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10 New Ways to Love Pasta

Everyday Food, March 2009

Everyone's favorite no-fuss dinner just got even better. Explore a fresh batch of ideas for your recipe box.

1. Boil and Toss It
Get an instant taste of spring with this one-pot pasta. In 20 minutes, you'll have linguine in a silky sauce with crisp-tender asparagus and snap peas.
Get the Recipe for Linguine with Spring Vegetables

2. Cook It in the Sauce
For the fastest pasta, cut to the chase: Cook pappardelle in the tomato sauce. Finish with ricotta and basil.
Get the Recipe for Broken Noodles with Tomato Sauce and Ricotta

3. Get Comfy
This down-home macaroni and cheese is denser than many renditions. Crisp breadcrumbs punctuate each bite with a pleasant crunch.
Get the Recipe for Southern Mac and Cheese

4. Update It
Forget deli-style pasta salad, and try this version with shrimp and a bright lemon dressing. You can even make it up to a day ahead.
Get the Recipe for Shrimp Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Dill

5. Slow-Cook It
For an Italian feast on a weeknight, start in the morning: Make a speedy sauce, assemble the lasagna, and flip the switch. Then come home, and dig in.
Get the Recipe for Slow-Cooker Sausage Lasagna

6. Cook Once, Eat Twice
Make a big batch of this rich pasta, and freeze some for later. After one bite, you'll be glad you did.
Get the Recipe for Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

7. Rethink a Family Favorite
Give tortellini a boost: Instead of tomato sauce, add prosciutto, peas, and lemon zest for a surefire hit.
Get the Recipe for Lemony Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto

8. Simplify a Classic
No pasta is more iconic than spaghetti and meatballs, and now it's a breeze to make -- the meatballs simmer right in the sauce.
Get the Recipe for Easiest Spaghetti and Meatballs

9. Slim It Down
Simple swaps turn a guilty pleasure into a sensible supper. Whole-wheat pasta, chicken sausage, and roasted veggies make eating well effortless.
Get the Recipe for Whole-Wheat Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies

10. Dress It Up
A twist on pesto -- with parsley and walnuts -- gives fettuccine spring color and freshness. It's sure to impress the fussiest guests.
Get the Recipe for Fettuccine with Parsley Pesto and Walnuts