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52 Best Pasta Recipes

Check out this collection of 52 Best Pasta Recipes, including classics such as Baked Spaghetti Casserole, Cacio e Pepe, Stuffed Manicotti, Lasagna Roll Ups, Clam Linguine and much more!

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October 17th is National Pasta Day. You must celebrate by eating your favorite pasta dish! I’m helping you out here by sharing 52 Best Pasta Recipes. You’re bound to find one or ten of your favorites in this collection. Print it out, and get cookin’!

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“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”

-Federico Fellini

The History of Pasta:

In 4th century BC, an Etruscan tomb showed a group of natives making what appears to be pasta.

An early 5th century cookbook describes a dish called “lagana,” which was layers of dough with meat stuffing. This is what we consider the predecessor to lasagna.

Food historians say that pasta probably became a popular item in Italy during trading in the Middle Ages. But it was present in China and Greece before Italy.

In the 14th and 15th centuries, dried pasta became popular because it was easy to store. And by the 16th century, pasta was all over the world.

In 1740, the 1st pasta factory was opened in Venice, Italy.

The 1st record of pasta with tomato sauce was in a cookbook from 1790.

Before tomato sauce, pasta was eaten with fingers!

Today, most pasta is mass-produced by machines in companies. But there are still people who make enjoy pasta by hand too.

Here are the 52 Best Pasta Recipes:

Click the title of the recipe you’re interested in, and then you can print the recipe from the recipe post.

pan of classic beef lasagna

Classic Beef Lasagna by RecipeGirl: This is one of those things to make for dinner when everyone is craving awesome, traditional Italian food!

bowl of linguine with bolognese sauce

Linguine with Bolognese Sauce by Recipes For Holidays: This is a delicious, classic Italian pasta dish with a thick, tomato-based meat sauce.

pan of butternut squash pasta with sausage and spinach

Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage and Spinach by Julia’s Album: This easy and flavorful recipe is packed with veggies (roasted butternut squash and spinach).

pan of white chicken lasagna

White Chicken Lasagna by RecipeBoy: This is a delicious variation of classic lasagna!

spooning out tuscan baked rigatoni

Tuscan Baked Rigatoni by Easy Weeknight Recipes: This pasta recipe is filled with melted mozzarella, hearty rigatoni pasta, tender cannellini beans, and rich tomato sauce.

pan of 3 cheese baked ziti

Three Cheese Baked Ziti by RecipeGirl: This is a super creamy and cheesy pasta baked with chopped tomatoes.

pan of shrimp scampi pasta

Shrimp Scampi Pasta by Recipes For Holidays: Delicious and garlicky shrimp scampi is tossed with freshly cooked pasta and topped with plenty of Parmesan cheese.

plate of spaghetti carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara by RecipeBoy: The simple mix of hot pasta with bacon, pancetta, egg, Parmesan cheese, onion and garlic works very well. Everyone loves a good carbonara!

pan of tomato ricotta pasta

Tomato Ricotta Pasta by The Dinner Bite: It’s packed with flavor from the tomatoes, ricotta cheese, and herbs, but it’s still a light enough pasta meal.

slice of pastitsio

Pastitsio by RecipeGirl: This is a Greek version of lasagna- characterized by a white and creamy bechamel sauce used in place of marinara and a hint of cinnamon.

pan of baked tortellini casserole

Baked Tortellini Casserole by Recipes For Holidays: This is a family favorite pasta meal that is made with only four main ingredients.

plate of tomato pasta with cream cheese

Tomato Pasta with Cream Cheese by The Clever Meal: This quick and easy pasta recipe is pure comfort food. It’s deliciously creamy, filling, and ready in about 15 minutes!

pot of spaghetti

One Pot Spaghetti by RecipeBoy: This is a super easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love.

spatula taking out slice of garden style lasagna

Garden Vegetable Lasagna by RecipeGirl: If you’re looking for a lasagna that is lighter than most– and one that will use up some of your garden vegetables, then this is the lasagna for you!

cacio e pepe on a plate

Cacio e Pepe by RecipeGirl: This is a true, authentic Italian recipe!

pan of pumpkin baked ziti with sage sausage

Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Sage Sausage by Vodka & Biscuits: This dish is creamy, comforting, and it’s the perfect meal for a chilly fall evening.

plate of pappardelle bolognese

Pappardelle Bolognese by RecipeBoy: This is a family recipe perfect for making on the weekend since it simmers away on the stove and makes the house smell amazing!

pan of taco stuffed shells

Taco Stuffed Shells by RecipeGirl: Tacos and pasta collide to make a delicious, family-friendly dinner!

bowl of bruschetta pasta

Bruschetta Pasta by Bowl of Delicious: This pasta is packed with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil.

pan of skillet baked ziti

Skillet Baked Ziti by RecipeGirl: This is a delicious and easy pasta recipe made in just one pan.

spaghetti aglio e olio on plate

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio by Platings and Pairings: This is a traditional Italian recipe that comes together in under 20 minutes.

pan of spinach and cheese stuffed manicotti

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Manicotti by RecipeGirl: Manicotti is a dish of great comfort. It makes plenty, it’s filling, it’s completely family-friendly, and the leftovers are even better than the freshly made batch.

pan of one pot french onion pasta

One Pot French Onion Pasta by Wandering Chickpea: This pasta is rich and creamy, with sweet caramelized onions, cremini mushrooms and orecchiette. 

plan of italian sausage lasagna roll ups

Italian Sausage Lasagna Roll Ups by Recipes For Holidays: Ricotta cheese is stuffed inside rolled-up, long lasagna noodles and baked with sauce and cheese.

