10 Insanely Good Pasta Recipes

Here's ten simple yet impressive pasta recipes—everything from baked penne to kicked up eggplant linguine.

  • Capellini with Fresh Tomato Pest Pecorino. Capellini cooks quickly and is best with just a tiny bit of sauce to avoid a tangled mess on the plate. Here, pesto—already the perfect accompaniment to any and every pasta—is combined with fresh tomatoes.
  • Pappardelle with Crispy Fennel and Fresh Herbs.  Pappardelle is the perfect cut of pasta for a quick dinner on a cool night. Not only is it hearty, but it cooks in a flash and looks impressive to dinner guests. As a bonus, preparation for this version (which calls on just a handful of herbs, some fennel, and a squeeze of lemon juice) takes under 20 minutes and $20 to make.
  • Pastitsio. Shepherd's pie, meet moussaka. This lamb ragout is spiced with cinnamon, oregano, sumac and mint before being mixed with penne and feta and topped with a cayenne-spiked bechamel for a baked pasta that serves a crowd (or a week’s worth of brown bag lunches!).
  • Cappellacci di Zucca (Butternut Squash Cappellacci). Creamy butternut squash fills a handmade pasta that’s similar to the more familiar tortellini. Top these dumplings with a simple sage butter sauce and shaved parmesan and go to heaven.
  • Spicy Eggplant Pasta. A hearty, filling pasta dish that's as crowd pleasing as it is vegetarian friendly. And it only calls for 9 ingredients, many of which (like canned tomatoes, chili flakes, linguine) you probably have in your pantry.
  • Weeknight Pasta with Caramelized Cabbage, Sage Infused Brown Butter, and Walnuts. While not quite as easy as “weeknight” might suggest, any extra effort you put into this pasta will reward you with a rich, comforting meal with caramelized cabbage and decadent brown butter sauce that is bonafide comfort food for a chilly wintry day.
  • Al Forno’s Penne with Tomato, Cream & Five Cheeses.  You won’t meet a speedier baked pasta, not one that’s this good. The recipe as written is genius, but even more genius is the fact you can apply the technique in countless ways, with whatever forgotten ends you have lying in the cheese drawer.
  • Diane Kochila’s Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions.  This secret just might change your life: you can, and should, dress pasta with Greek yogurt, especially if you also then top it with caramelized onions and grated pecorino.
  • Cavatelli with Asiago Oat Crumbs. A unique pasta with customizable spice and a process that's mostly hands-off—simply endure chill and bake times for the cheesy oat crumbs, then boil some pasta and dig in!
  • Goat Cheese Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Roasted Butternut Squash. Like fall in a bowl thanks to sage and butternut squash, plus the addition of tart goat cheese and crunchy pecans to make everything exciting.
  • Rhonda's Spaghetti with Fried Eggs and Pangritata for One. If you can fry an egg and boil water, you can make this dish. Just toss spaghetti with garlicky over-easy eggs to release the runny yolk and create the easiest pasta sauce ever. Tip: Make a big batch of the lemony rosemary pangritata and store it in your fridge—it’s great on so many things: pan-fried fish, warm mushroom salads, you name it.

Nothing makes for a faster, more satisfying dinner than a bowl of pasta with a hearty sauce and your favorite toppings. Perhaps the best thing about pastas is that although they are simple enough for your weeknight rotation, they also are kinda impressive—meaning they double as crowd-pleasing mains for your dinner parties. Here are ten good—no, insanely good—recipes from a baked penne to a kicked up eggplant linguine for classic pastas.

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