Genius Recipes

12 Genius Recipes for Pasta—Featuring Vodka, Bolognese & Friends

April  4, 2017

It's Italy Week here at Food52, and despite the fact that we've already given you the classic Roman canon of pastas and Sara Jenkins' wrestle with finding her best cacio e pepe technique—and you'd better believe there's more noodlery to come—I thought I'd gather up the 12 pasta recipes that have graced Genius Recipes so far.

Among them: Al Forno's shockingly straightforward path to creamy baked penne, Nigel Slater's speedier yet still sultry ragu bolognese, Ina Garten's worth-it vodka pasta that roasts in the oven for 90 minutes, and the mother of all tomato sauces, Marcella Hazan's. If you have more, you know where to send them (psst—to me, at the email below).

Got a genius recipe to share—from a classic cookbook, an online source, or anywhere, really? Please send it my way (and tell me what's so smart about it) at [email protected].

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Because pasta dinners often save our uninspired weeknights, we're reposting this selection in hopes that it helps you, too—it originally ran on April 8, 2016.

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I'm an ex-economist, lifelong-Californian who moved to New York to work in food media in 2007, before returning to the land of Dutch Crunch bread and tri-tip barbecues in 2020. Dodgy career choices aside, I can't help but apply the rational tendencies of my former life to things like: recipe tweaking, digging up obscure facts about pizza, and deciding how many pastries to put in my purse for "later."


Francesca April 11, 2016
Here are three of my favourite pastas from my blog. There are tons more.
Juliebell April 11, 2016

Your blog is lovely. Thanks for sharing.
Francesca April 13, 2016
Thanks for popping in Julie.
Kayla April 6, 2016
I will also add that Nigella Lawson's linguine is a weekly must-have in our household. Total game-changer. I really like it with whole wheat pasta (not my usual favorite) and lemon thyme.

Get thee to the stove:
Kayla April 6, 2016
So is it a sign that I've already heart'd and saved 80% of these? ;)