The 10 Most Popular Pasta Recipes of 2019

updated Jan 9, 2020
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There’s no question about it — everyone loves pasta. It’s an easy crowd-pleaser that you can throw together with little effort or fanfare. If you’re looking for some fresh, new pasta recipes to add to your meal plan repertoire, we’ve got just the thing. From one-pot pastas to Instant Pot pastas, these were the 10 most popular ones we shared in 2019.

1. Easy Lasagna

Here’s the best reason to make lasagna more than a once-a-year affair. This version is about as low-lift as you can get while still achieving cheesy, crowd-pleasing results.

Get the recipe: How To Make the Easiest Lasagna Ever

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2. Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

This pantry dinner starts with a jar of your favorite Alfredo sauce, then kicks things up with plenty of garlic, grated Parm, and a big handful of chopped parsley.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

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3. Creamy One-Pot Butternut Squash Pasta with White Beans and Kale

The entire Kitchn team has been smitten with this creamy pasta dinner since it was published. Not only is it irresistibly delicious, but the cleanup is also a breeze.

Get the recipe: Creamy One-Pot Butternut Squash Pasta with White Beans and Kale

Credit: Shelly Westerhausen

4. One-Pot Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo

You know what makes this one-pot pasta so delicious (besides all the cheese and veggies)? The orzo is cooked in a mixture of broth and whole milk, giving it maximum flavor and creaminess.

Get the recipe: One-Pot Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo

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5. One-Pot Creamy Broccoli Pasta

This is the family-friendly recipe that taught me how well Greek yogurt and noodles go together. It makes for a dinner that’s super creamy with just a hint of tang.

Get the recipe: One-Pot Creamy Broccoli Pasta

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6. Maddie’s Mac & Cheese

My favorite thing about this luxe dish is the trio of cheeses used to make the sauce. Sharp white cheddar and Parm give maximum flavor, and Fontina gives it a 10/10 for meltability.

Get the recipe: Maddie’s Mac & Cheese

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7. Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese doesn’t always have to be fancy, though. Sometimes it’s most satisfying when it’s easy. With just five ingredients and 20 minutes on the clock from start to finish, this is the dish to plan for when you know the night will be busy.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

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8. Instant Pot Baked Ziti

This dinner is everything you love about a big pan of baked ziti, but it’s totally doable on a weeknight. Just be sure to wait until after cooking to stir in the creamy ricotta.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Baked Ziti

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9. Mediterranean Orzo Salad

This veggie-packed pasta salad is great for picnics and barbecues. It may be a while before we have more of those on the calendar, but you can still make this salad in bulk for a week of lunches.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean Orzo Salad

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10. Baked Spaghetti

Consider this easy casserole the weeknight solution to your lasagna craving. It has all the flavors of the classic, but instead puts ricotta and meat sauce between layers of spaghetti.

Get the recipe: How To Make Baked Spaghetti