Take A Trip to Italy & Beyond With These 95 Pasta Recipes Perfect For Any Day Of The Week

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95 Perfect Weeknight Pasta Dinners PHOTO: JULIA GARTLAND; FOOD STYLIST: BROOKE CAISON

Forgive us the pun, but the pastabilities for making pasta are pretty much endless. Looking for a romantic dinner? Pasta always impresses. Want something extra comforting? Pasta always delivers. Need an easy weeknight dinner? Yep, you guessed it, we’re turning to pasta, and you should too. It satisfies our every craving, whether that be for a classic Italian dish or something new to the table. It can be jazzed up for a multi-step dinner or made all in one pot. So what are you waiting for? Check out our 95 favorite pasta recipes for ideas—we know what you’ll be having for dinner tonight 😉.

We’re sure you’re familiar with the classics (and likely have them in your weeknight dinner rotation), but just in case, we’ve included lots of recipes for our favorites here. Some are super straightforward and standard, like our chicken Alfredo, our baked ziti, or our lasagna, while some are a little more outside the (pasta) box, like our taco gnocchi bake, our sausage & broccoli burrata pasta, or our sloppy Joe orzo. We’ve got all the super old-school Italian pasta greats too, like pasta alla gricia, pasta puttanesca, spaghetti all'assassina, and bucatini all’amatriciana. They’re our favorites to whip out for special occasions, because they’re super easy to make but sound super impressive.

Feeling bored of pasta (the horror!)? We got you too. Try some of our innovative pasta recipes or our creative takes on old standbys to jazz up your pasta nights. Check out our miso Bolognese, our pizza spaghetti (the mash-up of your dreams), our grilled zucchini carbonara, or our creamy Cajun stuffed shells. Want to take things up a notch? Make your own pasta at home—homemade pasta dough is a labor of love that will take even the most boring of pasta dishes to the next level.

Want even more pasta inspiration? Check out our favorite penne pasta recipes, spaghetti recipes, and gnocchi recipes too.

Grilled Zucchini Carbonara

Grilled zucchini carbonara is a combination of cheesy, lemony egg yolk-enriched sauce, al dente spaghetti, and charred zucchini bits that melt into the dish. Try it once and we have a feeling you might keep this recipe on your weekly summer dinner rotation.

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grilled zucchini carbonara
PHOTO: JULIA GARTLAND; FOOD STYLING: ADRIENNE ANDERSON

Marry Me Pasta

Nothing says love like pasta, and this creamy sauce will have you falling in love with yourself for making it. It's based after our beloved Marry Me Chicken, which is quite possibly even better tossed in some pasta.

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marry me pasta
PHOTO: DOAA ELKADY, FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Sausage & Broccoli Burrata Pasta

If you’ve ever wanted to make dreamy burrata-topped pasta, then you’re in for a treat. Lucky for you, this a low-lift weeknight dinner encompassing everything you need from the proteins to the vegetables and carbs, without a ton of dishes.

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sausage broccoli burrata pasta
PHOTO: JULIA GARTLAND; FOOD STYLIST: BROOKE CAISON

Creamy Cajun Stuffed Shells

Cajun chicken Alfredo is one of our top pasta dishes in the Delish Test Kitchen, but we might have to make space on our favorites list for these creamy Cajun stuffed shells, that feature a savory Cajun cream sauce and shells filled with andouille sausage and Cajun-seasoned chicken.

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creamy cajun stuffed shells in a white baking dish on a blue wooden background
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Creamy Peanut-Lime Chicken With Noodles

Who can resist rice noodles bathed in an abundance of sweet and creamy peanut sauce? Not us! In this recipe, the prep actually takes longer than the cooking, so feel free to make some elements ahead. With all them behind you, the dish comes together in a snap!

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chicken with noodles and carrots in a creamy peanut lime sauce topped with peanuts
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Cherry Tomato Pasta

This recipe is proof that a killer tomato sauce doesn’t need a long simmer on the stovetop. Instead, you'll create a robust sauce by concentrating the cherry tomatoes'flavor through bursting them in the skillet, along with other classic enhancers, like olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Yum!

