Our Most Popular Pasta Recipes Ever
From macaroni and cheese to linguine with clam sauce, these classic pasta recipes are our readers' all-time favorites.
If there's one thing we know for certain, it's that our readers have very good taste. The proof is right here: These 30 pasta recipes, which are your all-time favorites, are as delicious as they come. From two versions of ooey-gooey macaroni and cheese to pasta tossed with classic sauces like tomato and alfredo, these simple, classic recipes are the ones you've visited and prepared time and time again. There's no denying that pasta is everyone's favorite comfort food.
When you're ready to whip up a crowd-pleasing pasta, start with Grandma's Bolognese, pictured here. In this recipe, a combination of ground beef and ground pork bring so much flavor and tenderness to a traditional Bolognese sauce. The beef is sautéed until browned and crisp and then cooks down with an entire can of whole tomatoes (we recommend San Marzanos), marsala wine for a hint of sweetness, and dried porcini mushrooms for even more meatiness. Use this as a meat sauce for lasagna or toss with pappardelle for a swirly, twirly dish.
You'll also find one-pot pasta recipes, which are perfect for those times when you're looking for a dinner recipe that will have minimal clean-up and maximum flavor. One of our most popular recipes of all time is a pasta recipe that cooks the noodles in one skillet with cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, and grated Parmesan cheese. The noodles release their starches into the water, which helps to thicken the sauce and provide some body. Plus, the tomatoes burst with their juices, which release even more vibrant flavor into the dish.
For more than 30 years, our readers have come to us for the best recipes, and we're so excited to re-introduce the very best pasta dishes from the archives based on what you love.
Perfect Macaroni and Cheese
Chicken Alfredo with Fettuccine
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs
We use ground beef chuck for this classic pasta recipe. That beef is mixed with Parmesan, parsley, breadcrumbs, and garlic for the most flavorful meatballs.
Our interpretation of the stylish Roman pasta recipe is so indulgent. For the perfect creamy sauce, whisk together a combination of whole eggs, half-and-half, and Parmesan cheese, then add the warm pasta and crispy bacon.
Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Since this recipe was published in 2009, it has been one of our readers' all-time favorite pasta dishes, and it's easy to see why: It has chicken breasts, white mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes. Shredded provolone and grated Parmesan make it super creamy, too.
Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce
Classic Cheese Lasagna
Freeze-Ahead Lasagna Primavera
Chicken Fettuccine with Pesto Cream Sauce
Linguine with Lemon-Cream Sauce
Linguine with Shrimp and White Wine
Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna
Linguine with White Clam Sauce
Baked Ziti with Crunchy Italian Salad and Garlic Bread
Make a complete family-friendly dinner with three recipes here—a cheesy baked ziti paired with homemade garlic bread and a simple salad with greens and an oil-and-vinegar dressing.
Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce
In just 30 minutes, this seasonal pasta recipe comes together. It uses a can of fresh pumpkin purée, which is mixed with starchy pasta water, half-and-half, and Parmesan cheese for a satisfying fall dinner.
Shrimp, Tomato, and Basil Pasta
Cherry tomatoes and canned, diced tomatoes team up for this simple 30-minute vegan pasta recipe. The makeshift sauce is tossed with penne pasta, sautéed shrimp, and lots of fresh basil.
Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach
One of our readers' favorite pasta recipes is this nutty, creamy dish. Five cups of chopped fresh parsley and cilantro, plus 10 ounces of baby spinach, add nutrients (and a pop of color, too!) from dark leafy greens and herbs.
We keep this lasagna recipe super easy by using no-boil lasagna noodles, your favorite store-bought marinara sauce, thawed frozen chopped spinach, and two kinds of cheese (ricotta and fontina).
Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula
Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas
Craving a comforting pasta dish? Our twist on a traditional spaghetti carbonara—which is made with prosciutto, peas, and the zest and juice of lemons—should fit the bill.
Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs
Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Peanuts
One-Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives
We love serving orecchiette (which means "little ears" in Italian) because they are the perfect vessel for holding a chunky sauce and lots of hearty ingredients, like chickpeas and kalamata olives, which are sautéed with tomato paste, garlic, and rosemary.