25 Spaghetti Recipes That Will Remind You of Your Childhood
December 31, 2015
You can almost taste the nostalgia in our spaghetti and meatballs recipes
25 Spaghetti Recipes That Will Remind You of Your Childhood
If you are looking for a way to make old classics new favorites, check out these 25 spaghetti recipes that will perhaps remind you of your childhood, but also inspire new, flavorful pasta creations.
This southern-style casserole dish layers ricotta, Italian sausage, fresh herbs, and grated cheese. “If you plan to use commercially made sauce, just make sure it’s good quality, since it’ll have a big effect on this dish’s flavor,” says the author of Southern Casseroles, Denise Gee.
Bobby Flay's Spaghetti and Meatballs
Cacio e Pepe
Perfect in its minimalism, cacio e pepe, directly translated as cheese and pepper, is a real crowd-pleaser, great for a family meal or a dinner that doubles as lunch the next day. For that buttery taste with less fat, this version combines olive oil and butter in a 2:1 combo. A key to this dish is using freshly ground pepper, so get out your pepper mill and grind away. — Valaer Murray
Chicken Spaghetti with Garlicky Tomato Sauce
If it's garlicky flavor you're looking for, then this is the pasta dish for you. Or, if you just want to chase people around breathing "gaaah-lic..." on them, that's fine, too. There's nothing to get in the way of the intense flavor here; only a few ingredients that help it stand out. So if you're short on ingredients and want an easy, flavorful pasta dish, then I think this is worth a try.— Will Budiaman
Easy Spaghetti Carbonara
Fidelanza (Spaghetti Cooked in Tomato Sauce)
It is said that this unusual pasta dish was invented by farmers in the backcountry of western Liguria, who had to cook their own lunch in the fields. Potable water was not always available, and only a limited amount could be carried over long distances, so these workers developed the technique of simmering their spaghetti directly in a sauce of fresh tomatoes —which they might have plucked right from the vine — with just a little water added. — Colman Andrews
Grilled Spaghetti with a Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewer and a Simple Garlic and Herb Sauce
Believe it or not you can grill spaghetti. Simply cook the pasta a little less than you normally would, by about a minute, and then toss it with garlic and olive oil. Once your grill is hot, add it to a grill basket and cook the pasta over the flame until the noodles turn a golden brown.
Lemony Kale Spaghetti
Not only is kale a superfood, packed with antioxidants, including 206 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin A, but it also tastes great and can be used in just about any recipe you can dream up, like this lemony weeknight pasta. — Feed Me Dearly
No-Chop Spaghetti Puttanesca
This dish is incredibly easy to make. Just add the ingredients to the pot and let it simmer for a delicious no fuss meal the whole family will enjoy.
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Spaghetti alla Checca
This pasta with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil makes a simple and delicious weeknight dinner. If you aren’t a huge garlic fan, you can always omit the garlic from the sauce and, “you can simply rub the mixing and serving bowl with some raw garlic to get just a hint of the flavor,” says special contributor Jessica Chou.
Spaghetti and Crabs
You cook the crabs in olive oil with garlic for this dish, and then blanket them in crushed tomatoes, more garlic, basil, and red pepper flakes to create the spicy crab sauce. Top spaghetti with the finished product and you have one outstanding seafood pasta.
Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce
Spaghetti with Cajun Cream Sauce & Shrimp
Spaghetti al Pomodoro
Sweet cherry tomatoes and tangy, herbal gremolata combine with a flavorful tomato sauce in this classic pasta dish. Topped with some freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, it makes for a wonderful main course for lunch or first course for dinner. — Jonathan Benno
Spaghetti with Clams
This is a classic dish of spaghetti dressed with clams steamed in white wine, seasoned with garlic and red pepper flakes. Traditionally, this dish is made with small clams (about the size of an adult fingernail), served in the shell. Any variety of small clam, such as New Zealand cockles or Manila clams, will work; the latter are particularly nice because they are plump. — Cesare Casella
Spaghetti with Olive Oil, Garlic, and Pan-Fried Jalapeños
This New World version of spaghetti aglio e olio is as simple as the original, but it's spiced up with jalapeños instead of red pepper flakes. As the jalapeños pan-fry, they become mellow, smoky, sweet, infusing the oil and the pasta with all their spunkiness. — Viviane Bauquet Farre
Spaghetti with Ragù alla Bolognese
This is the classic ragù of Bologna, the city where I was born and raised. It is also the ragù that coated the homemade tagliatelle my mother would make on Sundays. This ragù, however, is also terrific over rigatoni, penne, and spaghetti. — Biba Caggiano
Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta
This simple spaghetti dish is just as good without pancetta. For vegetarians, add more asparagus and try topping the dish with a poached egg and shaved Parmesan, pecorino, or Grana Padano. — Jessica Chou
Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Ricotta Turkey Meatballs
This twist on a classic spaghetti and meatballs dish uses the lighter ground turkey instead of beef or pork. Cook the turkey meatballs in the homemade marinara to keep them from drying out.
Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes
The sauce for this easy pasta recipe gets a pleasantly nutty background flavor from a secret pantry ingredient: anchovies. That's right. Anchovies not only add natural salt to the sauce but also give it a bit of a protein boost. If you've ever bought a jar of anchovies to make Caesar salad dressing from scratch, and couldn't figure out what to do with the rest, use them to flavor pasta sauces and cut down on salt. For this sauce, I didn't have to put any salt into the sauce, and it tasted delicious. — Will Budiaman