Everyone's favorite noodle shows its versatility as it jumps from traditional recipes to new-fangled whole-grain and Asian options.
- Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
Pasta RecipesBring the classic childhood dish into your grown-up dinner rotation by serving it with rich sacues, Asian ingredients, or in a hearty casserole. Skip the jarred sauce and try one of our favorite spaghetti recipes tonight.
Spaghetti and MeatballsChances are you already have a favorite version of this classic, but you gotta try these meatballs. Made with ground sirloin and lean Italian sausage, they're way better than Italian restaurant fare. If time is short, pair meatballs with a bottled sauce.
Whole-grain Pasta Soup with Greens and ParmesanA good chicken broth or stock, Parmesan cheese, fresh kale, red chili flakes, and whole-grain spaghetti combine to make this simple soup a stand out. Keep the pantry stocked, and this soup can come together quickly anytime the mercury dips.
Spaghetti with Parmesan and BaconEasy enough for a weeknight supper, kids of all ages will love the creamy sauce of eggs, milk, and Parmesan cheese that coats this spaghetti. Peas and bacon add color and texture to the dish, which is reminiscent of pasta carbonara.
Beef-Broccoli Lo MeinYou'll wonder why you ever ordered Chinese take-out after one bite of this crowd-pleasing Lo Mein. As spaghetti cooks, stir fry a small flank steak, onions, broccoli, garlic, and ginger. Add sesame oil and a few Asian condiments, and dinner is served.
Shrimp Pad ThaiSpaghetti noodles stand in for Asian rice noodles, and our other shortcuts shave time without sacrificing authentic flavor. Believe it or not, this dish comes together in about 15 minutes. If you don't eat shrimp, substitute tofu or chicken.
Straw and Hay Alfredo with Roasted AsparagusA mixture of whole-wheat and regular pasta gives this cheesy Alfredo a beautiful two-tone appearance that adds appeal for first-time whole-grain noodle eaters. If asparagus isn't in season, substitute another roasted vegetable.
Turkey TetrazziniNeed to use up leftover turkey or chicken? This pasta casserole takes time-saving shortcuts with bottled Alfredo sauce, canned soup, and frozen peas. Store-bought croutons add a crunchy topping, and the whole thing bakes in just 30 minutes.