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Pasta, please: 100+ pasta recipes

Pasta, please: 100+ pasta recipes

Warm Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad
Photography by Matthew Kimura
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Pasta, please: 100+ pasta recipes

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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Mediterranean Tuna Pasta
When it comes to making pasta, simple and delicious is best, and that's exactly what you get from this yummy recipe.

Pasta with Mushroom Bolognese
Tomatoes and mushrooms make a great pair in this vegetarian Bolognese sauce. Serve with a Caesar salad for a flavourful dinner.

Creamy Walnut Pasta Shells
With a robust sauce, this is a satisfying dish to serve in the fall. Try it with gnocchi or gnocchi pasta too.

Chicken Pesto Pasta
Fresh and vibrant from fresh basil leaves, this pesto dish will have your guests begging you for seconds.

Creamy Shrimp and Pasta Seashells
Ideal company fare, this luxurious pasta casserole with its rich sauce, abundance of shrimp and pretty springtime colours can be made ahead.

Clams in White Wine, Butter and Parsley Pasta Sauce
Gourmet yet light, this delectably seasoned pasta is perfect for the seafood lover.

Fajita Pasta
The sizzle of Tex-Mex steak fajitas – seasoned with cumin and lime – is front and centre in this pasta dish. Our serve-yourself avocado salsa and a bowl of sour cream add a fresh touch.

Creamy Cheesy Pasta
Create endless variations on this creamy primavera-style pasta by stocking your freezer with a variety of frozen vegetables and shredded cheese blends.

Creamy Pasta with Broccoli
This creamy pasta fools you into thinking it's sinfully rich. The evaporated milk is the culprit: it is much lower in fat than cream.

Porcini and Pasta
While this sauce is a dandy topping for pasta, it's equally good spooned over vegetables, salmon steaks, and veal or chicken burgers.

Sicilian Eggplant Pasta
Serve with leaf lettuce salad and Italian bread for a delectably wholesome meal.

Pepperoni Pizza Lasagna
This tasty reinvention of takeout pizza is a huge hit with kids. Moms & dads love it because it bakes up in two pans — one to enjoy right away, the other to freeze and enjoy on another busy night.

Meatball Cacciatore
Serve meatballs and this rich, thick mushroom sauce over rice or pasta.

Spaghetti and Tofu Balls
This dish can be vegan by replacing the Parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast flakes, and making sure the bread crumbs contain no animal products.

Fettuccine Clam Bake
With all the favourite flavours of an Atlantic clam chowder, this bubbling pasta bake is a surefire hit for both family suppers and entertaining. Serve with romaine salad.

Fettuccine with Lemon Cream Sauce
Made with whipping cream, this dish is a velvety treat for pasta lovers.

Page 2 of 5Find one of our favourite Canadian Living macaroni and cheese recipes on page 3.

Bucatini with Fennel and Anchovies
The saltiness of anchovies perfectly balances the sweetness of raisins in this rustic dish that traces its roots to Sicily.

Quick Fettuccine Stroganoff
This adaptation of a classic noodle dish is quick and easy – and delicious enough to command second servings.

Rigatoni with Sausage Fennel Sauce
This hearty dish can be as spicy as you want, depending on whether you use sweet or hot Italian sausages. Serve with a Caesar salad.

Penne with Smoked Trout and Asparagus
Light yet full of flavour, this pasta dish is sure to be a hit at the dinner table. The smoked trout really hits the spot.

Fusilli with Smoked Gouda
The green spinach fusilli is a dramatic contrast to the black olives and creamy cheese, but you can use regular or whole wheat fusilli.

Peas and Prosciutto with Tortellini
Frozen tortellini is the no-fuss answer when you want a satisfying pasta dinner in a hurry, and this recipe proves it.

Lasagna Toss
Instead of taking the time to layer lasagna, capture the dish's classic flavours by tossing everything together into just one pot.

Creamy Penne and Peas
Here's a pasta to which you can add cubed smoked ham or chicken, or canned tuna or salmon. Pack carrot and celery sticks to add crunch to this lunch.

