Pasta, please: 100+ pasta recipes

Whether you prefer spicy fusilli, silky fettuccini or a creamy four-cheese macaroni, find a recipe to love from this collection of our favourite pasta recipes. Get everyone excited for pasta night again!

All about pasta
Warm Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad
Photography by Matthew Kimura

All about pasta
Learn the ins and outs of cooking pasta, how much pasta to serve your crowd and how to match different pasta types to recipes.

Making fresh pasta
Nothing beats the taste of fresh, homemade pasta. Now you can learn to make your own.

We've gathered together this random collection of pasta recipes to give you a one-stop page for quickly searching out something new and exciting to bring to your dinner table. Try the first thing that catches your eye and maybe you'll discover a new family favourite!

One-Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta
Use any short pasta shape in this kid-friendly dish. Since the pasta cooks right in the sauce, it saves valuable cleanup time on a busy weeknight.

Clams and Pasta in White Wine Sauce
In our old TV show - Canadian Living Cooks - this recipe served 4 as a main course, but in this recipe it makes 6 perfect-sized pasta course servings.

Two-Cheese Pasta Shells
Pasta is a hearty meal that requires little time to make. Using frozen vegetables saves on preparation and turns this into a healthier dish.

Pasta with Four Cheeses
The dish is quick to prepare because you don't have to make a sauce. The cheese melts slightly to create chunks throughout.

Fusilli with Zucchini and Herbs
Cooking the onion slowly over low heat in this delicious dish releases its flavour, and using a chicken stock-based liquid to moisten means less oil is required and the fat content remains moderate.

Spinach Ricotta Rotini
This is truly a one-pot meal because the pasta cooks in the creamy sauce under a crumbly golden topping. For a vegetarian option, omit ham and use 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed.

Creamy Chicken and Spinach Pasta
This pasta is packed with nutrients: potassium from the spinach and calcium from the evaporated milk, which has 80 per cent more calcium than regular milk. Serve with a crisp green salad.

Sausage Rigatoni Bake
This piquant pasta bake is perfect to make and freeze for any get-together. If using hot Italian sausage, omit the hot pepper flakes.

Pasta with Lemon and Spinach
This pasta features lemon and spinach, classic springtime flavours. One pound (500 g) of asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced, is another seasonal choice.

Eggplant and Pasta Charlotte
Thin slices of eggplant form the covering for this robust baked pasta, impressive enough for guests on a casual Saturday night.

Warm Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad
The dressing lends a taste of summer any time of year. The red peppers provide vitamins A and C and potassium. Quick and easy to make, this salad is perfect to take to a last-minute potluck or picnic.

Ham and Egg Pasta
Based on the Italian pasta carbonara, this dish uses ham instead of bacon, reducing the fat in this traditionally rich dish to about 10 g per serving.

Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad
This easy tasty pasta salad is loaded with calcium. Omit the banana peppers if your child is not a fan of hot food.

Herb and Spinach Pasta
Serve with Tossed Salad and round out the meal with Quick Strawberry Shortcake.

Top-Your-Own-Chili Pasta
With zesty chili powder, this pasta is perfect for those who enjoy a little spice in their meals.

Bruschetta Pasta
Green beans and garlic bread round out this Italian-inspired vegetarian dinner.

One-Pot Steak and Pasta Simmer
For a head start on this terrific chunky sauce with pasta cooked right in, freeze the meat already sliced into strips. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese to serve.

Tuna-licious Pasta
This yummy tuna pasta is a great recipe for having a healthy, omega-3 rich meal.

Smoky Bacon and Cabbage Pasta
The combination of onions, pepper flakes, cheese and bacon makes this a delicious pasta that most can't resist.

Pasta Bow Ties with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
Flecked with zucchini, basil and mushrooms, this quick dish highlights simple sunny flavours.


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