Some of the world's most iconic dishes are built around noodles, from spaghetti with meatballs to pasta salad to creamy, gooey macaroni and cheese. If you're making pasta recipes using dried wheat-flour pasta (the default for most Italian dishes), it's important to follow some simple pasta cooking tips: Salt the water liberally (don't add oil, it will make the noodles repel sauce), cook the pasta just to al dente (nothing's worse than gummy pasta), and never, ever rinse after cooking: You want the starch on the pasta to act as a magnet for sauce. Pasta comes in many shapes, and not just to entertain the kids - each cut is perfectly suited to a purpose. Thin, delicate angel hair pasta (cappellini) is best dressed with a light sauce like tomato, garlic and olive oil, while the wide tubes of manicotti (cannelloni) work great for stuffing with ricotta. Penne (rigate) has ridges that are great for capturing hearty sauces, and corkscrew shape of fusilli is perfect suited for creamy cheese sauces.

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Tuscan Pasta

A little bit of Tuscany comes to your table after making this tuscan pasta filled with fresh vegetables.

Not Your Gramma's Kugel


The slow cooker makes it easy to make this luscious kugel that's so versatile you can use it as a dessert, a brunch dish or a flavorful side dish.

Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
Total: 40 mins

Cheese Kugel


This creamy noodle casserole features a cheesy custard spiked with lemon and rum, studded with almonds and raisins.

Total: 1 hr 5 mins

Creamy Chicken & Pasta

Dont skimp on flavor even when youre short on time. Creamy chicken and pasta is a quick dish thats easy to customize with your family's favorite vegetables.

Avocado Basil Pasta

This quick and easy pasta dish is the perfect summer meal. Featuring bright basil, lemon juice, and summer favorite avocado its a fresh dish great for picnics, potlucks, or a weeknight dinner.

Pizza Pasta Skillet Casserole

Pizza Pasta Skillet Casserole combines two crowd-pleasing dishes into one satisfying dinner that will please kids and adults alike.

Springtime Pasta Fagioli Soup

Using fresh spring vegetables and an easy one pot cooking technique, this Pasta and Bean soup comes together in 30 minutes or less.

Our Favorite Pasta Recipes

Try a delicious pasta recipe for dinner tonight. We've gathered our favorites just for you!

Freezer-Friendly Greek Baked Pasta

This make-ahead Greek Pasta Bake features lamb, spices, and an easy bechamel substitute. The casserole freezes beautifully and tastes delicious.

Healthy Pasta and Potato Salads

Pasta and potato salads are staples of the barbecue-and-picnic season. Both are high in carbohydrates, but when pasta and potatoes are cooked and then cooled, some of their starches are converted to "resistant" starches, which pass through the body undigested. To be sure, the effect is fairly small, shaving only a few calories from each serving.

How to Make Pasta Salad

Learn how to make pasta salad and you will have an easy side to bring to potlucks or make for any event. You can add many ingredients to create your own signature salad!

Bow Ties with Walnuts, Butter & Sage

Family Circle

Fresh sage and toasted walnuts pair up to create an exquisite sauce for this pasta main-dish recipe.

Four-Cheese Classic Mac

Family Circle

Four cheeses combine to give this macaroni recipe its robust flavor. Oven-broiled bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese add a crunchy topping.

Shells with Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Ricotta

Martha Stewart

Here, simple ingredients nestle nicely into a small, curvaceous pasta shape. Instead of shells, this recipe also works with campanelle or lumache pasta.

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