From spaghetti with supersize meatballs in marinara sauce to pappardelle with duck ragù, ere are terrific meaty pastas.
Paula Wolfert learned a dish called chaariya medfouna from a private cook named Karima. "Chaariya means noodles," Wolfert says. "Medfoun means a surprise or something hidden." Here, steamed noodles cover tender chunks of lamb spiced with cumin.