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PHOTO: ANDREA MONZO; FOOD STYLIST: MAKINZE GORE

Baked Feta Pasta

Obviously roasting a block of feta with bursting tomatoes is going to be amazing. But is it good enough to break TikTok like this one did? Our answer, begrudgingly, is yes. It's genius—super-easy, but fancy enough for date night. 😍

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ANDREW BUI

Creamy Corn Pasta

Don’t be fooled by the name—this pasta has no cream. Instead, you’ll puree fresh corn, sautéed garlic, and scallions into a luscious sauce that’s topped with Parmesan, basil, and even more corn. With just these few ingredients, you can have a crowd-pleasing pasta dish on the table in only about 30 minutes.

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PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: MARY RUPP

Chicken Florentine Pasta

If you're obsessed with chicken Florentine, then let me introduce you to your new favorite pasta dinner. This pasta—filled with chicken breasts, chopped tomatoes, and baby spinach—is completed with a bright and rich white wine and cream-based sauce. Did we mention it's also ready in under an hour??

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pasta in a pot topped with chicken slices and herbs
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Cottage Cheese Alfredo

Dreaming of a big bowl of your favorite creamy pasta with less fat and more protein but with all of the flavor and texture you’re looking for in a good Alfredo? We've got you! Add meat, à la classic chicken Alfredo, or keep it simple—it's guaranteed to impress no matter what.

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creamy high protein cottage cheese alfredo with spinach and fettuccine
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STLYING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

Taco Spaghetti

One-pot taco spaghetti is a fast-as-can-be weeknight dinner that pairs all your favorite taco fixin’s with spaghetti rather than taco shells. It's perfect for those nights when you just cannot stand the thought of a sink full of dirty dishes.

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PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is one of life's greatest comfort foods—it's creamy, cheesy, carb-y, and super super flavorful. We especially love this version because the shrimp not only adds extra flavor, but also some lean protein to boot.

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shrimp fettuccine alfredo
PHOTO: RYAN LIEBE; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

Spaghetti All'Assassina

This is like the OG one-pot pasta. The spaghetti is cooked in a spicy tomato broth in a style similar to risotto and charred in the pan as the broth gets absorbed. And when we say charred, we mean burnt. Trust us, the rich tomato, burned starch, and spicy mess of it all is absolutely delicious.

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PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING BARRETT WASHBURNE

Beef & Broccoli Ramen

This ramen take on classic beef and broccoli might be our favorite easy dinner. Thinly sliced steak and tender broccoli join those unmistakable noodles in a savory ginger soy sauce for an all-in-one dinner that’s sure to become a weeknight classic.

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beef and broccoli ramen in a pan
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

One-Pot Creamy Tortellini & Greens

Indulge in pure pasta bliss with this heavenly one-pot tortellini recipe. Picture perfectly cooked, cheese-filled tortellini delicately simmering in a lusciously velvety cream sauce, generously infused with vibrant fresh greens. Best part? With this one-pot wonder and a handful of ingredients, you can have it all—in just 20 minutes.

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creamy tortellini with artichokes, spinach, kale, and toasted pine nuts
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: ADRIENNE ANDERSON

Dirty Martini Pasta

This recipe takes inspiration from a classic pasta al limone by using heavy cream as the base for the luscious and decadent sauce. And, just like a dirty martini, we supplement the dish with olives and brine (and booze, of course). The best part? It comes together in under 30 minutes.

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a pot of cooked spaghetti in a cream sauce with pieces of green olives, chopped parsley, and parmesan
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Chicken Spaghetti

If you didn’t grow up with this comfort food, allow us to introduce you to your new favorite easy weeknight dinner. Chicken, spaghetti, and veggies combine with a creamy, cheesy sauce for a baked and bubbling casserole that’s just as perfect for busy weeknights as it is for parties.