Macaroni and Four Cheeses
Creamy and cheesy...what child doesn't love this classic? Make up the recipe for dinner for the family, replacing the Gruyere and gorgonzola cheese with shredded old Cheddar cheese, if you choose.

Bucatini with Roasted Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes
For this yummy pasta dish, keep in mind that roasting tomatoes brings out their rich flavour, and using cherry tomatoes speeds up the process. The harshness of the garlic mellows during roasting. For the Parmesan, a piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano has the best flavour and shaves nicely over the pasta.

Rotini with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil
This no-cook sauce is so easy that this dish is ready in the time it takes to cook the pasta. Depending on the sun-dried tomatoes you use, you may need to add salt.

Tuna, Olive and Tomato Penne
Adding canned tuna is a quick and delicious way to increase the flavour and protein in a pasta dish.

Roasted Vegetable Rotini and Cheese
This al dente pasta has a lower GI than pasta that is overcooked. Pasta is al dente when it is tender but firm when you bite into it. This child-pleasing dish is filling with or without the ham.

Lobster and Potato Ravioli with Tomato Saffron Sauce
Making the ravioli is simplified with purchased Asian dumpling wrappers, but you can opt to make your own pasta dough. You can substitute cooked shrimp for the lobster.

Baked Penne with Beef Zuchini and Fontina Cheese
Why send canned products in your child's lunch when you can send your own homemade beef and pasta? Make this for the family meal and send leftovers in your child's lunch in a vacuum container.

Linguine with Pancetta and Snow Peas
Cooking the snow peas with the pasta eliminates the need for a separate pot in creating this yummy dish.

Creamy Salmon Pasta with Vegetables
Keeping budget-smart items, such as pasta, canned fish and frozen vegetables, on hand means a dinner is quick when nothing is planned ahead, just like this delicious recipe demonstrates.

Mushroom Broccoli Pasta
Pasta, veggies and cheese combine to make this tasty meal in minutes.

Quick Pasta Cacciatore
When making this yummy pasta, keep in mind that boneless skinless chicken thighs are just as convenient and less expensive than breasts.

Page 3 of 5 Find our easy-to-make one-pot tuna pasta recipe on page 4.

One-Pot Pasta and Tuna
Easy to make with basic ingredients, this meal is perfect for those who are looking for a quick yet delectable bite.

Fiddlehead Pasta Primavera
Ham, cheese and a couple of eggs turn these ferns into an economical supper, Substitute wild morels, if you're lucky enough to find them in your fiddlehead foraging, with domesticated white button or cremini mushrooms.

Sirloin and Gorgonzola Pasta
Fetching top dollar in any restaurant, this meal is actually quite simple to make for yourself at home.

Pasta e Fagioli
Fagioli means "beans" in Italian. Here, we've adapted a traditional Italian soup to make a hearty pasta dish by the same name.

Rapini Pasta with Feta
Adding feta to the rapini and pasta not only boosts flavour but protein as well is this scrumptious dish.

Sicilian Pasta with Squash
Although this meal's ingredients may seem to be a departure from the usual pasta dish, you're sure to enjoy its mellow flavour.

Sicilian Beans with Pasta
Filled with fresh spices and veggies, this pasta's flavour will surely be a hit amongst vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike.

Lemony Chicken Pasta
With the taste of zesty lemon rounded out by the creamy and bold flavours of cheese, this scrumptious pasta will take your taste buds on a ride.

Spinach and Green Pea Pasta
This meal is full of greens and ideal for those looking for a light meal. Serve with toasted herb bread and it will really hit the spot!

Roasted Pepper and Spinach Pasta
The health benefits to spinach has made it an all-time favourite ingredient  when it comes to cooking for a family. In this pasta, spinach and peppers add a dose of appetizing colour, making it a treat for both your mouth and your eyes.

Pasta with Smoked Turkey Sausage
Smoked turkey sausage is lighter than other sausages but is still high in flavour. Look for it in the grocer's deli.

Creamy Cheddar Pasta Toss
Why buy cheese sauce when homemade is this quick? It's cheaper and tastier, too. Cooking the chicken a day ahead is truly a time-saver.

