Italian Pasta Dishes

From hundreds of shapes to its homey feel, Italian pasta is one of life's greatest (and least expensive) pleasures. Italians bring us not only the pasta, but also sauces and preparations from every region. Try them all.

Tortellini Emilia

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Just make a simple cream sauce to pour over the pasta for this cheesy casserole recipe.

Easy Bolognese

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A combination of turkey bacon and beef give this pasta sauce real staying power while a splash of red wine deepens the flavor.

Rolled Lasagne

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Garden Orecchiette

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Think of this vegetarian recipe as a caprese salad plus pasta!

Hearty Tuscan Linguine

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A slow cooker is the perfect tool to tenderize kale and infuse each tomatoey bite with the flavor of Italian herbs.

Bow Ties with Sausage and Sweet Peppers

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It's hard to believe this delicious sausage, sweet pepper, and pasta main dish recipe only takes 30 minutes to prepare.

Total: 25 mins

Classic Fettuccine alla Carbonara

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When prosciutto, Italian for air-dried rather than smoked ham, isn't available, cook two extra slices of bacon instead. This rich and creamy pasta dish is as good or better than the popular restaurant version.

Total: 25 mins

Spaghetti Carbonara

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Gemelli with Asparagus and Sausage

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Juicy Italian sausage, creamy ricotta cheese, and bright, peppery fresh basil lend incredible flavor to this vibrant pasta dish. Rich pine nuts and nutritious asparagus add texture and dimension. When buying asparagus, look for firm, bright green stalks with tight tips. If stems are tough, simply remove the outer layer with a vegetable peeler.

Total: 40 mins

Donatellas Cavatelli with Spicy Shrimp

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If only we could all have an Italian grandmother who would teach us to prepare fresh pasta. This is the next best thing. Peppery arugula and shrimp are tossed in a red pepper oil, before joining the cavatelli in a symphony of flavor. Add some breadsticks and dinner is served.

Swiss Chard and Mushroom Lasagna

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Mushrooms act as the "meat" in this flavorful vegetarian lasagna recipe.

Linguine with Scallops Red Pepper and Broccolini

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A light dusting of flour gives delicate scallops and nice crispy crust once you pan fry them.

Pesto Lasagna Pie

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Use whole wheat noodles to make a healthier version of this classic casserole recipe.

Butternut Squash Ravioli Filling

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Turkey Tetrazzini Meatballs

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Rather than baking up a tetrazzini casserole, try incorporating the same flavors into slow cooked turkey meatballs.

Rigatoni with Gorgonzola Sauce and Chicken

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It takes 20 minutes, start to finish, to build this satisfying chicken pasta recipe. A blend of Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheeses make for a remarkably creamy dinner.

Baked Ravioli

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Beef up refrigerated cheese ravioli! Mix the pasta with ground meat, marinara and more cheese for one crowd-pleasing casserole.

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