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chicken, spaghetti, and red peppers covered in cheese in a casserole
PHOTO: RYAN LIEBE; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Summer Bowtie Pasta & Chicken Sausage Skillet Bake

We believe that summer dinners should be both quick and easy, so this skillet pasta dinner requires just a handful of ingredients—bowtie pasta, marinara sauce, chicken sausage, zucchini, bell pepper, spinach... SO EASY.

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Chicken Alfredo

With a creamy, cheesy sauce and tender chicken breasts, this is the pasta dish we turn to time and time again when we're craving the ultimate comfort meal. If you've never made pasta sauce from scratch before—this Alfredo recipe is where you should start.

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PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: SPENCER RICHARDS

Pizza Spaghetti

Pizza and spaghetti are two weeknight dinner favorites for very good reason. When you just can't decide between the two, turn to this incredible mashup. Think of cheesy spaghetti in casserole form with all the best pizza toppings, and you've got this kid-friendly dinner.

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pizza spaghetti with cheese and pepperoni in a baking dish
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Taco Gnocchi Bake

In this recipe, gnocchi gets the taco treatment for a simple weeknight meal. Alongside some ground beef, black beans, and plenty of cheddar cheese, it’s a fun twist on the potato-based pasta.

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a pan with gnocchi covered in enchilada sauce, cheese, avocado, cilantro, and cherry tomatoes
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Bowtie Primavera

Come spring and summer, our obsession with pasta primavera comes back in full force. This version lightens up the classic recipe, replacing the heavy cream with low-fat cream cheese. The result is a veggie-packed pasta dish with a sauce that is every bit as creamy as the original.

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bowtie pasta with asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini and parmesan
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Pasta Primavera

Few dishes mean “spring” like pasta primavera. Primavera in the name alone brings to mind fresh veggies, like zucchini, English peas, leeks, and peppers, all of the things beginning to bloom for a vibrant season of produce ahead. Feel free to swap in whatever you can find at the farmer's market.

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pasta primavera with asparagus, zucchini, tomatoes
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Here, we tossed crispy bacon, spinach, chicken breasts, and spaghetti in our creamy Tuscan-inspired sauce for a hearty chicken pasta dinner that's just as perfect for date night as it is for a simple and quick weeknight dinner.

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angel hair pasta with sliced chicken, tomatoes and basil
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Everything Bagel Pasta

Not only do we have recipes for homemade everything bagels, we've also turned the everything bagel into everything eggrolls, everything chicken, and even everything popcorn. Now, we present to you the new frontier: everything bagel pasta.

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fusilli pasta with a creamy white sauce and topped with everything bagel seasoning
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

Green Goddess Gnocchi

Green goddess is a classic formula for a refreshing salad dressing, on goddess bowls, a lovely spread for sandwiches and wraps, and even a spoonable soup. Now, it’s the silky-smooth, pastel green pasta sauce you’ve been looking for—trust us, it's incredible on gnocchi.

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gnocchi tossed in a green sauce with asparagus
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Creamy Tomato Pasta With Burrata

A classic tomato sauce is made even better with a bit of cream and a delicious topping of burrata. The cherry tomatoes add a bit of sweetness to the sauce and make it feel fresher. It tastes too good to be as easy as it is!

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creamy tomato pasta with burrata
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Caramelized Lemon & Zucchini Pasta

This is our “I feel like cooking with a glass of wine in hand” pasta. The sauce is simple, which lets the caramelized lemons do the heavy lifting, and the zucchini just feels SO summery. Enjoy!

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caramelized lemon and zucchini pasta
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Penne Alla Vodka

This is the best creamy and bright vodka sauce any of us in the test kitchen have ever had. The secret? Tomato paste. Tomato paste has a more concentrated flavor, and texture-wise, it makes for a smoother, almost velvety sauce your date will love.

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Parker Feierbach

Enchilada Stuffed Shells

We know what you may be thinking: enchiladas + pasta? Hear us out: Here, we swapped out the tortillas for jumbo pasta shells, and stuffed them full of rotisserie chicken, green chiles, and enchilada sauce, all topped with melted cheese and a drizzle of sour cream for the ultimate hearty, flavorful dinner.

