When I think back to my first true food love, pasta’s the clear winner. Mac ‘n’ cheese, meatballs, even plain old noodles and butter — back in the day, if someone asked me what I wanted for dinner, 9 times out of 10, the answer was pasta.
Somewhere along the way, though, I stopped eating it as much. Maybe it was fear of the carbs; maybe it was lack of time, but noodles definitely got put on the back burner. But that’s about to end.
These delicious recipes are inventive, easy and pasta-licious. Get ready to fall in love with pasta all over again.
1. Red pepper & butternut squash pasta recipe
No, this isn’t super-cheesy pasta, but you won’t be disappointed with the decadent and creamy butternut squash sauce.
2. 30-Minute cream cheese meatball fettuccine recipe
Spaghetti and meatballs (with cream cheese!) in 30 minutes could be very bad for my waistline.
3. Spaghetti with seafood ragù recipe
A lighter pasta dish for when you need a break from the above-mentioned cream cheese-infused spaghetti.
4. Creamy Greek yogurt mac ‘n’ cheese with spinach recipe
This creamy, cheesy, one-pot mac and cheese comes together in 15 minutes — 15 minutes!
5. One-skillet three-meat spaghetti recipe
If this meaty spaghetti doesn’t scream comfort food, I don’t know what does.
6. Tagliatelle with eggplant cream, tomatoes & basil recipe
If you can’t travel to the Italian Riviera, at least you can indulge in pasta inspired by the flavors of the region.
7. Chili spaghetti recipe
The perfect way to use up leftover chili.
Originally published March 2015. Updated July 2017.