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14 Most Popular Italian Pasta Recipes

By: The Editors of

Trying to find some of the most popular pasta recipes?  Then you're in luck!  Here at, our team of Editors has come up with a wonderful collection of some of the best Italian pasta recipes for you.  You'll find recipes for spaghetti carbonara, rigatoni recipes, a variety of pomodoro recipes, and more.  Peruse the list and make one of these delicious Italian pasta recipes this week.

Table of Contents

 Most Popular Pasta Recipes

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipes


Pomodoro Recipes


Rigatoni Recipes


Recipes for Spaghetti with Garlic


Fusilli Recipes


Spaghetti Carbonara Recipes

Cheater's Spaghetti Carbonara  — Traditionally, a spaghetti carbonara recipe has pasta, bacon, eggs, and cheese in it. I call this Cheater's Spaghetti Carbonara, because instead of bacon, it uses Sizzlean. Remember that? You'll be surprised at how good this spaghetti carbonara recipe really is!


Macaroni and Cheese Carbonara  — If your kids balk at the idea of eating something with a name like pasta carbonara, tell them it's macaroni and cheese carbonara! There's definitely cheese in this creamy pasta concoction, and additional protein with the meat. It's a delicious dinner!


Spaghetti Alla Carbonara (Charcoal Maker's Spaghetti)  — Some say that Romans invented spaghetti carbonara, others credit it to Umbrian charcoal burners; hence, the "carbonara" term. Whoever created it, I'm glad they did, because it tastes really good!


Papa Luigi's Fettuccine Alla Carbonara — Simple cooking techniques make this fettuccine alla carbonara recipe an easy dish for newbie cooks to prepare. Make a batch and invite your family over - have them bring the wine - and they'll be impressed with your culinary skills!


Pomodoro Recipes

Angel Hair and Chicken Pomodoro — This is a quick and easy recipe for a delicious taste of Italy! Substitute dried basil for fresh depending on what you have in the cupboard.


Bruschetta Al Pomodoro — For a unique spin on a pomodoro pasta sauce, try this bruschetta instead of the usual pasta. It makes a delightful appetizer or snack, and it's really easy to make.


Light Pasta Pomodoro with Lentils — A great source of fiber, iron, and folate, among other things, lentils make this tasty dish as nutritious as it is delicious. I like the smoked mozzarella better than the plain for this, as it imparts a wonderful, rich, nutty flavor. Try it, you'll like it! 


Marty's Capellini Pomodoro — My buddy Marty used to brag about his capellini pomodoro recipe, and once I tasted it, I understood why! It's awesome, just the right amount of garlic. The perfect Italian pasta recipe.


Rigatoni Recipes

My Favorite Rigatoni and Sausage Sauce — I'm no expert chef or anything, but I do know what I like, and this is truly my favorite recipe for rigatoni and sausage sauce. It's really pretty easy, and the house smells great every time I cook it. You should try it too!


Easy Rigatoni Alla Vodka  — If you love pasta, then you'll love this easy rigatoni recipe. It may look like there's a lot to it because of the ingredient list, but there are only a few easy steps to having a delicious dinner. Make it tonight!


Recipes for Spaghetti with Garlic

Spaghetti All' Puttanesca — This Italian dish is somewhat salty, given the olives and capers, and usually has garlic and hot pepper as well. It's quite good, particularly served with a nice glass of wine.


Casserole Spaghetti  — Your whole house will smell divine when you cook this casserole spaghetti recipe. The sauce simmers for an hour, and it is so fragrant, you'll wish you could eat it all up right away!


Fusilli Recipes

Fusilli with Roasted Tomatoes, Asparagus, Shrimp and Garlic — This Italian pasta dish does a nice job of blending shrimp, asparagus, and tomatoes in a way that makes the most of all three ingredients. It is flavorful and filling, and makes a great family dinner.


Favorite Fusilli with Puttanesca Sauce  — This is my family's favorite way to eat fusilli. We love olives, so the puttanesca sauce is right on, and the whole dish is something we cook probably once a month. After you try it, you'll want to make it often, too!

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