You will be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like a daily dose of pasta, and the primary reason for this is just how much variety you get to choose from including what pasta sauces to use, extra seasonings and even the kind of pasta itself which can change the taste drastically.
Many of us have pasta as a main or side dish for dinner. However, while it can be easy to stick to what we know, it can be much more fun to try out a few and see what kind of pasta you like the taste of the most.
With that being said, below we have put together 33 of the tastiest and easiest to whip together pasta recipes that make for a delicious dinner that is sure to leave you satisfied when you’re finished.
1. Creamy Mushroom Pasta
Starting with a creamy dish goes down extremely easily for dinner, the recipe primarily makes use of heating up a few tablespoons of oil and butter for about 10 minutes to create a soft and translucent base, mixed in with some chestnut mushrooms and garlic for a unique mixture of flavours.
Finish off with some lemon zest and black pepper seasoning to have a creamy thick omelette on your plate in no time.
2. Fettuccine Alfredo
Another option for when you want a creamy pasta meal that is incredibly easy to make, simply boil fettuccine pasta for around 10 minutes while mixing some butter, salt pepper and parmesan and romano cheese in a separate pan.
Once the sauce is nice and thick, add in the pasta and you’ll have a delicious dish commonly found in only the best Italian restaurants.
3. Pasta Bake With Sausage
A recipe that almost resembles a sticky and delicious lasagna, this recipe uses a mixture of parmesan cheese, parsley and tomato sauce that are lightly simmered to develop an extremely rich taste.
When mixed in with the pasta and some thinly chopped up sausages, this cheesy pasta bake is perfect for those meat lovers.
4. Baked Feta Pasta
A pasta recipe so good that it temporarily broke TikTok, this recipe uses a block of feta that is placed into the pasta mixture that settles and heats up until the inside tomatoes burst, making for an incredibly healthy tomato filled pasta which is as fun to eat as it is to make.
5. Orzo Pasta
This extremely healthy pasta meal makes use of a multitude of herbs to make for a dish bursting with natural flavours thanks to the included shallots, pepper flakes, garlic herbs and of course a pound of orzo cooked over a medium heat.
Finish off with some cheese and pepper to compliment this delicious herb filled recipe.
6. Lemon Pasta
For lovers of a zesty lemon flavour, this recipe infuses grated zest lemon with fried garlic, chillies and anchovies to create a sweet flavour along with some bread to soak up the juicy lemon flavour as an extra addition.
7. Pasta With Crispy Kale And Peas
This vegetarian friendly dish can be ready to serve in as little as 30 minutes and is filled with many healthy greens that are full of nutritional benefits to make for the perfect healthy pasta dish.
Mixing together 200g of curly kale while heating up the peas and making a large carbonara sauce later in the recipe makes a great healthy dish that can be whipped up in no time.
8. Quick Seafood Pasta
For seafood enthusiasts who want to add a bit more of a unique variation to their dish, this recipe brings together 250 grams of squid, mussels, cockles, clams and even scallops to create a fish flavoured pasta that any seafood lover is sure to enjoy.
9. Shrimp Scampi Pasta
Another seafood pasta meal that can be ready in as little as 10 minutes of cooking, this recipe mixes shrimp and kosher salt with the boiled pasta to create a seafood recipe full of nutritional flavour which can be finished off elegantly with some garnish basil and parmesan cheese.
10. Penne Alla Vodka
There are certain alcoholic sauces that can really elevate the taste of a pasta dish but none more so than this bright and creamy mix made from a deep mixture of garlic, shallot, tomato paste, red pepper and about a tbsp of vodka that creates an incredibly smooth and light texture for the pasta.
11. One-pot Pasta With Turkey And Spinach
The ground turkey used in this recipe not only makes it an incredibly healthy dish, but along with a delicious hint of spinach, canned tomatoes and any seasonings of your choice, you can also tailor it exactly how you would like it.
Feel free to mix in kale or even arugula depending on the type of flavour you want and how many healthy greens you want mixed into the meal.
