June 30, 2023
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Pasta is the ultimate comfort food. However, that classic bowl of spaghetti and meatballs can get old after a while. Fortunately, there is no shortage of amazing meals that you can make with pasta as the star. Here are 10 of the best pasta dishes to put in your repertoire in 2022.
This white cheese chicken lasagna is an ooey-gooey pan of goodness. Mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta cheeses combine to create this cheesy masterpiece that is a break from more traditional lasagna recipes. The addition of spinach boosts the nutritional value of this meal. This dish is a good choice for a potluck or when you are feeding a crowd. Pair this lasagna with a green salad and garlic bread for the perfect Italian feast for a cozy night at home.
If you are looking for something simple, it does not get any easier than this spaghetti carbonara recipe. This dish comes together in just 15 minutes from start to finish, making it a great choice for those busy weeknights. With only five ingredients of spaghetti, bacon, eggs, parmesan cheese, and garlic, you also may already have all that you need on hand to whip up this beauty. The key in preparing this dish is to work quickly so that you do not end up with scrambled eggs on your hands. Garnish the finished product with parsley for a bit of color.
This sun-dried tomato garlic shrimp pasta is another recipe that comes together in no time at all. The buttery garlic basil flavor comes from the addition of pesto sauce, adding a depth that suggests a much more complicated recipe. Using thicker linguine will help to absorb the sauce while providing a complement to the lighter shrimp. This dish is simple enough to use as a quick dinner for the family on a busy night yet fancy enough to serve to guests. You cannot go wrong when you choose this shrimp pasta creation.
This turkey tetrazzini is a great recipe if you have leftover turkey to use up and want to get creative. The turkey and pasta casserole is enveloped in a creamy mushroom sauce and then topped with both mozzarella and parmesan cheese and baked until hot and bubbly. Note that this dish is incredibly rich and decadent. You can use either white or dark meat with this recipe. Serve this dish with crusty bread to mop up all of the sauce. Your family will also appreciate having leftovers for this dish as it heats up extremely well.
Take the flavor of your pasta repertoire up a notch with this baked buffalo chicken mac and cheese recipe. The dish is highlighted by white cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, blending together to create a creamy sauce. The addition of Frank’s red hot sauce kicks up the spice quotient of this mac and cheese. The crowning achievement of this dish is the crust consisting of panko bread crumbs, garlic, crumbled blue cheese, and more hot sauce. Customize the spice level by adding more or less of the sauce. You may want to consider doubling this recipe and freezing one for later use.
This pasta with mussels in a spicy tomato sauce is a classic Mediterranean-inspired dish. The sauce leans on both cherry tomatoes and whole peeled yellow tomatoes that are cooked with garlic, onion, fresh thyme, and chili pepper flakes. The mussels are cooked with white wine and more chopped onions and crushed garlic to bring out their unique flavor. Toss all of this bucatini pasta as called for by the recipe or use regular spaghetti or linguine. This dish pairs beautifully with a glass of white wine.
For another light pasta dish, try this baked Mediterranean pasta recipe. The rotini pasta is mixed in a sauce made with olive oil, artichoke hearts, fresh tomatoes, and kalamata olives. The dish is topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and baked until the cheese begins to slightly brown. In addition to delivering an explosion of flavors thanks to the unique ingredients, this recipe is also bursting with antioxidants and nutrients. You will find loads of vitamin E, vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, and folate in this pasta dish.
The winter season is the perfect time to break out this creamy sausage tortellini soup. The soup boasts a creamy base made with cooked and crumbled pork sausage, kale, carrots, and three-cheese tortellini. Garlic and Italian seasoning contribute to the rich flavor of this dish. You can also sub out the pork sausage with ground turkey, beef, or chicken. Spinach can be used in place of kale if you prefer. Serve this soup with biscuits or crusty bread for dipping. This comforting soup will become an instant family favorite.
For something cool and refreshing, consider this traditional Italian pasta salad. This recipe is extremely forgiving, allowing you to customize it to fit your personal tastes and dietary needs. To make this a heartier meal, consider adding cubed chicken to the mix. The recipe calls for ingredients such as salami, olives, cheese, bell pepper, and more. Feel free to add sun-dried tomatoes, diced artichokes, or whatever you feel like will elevate this salad. This recipe will stay fresh for three days in the refrigerator.
Vegetarians will love this interesting sheet pan gnocchi and vegetable recipe. Uncooked potato gnocchi is lined on a sheet pan with a mixture of grape tomatoes, red and orange bell pepper, and red onion. The vegetables crisp up nicely with olive oil, a variety of herbs, garlic, seasoning, and shaved parmesan cheese. While this is a great vegetarian dish, you can please the carnivores in your family by adding sliced smoked sausage to the mix.
These 10 pasta recipes will keep your meal rotation fresh and fun. You do not have to settle for the old standbys when you have these recipes to experiment with
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