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stuffed pasta shells with chicken, cheese, enchilada sauce, and a drizzle of sour cream
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

3-Green Whole Wheat Pasta

Combined with buttery earthy chard, Tuscan kale, spinach, salty cheese, and a little chili oil, the ricotta salata featured here will quickly become a pantry staple. Add this to your weeknight pasta rotation and feel a little less guilty when going back for seconds.

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3 green whole wheat pasta with ricotta salata and chili oil
PHOTO: BRYAN GARDNER; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Spaghetti & Meatballs

If you're looking for a super simple, comforting, no-frills bowl of spaghetti and meatballs to impress your date, you've come to the right place. And if you're feeling adventurous, it's also a great jumping-off point to make your own version of this classic dish!

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ETHAN CALABRESE

One-Pot Broccoli-Cheddar Pasta

This dish is no-fuss comfort food at its finest. Everyone loves broccoli when it's tossed with cheddar and Parm!

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PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: SIMON ANDREWS

Cacio E Pepe

Cacio e pepe literally translates to “cheese and pepper." These two ingredients are usually thought of as small components to a dish but in this pasta recipe, they take center stage. The fruity bite of freshly ground pepper combined with salty cheese is complex, earthy, sweet and spicy all at once.

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cacio e pepe topped with pepper and parmesan
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

No-Boil Baked Chicken Pasta

An ode to baked ziti, this dish is amped up with chicken and spinach and features fun, twirly fusilli pasta rather than ziti. Unlike most baked pasta dishes, you'll skip the pot of water and instead just add more water to the baking dish. Woah!

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no boil baked chicken pasta in a white casserole dish
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Cajun-Spiced Chicken & Gnocchi

Let the good times roll because tonight’s dinner will take you to Louisiana with this chicken and pasta skillet. Just like our other gnocchi skillet dinners, this one is absolutely craveable; plus, it brings all the flavors we associate with New Orleans right into your kitchen.

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gnocchi in a tomato based sauce with sliced spiced chicken
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Spaghetti Carbonara

Though many people travel to Rome to experience the Colosseum, for us, there’s only one reason to make the trip: carbonara! The classic Roman dish composed of silky eggs, Sardinian sheep's milk cheese, and al dente spaghetti is comfort food + good for the soul + Italian bliss all wrapped around your fork tines.

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spaghetti carbonara with pancetta
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Here at Delish, our best-ever mac and cheese is perfect for any occasion, from family weeknight dinners to holiday spreads. In our book, the perfect macaroni and cheese recipe has to be three things: extra creamy, plenty cheesy, and paired with a golden, crunchy topping. This one nails all three!

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homemade mac and cheese in a bowl
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo

This dish expands on what we all love about fettuccine Alfredo, amping it up with the punchy spices and andouille sausage commonly found in Cajun cuisine. If you love gumbo and jambalaya, this recipe has got to be next on your list.

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cajun flavored alfredo with penne tossed with smoked sausage
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Carrot Gnocchi

These are, by their soft, tender, and pillowy nature, very rustic, but worry not: Once you sauté them in butter, herbs, and pistachios, they will look every bit as delicious as they smell. You can also use them as you would store-bought gnocchi, like in our one-pan creamy chicken & gnocchi recipe.

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carrot gnocchi with pistachios and shaved parmesan
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: LENA ABRAHAM

Tagliatelle With Bacon & Mushrooms

Sure, everyone loves pasta. But pasta + bacon + mushrooms? That's just out of control. Creamy and comforting, we’re (over)confident this tagliatelle will become your fast friend.

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mushroom and bacon tagliatelle pasta topped with parmesan in a white bowl
ERIK BERNSTEIN

Chicken Parm Pasta

This chicken Parmesan-inspired dish has several key components—bacon, a flavorful panko topping, an easy doctored jarred sauce—and lucky for you, they all come together in just one pan!

