Let’s be real, few things are as delicious as a bowl of pasta piled high, preferably with a liberal dosing of cheese on top! Seriously, not only is this carb-heavy Italian dish an easy-to-prepare meal, but it’s also endlessly versatile depending on your ingredients, the type of noodle you prefer, and your available time! So, we checked out the data on our Top 10 pasta dinners and put it all together in a delicious list!
1. Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage—Brown Butter Sauce and Parmesan
Whenever we see pumpkin ravioli on a menu, we can never resist. The combination of sweet and savory is truly irresistible, so we channeled those flavors in this dish, which is indulgent, herbaceous, and complex—all at the same time.
2. Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Mixed Greens
Mac and cheese is the ultimate crowdpleaser for kids and adults alike! We used fusilli in this recipe, which features four varieties of cheese: Gruyère, Parmesan, Fontina, and Cheddar—all folded into a creamy, addictive sauce.
3. Creamy Beet Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Sage-Toasted Walnuts
In this bold and colorful dish, pillowy gnocchi are tossed in a veggie-forward combination of chopped beets, Swiss chard, sage-toasted walnuts, and peas. Parmesan and crunchy pea shoots make the perfect garnish.
4. Gnocchi Pomodoro with Butternut Squash, Basil, and Fresh Mozzarella
Who can resist pasta with tomato sauce? Definitely not us. Here, gnocchi are tossed in a tomato sauce that’s got fragrant basil and cubes of sweet butternut squash. Spinach and gooey mozzarella are stirred in at the end for even more over-the-top flavor.
5. Cacio e Pepe Gnocchi with Asparagus, Peas, and Mint
We’ll never forget the first time we tried Cacio e Pepe—the minute we dug into the supremely cheesy, peppery sauce, we were hooked. We applied those same flavors to this much-loved gnocchi dish which also highlights fall produce like asparagus and peas.
6. Spicy Scallop Linguine with Creamy Marinara and Parsley Breadcrumbs
Inspired by the spicy flavors of “fra diavolo”, this seafood-laden pasta dish has got it all: sweet, tender scallops, a luscious tomatoey sauce, and crunchy toasted breadcrumbs as a garnish. This is a seriously restaurant-worthy dinner.
7. Lamb Bolognese over Zucchini Pappardelle with Feta
Pasta Bolognese is one of our go-to comfort foods—it’s hearty, comforting, and easy to whip up. Here, we mixed it up with two all-star ingredients: we swapped zucchini out for the actual noodles and used lamb instead of beef to give the sauce even more intense flavor. Feta cheese and Castelvetrano olives add a salty, briny note to the dish.
8. Fresh Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes and Burrata
In the pantheon of Plated faves, this one is definitely very high on the list. It’s delicious in its simplicity, highlighting the unbeatable combination of spaghetti, tomatoes, and lots of cheese. In this case, the cheese is gooey, creamy burrata. Buon appetito, indeed.
9. Kale-Walnut Pesto Pasta with Summer Squash and Mozzarella
Curly cavatappi noodles absorb every last bit of the kale-walnut pesto in this dish which also features tender summer squash. And, for a double dose of cheese, there’s Parmesan and fresh mozz. Winner winner, pasta dinner.
10. Mushroom Cavatelli with Mascarpone and Chives
There are three varieties of mushrooms in this hearty pasta—oyster, cremini, and shiitake—not to mention supremely umami porcini powder. The earthiness of the mushrooms plays so well with creamy mascarpone, fragrant chives, and a hint of white wine.
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