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.

Total: 40 mins

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

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

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.

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.

Our Favorite Pasta Recipes

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

Pasta: Cook Once, Eat Twice

At least once a winter, I indulge myself in homemade Macaroni and Cheese. This time I made it extraspecial with panko bread crumbs (which made the top even crispier), and Raffetto's Homemade Cavatelli Pasta (pictured here). I live just a few blocks from this wonderful New York City pasta shop, where you can find just about any homemade pasta variety.

How to Make Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a no-brainer for potlucks or other occasions when you're asked to bring a course or side dish. It's simple to make, easy to transport, and can be prepared ahead of time. And since pasta salad lends itself so easily to ingredient substitutions or additions, creating a "signature" salad is a breeze.

Rigatoni and Eggplant with Dried Tomato Pesto

Better Homes and Gardens

Almost any small pasta will do in this roasted eggplant recipe that is tossed with a saucy tomato pesto.

Total: 35 mins

Ziti with Eggplant and Dried Tomato Pesto

Better Homes and Gardens

This full-flavor pasta sauce is made richer and sweeter with roasted vegetables.

Total: 35 mins

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.

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