12. Cajun Chicken Pasta
You can’t go wrong with cajun flavoured pasta. This family favourite that can easily be prepared in just 10 minutes simply requires you to saute the chicken until it’s no longer pink, and combine the chicken and pasta over a medium heat along with 2 tbsp of butter, a dash of red and green peppers and 1/2 a cup of sliced mushrooms.
13. Beef Taco Pasta
Another meat based recipe that makes you feel as if you are eating an entire hamburger in pasta form, the mixture of ground beef, green chilies, onions, diced tomatoes and garlic cloves creates a southwest flavoured sauce that goes perfect with some pasta for when you want a slightly more meatier taste for dinner.
14. Gigi Hadid Pasta
TikTok star Gigi Hadid is not just known for being a model, she is also a huge cooking enthusiast who has made her favourite pasta recipe public which includes a smooth creamy sauce made with some garlic, tomato paste and a hint of vodka.
Simply mix together all the ingredients including parmesan cheese, chilli flakes, garlic, butter and the tomato paste and vodka to make the thick creamy sauce after 10-15 minutes and mix well with the pasta to create an incredibly smooth and slightly sweet recipe that everyone is trying out.
15. Rainbow Pasta
Getting its name from the colourful appearance of this dish, rainbow pasta brings together a mixture of carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, black olives and garbanzo memes along with a sweet dressing of garlic and red wine vinegar to create one of the healthiest pasta recipes you can find.
16. Classic Baked Ziti
This pasta variant is especially popular in Italy because of just how many unique flavours it has mixed together.
With the pasta shells being doused in sweet and savoury red sauce along with bits of Italian sausages and three kinds of cheese, the ingredients can be mixed together in just a few minutes and you can even add in some veggies if you want to make this dish a bit healthier.
17. Lemon Garlic Pasta
The vibrant and bold taste of lemon garlic goes perfectly with most dishes, and pasta is certainly included in this with the lemon garlic butter sauce being cooked and stirred for no longer than 30 seconds while mixing the pasta with some parsley, lemon and zest.
Once all brought together, this 10 minute dish is perfect for those seeking a slightly more zesty flavour to their pasta meals.
18. Taco Pasta
It might sound ridiculous, combining tacos and pasta, but this recipe makes that dream that so many of us have possible by mixing 1 lb of ground beef or turkey with some cream cheese and sour cream along with taco seasonings of your choice and some cilantro to create a dish that infuses the pasta with that meaty spicy taste of a taco.
19. Quick Broccoli Pasta
This pasta dish tastes so good with its cream and juicy sauce that you almost can’t tell that it’s filled with extremely healthy broccoli, making it a great dinnertime meal for the kids.
This 12 minute recipe simply requires you to add in some chopped broccoli just before the pasta stops cooking and then go on to make a simple lemony pasta sauce which is then spread over the pasta and broccoli along with some cheese to make it thick and flavourful.
20. Surf & Turf Cajun Pasta
The inclusion of a cajun spiced steak makes this a delicious meal perfect for the odd day where you want to treat yourself and the family for dinner.
Alongside preparing a medium rare steak, some seasoned shrimp along with onions, bell peppers and of course the pasta makes for a delicate dish full of flavour sure to impress you or any guests you might have coming over.
21. Chicken Florentine Pasta
Easy to put together and prepare but still bursting with a sweet flavour, this recipe can be made in 20 minutes with a simple mix of thinly cut chicken breasts, butter, garlic and a mixture of spinach and tomatoes for a thick tasteful coating that is finished off with some parmesan shavings.
22. Penne all’Arrabbiata
Originating in the Lazio region around Rome, this recipe uses a wide variety of basil, onions and oregano for a seasonal coating on the pasta which is dressed with spicy tomato sauce and made with garlic and red chilli peppers for that signature spicy Italian flavour (for more red chilli sauce recipes, read here).
Either as a late night meal or a regular serving for dinner, this spicy Italian pasta is always a tasteful treat.
