Italy is synonymous with pasta! You can serve these recipes as a primo like the Italians or a main course. Either way, these handpicked Italian pasta recipes are perfect for a weekend date or a family dinner. Many of them can be even included in your festive or picnic menu.
25 Must Try Italian Pasta Recipe Ideas:
Take a sneak peek into 25 pasta recipes chosen to satiate your Italian food fantasies:
1. Penne Pasta With Prosciutto And Beans:
This recipe is a mixture of beans and prosciutto, cooked along with cheese and tomatoes in an herbed garlic butter base! The addition of chives and arugula gives the mixture an exotic touch. Toss it with the cooked pasta and serve fresh with a generous sprinkle of freshly chopped basil. You can add a handful of toasted nuts for crunchiness. While the actual recipe calls for the use of penne pasta, you can opt for any pasta, excluding spaghetti.
2. Golden Spaghetti With Butternut Squash Sauce:
The creamy mushy squash cooked in cream and stock and then pureed to a fine paste! Wow! It is what gives this dish a touch of exotic indulgence. The kosher salt added to the spaghetti while cooking the latter makes it even better. Make sure you grate and garnish the dish with parmesan cheese generously. A quick and easy, yet tasty and fabulous way to zest up lazy winter nights!
3. Zucchini Lasagna:
It is a lovely and healthy touch to the classic lasagna recipe. This one is a low carb delight, which is ideal for those who are watching their weight. A mild sauce flavored with garlic, this baked delicacy with a double dose of cheese is packed with the goodness of lean beef and zucchini. You can spice it up by adding more garlic and spices to meet your palette requirements. Serve it hot alongside freshly tossed green salad.
4. Spaghetti Italian:
The name says it all! A pure Italian flavored delicacy that tastes awesome! Make sure that the sausage turns deep brown for the right flavor. The luscious blend of tomatoes with tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and other spices and the browned sausage-you are bound to go mad with an exotic experience.
5. Shrimp And Roasted Red Peppers Pasta:
An ultra cool combination of cream, basil, and dry white wine blends in a complementary way with the fiery roasted red pepper. And the shrimps are infused with crushed pepper flavors! What more is needed to give the cooked, simple pasta that touch of luxuriousness! If you want to try it out at your BBQ party, then make sure you grill the shrimp for an authentic BBQ flavor.
6. Chicken And Gorgonzola Pasta:
The creamy blend of gorgonzola cheese and cream makes a wonderfully elegant base for the chicken, mushroom, and pasta. Make sure you prepare this complete meal well ahead of time. Garnish it with generous amounts of parsley, and keep aside for the flavors to steep and blend in for a delectable experience.
7. Spaghetti With Clams And Corn:
Make sure you are using pre-sucked fresh clams for that royal dining experience. While you can use the canned clams also, the dish gets classy with the fresh ones. Serve it fresh tossed with freshly sucked corn earns and a spicy salad made with the choicest veggies for a complete meal.
8. Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo:
Cream cheese blended with butter and heavy cream, and then seasoned with a mixture of garlic powder and freshly ground pepper – that is the basic Alfredo sauce! This is bound to be the initial reaction. Despite being a basic recipe, this is one of the best ways you can enjoy pasta. Want to add a rich touch to the delight? Mix in some sparkling wine and a dash of red paprika for that fiery touch. This fettuccine is going to be a hit at the party. You can even toss in grilled veggies or bite-sized meat pieces for an exotic appeal.
9. Warm Spaghetti-Squash Salad:
Chuck out your laziness and start cooking up a crazy salad packed with the goodness of various ingredients, including feta cheese and olives for that winter party right away with this recipe. An ultra mild squash salad packed with the tanginess from the olives, it easily qualifies as a side dish as well as an appetizer. What is your call for the day?
10. Pasta Salad With Grilled Vegetables, Parsley And Feta:
The ear shaped pasta used in this recipe adds a cute touch to the entire visual appeal. Make sure you drain the pasta, rinse with cold water thoroughly to prevent the pasta from overcooking. Grill the veggies – eggplant, zucchini, and asparagus – brushed with olive oil until charred. Slice the veggies, toss with pasta along with a lemon juice shallot dressing and flavor with a blend of feta cheese, parsley and olives, and season with salt and pepper. Your salad is ready to be relished! If you want a cold version, then refrigerate till you serve and then serve at room temperature.
11. Orecchiette With Raw Tomato Sauce:
The beauty of this ear pasta is the simple, yet rich blend that comes from the delicate way the ingredients blend with each other. Make sure you lay you hands on the ripest available tomatoes and the best olive oil you can find to get the flavors of this pasta right. Serve it hot with a generous sprinkling of marjoram, oregano, and/or thyme leaves. For the cheese lovers, you can add grated parmesan for that added richness.
12. Sausage Carbonara:
The combination of eggs and sausage with pasta is really mouthwatering. And, this recipe uses this beautiful fusion as a twist on the classic carbonara recipe. It looks impressive, and tastes as fabulous as it looks. Plus, you can put it together in no time. Make this for your breakfast or as a quick meal for your guests. The fusion of scrambled eggs with the smooth and soft egg sauce makes it silky in the mouth.
