honest Cooking)

14. Spaghetti Salad: Summertime is salad time. Add some spaghetti to that salad for a pasta twist! (via Patty’s Food)

15. Cowboy Spaghetti: This meaty version of spaghetti will please all your cowpokes, big and small. (via Momma Hen’s Kitchen)

16. Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti: Take all that delicious Cajun spice out of the jambalaya and put it on your spaghetti. (via Rock Recipes)

17. Enchilada Spaghetti: Can’t decide between Italian or Mexican? Try this enchilada spaghetti that combines black beans and salsa with a whole lotta carby delights. (via Amuse Your Bouche)

18. Spaghetti Boats: Now why haven’t we thought of this before. Just put the spaghetti on top of the garlic bread! Duh! (via I Heart Nap Time)

19. Cacio e Pepe: Back to the basics we go. Cheese, cheese and pepper. (via Table For Two)

20. Baked Spaghetti Squash: If you are trying to stay away from the carbs but still craving spaghetti, this baked spaghetti squash is definitely a viable option. (via Brit + Co.)

How will you bring back spaghetti night? Tell us below!