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chicken parmesan pasta
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Classic Lasagna

Based on the traditional lasagna alla Bolognese from the Emilia-Romagna province in Italy, we grabbed what we loved most about the timeless, classic recipe and simplified it to make it weeknight-friendly.

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classic lasagna in a white pan topped with fresh herbs
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Crispy Gnocchi & Mushrooms

Gnocchi will always hit the spot for a quick, delicious meal. Yes, it’s great on its own as a main, but it also makes for a winning, hearty sidekick to roasted chicken or rosemary pork chops too!

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crispy gnocchi and mushrooms
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is a study in duality: It’s got a sophistication to it, giving it a seat at the table of your fanciest dinner parties, while its simplicity also makes it perfect for bringing to a potluck or for a treat-yourself weeknight dinner.

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baked ziti with italian sausage ricotta garlic basil and tomato sauce
PHOTO: KATE JORDAN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Creamy Chicken Piccata With Gnocchi

When our weeknight dinners start to feel a little snoozy, we activate our go-to formula for supper success: Start with a dish you love, then add something new. Here, the dish we love is chicken piccata, the Italian-American classic, and the new ingredient is one of our favorite pantry items, boxed gnocchi.

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creamy chicken piccata with gnocchi in a pan with lemon
PHOTO: KATE JORDAN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Pasta Alla Gricia

This is easy to make and even easier to indulge in. The real Italian way uses guancial—cured pork jowl—which has a slightly sweet, delicate flavor. If you can't find it, use pancetta or thick-cut bacon instead!

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pasta alla gricia with pecorino and guanciale
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: ADRIENNE ANDERSON

Whipped Ricotta Pasta

Whipped ricotta might just be one of the best pasta upgrades, especially when it’s paired with a sun-dried tomato sauce and spinach like we did here. In one bowl, you get all the enjoyment of a marinara with the creaminess of something like an Alfredo sauce.

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PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Garlicky Feta Eggplant Pasta

This simple summer-y pasta has it all: tender, garlicky morsels of eggplant, a cheesy panko topping, and lots of fresh basil. Just add your favorite pasta and you've got dinner!

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garlicky feta eggplant pasta
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: LENA ABRAHAM

Goulash

We love that everything in this goulash cooks together in one pot– even the pasta! Once you cook pasta this way, you might never go back to boiling water again.

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elbow macaroni in a tomato sauce
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: LAURA REGE

Creamy Pesto Baked Gnocchi & Chicken Skillet

Pesto is a sauce that turns any dish into kitchen gold, especially this totally comforting and delicious gnocchi and chicken bake. For the perfect pesto touch, stir a dollop into the tomato mixture, then dollop the top with more right out of the oven for a fresh finish.

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creamy pesto baked gnocchi and chicken skillet
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: ERIKA JOYCE

Homemade Pasta

Pasta night deserves a special pasta. Making your own dough does take a bit of time, but the process itself isn't complicated. The dough is made from 3 basic ingredients and comes together in minutes—use your pasta maker for best results.

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Emily Hlavac Green

Pasta Puttanesca

Bursting with flavor and so easy to prepare, you'll be craving this pasta every week. The super-fragrant sauce is made with a lot of garlic and anchovies that will have you coming back for more, and the capers and olives add a briny saltiness to the dish. Yum!

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Parker feierbach

One-Pan Lemon Chicken & Orzo

Chicken, orzo, spinach, and feta come together into a complete meal that’s quick enough for a weeknight, but beautiful enough to serve to friends at a dinner party. It’s easy and delicious and, best of all, won’t load up your sink with a ton of dishes.

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one pan lemon chicken and orzo with feta and herbs
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: SPENCER RICHARDS

Pasta Moussaka

This labor of love marries classic Greek eggplant moussaka with baked ziti, turning it into an eye-catching beauty of a pasta dinner that's easy enough for weeknights, but special enough for guests too.

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pasta moussaka
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: SIMON ANDREWS

One-Pan Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi

When everything cooks together, everyone wins. The chicken here finishes cooking in the sauce, making it the easiest comfort meal ever. It's what weeknight dinner dreams are made of!

