Every Single Pasta Recipe You Could Ever Need (All in One Place)

updated Aug 23, 2023
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Whenever I am at a loss about what to make for dinner, I turn to pasta. You too? It’s hard to argue with its versatility, ease, and, perhaps most importantly, family-pleasing ability. I always keep a few boxes tucked away to grab for hectic weeknights and causal dinner parties alike.

There are countless ways to make pasta a satisfying meal, but here are our 50+ current favorites. They range from scraped-together pantry situations to crowd-friendly casseroles and everything in between.

Basic-to-Basics Pantry Pastas

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Creamy Tomato Pasta
A quick and easy weeknight pasta that's tossed in tomato cream sauce and finished with chopped fresh basil.
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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
A classic Italian recipe for spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and parsley.
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3 / 5
Easy Green Olive Pasta
A quick and simple recipe for pasta tossed in a lemon-garlic butter and enhanced with chopped green olives.
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Pasta with Hummus, Olives, Feta, and Red Pepper
A quick vegetarian pasta that's tossed in a creamy hummus sauce and filled with olives, feta, and roasted red peppers.
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Lemony Ricotta Pasta with Basil
A quick recipe for pasta tossed in a no-cook ricotta sauce that's flavored with lots of lemon and fresh basil.
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One-Pot Pastas for Easy Cleanup

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Broccoli Pasta
A quick 5-ingredient pasta dinner filled with broccoli and cheese that's made in just one pot.
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One-Pot Pasta Primavera
This light and butter pasta primavera is the best way to bring the fresh flavors of spring produce to your table.
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One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
With smoky seasoned ground beef, spicy salsa, and gooey cheese, this one-pot pasta dinner is everything you love about the classic ground beef taco without the tortilla.
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One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo
A recipe for quick and easy tomato orzo studded with chickpeas, which is made in just one pot.
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One-Pot Meatballs & Pasta Os
Make everyone around the table excited about dinner with this recipe for pasta and meatballs inspired by spaghettios.
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Tuscan Tortellini Skillet
A quick tomatoey tortellini skillet dinner that calls for just 5 ingredients.
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One-Pot Cabbage & Sausage Pasta
There's hardly any effort required to make a pasta this good, and half of it is owed to the earthiness of cabbage and smoky sausage.
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One-Pot Shrimp Scampi

This shrimp scampi comes together quickly and all in one pot. The pasta is boiled in the pot and drained, then it waits patiently while the shrimp is cooked in the same pot before the pasta is tossed back in and everything is combined.

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One-Pot Pasta Puttanesca
This certainly isn't your Italian grandmother's pasta puttanesca, but it is one of the easiest versions you'll find.
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Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet
Turn chicken sausage, quick-cooking orzo, and broccolini into an easy one-skillet pasta dinner with this weeknight-friendly recipe.
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Creamy Spinach Parmesan Orzo
A recipe for quick and easy creamy orzo pasta made with spinach and Parmesan cheese. It's a perfect vegetarian dinner or simple side side.
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Pastas That Are Loaded with Veggies

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Mushroom and Garlic Spaghetti Dinner
A fast and easy recipe for spaghetti tossed in a sautéed mushroom, garlic, and butter sauce.
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Pan-Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Smoky Tomato Sauce

It makes enough to feed a crowd and comes together fairly quickly, so this would be a good choice if you’re thinking of having friends over for dinner this week. Serve it with a crisp, vinegary salad and a bright white wine or IPA, and let yourself linger at the table until the bowls are licked clean.

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Asparagus and Bacon Pasta
This creamy asparagus bacon pasta is a rich yet fresh way to enjoy the abundance of spring vegetables.
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Confetti Spaghetti
This miracle meal uses up that bag of broccoli slaw in a way your whole family will love.
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Lemony Broccoli Pasta
A weeknight-friendly pasta made with broccoli, peas, and lots of olive oil.
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Pasta with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

This made-for-fall meal is simple enough to throw together any night of the week, yet fancy enough to totally impress friends when they come for dinner.

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Farmers Market Pasta Dinner
Summer pasta tossed with a mess of tender, of the moment veggies herbs, coated with a slick of buttery white wine sauce and grated parm.
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Fast (Yet Fancy) Pastas

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Caramelized Figs and Ravioli with Rosemary Brown Butter & Crispy Prosciutto

When eyeing a package of cheese ravioli at the grocery store for dinner, know that it can go in two very different directions. Boil it and toss it with a jar of marinara and you’ve got something simple and satisfying, albeit a little uninspiring. Or, caramelize some figs in brown butter, crisp up some prosciutto, and toss the pasta in the whole delicious mix and you’ve got something seriously fancy and impressive. Oh, and it doesn’t take any more time to make.

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Lemon Caper Pasta

The pasta itself is extra tangy from the lemon and has a briny kick from the capers. It’s a dish that’s right for just about any moment, whether you have an almost-empty pantry and it’s late and you’re hungry on a Wednesday, or you’re cooking for a few friends over the weekend.

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Pasta alla Gricia

Recently cacio e pepe, the classic Roman pasta of black pepper and Pecorino Romano cheese, has gained serious popularity. Its humble ingredients have transcended it to a full-blown culinary trend, popping up on restaurant menus and in food magazines and blogs not only in its traditional form, but also in unique interpretations like savory cookies, potatoes, and even ice cream.

