20 Amazing Pasta Recipes

This 20 Amazing Pasta Recipes is a collection of favorite comfort food recipes!  Grab a box of pasta and get to cookin’!

20 Amazing Pasta RecipesI’m not gonna lie.  I had a different post lined up for today, but then the whole epidemic thing happened.  We’re all healthy and safe here at the Spiced house, although one could argue that our sanity is on the verge of tipping.  We’ve got Robbie here at home, and he just doesn’t quite understand why he can’t play with his friends.  We’re doing our best to entertain/educate while also working from home, but it’s an intricate dance.

Laura has multiple phone meetings each day, and those are my times to play with Robbie.  So far, we’ve built a mini-vacuum cleaner (yay, STEM kits!), completed 87 puzzles and sorted coins in his piggy bank like 14 times.  He’s even helped me out in the kitchen baking some sourdough bread that I’ve been meaning to get around to.  Yum!

Rainbow door coronavirusSpeaking of activities, have you seen all of the rainbows popping up?  From sidewalk chalk to door art to yard decorations, folks are putting up rainbows for kids to find.  It’s still pretty chilly up here in upstate New York, but we try to get out for a walk each day.  So far our record is 10 rainbow decorations…maybe today we’ll find another one!

In times like these, we need easy, comfort food.  Today’s scheduled post is gonna have to wait.  Instead, I’ve collected some of our favorite pasta recipes.  Pasta is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.  I’m pretty sure I could eat it every night and not get bored.  I hope this list inspires you to whip up something new and delicious for dinner tonight!  Stay healthy (and sane) in these crazy times.  Remember, social distancing is working…keep doing it!!

20 Amazing Pasta Recipes

This Quick Caprese Pasta is loaded with flavor...and it's ready in just 10 minutes!This Quick Caprese Pasta is loaded with flavor…and it’s ready in a jiffy!

This Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal. Serve it cold as a summer pasta salad or hot as a delicious winter entree!This Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.  Serve it cold as a summer pasta salad or hot as a delicious winter entree!

Because sometimes you just need Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner!Because sometimes you just need Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner!

Cacio e Pepe is a classic Italian pasta dish that's both easy and delicious!  Cacio e Pepe is a classic Italian pasta dish that’s both easy and delicious!

An upstate New York classic, Chicken Riggies are a delicious twist for pasta night!An upstate New York classic, Chicken Riggies are a delicious twist for pasta night!  (Seriously delicious!)

Packed with fresh spinach and ricotta cheese, these Malfatti are an easy homemade pasta that will quickly become a family favorite!Packed with fresh spinach and ricotta cheese, these Malfatti are an easy homemade pasta that will quickly become a family favorite!

Get ready for some serious comfort food!  This Creamy Mushroom Carbonara features thick spaghetti coated in a creamy sauce with plenty of sauteed mushrooms.Get ready for some serious comfort food!  This Creamy Mushroom Carbonara features thick spaghetti coated in a creamy sauce with plenty of sauteed mushrooms.

This Garlic Parmesan Sauce is not only creamy and delicious, but it's ready in about the same time it takes to cook pasta.  Coincidence?  I think not!This Garlic Parmesan Sauce is not only creamy and delicious, but it’s ready in about the same time it takes to cook pasta.  Coincidence?  I think not!

Say hello to a fun new pasta bake!  This Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta features a delicious combination of chicken, ham, cheese and pasta.  Bake it up for dinner tonight!Say hello to a fun new pasta bake!  This Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta features a delicious combination of chicken, ham, cheese and pasta.  Bake it up for dinner tonight!

No need to pull out multiple pots and pans for this Baked Shrimp Scampi.  The entire dish is baked in the oven!No need to pull out multiple pots and pans for this Baked Shrimp Scampi.  The entire dish is baked in the oven!

Made with 2 types of cheese, this Creamy Mac and Cheese is a classic winter comfort food!  From the creamy texture to the layers of flavor, this recipe is worthy of a bookmark!Made with 3 types of cheese, this Creamy Mac and Cheese is a classic comfort food!  From the creamy texture to the layers of flavor, this recipe is worthy of a bookmark!

Chicken parm, you taste so good!  This Classic Chicken Parmesan recipe is the perfect comfort food for chilly winter days!Chicken parm, you taste so good!  This Classic Chicken Parmesan recipe is the perfect comfort food for chilly winter days!

