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50 Mouthwateringly Good Pasta Recipes

April 30, 2024
Amelia [Writer]

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Explore every pasta possibility under the sun. From beloved classics like lasagna and spaghetti to delightful options like gnocchi and mac and cheese, there's a whole lot of deliciousness to satisfy every pasta craving!

50 Mouthwateringly Good Pasta Recipes

Introducing the ultimate pasta extravaganza ----- 50 Mouthwateringly Good Pasta Recipes! Explore every pasta possibility under the sun. From classic favorites like ravioli + mac and cheese to indulgent delights such as gnocchi and pasta bakes, we've got you covered. Whether you're craving a comforting bowl of spaghetti or a decadent lasagna, we've handpicked a variety of recipes to satisfy every pasta lover's appetite. Vegan, Dairy-free + Gluten-free Options.

Collage image of pasta recipes.

I just couldn't help myself—I've put together a roundup of mine and my readers' absolute favorite pasta dishes. It's all here in one place, from my mac and cheese addiction (trust me, I've got loads of recipes for it! Haha) to pasta bakes, pillowy ravioli, gnocchi, lasagna, and all those classic pasta recipes you love.

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Why You Will LOVE This Pasta Recipe Lineup!

  • Diverse range of pasta dishes for every taste.
  • Tried-and-tested recipes loved by many.
  • Perfect for any occasion ---- from weeknight dinners to special gatherings.
  • Endless inspiration to elevate your pasta game.
  • Guaranteed satisfaction with EVERY bite.
  • Perfect for beginners to seasoned chefs!

Classic Pasta Recipes

Let's start with our beloved classic pasta recipes, featuring all-time favorites like penne, fettuccini, rigatoni, and more. 

Spaghetti on a pink plate with two forks and a side of bread.

1. Grandma’s Weeknight Spaghetti

A beloved family recipe boasting rich tomato flavors and a hint of Parmesan perfection. It’s a simple, classic, and easy-to-love dish that the whole family will love. Completely Vegetarian. Gluten-free + Vegan Option.

Up close shot of alfredo in two white plates with a drink, side of parmesan cheese, and three forks on a black table.

2. Weeknight Creamy Chicken Alfredo

A beautiful rendition of a classic-----including all of the savory flavors! Perfect for the entire family. Meatless, Dairy-free + Gluten-free options.

Up close shot of pasta on a black plate.

3. Vegan Bolognese Pasta

Brimming with rich flavors and hearty goodness. Whether you're feeding the whole family or seeking a quick weeknight meal, this recipe promises satisfaction with every savory bite. Gluten-free option.

Plate of Lemon Brown Butter Pasta

4. Lemon Brown Butter Pasta

Based with a light lemon-brown butter sauce and topped with lemon-herb breadcrumbs and finished with delicious freshly-grated parmesan. Vegan + Gluten-free options.

Pasta in a white plate with a fork and knife.

5. Creamy Blackened Chicken Rigatoni Pasta

Imagine tender blackened chicken, kissed by bold spices, nestled in a velvety creamy sauce, all twirled around hearty rigatoni pasta—this recipe is full flavors and textures that'll leave you craving more. Dairy-free + Gluten-free option.

Wooden spoon stirring a pot of Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

6. Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta Without Vodka

A light, yet decadent pasta dish is perfect for busy days. Vegan + Gluten-free option.

Plate of Braised Steak Ragu with Pappardelle with two forks

7. Braised Steak Ragu with Pappardelle

This easy beef ragu recipe the ideal family dinner, providing warmth and deliciousness without any hassle! Gluten-free + Dairy-free option.

Skillet of Spicy Brown Butter Pumpkin Rigatoni

8. Spicy Brown Butter Pumpkin Rigatoni

The perfect way to enjoy a good plate of creamy pasta for the entire family. Enjoy pasta that comes completely loaded with pumpkin flavor married with savory spices. Gluten-free + Dairy-free option.

Pan of Creamy Cajun Chicken Orzo

9. One Skillet Creamy Cajun Chicken Orzo

This is a family favorite for a reason. It's full of flavor and the ultimate comfort dish! Dairy-free option.

Closeup of Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta in a skillet

10. Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Made with an easy roasted red bell pepper sauce, herbs + spices, full-fat coconut cream/milk. Gluten-free option.