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one pan creamy chicken and gnocchi
ERIK BERNSTEIN

Creamy Tuscan Orzo

If you love creamy risotto, but not the time it takes to make it, this Italian-inspired orzo recipe is for you. The prep here is minimal and cleanup is easy, but the payoff makes this dish totally dinner party-worthy, all year round.

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creamy tuscan orzo
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Red Chili Ricotta Pasta

The extra effort to make your own bread crumbs and chili oil is well worth it for this simple ricotta pasta. You might want to top all your dinners with them from now on. 😉

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red chili ricotta pasta
LUCY SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY

Pastitsio

Derived from the Italian word pasticcio, which means “mix” or “hodgepodge,” pastitsio is a classic Greek casserole best described as a cross between lasagna and moussaka. Rich and hearty, creamy and comforting, it’s well worth the extra effort it takes to put together.

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pastitsio
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Roasted Red Pepper Shrimp Linguine

Though you totally could roast your own peppers for this dish, we actually preferred the jarred version while testing this recipe. The store-bought variety tends to be more tender, which makes for a smoother, more velvety sauce. Creamy, smoky, and spicy, this comforting shrimp pasta is low effort, high reward.

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roasted red pepper shrimp linguine
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Creamy Penne With Sausage & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

If you’re looking for a pasta dinner that everyone in your family will love, look no further. This creamy penne with sausage and sun-dried tomatoes could not be more delicious or easy.

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creamy penne with sausage sundried tomatoes
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Tempeh & Broccoli Rabe Orecchiette

When comfort calls, don't ignore it. This pasta is packed with protein and flavor thanks to tempeh and a simple garlic-lemon sauce. It's simple enough for a weeknight dinner but special enough to serve for a special occasion too.

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tempeh broccoli rabe orecchiette
SUZANNE CLEMENTS

Corn & Ricotta Pasta

Fresh ricotta and sweet corn are the stars of the show for this quick and easy pasta. We utilize frozen corn here, but leftover kernels from grilled corn would make the dish even better. The dish comes together in one pot and in about 30 minutes, which you just can’t beat.

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corn and ricotta pasta
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI ; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Lemon Butter Feta Chicken Pasta

Here, a creamy, rich pasta sauce with fresh lemon and tangy feta, plus juicy chicken thighs all come together in one pot for a very simple but satisfying meal. It’s like the even easier version of everyone’s favorite baked feta pasta.

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lemon butter feta chicken pasta
PHOTO: NICO SCHINCO; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Ramen Carbonara

Craving carbonara, but also in need of a cheap and easy dinner? Instant ramen is here to save the day. If you’re looking for a creative way to use up that last ramen package, this is the recipe that will class up the pantry staple.

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ramen noodles with bacon and creamy carbonara sauce topped with parmesan cheese
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: LAURA REGE

Cheesy Kale Orzo With Herbed Bread Crumbs

In this orzo recipe, we opt for a creamy risotto method, then top it with crunchy herbed bread crumbs for added texture. The orzo soaks up the cheese sauce, and you get an incredible sauce to pasta ratio with the small pasta bits and multitudes of creaminess in every bite.

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cheesy kale orzo with breadcrumbs and lemon
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Sloppy Joe Orzo

Think beyond the bun! You don’t need to sandwich a sloppy Joe to enjoy it; transform the classic comfort food into a date night staple with this sloppy Joe orzo instead.

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orzo in a tomato sauce with meatballs and basil
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Pappardelle Bolognese

A good bolognese takes time. The longer you let this meat sauce simmer, the better and richer it becomes. Another key aspect, though it may be surprising, is milk. It helps to thicken the sauce and make a more cohesive sauce that clings really beautifully to pasta.

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pappardelle bolognese
Erik bernstein

Creamy Chorizo Pasta

Weeknight pasta gets the Spanish treatment with a silky, smoky tomato sauce and spicy chorizo-style sausage in this 30-minute dinner recipe. This easy dish comes together in a snap thanks to basic pantry staples upgraded with smoked paprika and a touch of sherry vinegar; it's like your midweek dinner took a trip to Spain!

