47 Italian Pasta Recipes Beyond Spaghetti & Meatballs

But obviously that's on our list, too.

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If you’re like us, when you’re craving Italian, you immediately think of carb-heavy noodles, enjoyed above a crisp white tablecloth in a candlelit, fancy restaurant. What if we told you that you could make some of your beloved Italian dishes at home (real pants and Italian music optional)? Now that’s amore! Say goodbye to expensive menus and the stress of indoor dining and get inspired by these 45+ Italian pasta recipes.

We’ve got the classics, like pasta carbonara and lasagna, but we’ve snuck in a few recipes with a twist too (hint: fried raviolis!). Do you want Italian vibes, but it’s cold out and you’re craving soup? You can have it all with chicken parm or lasagna soups that are truly the best of both worlds. Looking for something a little more low-key? Try one of our easy roll-up recipes — they come together in no time, and couldn't be more delicious.

One of the best things about these recipes is how adaptable they are. Once you pick your favorite sauce and noodle, the options really are endless. Italian is the language of love, and we think you should love your meals too, even if that means they’re a little less traditional. Love olives and capers but not anchovies? You can totally skip them in your puttanesca. Hate spaghetti (or have kids who can’t quite handle the fork maneuver yet)? Swap it for penne or gnocchi, no problem. We also love a mash-up, and nothing works better than combining two Italian ideas into one. Pizza + lasagna? There’s no surprise that’s a match made in heaven. Mangia!

For more region-specific ideas, check out our list of Asian, Mexican, and Greek dishes.

pot of chicken alfredo
Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken Alfredo

Making Alfredo sauce from scratch is actually SO easy.

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pasta alla gricia with black pepper and shredded parmesan
Andrew Bui
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Pasta Alla Gricia

This one of the four Roman classics for good reason: With only four ingredients, it's simple to make, easy to indulge.

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Sheet-Pan Burrata Caprese Gnocchi

Roasting gnocchi gets it crispy on the outside, while keeping it nice and pillowy on the inside.

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penne alla vodka
Parker Feierbach
4 of 47
Penne Alla Vodka

The secret to our perfect vodka sauce? Tomato paste!

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pan of baked spaghetti
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Baked Spaghetti

Nothing beats a heaping helping of spaghetti.

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potato gnocchi
Parker Feierbach
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Cacio e Pepe Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi + cacio e pepe = an absolute dream.

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Ultimate Baked Ziti vertical
Jonathan Boulton
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Ultimate Baked Ziti

You deserve nothing less than the ultimate.

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cacio e pepe
Parker Feierbach
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Cacio e Pepe

Cheese + pepper = perfect pasta.

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Parker Feierbach
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Pasta Puttanesca

There's no shortage of flavor.

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pasta salad
Parker Feierbach
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Italian Pasta Salad

Don't show up to a summer hangout without the pasta salad.

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lasagna roll ups in a white baking dish
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Lasagna Roll Ups

These roll-ups come together in half the time of regular lasagna, and are just as delicious.

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toasted ravioli
Parker Feierbach
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Toasted Ravioli

Only way to make ravioli even better? Fry it.

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orecchiette with broccoli rabe
Parker Feierbach
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Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe

The sauce is reminiscent of cacio e pepe, so you know it's good.

carbonara delish
Ethan Calabrese
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Easy Pasta Carbonara

When you're craving a comfort food, nothing—I repeat, NOTHING—will cure you like creamy carbonara.

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Parker Feierbach
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Lamb Ragù

Lamb > meatballs.

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Parker Feierbach
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Lasagna Bolognese

Layers of bolognese heaven.

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Parker Feierbach
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Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Heavy on the cheese, please.

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stuffed rigatoni
Parker Feierbach
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Stuffed Rigatoni

Wayy different than ravs or tortellini.

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copycat olive garden ziti al forno pasta
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Five-Cheese Ziti Al Forno

Might be better than Olive Garden's...

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creamy tuscan sausage pasta
Jonathan Boulton
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Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta

This quick and easy linguine recipe will become a new weeknight favorite.

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Alexa Payesko
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5-Cheese Marinara

The cheese limit does not exist.

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Caprese Mac N Cheese
Chelsea Lupkin
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Caprese Mac and Cheese

Caprese lovers, this mac is for you.

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chicken florentine pasta
Chelsea Lupkin
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Chicken Florentine Pasta

We turned Chicken Florentine into our new favorite pasta dinner.

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Caprese Lasagna Roll-Ups Vertical
Jonathan Boulton
24 of 47
Caprese Lasagna Roll-Ups

Roll out!

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spaghetti lasagna
Chelsea Lupkin
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Spaghetti Lasagna

When you can't decide between your two favorite carbs.

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caprese chicken lasagna
Chelsea Lupkin
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Caprese Chicken Lasagna


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Classic Lasagna Vertical
Judy Kim
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Perfect Lasagna

Everyone needs a go-to lasagna recipe.

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tomato butter spaghetti
Chelsea Lupkin
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Tomato Butter Spaghetti

The simplest homemade spaghetti sauce, ever.

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tuscan shrimp penne
Jonathan Boulton
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Tuscan Shrimp Penne

Shrimp, spinach, tomatoes, garlic? Yes, this is the pasta of your dreams.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Skillet Ravioli Lasagna with Spicy Italian Sausage

This cheater's lasagna is genius: You start with simmering marinara in a skillet, add ravioli and cooked sausage, and top it off with cheese for a melty one-pot meal.

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