Wooden spoon stirring a skillet of Creamy Roasted Garlic Kale Pasta with Parmesan

11. Creamy Roasted Garlic Kale Pasta

This is the epitome of a bold, delicious, simple meatless weeknight meal that comes jam-packed with loads of garlicky kale flavors! Vegan, Dairy-free + Gluten-free Option.

Closeup of two serving spoons in a skillet of Creamy Garlic Butter Pasta with Roasted cauliflower

12. Creamy Garlic Butter Pasta w/ Roasted Cauliflower

Get into this rich, indulgent Creamy Garlic Butter Pasta w/ Roasted Cauliflower, perfect for feeding a crowd! Vegan, Dairy-free + Gluten-free Option.

Plate of Walnut Pesto Bucatini Pasta

13. Simple Walnut Pesto Bucatini Pasta

Bursting with nutty + herby flavors, this dish is a simple, easy way to re-create a flavorful dish minus the complex steps. Gluten-free + Nut-free options.

Overhead shot of a skillet of Creamy Garlic Tomato Conchiglioni Pasta

14. Creamy Jumbo Shell Garlic Tomato Pasta

This delightful Conchiglioni pasta dish is brimming with the mouthwatering flavors of tomatoes and garlicky goodness, making it perfect for a cozy weeknight meal that the entire family will adore. Dairy-free + Gluten-free option.

Overhead shot of Southern-Style Cajun Pasta with Pecan Breadcrumbs

15. Vegan Southern-Style Cajun Pasta

And easy, quick family-friendly meal for any night of the week. Gluten-free + Nut-free options.

Up close shot of creamy pasta in a plate with a spoon and fork, twirled with a glass of juice.

16. Creamy Vegan Cajun Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

This decadent meatless vegan pasta dish comes together in a flash, making it perfect for a weeknight meal. Plus, you only need one skillet! Even the kids will love this creamy pasta! Gluten-free option.

Pasta in a low white bowl with a fork and drink on the side.

17.  Creamy Jamaican Rasta Pasta

A simple and comforting one-pot pasta for a weeknight dinner that comes enriched with spicy jerk flavors, bell peppers, and a thick, cheesy sauce----much like the traditional version. Dairy-free, Vegan, and Gluten-free options.

Lasagna

I love lasagna, but don't love how long it can take to make --- So I've tweaked these recipes to make them quicker + easier to whip up.

Bowl of soup with a spoon, side of bread, and parmesan on a brown wood table.

18. Comforting Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

This vegetarian twist uses savory plant-based beef, rich marinara + creamy ricotta. Plus, thick, perfectly tender broken lasagna sheets for an extra layer of coziness. Gluten-free + Vegan Option.

Bowl of Creamy White Chicken Lasagna Soup

19. Creamy White Chicken Lasagna Soup

This soup boasts of it’s major flavor factor and comes loaded with shredded chicken, lasagna noodles, seasonings + herbs, chopped kale, and bold cheesy goodness and an optional bacon topping! Slow Cooker, Vegan + Gluten-Free options.

Half-served Meatless Pumpkin Lasagna in a skillet

20. Meatless Pumpkin Skillet Lasagna

This has all the classic lasagna flavors with a roasted tomato sauce and delightful pumpkin-ricotta filling! Gluten-free Option.

Bowl of Vegan Lasagna Soup with spoon

21. Delicious Vegan Lasagna Soup

This vegan pasta soup boasts of it’s major flavor factor and comes loaded with tender lasagna noodles, bold tomato flavor, seasonings + herbs, chopped kale, and a nice gooey cheese topping. Gluten-Free + Slow Cooker options.

Pasta Bakes

There is something about letting the oven do all the heavy lifting that I LOVE when it comes to pasta bakes.

Baked pasta on a wooden brown table with a scoop from a spoon.

22. Spicy Vodka Rigatoni Pasta Bake

Creamy, cheesy, and irresistibly spicy, with golden bubbly goodness! This dish blends tangy tomatoes with fiery flavors for a mouthwatering twist on a classic favorite. Gluten-free, Make-Ahead + Less Spicy Option.

Closeup of a Spicy Pumpkin Pasta Bake

23. Spicy Pumpkin Pasta Bake 

Loaded with pumpkin puree, plant-based meat crumbles, and gooey melted mozzarella or sharp cheddar. The best comfort food to indulge in. It's a fast family-friendly pasta dinner for any weeknight. Gluten-Free option.

Wooden spoon scooping from Pesto Pasta with Ricotta out of a baking dish

24. Pesto Rigatoni Pasta Bake

The epitome of a delicious easy weeknight dinner that comes jam-packed with loads of cheesy umami-flavor and golden crispy texture! Gluten-Free option.

