40 Different Pasta Dishes You Absolutely Must Try

40 Different Pasta Dishes You Absolutely Must Try

Hey there, fellow foodies and pasta enthusiasts! Are you ready to embark on a carb-tastic journey through the world of pasta? We've got a treat for you: a list of 20 must-try pasta dishes that will make your taste buds dance with joy. From traditional Italian classics to innovative twists on old favourites, we're about to take you on a delicious adventure. So grab your forks (and maybe a napkin or two), and let's dive into this pasta wonderland!

1. Classic Spaghetti Carbonara

Ah, Carbonara - the Roman masterpiece! Made with eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, pancetta, and a dash of black pepper, this dish is a creamy, dreamy wonder. It's all about timing and precision, but the result? Pure bliss!

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2. Fettuccine Alfredo

This creamy, buttery dish, originally from Rome, is a hug in a bowl. With its rich blend of butter, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese, Fettuccine Alfredo is a simple yet luxurious treat. Pro tip: Add grilled chicken or shrimp for extra protein!

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3. Pesto Genovese with Trofie

Straight from the heart of Genoa, this vibrant green sauce made of basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, and olive oil is a summer staple. Pair it with Trofie pasta for an authentic Ligurian experience.

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4. Lasagna Bolognese

Layers of love, I call it! This dish combines sheets of pasta with Bolognese sauce, bechamel, and a generous helping of Parmesan cheese. It's a comforting, hearty meal that's perfect for family gatherings.

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5. Penne alla Vodka

A bit of booze in your pasta? Why not! Penne alla Vodka features a tomato cream sauce livened up with a splash of vodka and some crushed red pepper for a little heat. It's a trendy, zesty dish that's sure to impress.

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6. Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

A Southern Italian gem! This dish combines ear-shaped pasta (orecchiette) with slightly bitter broccoli rabe and savory sausage. It's a wonderful balance of flavors and textures.

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7. Ravioli di Magro

These delicate pillows of pasta filled with spinach and ricotta cheese, often served with a sage butter sauce, are a testament to the finesse of Italian cooking. Each bite is a little piece of heaven!

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8. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

A minimalist's dream! This simple yet flavorful dish is made with spaghetti, garlic, olive oil, and a sprinkle of red chili flakes. Sometimes, the simplest things are the best.

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9. Cacio e Pepe

This Roman classic is as simple as it gets - pasta, Pecorino Romano cheese, and black pepper. But don't be fooled; mastering Cacio e Pepe is all about technique. Get it right, and it's a game-changer!

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10. Linguine with Clam Sauce

Seafood lovers, unite! This dish features linguine coated in a savory sauce of clams, garlic, white wine, and parsley. It's like a trip to the seaside in a bowl.

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11. Butternut Squash Ravioli

For those who love a touch of sweetness, this dish is a must. Creamy butternut squash filling encased in tender pasta, often served with a sage butter sauce, is a delightful autumnal treat.

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12. Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Soft, pillowy gnocchi served with a rich and tangy Gorgonzola cream sauce is a match made in heaven. This dish is decadently delicious and sure to satisfy any cheese lover.

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13. Tagliatelle with Truffle and Mushroom Sauce

Elevate your pasta game with this luxurious dish. The earthy flavors of truffle and mushrooms blend beautifully with the ribbon-like tagliatelle pasta, creating an elegant and indulgent meal.

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14. Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Bold and briny, this Neapolitan dish is known for its robust sauce made from tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies, and garlic. It's a flavor-packed dish that's sure to wake up your palate.

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15. Rigatoni with Braised Short Ribs

For a hearty, meaty option, this dish is a winner. Tender, fall-off-the-bone short ribs braised in a rich tomato sauce, served over rigatoni, is a comforting and satisfying meal.

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16. Farfalle with Salmon and Peas

This light and refreshing dish pairs beautifully with spring and summer. Creamy sauce, flaky salmon, and sweet peas make this a delightful and elegant pasta dish.

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17. Bucatini all'Amatriciana

A classic from the town of Amatrice, this dish features bucatini pasta in a spicy tomato sauce with guanciale (Italian cured pork cheek) and Pecorino cheese. It's a rustic, flavorful dish with a kick!

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18. Pasta Primavera

A veggie lover's dream! This dish combines pasta with a medley of fresh, seasonal vegetables in a light sauce. It's colorful, nutritious, and absolutely delicious.

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19. Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Simple and elegant, this dish features plump shrimp in a buttery, garlicky, lemon-wine sauce served over linguine. It's a perfect blend of flavors that's both comforting and sophisticated.

