Who doesn't love pasta? We know we do. Perhaps that's why it tends to be a tried-and-true side dish. But being in constant rotation can lead to pasta burnout.
Like that usual macaroni salad heavy with mayo? Forever pass on that. Or how about spaghetti noodles drenched in that boring store-bought spaghetti sauce? No, no; not again. There's got to be better, easy-to-make pasta recipes out there…
There are! And it's all about taking a few chances and getting creative to give your taste buds that new, unfamiliar jolt of flavor it's been longing for.
We've rounded up 13 unexpected pasta fusion recipes you'll only wish you'd tried sooner. From a summer-appropriate ramen noodle salad and a curried pumpkin gnocchi to a spicy Korean penne pasta and a BBQ spaghetti casserole, these recipes are guaranteed to shake up your breakfast, lunch and dinner routines.
A version of this article was originally published in October 2015.