21 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 favorite ways to pile it on.

Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

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


Ravioli, 4 Ways

"Fantastic ravioli recipe. Tender and delicious."


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!"


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."


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

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

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."


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!"


Baked Ziti

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


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."


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."


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

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."


Chicken Tetrazzini

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


Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes & Mushrooms

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


Easy Pasta Carbonara

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


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."


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

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!"


Pasta Primavera

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

-A Messy Cook

Penne with Sausage & Broccoli

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

-weekend cooker