pan of cheesy baked penne

Cheesy Baked Penne by RecipeGirl: This is a baked pasta dish using up leftover ham and plenty of cheeses. It’s the perfect comfort food dish to make for dinner!

bowl of linguine with brie

Linguine with Tomatoes, Basil and Brie by RecipeGirl: Here we have hot linguine tossed with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and melted brie.

bowl of pasta pomodoro

Pasta Pomodoro by RecipeGirl: This is an easy, classic Italian pasta recipe!

bowl of lemon ricotta pasta with spinach

Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Arugula by Olive & Mango: This is the perfect vegetarian spring pasta dish that is bright and flavourful and is made with ricotta, lemon juice, parmesan cheese and pasta water.


bowl of bacon cheeseburger pasta

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta by RecipeBoy: This is a great comfort food pasta dish filled with all the things that make up a great bacon cheeseburger. Pickles optional!

ravioli alfredo with chicken on plate

Ravioli Alfredo with Chicken by Recipes for Holidays: This is a simple ravioli recipe tossed with an easy to make Alfredo sauce and shredded rotisserie chicken.

pan of penne arrabbiata

Penne Arrabbiata by Baker by Nature: The combination of penne noodles, spicy tomato sauce, and parmesan cheese is simply irresistible.

pans of lasagna roll ups

Lasagna Roll Ups by RecipeBoy: These are a super easy way to prepare lasagna for dinner.

plate of spaghetti and meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs by RecipeGirl: This classic recipe has instructions for making homemade meatballs mixed with marinara sauce and hot cooked spaghetti.

bowl of lemon ricotta rigatoni with arugula

Lemon Ricotta Rigatoni with Spinach by The Clever Meal: Mix creamy ricotta, parmesan cheese, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and refreshing lemon and your pasta sauce is ready!

bowl of spaghetti with turkey meatballs

Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce by RecipeGirl: This is a healthier pasta recipe, so you can look forward to enjoying it without too much guilt!

bowl of ziti with vodka sauce

Ziti with Vodka Sauce by RecipeGirl: This is a delicious, classic pasta dish. The sauce is a creamy, cheesy sauce with a little tomato added in. 

pan of creamy chicken pasta bake

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Bake by RecipeBoy: This is a delicious comfort food pasta dish with a white sauce and all kinds of delicious things added in.

bowl of cajun chicken pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta by RecipeGirl: This is a delicious pasta recipe with chicken and veggies tossed with spaghetti in a spiced-up, creamy Cajun sauce.

pan of burrata baked ziti

Burrata Baked Ziti by RecipeGirl: This is a baked pasta dish with sautéed vegetables, marinara sauce and plenty of cheese, including burrata baked on top.

pan of creamy beef and shells

Creamy Beef and Shells by Sweet and Savory Meals: This is a delicious and hearty pasta dish similar to the hamburger helper, ready in just 30 minutes.

bowl of creamy sausage mushroom rigatoni

Creamy Sausage Mushroom Pasta by RecipeGirl: This is pure comfort food with shallots and garlic and a delicious, easy-to-make cream sauce.

bowl of caramelized leek and mushroom gruyere pasta

Caramelized Leek and Mushroom Gruyere Pasta by Cherry on my Sundae: This is a comforting vegetarian pasta fit for any day of the week!

bowl of creamy tomato sausage rigatoni

Creamy Tomato Sausage Rigatoni by RecipeBoy: This is the perfect comfort food pasta dish to make for dinner!

pan of ravioli lasagna

Ravioli Lasagna by RecipeGirl: In this recipe, ravioli is layered with meat sauce and cheese to create a delicious pan of lasagna!

pan of beef ragu pasta

Beef Ragu Pasta by EatWell101: Seared ground beef is mixed through a fragrant tomato sauce speckled with garlic, onion, melted parmesan cheese, and tossed with plump al dente pasta! 

bowl of clam linguine

Clam Linguine by RecipeGirl: Hot cooked noodles are topped with a creamy clam sauce.

pan of marry me chicken pasta

Marry Me Chicken Pasta by Wellness by Kay: If you believe that food is the way into your lover’s heart, you’re going to fall head over heels for this pasta!

spaghetti pie with slice taken out of it

Easy Spaghetti Pie by RecipeGirl: This is a great way to use up leftover spaghetti and sauce!

pan of meat lovers pizza casserole

Meat Lover’s Pizza Casserole by RecipeBoy: This is one that is super easy to make for a weeknight dinner, and it’s very family friendly too.

bowl of chicken and mushroom fettuccine

Chicken Mushroom Fettuccine by RecipeGirl: This is a comforting pasta dish full of hot fettuccine noodles that have been tossed in a light cream sauce with oodles of sauteed mushrooms and chicken.

baked spaghetti casserole in a casserole dish

Baked Spaghetti Casserole by Recipes for Holidays: This is a comforting, delicious way to serve up classic spaghetti.

two bowls of brown butter corn ricotta pasta

Brown Butter Corn Ricotta Pasta by Ambitious Kitchen: The luscious sauce in this summery pasta dish is made right in the blender with ricotta and sweet corn!

Fun Facts about Pasta:

  • There are over 600 shapes/varieties of pasta.
  • Plain pasta consists of 31% carbohydrates, 6% protein and very little fat.
  • Spaghetti is the #1 pasta variety in the world.
  • In 2008, Italians ate over 60 pounds of pasta per person- compared to Americans who ate 20 pounds of pasta per person.
  • New York is the number one state for pasta lovers in the U.S.