23. Vegan Pumpkin Pasta
Whether it’s close to Halloween or you just have a craving for that savoury and sweet pumpkin taste, this recipe is all about the smooth and creamy sauce which is made from a mixture of garlic, diced onions, non-dairy milk, dried sage and of course 3/4 cups of pumpkin puree which spreads a seasonal flavour all over the pasta.
24. Grilled Ratatouille Pasta
A cold dish that goes great with some veggies and is perfect to enjoy on a summer’s day, this recipe incorporates quite a unique set of ingredients including zucchini, eggplants and bell peppers mixed with vinegar coated pasta and any roasted vegetables of your choosing for a light and easy to make meal.
25. Caprese Pasta
A delicious spin on the fan favourite classic Caprese salad, this recipe makes heavy use of Italian seasonings and saute alongside some cheese and basil to make for a unique blend of fruitful flavours that is both great to eat and healthy in the long run which is what makes these easy to make pasta dishes so worthwhile to prepare.
26. Creamy Lemon Goat Cheese Pasta
This creamy pasta mixture made from chickpeas and asparagus includes goat cheese, parmesan cheese and lemon zest and juice to create a delicious taste that every pasta fan needs to try at least once.
Finished off with some frozen peas, this tasteful recipe is perfect for a smooth and creamy meal to relax and enjoy any day of the week.
27. Pesto Shrimp Pasta
With a mixture of shrimp, garlic cloves and goat cheese, this is certainly not a recipe to ignore especially with how easily it can be whipped up for dinner and how low in calories it is.
Cook the shrimp along with the garlic powder before stirring in some pesto until well coated along with some goat cheese and just a sprinkle of pistachios for this blend of different flavours that is perfect for when you want a fancy dish for dinner.
28. Deviled Eggs Pasta Salad
If you’re a fan of deviled eggs or if you have never tried them, this recipe is the perfect excuse to try these healthy and tasty snacks mixed in with some pasta to make for an overall very nutritious meal.
Making deviled eggs is luckily very easy and just includes draining the eggs, peeling them and separating the yolks before covering them, and the pasta, with a mixture of mayo, mustard vinegar and sugar.
29. Chicken And Arugula Cacio E Pepe
This recipe comes with a slight kick in the flavour thanks to the spiced baby arugula that goes perfectly with some melted parmesan cheese that mixes in so delicately with the pasta, it is a great option for when you want a quick and easy dinner prepared.
30. Spinach Pasta Pesto
If you want something you know will be easy to prepare when you don’t have much time between lunch and dinner or you just don’t want to organise all the fancy ingredients, this sauce mixture made from almonds, garlic, and of course, spinach, can be made in 5 minutes yet is still bursting with flavour that you will want to try again and again.
31. Spinach, Chicken And Vegetable Pasta
If you like the idea of Spinach Pesto but want to add just a little more food during preparation, this recipe is exactly the same but fuses in a thinly sliced cooked chicken and some sliced tomatoes which are sure to fill you up for the day ahead.
32. Sicilian Pasta Salad
Dried penne pasta, white vinegar, mixed cherry tomatoes, radicchio, pitted olives and some Ricotta Salata Cheese, those are the only six ingredients to be mixed together and served to make this mouth watering light dish that originates from Sicily and remains an extremely popular pasta dish their today.
33. Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad
Many of us either can’t stand tuna or we love it, if you’re in the latter then this recipe that mixes a smooth coating from a mixture of light mayo, apple cider vinegar and garlic powder along with drained tuna over a bulk of pasta is an incredibly easy and tasty way to incorporate some tuna into a pasta meal with a dash of creamy sauce along with it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long On Average Does Pasta Take To Cook?
The larger dried ribbons of pasta including linguine, spaghetti and tagliatelle can be boiled in around 8 minutes while thicker pasta like bows or penne can take a bit longer usually around 12 minutes.
Fresh pasta however like ravioli and tortellini can be prepared the fastest in as little as 5 minutes, being the go to option for when you want to prepare a meal when in a rush.
With such a large amount of variation of options there’s never a reason to have pasta with just one sauce or as a side, try out some of these recipes to mix up your regular pasta meal and see which satisfies your taste buds the most.
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