Half-empty Dutch oven of Meatless Baked Ziti with Ricotta and Mozzarella

25. Meatless Baked Ziti

It's a simple yet satisfying, easy weeknight dinner that everyone will love! Make ahead + Gluten-Free option.

Pan of Tomato Kale Ravioli Bake

26. Weeknight Tomato Kale Ravioli Bake

A twist on a traditional pasta bake. Make ahead option.

Ravioli + Torteillini

Ravioli and tortellini have a magical way of instantly elevating a dish, making it feel fancier and giving it a delicious texture.

Overhead shot of Vodka Ravioli [without the Vodka]

27. Hubby’s Date Night Vodka Ravioli [without the Vodka] 

A twist on traditional vodka pasta----this is perfect for the entire family, but definitely incredible for date nights! Vegan + Gluten-free option.

Ravioli in a bowl with two forks and a garnish of parmesan shavings and sage leaves.

28. Cozy Sun-dried Tomato Pumpkin Ravioli

Imagine tender ravioli enveloped in a creamy and delicious sauce. Ready in under 30 minutes! Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free + Meat Options!

Overhead shot of a wooden spoon scooping Creamy Tuscan Ravioli

29. Easy Weeknight Creamy Tuscan Ravioli

This comforting one-pot pasta is perfect for busy evenings, as it combines the convenience of a quick meal with irresistible flavors. Dairy-free + Vegan Option.

Up close shot of ravioli in a white plate.

30. Creamy Date Night Broccoli Alfredo Ravioli

A scrumptious meal for any evening when you crave creamy, cheesy goodness wrapped in tender, plump ravioli pillows. Gluten-free, Vegan + Meat Options.

Up close shot of ravioli soup with a spoon and herbs.

31. Cozy Tuscan Ravioli Soup

This inviting bowl blends the rustic flavors of Tuscan cuisine with perfectly cooked ravioli, promising a comforting and flavorful experience in every spoonful. Ready in 25 minutes TOTAL! Gluten-free, Vegan + Slow-cooker options.

Closeup of Creamy Shrimp Pesto Tortellini Pasta

32. Creamy Shrimp Pesto Tortellini Pasta

A deliciously savory one-pot dinner with a creamy, cheesy, pesto-infused sauce, tender spinach-filled tortellini pasta, and juicy shrimp. Vegetarian option.

Creamy chicken and tortellini in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

33. Creamy Blackened Chicken with Tortellini

A harmonious blend of bold 'blackened' spices on tender chicken, creamy sauce, and tender tortellini pasta, making it an irresistible weeknight favorite! Dairy-free, Vegan + Gluten-free Option.

Gnocchi

These fluffy, tasty potato pasta pillows are a fun way to change up your regular pasta routine.

Baked gnocchi in a black skillet with a gold spoon, herbs, and pieces of bread.

34. Skillet Baked Cheesy Pumpkin Gnocchi

A twist on traditional pasta bake---- Perfect for the entire family and so easy to whip together! Packed with bold, savory flavors. Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, + Make ahead options.

Up close shot of gnocchi in a white plate with fork + spoon.

35. Creamy Lemon Herb Butter Gnocchi

Where soft, pillowy gnocchi meets the delightful blend of fresh garlic, lemon juice + slices, organic heavy cream, white wine, and a medley of herbs and seasonings creating a rich, velvety buttery sauce. Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan + Meat options!

Up close shot of baked gnocchi with a spoon and drink.

36. Baked Garlic Chicken Broccoli Gnocchi

This dish is an easy, one-pot kind of meal that serves for the entire family. Incredible garlicky and herb flavors matched with beautifully shredded chicken and broccoli for a nice bite! Meatless, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, + Make ahead options.

Two bowls of soup on a brown wood table with a grater and garnish.

37. 'Marry Me’ Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Soup

A great weeknight option or comforting weekend addition for the entire family, this soup boasts of it’s major flavor factor and comes loaded with tender, soft potato gnocchi, major tuscan flavor, herbs + seasonings, well seasoned shredded chicken, chopped kale, and bold parmesan flavor! Vegan, Slow Cooker, + Gluten-Free options.

Overhead shot of Creamy Lemon Pesto Gnocchi with Broccoli being stirred with a spoon

38. Creamy Lemon Pesto Gnocchi with Broccoli

Never make another boring easy meatless weeknight meal again with this delicious Creamy Lemon Pesto Gnocchi with Broccoli! Vegan + Gluten-Free options.

