We never tire of pasta. With hundreds of sauce and noodle combinations popping in our heads at the mere mention of our favorite Italian treat, what’s not to love? But if you want to try something that departs from the usual, we have four unusual pasta dishes you have to try.
Some of these creations throw tradition out with the pasta water, while others simply tweak the usual pasta and sauce combination with unexpected ingredient traditions, like this Cajun-inspired jambalaya pasta dish that combined Creole flavors with our beloved spaghetti
If you aren’t into that much heat, make individually portioned lasagna cups. You can stick with your traditional Bolognese and béchamel here, but baking your petite lasagnas in a muffin tin makes them easy to pick up, perfect for a buffet at your next party.
Check out the rest of our unusual pasta dishes you must try below:
cupcakes are one of the easiest, most versatile morsels I like to make at home, especially when hosting a large group of friends. It’s my favorite kind of dish: one that demands little time, but garners endless praise from party guests. Though this particular recipe yields a classic meat lasagna, have fun changing it up to create an edible kaleidoscope of these mini-pasta stacks. My favorite variations include pesto, fontina, and pine nuts; Gruyère, béchamel, and shaved mushrooms with a drizzle of truffle oil; or crabmeat, vodka sauce, and asiago. A simple visit to a local market can provide fodder for endless inspiration. — Bradley Hawks
For the Lasagna Cupcakes recipe, click here.
Sometimes a spicy dish is the only thing that can satisfy your hunger pains. This flavorful and hearty dish is perfect for just such an occasion. — Lauren Gordon
For the Cheesecake Factory’s Cajun Jambalaya Pasta recipe, click here.
Ground turkey and kidney beans
makes this a better-for-you mashup of quesadillas and lasagna
that doesn’t skimp on flavor. — Bush’s Beans
For the Quesadilla Lasagna recipe, click here.
This hearty Italian dish makes a simple spaghetti dinner
without meat. Use homemade marinara sauce or a good bottled kind for an easy dinner. Add some garlic bread and a salad, and you're all set. — Good Housekeeping
For the Spaghetti Pie recipe, click here.