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These pasta recipes will make your friends swoon

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Pasta recipes made to impress

Expecting company? Pasta dishes are quick and easy to throw together. We're not just talking about simple pasta and sauce, though. If you're going to make pasta, do it right. We've gathered our favorite pasta recipes, all guaranteed to make your friends swoon.

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Cheesy lobster spaghetti

Cheesy lobster spaghetti

Anything made with lobster just screams "fancy." This upscale dish is surprisingly easy.

Roasted poblano macaroni and cheese

Roasted poblano macaroni and cheese

This mac and cheese isn't for the kiddos. The roasted poblano peppers give it some heat, and an unmistakably adult taste.

Simple spicy shrimp pasta

Simple spicy shrimp pasta

A light and spicy sauce is the perfect topper to shrimp and spaghetti in this crowd-pleasing dish.

Taco stuffed shells

Taco stuffed shells

These aren't your mama's stuffed shells. The Mexican cheeses and taco seasonings give a whole new twist to this classic dish.

Spaghetti with mussels and tomato sauce

Spaghetti with muscles and tomato sauce

Believe it or not, this sophisticated dish tastes even better than it looks.

Skinny roasted garlic tomato Alfredo

Skinny roasted garlic tomato Alfredo

Your friends will drool when you present them with this beautiful dish. They'll backflip when you tell them it's low-cal.

Mushroom lasagna

Mushroom lasagna

You won't miss the meat or the red sauce once you get a taste of this lasagna. Those staples are replaced with mushrooms and heavy cream, and paired with lots of gooey cheese.

Baked pasta with Sriracha sauce

Baked pasta with Sriracha sauce

You either love Sriracha sauce or you hate it. If you're a fan of spice, you probably love it, and you'll love this dish, too.

One-pot chicken enchilada pasta

One-pot chicken enchilada pasta

Make time to actually visit with your guests after dinner by serving this Mexican-themed pasta dish that dirties just one pan. Spend your evening chatting up your bestie instead of up to your elbows in dish soap.

Pumpkin and ricotta pasta casserole

Pumpkin and ricotta pasta casserole

It may be known for sweet treats, but pumpkin does savory pretty well, too. This dish proves it.

Crawfish mac and cheese

Crawfish mac and cheese

Crawfish, bacon and decadent cheeses will make this Cajun dish a favorite of your friends.

Stir-fry noodles with shrimp and vegetables

Stir-fry noodles with shrimp and vegetables

Skip the takeout and get your Asian food fix with this dish that's easy and quick.

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