Top Rated Pasta Recipes

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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Gluten-Free Pasta all Carbonara
When I lived in Barcelona, my Italian roommate and I would cook side-by-side. She wanted to learn how to cook gluten-free since her nephew had Celiac and I wanted to learn how to make traditional Italian food. Surprisingly, most Italian food is easily converted to gluten-free. One day, inspired by a recent acquisition of Parmigiano-Reggiano (which is fairly difficult to find in Spain) at a market, Michela wanted to treat our roommates to pasta alla carbonara. Carbonara is the closest thing to eggs and bacon as Italians get. The basics of pasta alla carbonara are pasta, cured fatty pork, grated cheese, eggs, and black pepper. Just like my lovely Italian roommate, carbonara is straight forward and beautiful, but can be temperamental if not treated correctly. Michela worked at a restaurant in Bologna for years while putting herself through university and told me that the name refers to the carbon black color from fresh cracked black pepper. The black pepper has to be visible in order for it to be a carbonara according to her. Though the recipe sounds simple, I cannot emphasis how important mise en place is for making it well. That means having everything ready to rock and roll. Otherwise, you would risk, as my Italian friend would say, “Disastro!” This dish comes together very quickly with high reward.
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Low-fat seafood and whole-grain pasta come together for a flavor-bursting meal. The zucchini adds more fiber to this healthy dish. 
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Mushroom Soup and Pasta Bake
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Here’s my tribute to cream of mushroom soup. Nostalgia is a big part of comfort food, and almost everyone I’ve spoken to has that shared memory of tucking into a steaming bowl of this soup as a child, particularly when they were feeling poorly. I’ve taken it up a notch, while still giving you that old-school familiar flavor. It’s a total beauty in its own right, but I’ve also shown you how to turn the soup into a pasta bake, which was fashionable in the ’80s. —Jamie Oliver in his cookbook Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food. Click here for more of our best casserole recipes.
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Love pasta but don’t want the carbs? Zucchini noodles (zoodles) are a great alternative, as they provide a light, flavorful low-carb option for pasta-lovers everywhere. The Zucchini Pasta with Almond Pesto from Atkins is loaded with flavor and satisfaction and is perfect for anyone looking to watch their figure.
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Fusilli
Fr this Italian side try substituting the mozzarella with a fresh goat cheese or ricotta. You can also serve this hearty pasta salad warm.
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Sesame-Ginger Pasta Salad
Create a refreshing and healthy meal with some fresh cucumber, radishes, carrot, whole-wheat noodles, and a little Asian-inspired flair. It's a welcome departure from the usual pasta salads out there, often laden with heavy dressings and cheese.
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thai noodle soup
With this dish you can make your favorite pumpkin soup even better by adding in pasta and Thai spices — the combination is sure to warm you up on a cool fall day. Plus, as a good carb, pasta provides you with steady energy so you can enjoy all your fall activities this season.
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Gluten-free Pasta
When you find out you cannot eat gluten, one of the first foods you worry about living without is pasta. There’s a certain mourning involved, imagining a trip to Italy without a mound of fresh fettuccine. Guess what? The Italians make great gluten-free pasta, since many of their citizens have celiac sprue. You can buy a package of gluten-free pasta at the farmacia and take it to the best restaurant in town, where they will make the pasta of the day for you. When we first started making pasta, we tried our favorite gluten pasta recipes with gluten-free flours, without much success. It took us about fifteen different recipes and wranglings with flour combinations before we figured out the right ratio of flours to liquids. Now, at least once a week, when we want a quick meal, we pull out flours and make homemade pasta. Adapted from the "Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef" by Shauna James Ahern and Daniel Ahern. Click here to see the Gluten-Free Pasta with Anchovies, Lemons and Olives recipe.
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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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3.25

Comfort food isn't just for wintertime. So here's some summer comfort for you. Your family and friends will feel they're getting treated like royalty when served this pasta recipe. That's because this isn't just any pasta dish. It's decadent from a just-right amount of cream. And the stewed heirloom tomatoes and avocado squash truly make it extra special. Avocado squash is lime-green-colored summer squash that's named after its shape... an avocado, of course. If you're unable to find this unique squash, zucchini is a delicious option. This pasta dish will be your crowning--and comforting--achievement on the dining table.
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Peanut Butter Veggie Pasta Salad
The peanut butter gives this pasta salad just the kick it needs to go from good to great. The rich, creamy peanut dressing coats the noodles and provides plenty of the complex, salty peanut butter flavor to a bowl of noodles and vegetables.This recipe is courtesy of McKenzie Hall and Nourish RDs.
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