Who Wants Pasta? 10 Easy and Delicious Top-Pinned Pasta Recipes

Who doesn’t love pasta? I love it so much I even have a Pinterest board called I Love Pasta. While I was looking for something to make for dinner, I found these delicious looking pasta dishes that each had been repinned over 50,000 times! It’s hard to even imagine. I kept pinning them as I found them and decided to try all 10 of these recipes over the next few weeks. I thought you might like to choose one to make for your own dinner tonight so here they are.

The rule of thumb when cooking pasta is to use 6 quarts of water and 3 tablespoons of salt for each pound of pasta. It’s the only chance you’ll get to flavor the pasta itself so don’t forget the salt.

Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti

Photo and recipe courtesy of  www.juliasalbum.com

In case you’re wondering what I ended up making for dinner, I made this. It was light but filling – a perfect dinner with a salad and piece of garlic bread. Delicious for dinner and it was even better the next day! One of the commenters on the site said she substituted shrimp for the chicken.

Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Photo and recipe courtesy of  www.thepioneerwoman.com

This one is from the Pioneer Woman. She replicated this vegetarian recipe from a dish she had in a restaurant in Los Angeles. You can char and steam your own red peppers or, if time is tight, use the jarred peppers.

 Don’t rinse your pasta or add oil to the cooking water. It reduces the starchiness on the noodle and prevents the sauce from sticking to it.

Tortellini with Pesto & Roasted Veggies

Photo and recipe courtesy of  www.cookingclassy.com

A meatless meal in a bowl. You can substitute different veggies or add more if you’d like. Whatever your family likes. Good way to get the kids to eat their vegetables.

Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken

Photo and recipe courtesy of  www.spicedblog.com

Serve as a cold salad or warmed up for dinner. Either way it’s delicious.
If you serve it warm just add the cooked pasta to room temperature pesto. Pesto is a raw sauce and shouldn’t be heated.

5. Creamy Garlic Pasta

Photo and recipe courtesy of  www.budgetsavvydiva.com

Adding some chicken or shrimp to this would make it more filling and give you some bonus protein. Also, in the recipe’s list of ingredients it says 1.2 cups of heavy cream but it should be 1/2 cup.

6. Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Photo and recipe courtesy of  www.marthastewart.com

Use ripe summer tomatoes for this one. And speaking of ripe tomatoes, never put raw tomatoes in the refrigerator. According to this article, “storing a tomato at room temperature (68º F) allows it to maintain its existing volatiles (substances that give it its flavor) as well as produce more of them”. So when you put them in the frig at 39º it destroys a lot of those volatiles and also changes its texture so it leaves you with a tasteless, mealy tomato.

7. Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Photo and recipe courtesy of  www.tastesbetterfromscratch.com

Great to make on weekdays when you don’t have a lot of time to cook. You can substitute ground turkey for the beef to make it a bit healthier, or leave the meat out altogether.

Sauce Your Pasta Like An Italian you can do this with any liquid-y sauce
1. While the pasta cooks, heat the sauce in a separate pan. 
2. When the pasta is a couple of minutes shy of being done (or al dente as they say in Italia) drain in a colander and put it into the sauce – SAVE A CUP OF THE PASTA WATER
3. Add some of the pasta water to the sauce and pasta and stir constantly over high heat while the pasta finishes cooking.
4. Add more water as needed until you get the perfect consistency. Finishing the pasta off this way lets the flavor of the sauce be absorbed by the pasta and the starchy water helps the sauce stick to the noodles.  

5. Serve in individual bowls or, for a big presentation, on a large platter. Add grated Parmesan cheese and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil (or butter, if you prefer).

8. Lightened Up Margherita Pasta

Photo and recipe courtesy of  www.carlsbadcravings.com

Another 30 minute dish that’s great to make on a weekday. This recipe uses a roux instead of heavy cream to save some calories.

9. Crock Pot Spaghetti & Vegetables (vegan)

Photo and recipe courtesy of  www.mywholefoodlife.com

Be aware that this isn’t the kind of crock pot recipe where you can start it before leaving for work and come back to a cooked dinner. Total cooking time for this recipe is only 1 1/2 hours.

10. Italian Tomato Sauce

Photo and recipe courtesy of  www.afamilyfeast.com

I love the www.afamilyfeast.com website. Their recipes are out-of-this-world, it’s well-written and the pictures are gorgeous.
For this recipe they suggest using a heat diffuser so the sauce on the bottom of the pot won’t scorch. If you don’t have a diffuser stack a grate from another burner on your stove and put it on the grate you’ll be cooking on. This will keep the flame far enough away from the sauce to prevent scorching. It’s a good idea for simmering stews and chilis too.