Essential Italian Pastas

Starchy strands are just the beginning. Smothered with sauce or baked until bubbly, when it comes to pasta the options are endless - and endlessly delicious. Here, our 20 favorite ways to pile it on.

Part of: Easy Italian Food

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Vegetable Lasagna Roll-Ups

"I served these for a dinner party this weekend and they were a hit! They went together quickly and were way easier to serve than regular lasagna."

-Sorrie Lue

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Baked Spaghetti Pie

"This is a true winner — it's so easy to make, comes together quickly, even when using a homemade pasta sauce like I did."

-Lalaloula

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Spinach & Cheese Manicotti

"This was the best cheese filling I have tried. I normally find traditional ricotta filling kind of bland. The cream cheese really helped!"

-Newly Mrs. Johnson

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Stuffed Shells

"Excellent! I fill a Ziploc bag with the cheese mixture and snip the end off to fill the shells easily! Works like a charm!"

-Mom2Rose

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Baked Ziti

"So simple and so delicious! This is a great quick weeknight meal, and it makes a lot."

-loof

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Tortellini with Prosciutto & Peas

"This is proof that the simplest recipes can be big on flavor. I will forever keep the ingredients for this on hand. It was quick and amazingly delicious."

-miss_treated01

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Creamy Basil & Tomato Pasta

"Loved the flavors in this dish! I used fresh tomatoes and would definitely recommend doing it this way. Next time I'd make more sauce because the flavor was so wonderful."

-Shuzbud

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Pasta with Vodka Cream Sauce

"The crushed red pepper gives it a bit of a kick without being too spicy. To top it all off, it's quick and easy to make, too."

-cookiedog

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Creamy Chicken & Artichoke Pasta

"We really liked this! I added garlic to the rub and left out the capers and artichokes — it was still great with those changes."

-Realtor by day, Chef by night

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Pasta with Creamy Shrimp & Pesto

"Pesto can have a strong taste, but this dish wasn't overpowering. It's a nice, simple pasta dish that was very easy to make."

-Bittersweetened

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Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

"This is a great Bolognese sauce. It's easy to do and takes hours less than others I've made."

-Boomette

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Chicken Tetrazzini

"Oh, heaven! This is a bit time consuming, but worth every luscious bite."

-DuChick

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Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes & Mushrooms

"Fantastic pasta dish! This had such a rich and flavorful sauce, and I loved all that basil."

-loof

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Easy Pasta Carbonara

"A wonderful, easy and delicious recipe in under 30 minutes. The fresh ingredients make all the difference."

-NewEnglandCook

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Chicken Broccoli Pasta

"I didn't have to turn the oven on for this delicious dish — that's a bonus in this heat! This one-pot dish was delicious and easy to put together."

-Nif

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Lemon Linguine with Spinach & Prosciutto

"Great dish! The lemon in this really gives it a zing. My family isn't a big fan of sun-dried tomatoes, but the addition of them in this recipe is fantastic."

- susie cooks

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Pesto Ravioli with Chicken

"If I could give more than five stars, I most definitely would! It's a really rich-tasting meal that could easily be served for company!"

-Marlene

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Pasta Primavera

"I loved the technique of doing everything in one pan; all the flavors melded beautifully. This tasted fantastic."

-A Messy Cook

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Penne with Sausage & Broccoli

"Outstanding recipe. My guests, along with myself, loved this nice, easy-to-prepare recipe."

-weekend cooker

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Pasta with Zucchini, Chili & Parmesan

"This was a great light dinner. I was able to get it on the table in a flash, and everyone loved it!"

-JenniferK2

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