15 Pasta Dishes That Deserve Their Own Fan Club

Orecchiette with Sausage and Cherry Tomatoes
Photo: © John Kernick

Is there a more comforting meal than a steaming bowl of pasta? (No. The answer is no.) From gnocchi with wild mushrooms to rigatoni with sausage, basil, and mustard, here are 15 pasta recipes we will always come back to.

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Pappardelle with Chicken and Pistachio-Mint Pesto

Pappardelle with Chicken and Pistachio-Mint Pesto
David Cicconi

Packed with mint-and-pistachio sauce and plenty of fresh vegetables, this colorful pasta only takes two steps to make.

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10 Pasta Dishes That Deserve Their Own Fan Club

Is there a more comforting meal than a steaming bowl of pasta? (No. The answer is no.)

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Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

We could wax poetic about mac and cheese forever—this version is especially easy, since it doesn’t require a roux or long stint in the oven. Oh, and it involves *four* cheeses: Gruyère, cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Fontina. Yes, please.

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Calabrian Carbonara

Calabrian Carbonara
© Christina Holmes

Consider this recipe by Andrew Carmellini “Carbonara with a kick,” including spicy Calabrian ’nduja (spreadable sausage) and Pecorino Romano.

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Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard

Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard
Tina Rupp

Let go of any misconceptions you have about mustard and pasta at the door—this dish is savory, fragrant, and delightfully easy to make. There’s a reason it made the list of our best 40 recipes of all time.

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Pasta with Marinated Grilled Eggplant, Burrata and Chiles

Pasta with Marinated Grilled Eggplant, Burrata and Chiles
© Con Poulos

Creamy burrata? Check. Smoky eggplant? Check. Four steps and one hour is all it takes to make this show-stopping pasta.

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Beef Brasato with Pappardelle and Mint

Beef Brasato with Pappardelle and Mint
© TINA RUPP

Satisfy your inner carnivore with this pasta, where beef shank is the star over fresh pappardelle.

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Cheese Tortellini with Walnut Pesto

Cheese Tortellini with Walnut Pesto
Christina Holmes

Pasta and pesto are meant to be together. Pesto over cheesy tortellini? Even better. This quick sauce has a twist, with walnuts and flat-leaf parsley.

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Free-Form Sausage-and-Three-Cheese Lasagna

Free-Form Sausage-and-Three-Cheese Lasagna
© Quentin Bacon

We couldn’t make this list without including lasagna—and this one’s ooey, gooey, and incredibly decadent. Pair it with a Primitivo for the perfect meal.

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Tagliatelle with Mussels and Tarragon

Tagliatelle with Mussels and Tarragon

Pernod, fresh tarragon, and mussels make a simple, but flavorful combination over tagliatelle. The best part? It’s ready in 30 minutes.

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Black-and-White Pici Pasta with Squid and Shellfish

Black-and-White Pici Pasta with Squid and Shellfish

This recipe by Eli Kulp is just as delicious as it is photogenic, earning a solid five stars from our readers.

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Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms

Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Ragu and Hazlenuts
© Eva Kolenko

If you’re feeling really ambitious, go the homemade gnocchi route with this one—and then serve with porcini butter and white-truffle shavings for the ultimate trifecta.

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Pasta with Pumpkin Brown Butter Sauce

Pasta with Pumpkin Brown Butter Sauce
Abby Hocking

Brown butter and sage are a classic combination, made all the more delicious with the addition of pumpkin and a Parmigiano-Reggiano garnish.

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Bucatini with Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

Bucatini with Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

Anything with a crispy bread crumb topping is good by us—on this bucatini loaded with veggies and a garlicky sauce, it’s the perfect finishing touch.

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Tagliatelle with Braised Chicken and Figs

Tagliatelle with Braised Chicken and Figs

We’ve found this pasta by chef Kyle Bailey to be “rich and complex tasting”—best paired with a dark sour beer and topped with shavings of Manchego.

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Orecchiette with Sausage and Cherry Tomatoes

Orecchiette with Sausage and Cherry Tomatoes
© John Kernick

Bright cherry tomatoes, orecchiette, sausage, and creamy provolone come together in this quick recipe by Marc Vetri.

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