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creamy tomato pasta with chorizo
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Lamb Ragu

This dish is worth the wait: Ground lamb simmers for an hour with red wine and herbs like thyme and rosemary for maximum flavor. We've got a soft spot for pappardelle, but this pairs well with any pasta, so use your favorite.

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lamb ragu
Parker Feierbach

One-Pan Creamy Spinach-Artichoke Gnocchi

We combined everything we love about our favorite spinach & artichoke dip with quick-cooking gnocchi, turning it into an easy meatless dinner that’s loaded with flavor. It’s easy enough for when you’re just craving comfort food (just one pan!), but fancy enough to serve to guests too.

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one pan creamy spinach artichoke gnocchi
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: SPENCER RICHARDS

Tteokbokki-Style Gnocchi

Tteokbokki is a Korean street food dish consisting of chewy rice cakes and a funky, spicy-sweet gochujang sauce. While delicious and traditional, the glutinous rice cakes are unfortunately less accessible to those of us without a Korean market around the corner. Luckily, store-bought gnocchi make for a great substitute!

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tteokbokki style gnocchi
ANDREW BUI

Smoked Salmon Pasta

Smoked salmon pasta sounds really fancy, but the truth is, it's one of the easiest and fastest pastas we've ever made. It comes together in just under 30 minutes making it the perfect dish to whip up for a weeknight seafood dinner.

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smoked salmon pasta
PARKER FEIERBACH

Tricolore Skillet Lasagna

We love a classic lasagna, but it can be a lot of work. This easy skillet version has everything we love about the original—including the frilly-edged long noodles—but without the confusing layering steps!

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tricolore skillet lasagna
ANDREW BUI

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Salmon & Orzo

When you’re in the mood for a one-pan dinner that delivers on the comfort food factor, this recipe with creamy orzo and sun-dried tomatoes is the one to turn to.

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creamy sundried tomato salmon orzo topped with fresh basil
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Mushroom Piccata Pasta

This is everything you love about chicken piccata but without the chicken. The sauce is bright and briny and extra buttery. Take your time with the mushrooms; you need to let them crisp and turn a dark golden brown.

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mushroom piccata pasta
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Garlicky Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Roasted garlic gets mashed into a paste here to create a light sauce for the pasta that adds a ton of flavor. It's simple, light, and perfect for when you want comfort without being weighed down by something overly rich.

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garlicky roasted cauliflower pasta
LUCY SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY

Garlic-Parm Gnocchi

Just like with other pastas, sometimes it's simplest preparations of gnocchi really hit the spot—think cacio e pepe or spaghetti with garlic and oil. This dish hits the mark somewhere in between the two, and is ultra-comforting.

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garlic parm gnocchi with red pepper flakes and basil
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

If a bowl of creamy, earthy, umami-rich pasta sounds good to you, give this flexible recipe a go. It tastes great with any variety of mushrooms, and is easily adapted with alternate alliums, herbs, nuts, pasta shapes, and hard cheeses.

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creamy mushroom pasta
JOEL GOLDBERG

Bucatini all'Amatriciana

If you're in a pinch you can sub bacon for the pancetta in this classic pasta dish, but we think it really does make a difference in the outcome. Be sure to top with lots of Pecorino and basil too!

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bucatini pasta
LUCY SCHAEFFER

Creamy Sausage & Peppers Shells

The trifecta of sausage, onion & peppers is an Italian classic, often eaten on its own or tucked into a bun or hoagie. No matter how you serve it, it’s meant to be an easy meal, so we knew we had to keep it that way when developing this pasta version too.

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creamy sausage peppers shells
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Miso Bolognese Fettucine

Traditional Bolognese sauce might take forever to cook, but this weeknight version is done in just 30 minutes. Delicate and earthy miso paste adds serious depth to the ground beef sauce that you're going to love.

