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The Best Pasta Recipes in the Whole Entire Universe

Salads are great and we love soup, but sometimes a craving strikes that only a heaping bowl of pasta can satisfy. So keep this list of some of our favorite recipes, tips and tricks nearby. It'll come in handy, we promise.


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Cacio e Pepe Pasta

Everyone should know how to make cacio e pepe. The Italian classic requires just six ingredients and takes 20 minutes to make—including the time it takes to boil the water. Get the recipe

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Easy One-Pan Baked Ziti

Introducing the perfect weeknight dinner

Erin McDowell

Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce

Move over, marinara

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One-Pan Spaghetti and Meatballs

An Italian feast made easy

Plin SF

Fettuccine Carbonara

Creamy, eggy and pancetta-y

Erin McDowell

Mixed Greens Lasagna

Trust us, the greens override the carbs

Erin McDowell

Fettuccine with Mushroom Alfredo

A lighter take on an old favorite

Erin McDowell

Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Ricotta

Best enjoyed in summertime

Erin McDowell

One-Pot Pasta with Vegetables

Peas and marinated artichokes, to be specific

KAJAKIKI/GETTY IMAGES

Whole Grain Pasta with Pesto and Mozzarella

Assembled in a mason jar for maximum greatness

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Rigatoni Pasta Pie

It looks impressive. (Like, really impressive.) But trust us when we say it’s a cinch to assemble. Get the recipe.

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

Rigatoni with Meaty Mushroom Bolognese

(From Cooking Light)

Photo: Lee Harrelson

Bow Ties with Tomatoes, Feta, and Balsamic Dressing

(From Cooking Light)

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Broccoli and Pecorino Pesto Pasta

(From Cooking Light)

James Carrier

Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce

(From My Recipes)

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

Smoky Uni Carbonara

(From My Recipes)

Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Jen Everett

Three-Cheese Spaghetti Gratin

(From My Recipes)

PureWow Presents: How to Plate Pasta from PureWow on Vimeo.

How to Plate Pasta Like a Pro

Everyone should have a good dinner-party trick. Consider making yours plating pasta like a chef at a five-star restaurant. Here's how to do it. (It's simple, we promise.) 

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Avocado and Black Bean Pasta Salad

The perfect marriage of creamy and spicy 

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Apple, Grape and Pecan Pasta Salad

A little bit savory and a little bit sweet

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Salami, Artichoke and Ricotta Pasta Salad

A simple dish full of classic Italian flavor

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Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

This recipe combines all of our favorite fall flavors (mmm...butternut squash), but we fully support making it all year long. Get the recipe.

Roasted Broccoli and Bacon Pasta Salad

We've learned a very important lesson. Roasted broccoli, crispy bacon and hearty pasta make one helluva salad. Serve it as a side dish or a main dish—your call. Get the recipe

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Carrot Pasta

This colorful and slightly healthier take on gnocchi is simple to make and looks gorgeous. Plus, you’ll feel a little more virtuous when you help yourself to seconds. Get the recipe

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Pesto Zoodles

Be generous with the Parmesan 

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Zoodles with Summer Vegetables

So fresh, so clean

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Zoodles with Tomato Sauce

And a healthy portion of fresh mozzarella

Cooking Light

Gluten-Free Vegan Zucchini Lasagna

(From Cooking Light)

Cold Lemon Zoodles

A light dressing and no cooking required make this an ideal substitute for summery pasta salad. And did we mention it's ready in just 25 minutes? Get the recipe.

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PureWow Presents: Red Wine Pasta from PureWow on Vimeo.

This Red Wine Pasta Recipe Will Change the Way You Cook Forever

Two things we love in this world: pasta and wine. So naturally, we found a way to combine them. Watch our video and learn how a bottle of red can change pasta night forever. 

I Will Not Eat Oysters

How to Make Pasta Without Water

Hint: wine is involved

SERIOUS EATS

A Trick That Will Change the Way You Cook Pasta Sauce

You've never tasted flavor like this 

TWENTY20

How to Cook Pasta in 60 Seconds

It's possible...we swear

Twenty20

7 Pasta Mistakes You Might Be Making

Put it in a pot, cook it for a few minutes, throw some sauce on it—how hard can cooking pasta possibly be? Well, it’s actually easy to fall victim to one of the seven deadly sins when it comes to making pasta. Take notes to avoid these mistakes at all costs.