13. Antipasto Pasta Salad:
Yet another classic Italian pasta recipe, it is a delightful blend of cheese, meat, and pasta tossed in a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing flavored with parsley, oregano, and cheese. Mix in the ingredients of the salad and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes. And, make sure you add the dressing just a few minutes before serving to prevent the salad from turning soggy. A great choice for picnic and a date!
14. Spaghetti with Garlic, Onions and Guanciale:
An in and out Italian delicacy, the cued meat is browned to perfection without losing that crispiness on moderate heat. Mix in this with a browned blend of garlic, onions, and red pepper. Toss with the pasta and mix with grated cheese in generous amounts. Make sure to prepare it in large quantity as it is going to be in demand. Serve hot.
15. Mackerel Pasta Salad:
Your search for a pasta recipe that appeases your vision as well as palate ends here. Packed with pure goodness, this colorful pasta will never let you to be rueful even once. A simple salad, it is quite filling on the tummy and taste buds. Make sure you have lemon juice and olive oil in the ration of 1:3. Add the dressing to the mackerel mixed along with beans, tomato halves, olives, and pasta and gently toss. Serve immediately with cheese alongside.
16. Italian Pasta Salad:
This one is a perfect summer companion. Easy to make and great to taste, this colorful salad is a truly Italian delight. Opt for multi-hued pasta [it could be anything] to zest up the look. The recipe calls for the use of instant Italian salad dressing to retain the authenticity of Italian spices. Make sure you use the same if you do not want your palate to miss an Italian experience.
17. Italian Confetti Pasta Salad:
A great choice for your backyard barbecue, it allows you to put it together the day before and chill. The zestful mix of mayonnaise with vinegar and flavored with basil, garlic, and black pepper makes this salad a perfect side dish to be served along with your grilled meat. It also complements grilled veggies. Just give a quick, gentle stir before you serve.
18. Paula’s Italian Pasta Salad:
This one is a gift from renowned chef, Paula Deen. Loads of bow tie pasta tossed with fresh veggies including green pepper, olives, tomatoes, and mushrooms in a mayonnaise and balsamic vinaigrette dressing! This doesn’t need a chef’s experience. Just make sure that your cheese is added in the end. You can even add more spices and red paprika or black pepper for a fiery warm up.
19. Pasta Con Le Sarde:
You can now change your attitude towards sardines with this recipe. While fish and cheese make a rare appearance together in Italian cuisine, this one is definitely a palate pleasing pasta recipe. The mixture of crispy bread crumbs with parmesan cheese makes it even more tempting.
20. Angel Hair Pasta With Mussels And Red Pepper Sauce:
Console and lure your sulking partner to a comforting meal with this angel hair pasta recipe. A great way to relish seafood, this one is a perfect confluence of various flavors – the sweet red pepper, salty mussels, and tangy tomatoes. This is quite mild in terms of flavor, and hence, can easily be transformed into a kids’ special delight with added cheese sprinkled atop the dish while serving. If you are serving it for the kids, then please omit the white wine. Instead, you can add vegetable or chicken broth, of course the low sodium variant.
21. Italian Ravioli Casserole:
Casseroles packed with pastas are quite popular in Italian homes. This one is quite simple to make. If you have a hectic weekend and do not have time to put up an elaborate meal, then make sure you try ravioli casserole. Just have some garlic bread toasted with loads of cheese and garlic to complement the dish. Not to forget the green salad and a glass of Italian classic white wine.
22. Italian Sausage And Pasta Soup:
Packed with Italian sausage, diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, and chopped veggies, this one is a zesty pasta soup that every pasta lover ought to try at least once. Transform this into a complete meal for a lazy dinner along with crunchy breads and a stir-fried veggie salad.
23. Italian Vegetable Pasta Soup:
This goody-goody veggie soup is a treat for the vegetarians who drool over Italian cuisine. Sautéed veggies flavored with garlic and herb puree plus courgettes and then simmered in a veggie stock base along with tomatoes and beans – sounds amazing. Mix only half of the cheese while simmering and keep the rest for serving. Make sure you cook the pasta in the simmering mixture for the pasta to absorb the flavors. If you are freezing it, then omit the pasta. Add cooked pasta only before you serve.
24. Creamy Lemon And Cabbage Pasta:
Feeling lazy to cook an elegant supper for sparking up that special night? It is now easy. With this creamy and tangy pasta recipe, your special night is sure to get more special. And, this one is not for the kids as it contains wine. Make sure you have the wine mixed in followed by the crème fraîche just before you remove the seasoned onion and garlic mixture from the heat for the best flavors. The creamy sauce zests up the appeal of the dish, visually as well as on the palette.
25. Creamy Chicken & Green Bean Pesto Pasta:
I love pesto. And this is one recipe I would opt for if I have fresh greens in my cupboard. The fusion of greens and Italian pesto is simply delightful. The shredded chicken heated and mixed with cream and pesto gives this pasta a wonderful taste that is sure to leave you hooked onto this recipe for lifetime. Make sure you have plentiful grated parmesan cheese with you to enrich the taste.
These are my choices when it comes to Italian pasta recipes. Each one is unique on its own way and versatile to give you the space to spice up according to your taste buds.
What are your choices when it comes to Italian pasta delicacies? What is your favorite recipe? Share it with us in the comments section below.