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Need a Weeknight Dinner or Weekend Project? Pasta's the Answer

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Pasta is always the answer.

These regional specialties will take you from Liguria to Sicily. They'll solve pretty much any pasta situation you may have, from a weekend project like making pasta from scratch (don't have a pasta machine? There are hand-cut options, too) to dinner in under 15 minutes. Maybe you have nothing in the fridge or are in need of a comforting dish to shoo away the winter blues? Or you need a make-ahead dinner party dish or a last-minute lunch? Here are 14 pastas that are here for you.

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Beet Ravioli with Poppy Seed Sauce (Casunziei all'Ampezzana)
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Beet Ravioli with Poppy Seed Sauce (Casunziei all'Ampezzana)
Seafood Spaghetti Baked in Paper (Spaghetti al Cartoccio)
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Seafood Spaghetti Baked in Paper (Spaghetti al Cartoccio)
Pizzoccheri Valtellinesi (Buckwheat Pasta with Potatoes and Swiss Chard)
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Pizzoccheri Valtellinesi (Buckwheat Pasta with Potatoes and Swiss Chard)
Pesto Trapanese (Almond and Tomato Pesto)
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Pesto Trapanese (Almond and Tomato Pesto)
Embossed Pasta: The Ultimate Edible Craft Project
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Embossed Pasta: The Ultimate Edible Craft Project
 A Mushroom Pasta That Happily Accepts Almost Any Mushroom
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A Mushroom Pasta That Happily Accepts Almost Any Mushroom
Pici con le Briciole (Pici with Breadcrumbs)

Pici con le Briciole (Pici with Breadcrumbs) by Emiko

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Pasta with Ricotta and Saffron

Pasta with Ricotta and Saffron by Emiko

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The Pasta and Beans Dish That'll Have You Say "That's Amore"
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The Pasta and Beans Dish That'll Have You Say "That's Amore"
The Rules of Pasta all'Amatriciana—& Why You Should Be Cooking It Now
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The Rules of Pasta all'Amatriciana—& Why You Should Be Cooking It Now
Under the Tuscan (Winter) Sun: Chestnut & Ricotta Ravioli
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Under the Tuscan (Winter) Sun: Chestnut & Ricotta Ravioli
Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta)
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Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta)
Spaghetti alla Chitarra
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Spaghetti alla Chitarra
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)
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Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)

Tell us: What's your favorite pasta dish? (What a tough question, we know!)

Emiko, a.k.a. Emiko Davies, is a food writer and cookbook author living in Tuscany, where she writes about (and eats!) regional Italian foods. You can read more of her writing on her blog.

Tags: Italy, Regional Italian Food, pasta, pesto, gnocchi