Top Rated Pasta Recipes

This elegant pasta dish is reminiscent of shrimp scampi with its light citrusy flavors.  This is easy to prepare but sophisticated enough for company.
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Pasta Sauce
Every August my parents invest an entire day to crushing and jarring fresh tomatoes to use for sauce throughout the year. It’s a time-consuming and labored process, but it couldn’t be more worth it. There are few things in the world that make the world melt away than slurping up some hot fresh chunks of Mom’s tomato sauce. My parents are happy to send me off with a jar when I visit, but I usually (lovingly) try and sneak an extra jar or two from their storage cabinet. I am certain that there is no bank robber or jewel thief in the world that feels the exuberance I feel when I get away with this! This sauce is that good. If you do not have access to fresh crushed tomatoes, you can use your go-to brand-name canned crushed tomatoes instead… which I may have to do now that my parents will have read that I’ve been swiping their jars… The process is simple and you may already have most of the ingredients in your pantry, but it requires making a large batch and about a 45-minute simmering period, so all of the flavors can marry, and make sure to taste as you go. This recipe is how our family enjoys it, but feel free to add a little more or less of anything listed below. The good thing is you will have plenty left over to either use throughout the week, or freeze for any recipe that calls for tomato sauce later on.
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Fiddlehead Spring Pasta
Fiddleheads are the young curled up sprout of an ostrich fern. When properly prepared and cooked, they are meaty, with a slight crunch, similar to asparagus with a unique flavor. The first thing you need to do when you get fiddleheads is to clean them well. Fill a large basin with water and soak them, then rub each fiddlehead to remove the brown leafy fronds. Drain and then spin to dry in a salad spinner. Think asparagus when you prepare them from here. You can steam them and toss them in butter. Sauté them with olive oil and garlic. You can also make many other preparations. I make a light Camembert cheese sauce (don't think Alfredo!) and mix it with as many spring delectables as I can get my hands on. Fiddleheads are always front and center as long as they're available.
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Bolognese Sauce
This recipe is a truly classic Italian dish, and like any traditional should be, this one was passed down to me by my father. The key to this meat sauce is to follow the process and build layers of flavor as you go. Start with the aromatics, then add the seasonings, then the meat, then the tomatoes, and so on. There are two slightly unusual ingredients in this bolognese — the first is a touch of concentrated beef base (which really kicks the rich, meaty flavor of the sauce up a few notches), and the second is milk (swirling in a splash at the end rounds out the flavor and adds a luxurious feel to the dish). Finish each serving with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and serve alongside a hunk of crusty bread to mop up the sauce.
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Today’s baked pasta recipe is one of my mum’s signature dishes. The original recipe came from an Egyptian friend mum met while dad was working abroad, but mum changed and added so much to the recipe (and she is still adding to it and changing it) that I think the recipe I am sharing today would probably have little to do with that original. The secret to this baked pasta recipe is the sauce. It is a modified béchamel sauce that takes the recipe to the next level. Not only is it pink as opposed to the traditional white but also it is so rich and full of flavor that you will want to eat it with a spoon. See all pasta recipes.
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Greek Salad “Pasta”
Faux "pasta" made from vegetables isn’t a new thing, of course. You’ve probably seen a cooked zucchini "pasta" tossed with sauce on a food blog or restaurant menu somewhere. But I haven’t seen this one before. Thinly sliced cucumber "pasta" would be dressed with a cool "sauce" made with yogurt and feta. Red onions are chopped fine and tossed with tomato. Some lemon juice, a little patience with the mandoline, and hey, it’s pretty easy, it works, it’s a little different, kind of fun, is less than 10 ingredients and a half an hour, and still has the same flavors but provides a little wow factor. Now, instead of spoonfuls or forkfuls laden with chopped salad, you twirl your fork around thin strips of cool cucumber and look around for a piece of pita to pull a scarpetta. A little grilled chicken, shrimp, lamb, or vegetables, and hey, you’re set. Plus, this recipe finally addresses that question you always ask yourself: What are you supposed to do with that liquid your block of feta cheese comes in? The answer? Use it! Click here to see 7 Healthy Pasta Recipes That Won't Destroy Your Waistline.  
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This recipe is made with fresh pasta at the restaurant, but you can easily substitute dried. Recipe courtesy of Executive Chef of Davio's, Chad Brown.
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Pasta Carbonara Recipe
Pasta Carbonara is one of the most popular Italian recipes. Here is a simple and delicious Carbonara recipe.
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Pasta Alla Norma
In his restaurants and food ventures such as Del Posto and Eataly, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, author of The New York Times best-seller Restaurant Man, is known for his Italian sensibility — using high-quality, local ingredients prepared as simply as possible. This is a primo example: a dish with its roots in Sicily, from whence hailed composer Vincenzo Bellini. His 1831 opera La Norma has long been believed to be the source of the time-honored name of this homey pasta dish, honoring both the opera and the typical dish of its composer's birthplace. Noted Italian food writer Giuliano Bugialli, however, whose opinion is usually well worth hearing, feels this is nonsense, that the name simply means "pasta in the usual manner," a nod to its everyday status in Sicily. That's a far less romantic story, but whichever one you prefer, there's no denying the homey, hearty appeal of a plate of tender pasta, fried eggplant cubes, tomato sauce, and cheese. In Sicily, the usual finish is a sprinkle of salty, dry ricotta salata, but that can be difficult to find in the States. Bastianich embellishes his version with onions for extra flavor and finishes it with a dollop of creamy ricotta. Even Bellini would have to be pleased with that. Click here to see Cook Like a MasterChef at Home.
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The secret to this pasta salad is in a jar. Marinated roasted red peppers with olive oil and garlic add tons of flavor to an otherwise bland pasta salad.
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Fall "Pasta Primavera"
Now, before you start in with the know-it-all, "primavera" actually means "spring" in Italian commentary — don't worry, I'm well aware. You see, it's just that I'm a big fan of cooking in season, and the ingredients traditionally found in pasta primavera don't exactly jive with what's fresh at the farmers' market this time of year. So instead, I created a pasta dish that celebrates the bounty fall has to offer — Brussels sprouts, parsnips, and butternut squash — and paired it with a nutmeg- and cinnamon-spiced Parmesan cream sauce.
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Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes
This cold pasta is a summer festival in a bowl: delicious, crunchy sweet corn; earthy pan-roasted zucchini, refreshing fresh herbs, salty feta cheese… and most of all, the amazingly flavorful heirlooms. The Black Russian, Pruden’s Purple, or any red heirloom beefsteak tomatoes will be marvelous in this dish. See all tomato recipes. Click here to see 15 Tastiest Heirloom Tomato Recipes.
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