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
Roasted peppers will wait patiently in the pantry so that you can whip up a sauce in seconds. Spinach adds a hint of colour and a dose of folate to boot. If you like, sprinkle with Parmesan.

Saucy One-Pot Pasta and Beef Supper
Packed with beef, vegetables and pasta, this makes a hearty, nutritious dinner with enough leftovers for lunch the next day.

Creamy Salmon Pasta
Calcium isn't found only in dairy products. Eating canned salmon with the bones mashed in is an excellent way to increase your calcium intake.

Ligurian Bread and Garlic Pasta
An ancient way to use up a loaf of stale bread, this pasta dish from Liguria, Italy, tastes deserves fresh Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese.

Pasta with Fennel, Sardines, Anchovies and Pinenuts
Looking for a real taste of Italy to shake up your classic spaghetti-and-meatball routines? Look no further!

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Pasta with Spinach and Potatoes
Mixed with anchovy paste and pepper flakes, this is one meal that will satisfy your craving for unique and savoury flavours.

Momma's Clam Bucatini
Colourful, appetizing and easy enough to throw together on a weeknight, this satisfying pasta dish feeds a family of 4.

Spicy Sausage and Rigatoni Bake
Livened up with hot sausage under a golden cheese topping, this dish makes a zesty winter warm-up.

One-Pot Chicken Cacciatore
"We always have several cans of mushrooms on hand to throw into spaghetti sauce for something special," says reader Mary Ann Dudragne. Here, we've added chicken and an extra-easy cleanup to this one-pot recipe.

Mediterranean Penne
Make this dish your personal favourite by seasoning to taste using the classic sauce in this recipe as a base.

Rotini Provencale
This pasta salad is appetizing and sweet, made with cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers.

Squash Ravioli with Sage and Walnut Butter
This autumnal ravioli makes the most of in-season fall flavours. It works as a vegetarian main course, or would be a lovely pasta course for your Thanksgiving dinner.

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.

Lentils and Tomato Sauce with Pasta Shells
Canned lentils or chickpeas and tomatoes are pantry musts for quick weeknight suppers. This dish is suitable for vegans, but cheese lovers can add a sprinkle of sharp cheese, such as Asiago or Romano.

Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli
This classic Italian soup is perfectly suited to a slow cooker. If you have a piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese, cut off the rind to add to the soup and infuse it with flavour.

Clams and Pasta in Parsley Wine Sauce
A quick simmer, a little sauce and a gentle toss put the flavours of both the sea and the land on the table in minutes.

Bread and Garlic Pasta
The irresistible combination of bread and garlic melds into a creamy sauce that's simply a must for garlic lovers. A splash of red wine vinegar adds a tangy edge.

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.

Fall Vegetables and Fusilli
Enjoy our comfy pasta and chickpea casserole as a vegetarian supper or for lunch. For a nonvegetarian version, replace vegetable stock with chicken stock and add chopped smoked turkey, ham, pastrami, or drained salmon or tuna in chunks

Sesame Soy Bow Ties
This pasta salad combines the distinct taste of sesame with colored peppers and spices, making for a creative and unique meal that's perfect for lunch and dinner.

Eggplant Rotini and Peppers
A colourful vegetarian pasta dinner, this recipe makes 6 portions, allowing you to take leftovers for lunch the next day. 

Ham and Cheese Gnocchi
If you can't find the corn with bits of colourful sweet peppers in it, just use ordinary corn kernels for this delicious meal. Got a few extra moments and some sprigs of parsley? Chop them to sprinkle on your pasta, restaurant-style.

Vegetable Penne
Vibrant Italian flavours smoothed out with cream cheese make this a popular favourite. Serve with crusty whole wheat bread and a green salad tossed with your favourite dressing.

Asparagus Goat Cheese Toss
The bold taste of goat cheese will leave you reminiscing about this yummy pasta for days on end.

Winter Vegetable Pasta Salad
Cook everything together in one pot for this easy warm salad.

Quick Skillet Lasagna
Here's a shortcut pasta supper that delivers all the great flavours of lasagna in no time at all.

Learn more about pasta:
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.

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Pasta, please: 100+ pasta recipes