Top Rated Pasta Recipes

I was at our local fish store to pick up salmon but spotted perfect ahi tuna. I came home and mixed together the perfect seasonings. My husband wanted a little pasta so I pulled out half a red pepper, half a container of mini-roma tomatoes, and a zucchini. This was a great dinner for my hubby and I. If you are following a Paleo diet or are gluten-free, you can substitute pasta for spaghetti squash, gluten-free pasta, or even zucchini noodles. Be creative! Click here to see more recipes on Cindy's Table.
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Eggplant pasta
I have to admit that I was lucky the first few times that I cooked eggplant; I never ended up with that mushy, chewy texture that most people dislike — until recently. I got lazy/overconfident and thought it would be OK if I used a somewhat soft eggplant without trying to take some of the moisture out of it — big mistake. So I learned the hard way that whenever you have an eggplant that has a soft, spongy center (and you don't feel like salting, draining and rinsing it), then simply lop off the seedy area. There's usually enough meat to go around and you'll end up with a silky, creamy and flavorful vegetable.  This pasta dish is quick, easy and becomes even more delicious as the mozzarella melts into the hot pasta, adding a thick creaminess to the dish.  Click here to see Recipe SWAT Team: Easy Eggplant Recipes.
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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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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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Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Trumpet Pasta
As we all know, broccoli is a very nutritious vegetable. It is a very good source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, and folic acid... And it belongs to the cabbage family, known as cruciferous vegetables, which have anti-cancer properties. With all the health benefits that broccoli has to offer, I am truly glad that it is one of the few green vegetables that my daughters love. At least I wouldn't have to force them to eat it.This pasta dish that I'm sharing with you today is one of their favorite broccoli dishes. I frequently use either macaroni or penne for this recipe if I don't have trumpet pasta.The delicious combination of broccoli, cheese, and chicken always makes this dish a big hit on our table... But the fun shape of trumpet pasta makes it even more appealing. Let me tell you, though, that whatever type of pasta you use, this recipe will surely bring delight to everyone. If you want your kids to start eating broccoli, you should try this!Click here to see 101 Ways to Cook Chicken
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The Sauce
For weeks during her first trimester, as our little Jude baked in utero, growing from the size of a blueberry to a Mission fig, Kristen ate only white foods. Bagels with cream cheese. Yogurt drizzled with honey. Gallons of full-fat milk and crackers.  Pasta dressed with olive oil and a dash of salt.  No meat, no greens. She did allow for the occasional bit of brown to sneak in — whole-wheat sandwiches smeared with almond butter. And she had her chocolate, of course. Morning sickness made meals a treacherous activity. Every time Kristen opened the fridge, it was like facing a firing squad of food aversions. “It was horrible. Not. Fun.” But I had to eat, too. As always, I wanted something deeply satisfying, even if it was plain pasta with olive oil. So I started making this dish with staples we had on hand. It’s a classic pantry raid. If your kitchen is decently stocked, you can pretty much make some version of this dish any night of the week. The anchovies here melt into the oil, spiked with red pepper flakes and garlic. You get the saltiness combined with the aromatics. The toasted breadcrumbs give a nice mouthfeel, while the lemon sends off sparks of acid. It’s super simple, yet ethereal. I think we ate this for three nights straight once. And we still eat it. When Kristen asks for “pregnancy pasta,” I know exactly what she means.
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Spinach and ricotta pasta
I can't lie — when I set out to make this recipe, I wasn't exactly sure what I was doing or how it would turn out. And I'll tell you this, it came out spectacularly. Granted, this is a simple dish, but the nuttiness of the farro, cooled down, paired wonderfully with ribbons of spinach and the creaminess of the cheese. Lemon zest added a pleasant tang and brightness. If you like, you could easily add in some avocado as well... 
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Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta with Dill
Served with a fresh green salad, this pasta makes a meal in less than 15 minutes. Feel free to substitute grilled wild-caught salmon, available fresh in the summer months. Click here to see In Season: Wild Alaska Salmon.
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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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"It’s the deep, intense flavor of lamb that sets this sauce apart from other classic meat sauces. So does the fact that the meat is not ground, but cut into small pieces and cooked as you would a stew. This recipe calls for lamb shoulder, but you can use another cut as long as it’s not too lean." — Marcella Hazan for FOOD &  WINE Magazine; recipe contributed by Marcella Hazan
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Arugula Walnut Pesto
For a peppery twist, update your pesto recipe with a new classic: arugula and walnut! Serve tossed over fresh pasta or rubbed on toasty bread with a ribbon of Parmesan, a delicious topping for pizza or a beautiful frittata with a dollop of arugula pesto! Pesto with endless possibilities... I love using arugula, rocket or ruccola (depending on where you're from), not only for the peppery kick but also because it grows much faster & heartier in our garden than basil. Which means we can make it over & over again!!
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