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Brown Butter Parmesan Pasta
Toss warm strands of spaghetti with brown butter, panko, and a sprinkle of Parm and you've got an ultra-comforting meal that comes together in minutes.
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Orecchiette with Caramelized Fennel and Spicy Sausage

The caramelized fennel lends a not-too-sweet complexity that balances the richness of sausage. These flavors pool in the wells of the orecchiette, so you get a tangle of all these in every bite.

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Spaghetti with Mascarpone, Meyer Lemon, Spinach, and Hazelnuts
A recipe for creamy mascarpone-dressed spaghetti that's flavored with Meyer lemon zest and juice and enhanced with wilted spinach and toasted hazelnuts.
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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine
Goat cheese is a one-ingredient shortcut in this seriously decadent sauce and easy weeknight pasta.
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Tortellini with Butter-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce
Roast halved cherry tomatoes with garlic-infused butter and they're transformed into a light and juicy sauce for cheese tortellini.
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Spaghetti with Crispy Pancetta, Peas, and Burrata
This fast and fancy spring dinner is what happens when pantry staples meet fresh indulgence, with creamy burrata leading the charge.
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Lemon Caper Brown Butter Ravioli
A fast and fancy recipe for cheese ravioli tossed in a rich lemon caper brown butter sauce.
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One-Pot Linguine with Clams

Since clams are so quick-cooking, yet not really an everyday buy, they are arguably one of the most fast and fancy things you can make. Pair them with a simple box of pasta, tons of garlic, and a healthy splash of white wine and the results are all the proof you need to understand why this is such a tried-and-true Italian dish.

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Gochujang Carbonara
Add some spice and umami-rich flavor to your favorite pasta.
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Pasta Casseroles

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Smoky Mozzarella Pasta and Meatball Bake
How can you improve on the good ol' combination of pasta and meatballs? This saucy casserole, filled with fire-roasted tomatoes and meatballs, is proof that it can be done.
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Pepperoni Pizza Baked Pasta
Reminiscent of classic pepperoni pizza, this weeknight casserole greets you with a mess of curly noodles & just the right ratio of sauce to melted cheese.
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Chicken & Tomato No-Boil Pasta Bake
A quick and easy one-pot casserole that uses dry pasta instead of boiled pasta and can be adapted to your diet and taste.
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The Easiest Stuffed Shells
An easy recipe for pasta shells stuffed with a mix of ricotta and mozzarella and baked in marinara sauce.
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5-Ingredient Creamy Tomato Baked Orzo
A one-pan, no-boil baked orzo casserole that requires just 5 ingredients.
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Double Spinach Pasta Casserole with Pesto & Asiago Cheese
An easy, freezer-friendly pasta bake that's filled with pesto, Asiago cheese, and baby spinach.
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5-Ingredient Lazy Lasagna
Yes, you can have excellent homemade lasagna with a few smart purchases from the grocery store. Here's how to have it all!
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Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna

When one has fresh tomato sauce, homemade ricotta, and a huge haul of vegetables in one’s fridge, a hearty lasagna is really the only possible course of action.

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Cheesy Ravioli Pasta Bake

Perhaps this really should be called lazy lasagna. When cheese ravioli is tossed in an abundance of marinara sauce, piled in a casserole dish, layered with even more cheese, and baked, it takes on all the good qualities of the classic layered pasta dish.

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Cheeseburger Pasta Casserole
The all-American cheeseburger served casserole-style with all the fixings is a weeknight wonder.
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Lasagna Roll-Ups
Everything you love about classic layered lasagna, only way easier.
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Pasta Salads That Pack & Travel Well

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Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad

This version is particularly suited for lazy vacations because it takes advantage of flavorful ingredients found at most grocery stores and brings them together in one crowd-pleasing salad. Store-bought cheese tortellini, basil pesto, and roasted red peppers make it easy on the cook and allow it to come together in no time.

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Feta & Eggplant Pasta Salad

This pasta salad follows this order — speckled with roasted eggplant, tangy feta, and fresh herbs, it’s just the kind of dinner your summer evening is asking for.

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Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad
A recipe for pasta salad filled with broccoli, feta, and Kalamata olives, which can be made ahead.
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Best Pasta Salad Without Mayo
This easy-to-make pasta salad has a creamy flavor, but ditches the mayo in favor of a rich vinaigrette and soft cheese.
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Greek Pasta Salad
An easy recipe for a Greek-inspired pasta salad that's filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, and feta and dressed in a tangy oregano vinaigrette.
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Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Pastas That Make Themselves

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Best Instant Pot Spaghetti
How to make a luxurious, family-friendly spaghetti and meat sauce in your Instant Pot.
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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo is an shortcut dinner that tastes just like the creamy classic.
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Instant Pot "Baked" Ziti
This 20-minute pressure cooker pasta tastes just like baked ziti, but it's ready in half the time.
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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese requires just 5 ingredients and cooks up perfectly from start to finish in 20 minutes.
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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
Slow cooker baked ziti is just like the traditional casserole with tender noodles swimming in marinara & mixed with a double dose of gooey, melted cheese.
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Cheesy Spinach Slow Cooker Tortellini
With just five minutes of prep, this cheesy slow cooker tortellini delivers a satisfying dinner with a dose of veggies in one hour.
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Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna
Casual layers of tender pasta pockets filled with cheese, tangy tomato sauce, and mild mozzarella baked in the slow cooker.
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Slow-Cooked Bolognese Sauce
A recipe for Italian Bolognese sauce that can be made in the slow cooker or on the stove.
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