Our Best Pasta Recipes Ever
Spaghetti with Clams, Bonito Butter, and Herbs
Consider butter sauce yawn-inducing? Not when it's infused with bonito flakes, the delicate shavings of sashimi quality tuna that’s been steamed, air-dried, and aged. Punch up the oceanic flavor with a smattering of briny littleneck clams for an anything-but-boring bite.
Shrimp Scampi Linguine
A dash of red pepper adds a bit of heat for an exciting version of this classic recipe.
- Recipe: Shrimp Scampi Linguine
Tagliatelle with Shrimp, Tomato-Anchovy Sauce, and Chiles
Garlicky tomato sauce gets an umami boost courtesy of flavor-packed anchovy fillets. Garnish with fresh basil, some sliced Fresno chile, and copious amounts of Parm for a simple yet satisfying dish.
Smoky Uni Carbonara
Spaghetti night just got an upgrade. When tossed with pasta and savory stock, uni melts into a creamy carbonara sauce with a texture as velvety as custard. Bucatini has a hollow center—think of it like a straw made of spaghetti—whch captures sauce for more uni goodness in each bite.
What is uni? The foie gras of the sea: rich, buttery, and meltingly smooth.
- Recipe: Smoky Uni Carbonara
Bucatini with White Beans, Tonnato, and Olive Oil Breadcrumbs
Elevate humble mayo via a quick ride through the blender with high-quality canned tuna and anchovies (think Ortiz or Genova brands). The velvety result? Tonnato, an Italian condiment-turned-pasta-sauce to coat every bit of bucatini. Reserve a spoonful or two of the sauce for future sandwich spreads or a dip for roasted veggies.
Seared Scallop Gemelli with Asparagus, Snap Peas, and Pecorino
The twisted shape of the gemelli makes it the perfect pairing for the chunky vegetables and scallops.
Paccheri with Seared Swordfish, Agliata, and Citrus Breadcrumbs
Rigatoni’s thinner-walled cousin (paccheri) easily sticks to agliata, the ancient predecessor of pesto from Italy’s Liguria region. Use day-old crusty bread for the garlic-and-herb sauce, then sprinkle the swordfish-laden pasta dish with citrus breadcrumbs for a bright and buttery finish.
Italian Tuna with Bow Ties, Black Pepper, and Olive Oil
Farfalle comes from an Italian word meaning "butterfly," but we know (and love) this popular shape as bow tie.
Strozzapreti with Grilled Calamari, Roasted Tomato Sauce, and Crispy Chickpeas
Roasting fresh plum tomatoes (such as Roma or San Marzano) intensifies the flavor and gives this sauce a caramelized robustness lacking from tomatoes straight from the can.
Reginetti with Guanciale, Garlic Sauce, and Greens
Never dump your pasta water! That starchy leftover liquid helps marry sauce to noodle, such as on this ruffled reginetti dish flecked with greens and guanciale—a crucial ingredient in carbonara, as well.
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Pappardelle with Salmon and Peas in Pesto Cream Sauce
Using your favorite prepared pesto makes cooking this luscious cream sauce easy.
Fresh Pasta and Zucchini with Ricotta Salata
Fresh pasta cooks in less than half the time as dried pasta. Look for unflavored varieties or the spinach version in the deli section of your market. Ricotta salata is a variation of ricotta cheese that is salted, pressed, and dried. It can be sliced or grated. If it's unavailable, try feta cheese but be sure to decrease the added salt.
Lobster Mac and Cheese
With briny chunks of fresh lobster and nutty Gruyere cheese, this childhood favorite is all grown up.
Crab Mac 'n' Cheese
Two types of cheese make this pasta recipe especially delicious.
- Recipe: Crab Mac 'n' Cheese
Orange-Sesame Noodles with Grilled Shrimp
Besides being an easy and delicious meal you’d be proud to serve company, the best thing about this dish is that it’s so quick―boiling water for the noodles is the most time-consuming part. Leftovers make a tasty cold noodle salad.
Shrimp and Brie Linguine
This recipe is easy on the wallet—just $4 per serving—and easy on your kitchen, since it only requires one bowl and one pot.
- Recipe: Shrimp and Brie Linguine
Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes, Parsley, and Olives
Flavorful feta cheese, fresh olives, and seasoned tomatoes take ordinary penne pasta to the next level.
Linguine with Turkey, Basil, and Crème Fraîche
The creamy sauce and the bright flavors of lemon and basil make this recipe delicious and versatile. Try it with rotisserie chicken, too.
Pasta with Arugula Pesto
Pasta with Arugula Pesto takes on a peppery flavor as arugula replaces basil in the sauce. This pasta dish is perfect for weeknights as it's ready in less than 25 minutes.
Recipe: Pasta with Arugula Pesto
Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce
Pour this simple sauce over any pasta for a quick anytime meal. Top with cheese, pine nuts, and black pepper, if desired.
- Recipe: Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce
Penne with Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce
Simple and delicious, this recipe is perfect with a simple salad and a glass of red.
Pasta with Wilted Kale and Caramelized Onions
A tasty way to eat your vegetables, this delicious recipe gets a taste of sweetness from currants.
Grilled Vegetable Primavera
This healthy recipe calls for carrots, zucchini, squash, and green beans, but you can utilize any veggie that's fresh from the garden.
- Recipe: Grilled Vegetable Primavera
Lobster Mac and Cheese
This recipe debunks the myth that seafood and cheese don’t belong together. The richness of the lobster marries well with the zesty Cheddar and mellow Gruyère.
- Recipe: Lobster Mac and Cheese
Lemony Tuna Noodle Casserole
It all starts with the right canned tuna. Buy sustainable, dolphin-safe tuna, and look for “chunk white” or “chunk light” on the label.
- Recipe: Lemony Tuna Noodle Casserole
Shrimp Lasagna with Creamy Tomato Sauce
Want to make this seafood lover's dream-come-true dish even more spectacular? Substitute chopped fresh lobster for half the shrimp.