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20. Tortellini in Brodo

A classic from the Emilia-Romagna region, this dish serves meat-filled tortellini in a clear, savory broth. It's a warming, soulful dish that's perfect for colder weather.

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21. Spaghetti alla Nerano

Celebrating the flavors of summer, this dish hails from the Amalfi Coast, featuring spaghetti tossed with fried zucchini and loads of melted Provolone del Monaco. It's a creamy, dreamy vegetable delight!

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22. Paccheri with Seafood

A Neapolitan favorite, this dish showcases paccheri, large tube pasta, with a mix of seafood in a light tomato sauce. Each bite is a taste of the Mediterranean Sea!

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23. Bucatini with Pork Ragu

A hearty, slow-cooked pork ragu served over bucatini pasta makes for a rich and satisfying meal. The meat's tenderness and the sauce's depth of flavor are simply unmatched.

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24. Penne Arrabbiata

Spicy food lovers, this one's for you! Penne Arrabbiata is a fiery dish made with garlic, tomatoes, and red chili peppers. Simple yet powerful in flavor, it's a real crowd-pleaser.

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25. Fusilli with Pesto Rosso

A twist on the classic green pesto, Pesto Rosso is a sun-dried tomato-based sauce blended with almonds, garlic, and Parmesan. Paired with fusilli, it's a delightful, tangy dish.

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26. Tortelli di Zucca

A specialty of Lombardy, these pumpkin-filled pasta parcels are a sweet and savory treat, often served with melted butter and sage. They're a beautiful blend of autumnal flavors.

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27. Campanelle with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Campanelle pasta, with its bell-like shape, is perfect for holding a rich and creamy mushroom sauce. It's an earthy, comforting dish that's great for cozy nights in.

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28. Farfalle with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

A simple yet vibrant dish, combining the classic flavors of basil pesto with chewy sun-dried tomatoes. This dish is as colorful as it is delicious.

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29. Spaghetti with Lemon and Parmesan

This refreshing and light pasta dish combines the zesty flavors of lemon with the richness of Parmesan cheese. It's a quick, easy, and elegant meal that's surprisingly flavorful.

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30. Conchiglie with Broccoli and Anchovy

Shell-shaped pasta (conchiglie) works beautifully with a sauce of broccoli florets and anchovies, creating a dish that's full of flavor and texture contrasts.

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31. Tagliolini with Truffle and Porcini Mushrooms

A luxurious dish that showcases the intense flavors of truffles and porcini mushrooms with thin, delicate tagliolini pasta. It's a true gourmet experience.

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32. Penne with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Creamy Gorgonzola cheese and crunchy walnuts make a fantastic combination, especially when mixed with penne pasta. This dish is both comforting and sophisticated.

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33. Rotini with Artichokes and Pancetta

Rotini's spirals are perfect for catching pieces of artichoke and pancetta, making every bite a delightful mix of flavors and textures.

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34. Linguine with Mussels

A classic seafood pasta, this dish features linguine smothered in a savory broth with tender, juicy mussels. It's like a trip to the Italian seaside!

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35. Rigatoni with Eggplant and Ricotta

A Sicilian-inspired dish, this combines fried eggplant, rich tomato sauce, and creamy ricotta cheese with rigatoni pasta. It's a hearty, satisfying vegetarian option.

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36. Orzo with Spinach and Feta Cheese

Orzo, a rice-shaped pasta, pairs wonderfully with sautéed spinach and crumbled feta cheese, creating a Mediterranean-inspired dish that's both light and flavorful.

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37. Pappardelle with Duck Ragu

A rustic, hearty dish featuring broad pappardelle noodles coated in a rich and savory duck ragu. It's a luxurious and comforting meal.

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38. Spaghetti with Bottarga

A Sardinian specialty, this dish features spaghetti topped with grated bottarga (cured fish roe), olive oil, and lemon. It's a simple yet luxurious dish with a unique flavor.

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39. Angel Hair with Lemon Shrimp

Angel hair pasta, being light and delicate, is a perfect match for shrimp sautéed with lemon and garlic. It's a light, refreshing, and elegant dish.

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40. Ziti with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Last but not least, ziti pasta served with a smooth, smoky roasted red pepper sauce. This dish is visually stunning and packed with flavor.

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From the shores of Italy to your kitchen, these recipes are guaranteed to satisfy your pasta cravings. Whether you're cooking for a special occasion or just spicing up your weeknight dinner routine, there's a pasta dish here for you.