This Rigatoni with Grilled Vegetables is packed with fresh summer veggies! It tastes like summer on a plate!This Rigatoni with Grilled Vegetables is packed with fresh summer veggies!  It tastes like summer on a plate!

This Slow Cooker Chili Mac will remind you of childhood comfort food in the best way possible!  Plus, it's an easy recipe for busy days!This Slow Cooker Chili Mac will remind you of childhood comfort food in the best way possible!  Plus, it’s an easy recipe for busy days!

Whole Wheat Spinach Pasta #homemadepasta #spinachGot some extra time on your hands?  Why not give this Homemade Spinach Whole Wheat Pasta a try?  It’s delicious!

 

Pasta Salads

With a nod to the Windy City, this Chicago Hot Dog Pasta Salad is a tasty way to celebrate warm summer days in the backyard!With a nod to the Windy City, this Chicago Hot Dog Pasta Salad is a tasty way to celebrate warm summer days in the backyard!

This Classic Macaroni Salad is perfect for summer picnics and dinners on the back porch!This Classic Macaroni Salad is perfect for summer picnics and dinners on the back porch!

Grab some beads and celebrate Mardi Gras with this tasty Muffaletta Pasta Salad!Put a spin on this classic New Orleans cuisine with a batch of this tasty Muffaletta Pasta Salad!

Appetizers

Skip the chips when you make this tasty Spinach Artichoke Dip. Go with fried bowtie pasta instead!Skip the chips with this tasty Spinach Artichoke Dip.  Go with fried bowtie pasta instead!

Looking for a fun snack to serve during football season?  These Italian Herb Baked Lasagna Chips are a unique (and tasty) addition to the appetizer menu!Looking for a fun snack?  These Italian Herb Baked Lasagna Chips are a unique (and tasty) addition to the appetizer menu!

Did one of these “20 Amazing Pasta Recipes” inspire you to open up a box of pasta for dinner?  Leave a comment and let me know, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  In the meantime, stay healthy and safe out there.  Cheers!

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14 Comments

  1. i’m not really into pasta but you certainly have a wonderful array of different dishes here. everyone here is doing the Great Bear Hunt where people put up a teddy bear in their window, so kids can take a walk with their parents, counting up the bears as they go. i think it’s a bit of a global phenomenon! take care and keep well!

    1. Interesting! The Great Bear Hunt, eh? Maybe we should start that one here, too. The rainbows have been fun, but it’s time to mix it up I think. 🙂

  2. Yep, times like these really call out for a nice warming bowl of pasta! Stay well, my friend. And you family, too. This social distancing must be particular hard on a little kid, but I see you’re channeling that excess energy in constructive directions!

    1. We’re trying to keep a positive spin on the whole thing here, but Robbie is getting pretty antsy to get outside and see his friends. But then again, aren’t we all?? Stay safe, Frank…and eat pasta! 🙂

  3. Pasta is one of the foods that we’ve have a run on here as people panic buy. Now I can understand that one. But loo roll? Anyway let’s hope that the pasta supply returns to normal here as I want to give some of these a try. Especially that Chicken Riggies recipe! Like Laura, Lynne is on conference calls throughout the day. Me – well I’m an “essential worker” in the bank I took a part-time job in last year so I head there daily at the moment to help out all the people financially suffering at the moment. Thanks for this wonderful round up of all your pasta dishes David!

    1. But we’re the same way, Neil. The pasta aisle was totally cleaned out the first week. The second week, there was a tiny bit there, but very limited – I suspect they had just stocked the shelves, so it wasn’t going to last long. Fortunately for us, pasta is one of those things we always keep in the pantry since it stores well.

      I knew you had taken a part-time job, but I wasn’t sure what it was. Glad to hear you’re helping out in the baking industry. These times truly are crazy. Hang in there and stay safe, Neil!

    1. We are indeed staying safe…sane? Well that’s another question! I hope you and your family are doing well, too, Alexandra! 🙂

    1. You can’t beat a good bowl of mac and cheese! 🙂 Hope the weather is finally getting nice for you guys over there in CT. It warmed up enough that we actually did some yardwork this weekend. I’ve never enjoyed doing spring cleanup so much!

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