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closeup of miso bolognese
Joel goldberg

Chicken Tikka Alfredo

The star of this recipe is the chicken tikka masala-inspired pasta sauce. Spiked with ginger and warm spices like garam masala and coriander, it pairs perfectly with yogurt-marinated chicken and Parmesan (trust us!).

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chicken tikka alfredo topped with cilantro in a black bowl
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

One-Pan Tuna Pasta

This recipe is a bit of a riff on a pasta puttanesca, using familiar ingredients such as capers, anchovies, and olives. Instead of sitting over a pot of simmering tomato sauce, we turn sun-dried tomatoes and pasta water a luscious sauce–and it’s all made in one pan!

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one pan tuna pasta
ANDREW BUI

One-Pot Creamy Kimchi Shells

This tangy, rich pasta kind of feels like mac & cheese’s cool older cousin. Maybe that’s because it comes complete with 3 layers of umami flavor: kimchi, Parmesan, and gochujang, a Korean fermented red chili paste. Trust us, the flavors work!

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one pot creamy kimchi shells
Andrew bui

Thai Drunken Carbonara Noodles

Start with Southeast Asian flair from a Thai drunken noodle base made of oyster sauce and fish sauce. Combine that with a classic creamy Italian carbonara of pappardelle pasta and pancetta, and you’ll be as amazed as we were. We can’t explain it, this just works.

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thai drunken carbonara noodles
JOEL GOLDBERG

Tuscan Butter Gnocchi

Tuscan butter is perfect on everything. Literally. We love it on shrimp, salmon, chicken, and now, gnocchi!

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tuscan butter gnocchi
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: FRANCESCA ZANI

Chipotle Spaghetti

This unexpected dish is comforting in the way pasta should be be—creamy and rich—plus a hint of smoky spice from chipotles in adobo. You're definitely going to want seconds.

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chipotle spaghetti
Hearst Owned

Baked Brie Pasta

If the TikTok famous baked feta pasta is a tad salty for your taste or if you’re ready to try something new, reach for a hunk of brie instead. This melty, brie-coated pasta has earthy mushrooms, sweet shallots, and smoky bacon—kind of like if feta pasta had a cool older cousin.

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baked brie pasta
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Creamy Steak Fettuccine

Whenever we crave steak, this dish is always what we want to make. It comes together quickly and is so full of flavor, plus the steak makes it feel extra special. It might just make you forget chicken Alfredo ever existed.

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creamy steak fettuccine
PARKER FEIERBACH

Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe

Orecchiette, literally translating to "little ears" in Italian, is a crazy-underrated and underutilized pasta in the home kitchen. The tiny little indentations catch so much sauce! Here, the sauce is similar to that of cacio e pepe. You just need butter, pasta water, pepper, and cheese!

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orecchiette with broccoli rabe
Parker feierbach

One-Pan Cheesy Sausage Gnocchi

Perfect for a night when you're craving the three C's: carbs, cheese, and comfort. This easy dinner harnesses the power of Italian sausage, jarred marinara, and gnocchi to make an extra-satisfying dish with minimal prep.

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cheesy one pan sausage gnocchi
Andrew bui

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Paired with bright lemon, Parmesan, black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes, ricotta ties this entire pasta dish together in the most delicious way possible. Bright, cheesy, and perfectly simple, this pasta is our forever go-to.

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lemon ricotta pasta
PARKER FEIERBACH

Chicken, Spinach, & Artichoke Lasagna

We love spinach–artichoke anything—the cheesy and veggie-packed combo is always a hit. While we’ve already paired these flavors with gnocchi, tortellini, pasta shells, and more, making a super-cheesy chicken, spinach, and artichoke lasagna just had to happen.

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cheesy lasagna with layers of spinach and artichoke
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Baked Mostaccioli

Mostaccioli is a hearty baked pasta that's perfect for a weeknight dinner. It's essentially an easier version of lasagna, made with penne. Top it with plenty of cheese, and you'll soon have a new favorite to add to the rotation.

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baked mostaccioli
Parker feierbach

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