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Creamy Rotini with Ham and Peas
If Dr. Seuss had written about green peas and ham (instead of eggs), he definitely would have served the kid-friendly combo with this chubby, spiral pasta.
Get the recipe: Creamy Rotini with Ham and Peas
Hearty Mushroom and Sage Ragu
Warm up on blustery winter days with this incredibly hearty dish, which mixes mushrooms, beefy broth, and red wine for a burst of rich flavor. Got vegetarians in the family? Sub in vegetable broth for a lighter but still satisfying dish.
Get the recipe: Hearty Mushroom and Sage Ragu
Ricotta, Spinach, and Sundried Tomato Spaghetti
This one-pot wonder is a good reason to make sundried tomatoes a pantry staple (if you haven’t already). They don’t look like much, but the shriveled slivers plump up in broth to make an almost-instant pasta sauce.
Get the recipe: Ricotta, Spinach, and Sundried Tomato Spaghetti
Bacon, Tomato, and Blue Cheese Shells
A few simple but powerful ingredients go a long way to make this quick pasta dish a memorable one. Pick the best bacon and blue cheese you can find -- their smoky, pungent flavors carry the meal.
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Linguini in White Clam Sauce
Simmering slim noodles directly in the briny clam broth gives each bite an extra hit of flavor; it’s almost as good as sitting by the seashore. Not the season for fresh clams? Buy good quality canned clams and juice.
Get the recipe: Linguini in White Clam Sauce
Italian Wedding Soup Pasta
Maybe you don’t have an Italian grandma to make you vats of comforting soup, but you can fake it with this quick-simmered pasta that’s just as satisfying as the real thing. Ladle it up, and don’t forget to add lots of Parmesan.
Get the recipe: Italian Wedding Soup Pasta
Lemony Chicken and Egg Noodles
When you need a comforting dish faster than you can say "achoo!," throw together this foodie cure. Garlic and chicken broth soothe sore throats, while scallions and lemon clear out stuffy sinuses.
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Margherita Macaroni with Fresh Mozzarella
We’re figured out how to do a classic Italian red-sauce supper without the hours of simmer time. Load each bowl up with cubes of fresh mozzarella for pockets of creamy goodness in each forkful.
Get the recipe: Margherita Macaroni with Fresh Mozzarella
Creamy Rigatoni Primavera
The best thing about this timeless Italian pasta (besides how easy it is to make) is how you can personalize it to your taste. Feel free to add or subtract vegetables based what you love or seasonally -- asparagus in spring or Brussels sprouts in fall.
Get the recipe: Creamy Rigatoni Primavera
Italian Tuna, Rosemary, and Chickpea Pasta
Regular canned tuna might work for lunchbox sandwiches, but this pasta deserves something a little more special. Look for Italian olive oil-packed tuna in the supermarket aisle; its firm, meaty texture is just what you need here.
Get the recipe: Italian Tuna, Rosemary, and Chickpea Pasta