25 Restaurant-Worthy Italian Pasta Recipes

It's time for a pasta party! Whether it's a weeknight family dinner or a special entertaining occasion, we have an easy, flavorful Italian pasta recipe (tastier and more affordable than what you can order at a restaurant!) that will please your hungry dinner crowd.

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    Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Pasta

    Roast up a big sheet pan of veggies, then toss with cooked pasta and a bit of olive oil for a light and healthy pasta dinner. For more protein, stir in cooked shrimp or chicken.

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    Make-It-Mine Mac and Cheese

    Feeding a family of picky eaters? Start with our basic mac, then customize for more adventurous palates with broccoli, beans, kale, salsa, or caramelized onions.

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    Tortellini with Broccolini

    On the nights when you want a quick dinner as well as quick cleanup, stir together this vegetarian skillet pasta recipe.

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    Spaghetti with Seared Asparagus

    Crunchy toasted hazelnuts and panko-breaded asparagus offer a nice texture contrast to tender spaghetti noodles. Try this pasta recipe with either white or green asparagus.

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    Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini

    While it resembles rice more than noodles, orzo is classified as a short grain pasta. Smaller pasta translates to a smaller cook time, so this complete chicken dinner can be on the table in just 20 minutes.

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    Prosciutto and Beans

    Coat all of the ingredients with herbed garlic butter for a flavorful sauce. Pair with any pasta for a quick and easy meal.

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    Copycat Pesto Cavatappi

    Our version of this corkscrew pasta dish, made famous at a fast-food pasta chain, gets a head start with store-bought pesto. Just add a splash of white wine, cream, and sauteed tomatoes, and dinner is done.

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    Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

    This might just be the freshest pasta salad you’ll ever taste. With olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, and pasta water as the sauce (instead of mayo or something creamy), this rigatoni recipe can easily be packed up for picnics and outdoor potlucks.

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    Sausage and Cannellini Bean Penne

    Turkey sausage and cannellini beans give each serving of this slow cooker pasta recipe a healthy dose of protein.

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    Chickpea Alfredo with Spring Veggies

    Vegan Alfredo sauce does exist! Start with cashews, chickpea flour, garlic, olive oil, and seasonings for a creamy fettuccine topper that will fool even the most diehard cheese devotees.

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    Tuscan Mac and Cheese Cups

    No paper cupcake liners are required for these baked snacks. Use prosciutto to line each muffin cup for an edible package that requires zero utensils to enjoy.

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    Arugula and Dried Tomato Pasta

    This colorful dish mimics the hues of the Italian flag and celebrates the country's flavors. Instead of olive oil, substitute the oil in which the tomatoes are packed for infused tomato flavor.

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    Rosemary and Ravioli Chicken Soup

    Don't call for takeout! This healthy, hearty ravioli soup is as easy as dump, stir, boil, and serve.

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    Gnocchi with Mozzarella, Broccolini, and Warm Anchovy Sauce

    Chewy gnocchi, melty cheeses, and crisp broccolini marinate in a savory sauce of fresh herbs and spicy anchovies.

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    Bolognese Lasagna with Porcini-Ricotta Filling

    Enjoy a family-style meal with our colorful and flavorful lasagna. Alternate between meaty layers of Italian sausage and ground beef alongside melty cheese and homemade porcini-Parmesan sauce.

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    Cheesy Shell-Stuffed Shells

    Four types of cheese and two types of pasta make up these delicious shells perfect for potlucks.

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    Linguine with Sausage, Greens, and Egg Pan Sauce

    Toss together this simple, satisfying 20-minute pasta recipe for a weeknight dinner. Sausage spices up the light and cheesy pan sauce, while light mustard greens offer a refreshing flavor.

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    Fettuccine Alfredo

    This creamy, classic sauce is a reader favorite. Serve it meatless or with chicken or shrimp. We'll show you three recipe variations for weeknight dinners.

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    Shrimp and Roasted Red Peppers

    A cool sauce of cream, white wine, and basil complements the fiery flavors of roasted red peppers and crushed red pepper-laden shrimp.

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    Mushroom Ravioli Filling

    A mix of savory mushrooms and fresh ricotta fills homemade ravioli for a hearty vegetarian dish. Toss with olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese, and snipped chives for a simple sauce.

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    Orecchiette with Ricotta and Chard Pan Sauce

    Creamy ricotta tones down the slight bitterness of Swiss chard. If you don't have bite-size orecchiette pasta on hand, substitute a similar-size pasta.

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    Chicken and Gorgonzola Pasta

    Cream and Gorgonzola cheese create a wonderfully rich sauce perfect for coating fresh mushrooms and chicken. Garnish this 30-minute meal with more Gorgonzola and fresh parsley.

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    Mushroom Agnolotti with Corn, Tomatoes, and Arugula Pan Sauce

    The unusual crescent-shape agnolotti pasta is stuffed with cheese, meat, or vegetables. Pair with ripe tomatoes, crisp sweet corn, and sharp arugula for a healthy, restaurant-worthy meal that's ready in 30 minutes. Ravioli or tortellini can stand in for agnolotti, if you like.

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    Gnocchi with Mushroom Sauce

    Dried porcini mushrooms come to life in this mushroom-laden dish. Combine the mushroom mixture with leeks and white wine to complete the sauce for store-bought gnocchi.

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    Sausage Ravioli Filling

    Fresh spinach and Italian sausage mix with creamy ricotta cheese for a traditional ravioli filling. Pair with your favorite jarred tomato sauce for a weeknight shortcut.

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