30+ Best Pasta Recipes

Having a great line-up of pasta recipes is essential for easy weeknight cooking. This is a collection of dozens of our favorites. Here you’ll find basic noodle dishes, baked pasta recipes, classic pasta recipes, and pastas you can make in your Instant Pot. There is a wide range. Dive in! 

30+ Best Pasta Recipes

Looking for great pasta recipes? These are the best pasta recipes on 101 Cookbooks.

  1. Homemade Cavatelli

    Simple, homemade cavatelli pasta is a super fun shape to make! Pictured here spiked with turmeric and black pepper, and topped with roasted winter vegetables and Parmesan.Homemade Cavatelli
  2. Homemade Pasta

    Everything I know about making homemade pasta. Four ingredients! If you have flour, two eggs, a splash of olive oil, and a bit of salt, you can do it right now.
    Homemade Pasta
  3. Spaghetti with No-Cook Sauce

    A tangle of spaghetti, olives, nuts, vegetables, and torn mozzarella in a no-cook, lemon-zested tomato sauce. A recipe for a hot night when tomato season is at its peak.
    Spaghetti with No-Cook Sauce
  4. Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

    A crowd-pleasing tomato-based tortellini soup, dotted with plump, tender dumplings, spiked with a range of spices, and boosted with plenty of spinach.
    Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup
  5. Stuffed Shells

    A stuffed shells recipe made with lemon zest and bright tomato sauce. Classic, with a hint of a twist. Everyone loves them. Stuffed Shells
  6. Hazelnut & Chard Ravioli Salad

    Ravioli salads are the best! Plump raviolis tossed with toasted hazelnuts, lemony chard, and caramelized onions are at the heart of this ravioli salad recipe. The colorful platter is finished off with a dusting of cheese, snipped chives, and lemon zest.Hazelnut & Chard Ravioli Salad
  7. Spaghetti with No-Cook Sauce

    A tangle of spaghetti, olives, nuts, vegetables, and torn mozzarella in a no-cook, lemon-zested tomato sauce. A recipe for a hot night when tomato season is at its peak.
    Spaghetti with No-Cook Sauce
  8. Pasta with Smashed Zucchini Cream

    If you have an endless supply of zucchini right now, this is your recipe. A simple, garlic-boosted pasta, it uses two pounds of zucchini, and is endlessly adaptable.
    Pasta with Smashed Zucchini Cream
  9. Pasta with Creamy Crushed Walnut Sauce

    Toasted walnuts pounded with garlic into a creamy sauce make this pasta easy and exceptional. If you have dried pasta, a few cloves of garlic, walnuts, and black pepper you can make this. The other ingredients - lemon zest, a bit of grated cheese, a finishing cascade of breadcrumbs and herbs are encouraged, but not essential. One of my very favorite pasta recipes!Pasta with Creamy Crushed Walnut Sauce
  10. Pasta with Etruscan Sauce

    From the Pasta Grannies series, this is a simple pasta with a special sauce made from a quick puree of sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, parsley, and garlic. It's fast, strong, adaptable, and doesn't disappoint.Pasta with Etruscan Sauce
  11. Last Minute Red Lasagna

    Everyone needs a go-to lasagna recipe. A great one. This is a true weeknight lasagna. No pre-cooking sauces, no pre-cooking noodles. You, literally, stir the first five ingredients together into a vibrant crushed tomato sauce, and start layering. Last Minute Red Lasagna
  12. Beer-Roasted Cauliflower with Pasta

    Poach a whole head of cauliflower in an olive-oil dappled, chile-spiked, beer-based broth, then wedge it & roast it until golden-crusted and butter tender.
    Beer-Roasted Cauliflower with Pasta
  13. Weeknight Ponzu Pasta

    All things green in a quick, weeknight pasta option. It's feel-good food that won't weigh you down - ponzu dressing, green vegetables, and the pasta of your choice.
    Weeknight Ponzu Pasta
  14. Instant Pot Mushroom Stroganoff with Vodka

    Make this stroganoff your dinner tonight, seriously! Made with caraway-spiked vodka, and a hearty mushroom base, you get all of what you love about mushroom stroganoff, without the all the butter and cream. Instant Pot Mushroom Stroganoff with Vodka
  15. Vegetable Noodle Soup

    This vegetable noodle soup is as simple, direct, and delicious as it gets. If you're vegetarian or vegan looking for an alternative to chicken noodle soup, try this!
    Vegetable Noodle Soup
  16. Pasta with Baby Kale, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, and Pesto

    Literally, just six ingredients in this awesome pasta bowl. Pasta with Baby Kale, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, and Pesto
  17. Spicy Tahini Noodles with Roasted Vegetables

    This is my favorite kind of weeknight meal. Noodles tossed with a quick sauce, topped with an abundance of vegetables, and kissed with chile feistiness courtesy of the condiment shelf. Spicy Tahini Noodles with Roasted Vegetables
  18. Quick Blistered Cherry Tomato Spaghetti

