Essential Italian Pasta Recipes
Pasta lovers, unite! Eat your way across Italy with this collection of essential Italian pasta recipes. From layered lasagnas to slurp-able spaghetti, this tasty list has it all.
Our best spaghetti carbonara recipe is silky with egg and melted cheese, freshened with parsley, and spiked with black pepper. We also love this dish for its short cooking time. The ingredients are things we tend to have always on hand, making it the ultimate weeknight-dinner solution. Just add a green salad or seasonal vegetable and the meal is complete. Also, we left out the cream that's often used in spaghetti carbonara in the United States, so it's both lighter and truer to the Italian original. And we've included some variations to keep the recipe interesting in case you find yourself making it over and over again.
Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce
This simple lasagna is perfect for when you're short on time, but craving a comforting meal. Ready in just over an hour, it requires only 50 minutes of cooking in the oven.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus
The splash of vodka works as a flavor enhancer, adding a little jolt to the creamy sauce.
The right amount of salt and spice makes this Italian pasta dish feel decadent, while fresh Parmesan, basil, and arugula keep it light. The canned tomatoes make it a quick dish, easy to pull together during the week. To make the cheese shavings, gently drag a vegetable peeler against the side of a Parmesan cheese wedge.
Pasta alle Vongole
The liquor (juice) from your freshly dug clams is the key sauce ingredient in this easy crowd-pleaser from Langdon Cook, blogger and author of Fat of the Land. If freshly dug clams seem especially sandy, soak them in a bucket of clean salt water for a few hours. Don't forget to tell people that it's totally acceptable to pick up the clams and slurp the meat right out of the shell.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Spend 20 minutes in the kitchen prepping this gorgeous, hearty sauce. Once the sauce simmers in the cooker, all that's left to do is cook a pound of pasta, and serve.
The chef at Osteria di San Cesario, Anna Dente, is known as the Queen of Matriciana. She not only makes the pasta and sauce herself, she draws on her family's four decades in the butchering business to make her own guanciale (cured hog jowl)–though the sauce is also fantastic made with pancetta.
Making your own bolognese sauce from scratch is deeply satisfying - and delicious! Serve the sauce over hot cooked spaghetti noodles with a green salad and garlic toast for a complete meal.
Pasta alla Formiana
Pasta alla Formiana is a quick and very simple dish that you can make with ingredients that you can find at the grocery store.
Italian-style Shrimp with Spaghetti
Lynne Schaefer found that a favorite recipe for cacciatore-style chicken was also a great way to prepare shrimp.
Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo
This shrimp fettuccine alfredo recipe, which calls for quick-cooking refrigerated pasta, is a great go-to dish for hectic week nights. Serve with a side of roasted asparagus.
To keep the prosciutto from sticking together in the pasta, lay it out on a plate to dry after you chop it. The rich, nutty flavor of the Asiago complements the saltiness of the prosciutto, but Parmesan can be substituted if necessary.