The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

March 24, 2014

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we love having up our sleeves: the ones that can work as well on a weeknight as for a wine-drunk dinner party. Here are the 10 pasta recipes you should turn to -- and to save room for in your memory bank.

Nigel Slater's Really Good Spaghetti Bolognese by Genius Recipes

Bolognese from Food52

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Pasta Puttanesca by Snafu06

Pasta puttanesca from Food52


Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Genius Recipes

Tomato sauce with onion and butter from Food52


Birthday Lasagna by Merrill Stubbs 

Birthday lasagna from Food52


Grandma DiLaura's Italian Ricotta Gnocchi by cdilaura

Gnocchi from Food52


Spaghetti Carbonara by brette warshaw


Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream & Five Cheeses by Genius Recipes

Penne from Food52


Broccoli Aglio e Olio with Gremolata Breadcrumbs by healthierkitchen

Broccoli aglio e olio from Food52


Down and Dirty Pasta e Ceci by fisheri


Pasta e ceci from FOod52



Linguine con Vongole by TheWimpyVegetarian


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Britney May 30, 2016
Mouthwatering seeing the pasta pics. I prepared it and added pasta sauces which I got from This sauce added a great taste.
Taneesha L. May 21, 2015
no cacio e pepe?
Angel July 15, 2014
This is really Good!!!!!!
Glen June 14, 2014
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Margaret March 26, 2014
I don't know what my family would do without bucatini all'amatriciana - it has saved me countless times! It's so fast, easy, and most importantly, delicious! I simply cook chopped onion and bacon (or pancetta) in a bit of olive oil with a pinch of crushed red pepper and a couple dashes of red wine vinegar. I then add crushed (or fresh) tomatoes and cook for approx 10-15 min. Just toss with bucatini (or spaghetti or even gnocchi) and top with parm cheese. Soooo good!
HomeKuchen March 24, 2014
Seafood pasta in vodka (or marsala) cream sauce is quick,easy to prepare, and oh so luscious.
Elizabeth H. March 24, 2014
I think a Penne Arrabbiata recipe is always a winner. It took me years, but I finally have a go-to recipe, and it's been a huge relief many a time when I get home late. The dish takes 30 minutes from start to finish, and it's wonderful plain but even better with some fresh mozzarella, julienned basil, and Pecorino Romano. That's MY go-to pasta dish.
The L. March 24, 2014
While simple in ingredient, a good cache y pepe is not as easy as it sounds. Too bad a recipe for that did not make the cut.