    So good! If you're looking for one of these pasta recipes to try, this is it. An updated take on weeknight spaghetti. It's basically spaghetti combined with skillet blistered cherry tomatoes and broccoli. Tossed with mint, cashews, chiles, and Parmesan. Quick Blistered Cherry Tomato Spaghetti
  19. Weeknight Pasta Ideas with Less Than Ten Ingredients

    A solid handful of weeknight pasta ideas to keep things quick-ish and creative. Weeknight Pasta Ideas with Less Than Ten Ingredients
  20. Easy Tomato & Pasta Salad

    Pasta salad extraordinaire - tomatoes & pasta in an A+ one-bowl meal. Whole-grain pasta, baby kale, basil, and the best tomatoes you can get your hands on, with a generous drizzle of strong harissa dressing. Easy Tomato & Pasta Salad
  21. Fregola Sarda, the Perfect Lunchy Brunch Dish

    Fregola is a beautiful, tasty Sardinian pasta made from hard durum wheat flour - rolled, sun-dried, and toasted to a mix of shades of yellow, gold, and brown. It's so good.
    Fregola Sarda, the Perfect Lunchy Brunch Dish
  22. Simple Beet Fettuccine

    Fresh pasta, you can do it! A beautiful, fun, and simple way to make homemade fettuccine noodles. Simple Beet Fettuccine
  23. Last Minute Everything Bagel Noodle Bowl

    A perfect one-pot meal. Noodles, tofu, and broccoli boiled in one pot, drained, tossed with splashes of olive oil and ponzu, plus a generous showering of everything bagel seasoning to finish it all off. Last Minute Everything Bagel Noodle Bowl
  24. Roasted Vegetable Orzo

    Roasted delicata squash and kale tossed w/ orzo pasta & salted yogurt dressing. Roasted Vegetable Orzo
  25. Creamy Four Ingredient Chili Mac (Instant Pot / Conventional)

    Chili, beer, and elbow pasta. I know of no other dinner that takes less effort than the Instant Pot version of this. It's literally for nights when take-out takes too long, and is too much effort. Seriously. Creamy Four Ingredient Chili Mac (Instant Pot / Conventional)
  26. Spicy Tahini Noodles with Roasted Vegetables

    This is my favorite kind of weeknight meal. Noodles tossed with a quick sauce, topped with an abundance of vegetables, and kissed with chile feistiness courtesy of the condiment shelf.
    Spicy Tahini Noodles with Roasted Vegetables

  27. Brown Butter Tortelli

    A simple pasta dish made from ricotta-stuffed tortelli tossed with brown butter balsamic sauce, arugula, pecorino cheese, and lemon zest.
    Brown Butter Tortelli
  28. An Excellent, One-pan, Protein-packed Power Pasta

    One-pot meals are the savior of weeknight cooking, and this pasta is a go-to. It's pasta and lentils simmered in crushed tomatoes, finished with lots of chopped kale, saffron, swirls of tahini and chopped almonds.
     
  29. Harissa Spaghettini

    A unique and flavor-packed pasta recipe. Whole wheat pasta noodles, olives, kale, pine nuts tossed in a pan for a tangle with a garlic-charged harissa and olive oil sauce.
    Harissa Spaghettini

  30. Spinach Noodles with Citrus-Nori Oil

    A twist on a favorite pasta recipe from Super Natural Simple. Light and bright with assertive jolts of lemon zest and cayenne, plus a bit of crunch from sesame seeds, this version was made with Spinach pasta, but can be made with a whole range of noodles. Grab the recipe on this page, just below!
    Spinach Noodles with Citrus-Nori Oil

I hope at least a few of these pasta recipes strike a chard with you! 

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Spinach Noodles with Citrus-Nori Oil

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This is a twist on a favorite pasta recipe from Super Natural Simple. Light and bright with assertive jolts of lemon zest and cayenne, plus a bit of crunch from sesame seeds, this version was made with Spinach pasta, but can be made with a whole range of noodles. Bonus point for adding extra vegetables to the pasta water - broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and cauliflower all work well.

Ingredients
  • 1 (8-inch) sheet nori, toasted*
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • Zest of 2 lemons, oranges, limes (or combo)
  • 4 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bunch chives, minced
  • 1 pound dried spinach noodles
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
Instructions
  1. Crush or cut the toasted nori into the smallest flecks you can manage. In a small bowl, combine most of the nori, the oil, salt, lemon zest, sesame seeds, cayenne, cumin, and most of the chives and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook according to the package instructions. Drain well, reserving 1 cup of the noodle water. Return the noodles to the pot and place it over low heat. Stir in a little of the reserved noodle water, most of the nori oil, and the cheese and stir well. Add more noodle water, a splash at a time, to loosen up the noodles as needed.
  3. Serve immediately topped with the remaining nori pieces, the chives, and the remaining nori oil.
  4. *To toast nori, gently wave it over the flame of a gas burner or bake it on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven until crisped. Cool, then crumble.

Notes

Serves 4 to 6.

Serves
4
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
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