10 Classic Italian Pastas

April 16, 2013

When one combines the words "authentic" and "Italian" in the same sentence, one is bound to get in trouble; each region, each town, each family has their own way, the right way. When it comes to pasta, the debates rage on. While we preach no right way here, we can preach a good way -- and here are ten good (no, great!) recipes for classic Italian pastas. How does your nonna make them? Let us know in the comments!

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

al forno penne with tomato and five cheeses

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Spaghetti Carbonara by brette warshaw



Birthday Lasagna by merrill

Birthday Lasagna


Pasta e Fagioli by QueenOfGreen

Pasta e Fagioli


Grandma DiLaura's Italian Ricotta Gnocchi by cdilaura 

Italian Ricotta Gnocchi


Edward Giobbi's Spaghetti alla Foriana by Genius Recipes

Spaghetti alla Foriana


Sunday Pork Ragu by cookinginvictoria

Sunday Pork Ragu


Bucatini all'Amatriciana by pierino

Bucatini all'Amatriciana


The (Not Barefoot) Contessa's Fish Pasta by fisheri

The (Not Barefoot) Contessa's Fish Pasta


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

TOmato sauce with onion and butter

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Brandon January 14, 2014
Kathy Arnold, your comment comes off quite preachy despite the fact that you aren't correct. La Nonna is absolutely a word in the Italian language that means Grandmother. Also, the author says in their opening comments that every region has their own way of cooking so your first comment shows that you didn't even properly comprehend the article. Your comment is basically an irrelevant statement followed by a wrong criticism . I think it's your ignorance that is showing...
nanw. October 8, 2013
how true Kathy Arnold but i think the author was simply trying to make a statement, not a revolution!
Kathy A. October 7, 2013
Every Family cooks different! Every region, every village, town. There are hundreds of dialects too. QUITCOMPLAINING ABOUT AUTHENTICITY. PS there is NO NONNA! IT IS NANNA PRONOUNCED THE EUROPEAN.... IKEA is pronounced E KAY UH, Gummi = GOOOMY..and so on.If you are going to attempt the Language AT LEAST LEARN THE VOWEL SOUNDS then maybe you can learn the rest of the alphabet. Mispronouncing is just as insulting as immigrants REFUSING to speak ENGLISH.
Ebere E. February 20, 2016
You're so wrong and so ignorant. Nonna is pronounced with a NO sound not a NA sound. Idiot.
nanw. April 22, 2013
Francesco,Pasquini April 18, 2013
pierino ci hai preso in pieno!
Francesco,Pasquini April 17, 2013
it's like saying jamie oliver cooks italian............................................................................
pierino April 18, 2013
Would that be a "pasquinade"? Forza Roma!
Francesco,Pasquini April 17, 2013
ok. but these are not italian. they look italian if you're not italian...
Fanny R. April 16, 2013
He probado cada uno de estos platos y son realmente exquisitos y faciles de preparar.
Samantha A. April 16, 2013
I really like a simple Pasta with Lemon or Pasta with Tuna. Anything that's quick and easy are my favourites.
thirteenJ April 21, 2013
mmmm pasta w/lemon!