Overhead shot of broccoli pesto gnocchi with chickpeas

39. Weeknight Broccoli Pesto Gnocchi + Chickpeas

This recipe comes based with tender gnocchi coated with a creamy pesto sauce made from broccoli and topped with roasted blackened chickpeas that create such a beautiful texture together. Vegan, Gluten-free, Nut-free options.

Overhead shot of a bowl of Vegan Meat Sauce on Gnocchi with forks

40. The Best Vegan Meat Sauce + Gnocchi 

This vegan pasta dinner is perfect for Meatless Monday or any night of the week for that matter! Gluten-free option.

Closeup of Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken

41. Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken

Looking for a flavorful + rich weeknight meal to enjoy with the entire family? Look no further----this Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken is just the thing! Dairy-free + Vegan options.

Mac + Cheese

Mac and cheese, the ultimate comfort food and my first food love! I love getting creative with it, trying out different twists to make it uniquely delicious.

Closeup of Creamy Stovetop Southern Mac and Cheese

42. Creamy Stovetop Southern Mac + Cheese

Dive into a cheesy, gooey delight with four kinds of cheese - Mild cheddar, Sharp cheddar, Gruyere + Muenster. It's all about that melty, velvety goodness that screams comfort food perfection! Vegan + Gluten-Free Options.

Pot of Copycat Velveeta Broccoli Mac + Cheese

43. Copycat Velveeta Broccoli Mac and Cheese

A true family favorite! Made using your fave short-cut pasta, heavy cream, milk, cooked broccoli florets, Mild cheddar, and Mozzarella cheese-----comfort food at its best! Vegan + Gluten-Free options.

Baked mac and cheese in a green skillet with two spoons.

44. Baked White Mac + Cheese with Bacon

It's a dish that steals the show as a comforting main course or shines brightly as a standout side dish on any table especially during the holiday season! Gluten-free + Vegan Option.

Wooden spoon stirring a pan of Vegan Mac and Cheese

45. Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese

It is by far more than a fork full of goodness! A super creamy and 'cheesy' vegan pasta. A beautiful twist on a classic dish that is sure to be a staple in your household. Completely vegan. Gluten-Free + Nut-Free options.

Baked gnocchi in mini cocottes with a spoon.

46. Southern Baked Gnocchi Mac + Cheese

Dive into the ultimate comfort food experience with our Southern Baked Gnocchi Mac + Cheese recipe! This dish combines the creaminess of classic mac and cheese with the pillowy softness of gnocchi, all crowned with a crispy, golden topping. A beautiful twist on a classic dish that is sure to be a staple in your household. Gluten-free, Vegan + Make-Ahead Option.

Spoon scooping some Southern Baked Mac and Cheese with Breadcrumbs out of a baking pan

47. The BEST Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

Creamy, rich, ooey-gooey, and overflowing with cheese, with irresistible crispy browned breadcrumbed edges. Vegan + Gluten-Free options.

Two bowls of chicken and mac and cheese with a spoon and herbs.

48. Easy KFC Mac + Cheese Bowl [Copycat]

Who doesn't love a good creamy, savory dish that reminds them of one of the most popular meals at KFC? All dairy-free. Meatless + gluten-free options.

Slice of Baked Vegan Buffalo Mac and Cheese on a plate with a fork.

49. Baked Vegan Buffalo Mac + Cheese

This vegan pasta has a creamy buffalo and cashew cream sauce coats gluten-free macaroni before topping it with a crispy GF breadcrumb topping. This will be a new family favorite! 

Closeup of a small bowl of Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

50. Easy Vegan Pumpkin Mac + Cheese

With its creamy seasonal pumpkin goodness, a unique blend Cajun spices, and homemade vegan cream cheese, it all combines for a mouthwatering, dairy-free mac + cheese that's an absolute delight for everyone. Gluten-free option

That's A Wrap On This Pasta Recipes Roundup!

Well, my friends, that wraps up our 50 Mouthwateringly Good Pasta Recipes With these scrumptious options at your fingertips, I'm certain you'll stumble upon a new pasta love or rediscover an old flame. May your kitchen be a haven of warm, cozy aromas, and may you find pure joy in crafting these pasta dishes!

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So if you loved this roundup of 50 Mouthwateringly Good Pasta Recipes then be sure to check out more of my roundups on my fave recipes!

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