The 30 Best Pasta Recipes to Have in Your Arsenal
Allrecipes has more than 5,000 pasta and noodle recipes. Now, we're not mathematicians, but at the rate of one recipe a day, it would take someone around, oh, 14 years to try them all. But hey, you've got to start somewhere! Here are 30 top-rated dishes to get you going. And if you have a few years, we have a few more.
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Laissez le bon temp roulez! Chicken dredged in Cajun spices, sauteed with vegetables, and served in a basil-cream sauce over linguine is fit for Mardi Gras royalty.
Camp David Spaghetti With Italian Sausage
"I was shown this recipe by a Navy chef who served this to presidents at Camp David. I have served it to my family many times, and it is certainly fit for a president. Best with a garden salad and crusty garlic bread." —hungryguy
Artichoke Spinach Lasagna
"It had to be hands down one of the best lasagnas I have ever made, meat or no meat. It came out picture perfect and tasted even better!" —Melissa
Creamy Pesto Shrimp
"This was wonderful for a special dinner! Served with a crisp salad and warm Italian bread, this dish got great raves!" —DELANEYSMAMA
World's Best Lasagna
"I am from the mother country Italy, and this is the recipe closest to ones from home I have found. If you want to try a real Italian lasagna, this is the one. The sauce is the key and would be great on anything." —ITALCOOK
Exchange Gang Pasta With Shrimp
"This recipe has been on the radar, at least mine anyway, for a long time, and frankly, I don't know why I haven't tried it until now. And I regret it," writes naples34102. "I'm impressed."
Spinach Tomato Tortellini
"This was awesome. I only did a minor change of adding chopped onion and garlic. The only danger with this recipe is of eating too much of it. Yesterday I had it for dinner, a snack, and then breakfast this morning," Jennifer says.
Lo Mein Noodles
"This is the best lo mein I've ever made. Some other reviewers said there was not enough sauce. Personally, I feel it was just enough. Any more sauce and it would have been too saucy. Lo mein isn't typically saucy like some other Chinese dishes," Teri says.
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Chef John says the key to this classic sauce is slowly toasting the garlic slices to a perfect golden-brown in the olive oil. If it's too light, you don't get the full flavor and if it's too dark it gets bitter. His advice? "Do it perfectly."
Lasagna Roll Ups
"Wow! Very easy to put together and no one realized there was tofu in this. I made one batch for dinner and froze the rest individually so I could pull them out to thaw in the morning and have an easy dinner for a weeknight," Jen Reesman says.
Scrumptious Shrimp Scampi Linguine
"This recipe was fun to make and even better to share with my honey. The creamy sauce is absolutely to die for! It's one of my top 10 favorites. I can't wait to make it again." —MiCoAmazing
Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce
"All the signs of greatness: Tastes really good, is fast and easy, and also pretty darn inexpensive! Serious yum, especially with a glass of red wine." —LISAKP71
Chef John's Turkey Manicotti
"Made this manicotti tonight and it was delish and so easy!" —SHRIEKINGVIOLET
Chef John's BLT Pasta
"If you can't decide whether to make a BLT sandwich or a pasta, now you can do both. The combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato has a proven track record of deliciousness!" —Chef John
Chicken With Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes
"I made this tonight, as written, except used the oil from the jar of sun-dried tomato (rather than olive oil). It is full of flavor and delicious!" —KathyK
Udon Peanut Butter Noodles
"I received rave reviews from family and friends, and it's so quick and easy to make!" —ANNALIE
Rich and Creamy Beef Stroganoff
"I have never made Stroganoff before, but I was so pleased with the outcome of this recipe. My husband was full but kept eating. It was truly delightful!" —salewis
Baked Ziti I
"Made as directed, it's absolutely delicious. Creamy, savory, and just perfect. If I could give this recipe more stars, I would, because it's also extremely flexible. I've made this with Italian sausage or ground turkey instead of the beef. I've also made a vegetarian version by substituting sliced zucchini and mushrooms for the meat." —Habeas Corpulent
Quick and Easy Pancit
"Wonderful! Tasted just like my mom's pancit! I used rice noodles, and soaking them for about 10 minutes did the trick. But make sure to break the noodles before soaking them or you'll have some really long noodles," Jeanne Cupertino says.
Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream
"One of the best, most memorable recipes I've ever made. I use hot Italian sausage because we like spicy and cream cheese since I almost never have heavy cream in the house," Mary D. says. "Very forgiving and adaptable."
"This recipe is a classic Midwest version of goulash. I grew up on the Iowa-Illinois border, and this is how my entire family makes it." —Stace Sparks
Shrimp and Mushroom Linguini with Creamy Cheese Herb Sauce
"Amazing dish, especially if you love mushrooms as much as I do! Worthy of any high-end restaurant. The sauce was excellent." —AliesRecipes
Spaghetti Carbonara II
"This is a near-perfect and flawless recipe for the classic spaghetti alla carbonara," writes naples34102. "Traditionally, this is made with pancetta, an Italian-style bacon, but I actually prefer it this way, with regular ol' bacon! Just one suggestion. To ensure a creamy, silky sauce, mix the cheese and beaten eggs together before stirring into the pasta, off heat."
Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole
"A rare occasion that this gal will rave over a pasta dish, as I'm not a huge fan. However, this one deserves a big round of applause!" —LINDA MCLEAN
"This is the first yakisoba recipe I have ever tried to make, and it turned out exceptionally well! It easily compares with the teriyaki restaurant near my home that makes this dish," Maggie says.
"I have made this recipes many times. I use fresh tomatoes in the summer and add red wine. I also use lots of fresh grated Romano cheese," Dawn Fronius says.
Clam Sauce with Linguine
"This recipe was delicious. Very classic and flavorful." —andrea2289
Stuffed Shells I
"This is awesome," writes lilpacsmom. "I did not make shells for years, thinking it would take so much time and mess, and now I have made this recipe three times in under 30 minutes. Delicious, too!"
Chef John's Creamy Mushroom Pasta
"This was amazing! I wouldn't change anything. I love the mixture of chives, tarragon, and thyme added to the sauce." —chefmom
Zucchini makes a seamless addition to Alfredo sauce in this top-rated recipe. "This was really different and so yummy," Olivia says. "Everyone loved it, even the three year old!"