Shaped Pasta

One of our favorite pastas is rotelle, which are little wheel-shaped noodles. They’re great for making your pasta salads stand out, and your kids will definitely get a kick out of them. The whole family will gladly eat their veggies with this easy broccoli-cheese dish, which combines cooked broccoli florets and rotelle with chicken stock and Parmesan cheese. Try a refreshing twist on classic pasta salad by tossing together cooked rotelle, garlicky sautéed shrimp and a yogurt-dill sauce made with chopped cucumbers, jalapeños and scallions. Whether you’re looking for an effortless side dish or a kid-friendly main course, find a rotelle recipe for any occasion in Food & Wine’s guide.

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Crusty Baked Shells & Cauliflower

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Even sautéed cauliflower feels decadant in this cheesy-crunchy baked pasta from Ina Garten. Be careful not to overcook your pasta, as it will continue to cook in the oven. Slideshow: More Cauliflower Recipes 

Orecchiette with Sweet Sausage and Escarole

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Garlicky braised escarole adds a pleasant bitter hit to this versatile sweet sausage ragù from chef Josh Laurano at La Sirena restaurant in New York City.

Farfalle

The pasta type farfalle (Italian for "butterflies") is the perfect base for creamy sauces or hearty pasta salads. Here, our best farfalle recipes, from farfalle with zucchini and parsley-almond pesto to farfalle a la vodka.

Orecchiette with Summer Squash, Mint and Goat Cheese

Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Boston’s Coppa toils for hours making his own orecchiette but admits that high-quality store-bought brands are a fine substitute. Here he stirs pasta and thinly sliced squash with a rich sauce of fresh goat cheese and brown butter that comes together in under 10 minutes. In the colder months, you can substitute winter squash for the zucchini and yellow squash. Slideshow:  More Pasta Recipes  Recipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners. 

Pasta with Marinated Grilled Eggplant, Burrata and Chiles

Torn pieces of burrata are tossed into the orecchiette just after it’s cooked so the cheese melts ever so slightly into the pasta, which is laced with chunks of tender, smoky eggplant. Slideshow:  More Pasta Recipes 

Andouille Mac & Cheese

At The Heron, in Narrowsburg, New York, chef Paul Nanni grinds and smokes his own andouille sausage for supergenerous portions of Cajun-inspired macaroni and cheese. Slideshow:  More Cajun and Creole Recipes 

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Rajas Con Crema Macaroni and Cheese

This quick stovetop mac and cheese is based on rajas con crema, a classic Mexican dish of roasted green chiles sautéed with onion and finished with cream. Canned green chiles make a fine shortcut in this case. Slideshow: More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes 

Macaroni Bianco with Ricotta and Fresh Mozzarella

Fresh ricotta replaces the need for a béchamel, while fresh mozzarella ensures that there’s plenty of the ooey-gooeyness that you crave from a good mac and cheese. Slideshow: More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes