Pasta recipes

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Pasta recipes

According to historical records pasta actually originated in China around 5,000 BC. But today it’s most commonly known as the staple of the Italian diet. Around 2.75 million tons of pasta is made in Italy each year and there are thought to be over 600 different pasta shapes. Whether its penne or spaghetti, stuffed or baked, here’s the pick of pasta recipes from delicious. magazine.


How to make pasta

Basic pasta for pasta maker

Basic pasta for pasta maker

Got a pasta maker? Here's how to make the perfect pasta.

 


Stuffed pasta

Squash and ricotta ravioli with chestnut butter sauce

Squash and ricotta ravioli with chestnut butter sauce

This is such a scrummy vegetarian pasta dish: rich, seasonal flavours, great texture and a simple sauce.

Tortellini with lemon and courgette

Tortellini with lemon and courgette

You can use any filling for this tortellini dish but we found goat's cheese and pesto to be great.

Goat's cheese tortellini with broad bean and pea butter

Goat's cheese tortellini with broad bean and pea butter

Try this fresh pasta recipe with goat's cheese, broad beans and peas.

Ravioli pasta bake

Ravioli pasta bake

Veggies can leave out the chorizo slices with this ravioli pasta bake

Cheese and Parma ham tortellini

Cheese and Parma ham tortellini

This recipe showcases the perfect filling for homemade pasta. Click here for a homemade pasta recipe. Click here for a homemade pasta recipe.

Spinach, Parmesan and sausage cannelloni

Spinach, Parmesan and sausage cannelloni

An interesting adaption of the traditional Italian pasta dish. This recipe can also be frozen so it's an ideal option to make ahead.

Stuffed cannelloni

Stuffed cannelloni

This creamy pasta dish with hot smoked salmon is the perfect comfort food on a cold evening.

Bacon, turkey and leek cannelloni

Bacon, turkey and leek cannelloni

This meaty pasta recipe is a substantial and satisfying dish for a family meal or small gathering.

Courgette and mushroom cannelloni

Courgette and mushroom cannelloni

Simon Rimmer's scrumptious courgette cannelloni dinner is a great means to get kids to eat veggies.

Spicy beef and courgette cannelloni recipe

Spicy beef and courgette cannelloni recipe

Perfect if you're on a tight budget but wtill want something wholesome and hearty.

Baked beef and mushroom cannelloni

Baked beef and mushroom cannelloni

This hearty pasta recipe serves two generously. There's enough for leftovers, if you can stop yourself tucking into the remainders.

Chicken, goat’s cheese and wild garlic cannelloni

Chicken, goat’s cheese and wild garlic cannelloni

Chicken, goat's cheese and wild garlic wrapped in lasagne sheets and baked in a creamy béchamel sauce – this is comfort food at its very best

Sausage, chicken liver and porcini mushroom cannelloni

Sausage, chicken liver and porcini mushroom cannelloni

A deliciously rich Italian dish that will satisfy the hungriest of appetites.

 


Pasta bakes

Lasagne al forno

Lasagne al forno

Italians make a lasagne with chopped steak, not mince; try this authentic recipe and you'll know why.

Tuna and olive pasta bake

Tuna and olive pasta bake

The stuffed olives bring an extra tang to this old favourite of tuna pasta bake.

Sausage and roast vegetable pasta bake

Sausage and roast vegetable pasta bake

This easy Italian recipe makes a substantial mid-week family dinner.

Tomato pasta bake

Tomato pasta bake

This pasta dish is a comforting and cost-conscious supper. Slightly undercook the pasta as it will cook in the oven, too. The aim is for the finished dish to retain some bite and texture

Roasted pepper and meatball pasta bake

Roasted pepper and meatball pasta bake

This meatball bake is the perfect Fruiday night meal. Warm, hearty and unctuous, just what you need after a hard week at work.

Sausage meatball pasta bake

Sausage meatball pasta bake

Ziti is a long, hollow pasta that allows you to suck up the sauce as though through a straw! Bucatini or macaroni both make good alternatives. This pasta dish is suitable for freezing.

Creamy rich lasagne

Creamy rich lasagne

Give the family a taste of Italy with this rich dish of pasta and beef. The mascarpone makes a real difference to this lasagne recipe.

Prawn, spinach and salmon lasagne

Prawn, spinach and salmon lasagne

This prawn, spinach and salmon lasagne makes a nice change from the normal ragu based Italian classic.

Three-cheese ratatouille lasagne

Three-cheese ratatouille lasagne

Pesto, ratatouille and a gloriously melting combination of cheeses make up this vegetarian lasagne recipe.

Lasagne al forno

Lasagne al forno

Delve between the sheets of our lighter version of this Italian classic, and let the meaty creamy flavours seduce your tastebuds

Roasted Mediterranean vegetable lasagne

Roasted Mediterranean vegetable lasagne

Try this lasagne made with aubergines, courgettes and peppers - it's veggie-friendly too.

 


Pasta shapes

Chicken arrabbiata penne

Chicken arrabbiata penne

This chicken pasta recipe with broccoli and tomatoes is a quick and easy dinner for any weeknight.

Prawn, pasta and steam-fried vegetables

Prawn, pasta and steam-fried vegetables

This healthy recipe for prawn, pasta and vegetables is nutritious but packed with flavour.

Penne with courgettes, herbs and Parmesan

Penne with courgettes, herbs and Parmesan

A delightfully quick, fresh, vegetarian pasta recipe.

Carbonara-style penne pasta

Carbonara-style penne pasta

This new variation on a favourite pasta recipe is comfort food fast at the end of a long day.

Spicy sausage penne

Spicy sausage penne

Sausages and pasta in a chilli tomato sauce is a cheap and easy midweek meal that's sure to satisfy everyone.

Sicilian sausage ragù with penne

Sicilian sausage ragù with penne

Use up leftover sausages in this simple satisfying pasta recipe.

Creamy bacon, leek and pea farfalle

Creamy bacon, leek and pea farfalle

A creamy pasta recipe that can be cooked up in 20 minutes, making it a super supper for two.

Crab and lemon farfalle

Crab and lemon farfalle

This simple seafood pasta recipe is smart enough for entertaining. Hot-smoked salmon would make a great alternative to crab.

 


Spaghetti, linguine and tagliatelle

Meatballs with tomato pesto tagliatelle

Meatballs with tomato pesto tagliatelle

A taste of Italy that the family will love.

Healthy spaghetti carbonara

Healthy spaghetti carbonara

This spaghetti recipe has half the fat and 125 fewer calories compared to a typical carbonara.

Chilli prawn and spinach linguine

Chilli prawn and spinach linguine

This tasty and easy to prepare dish is low in calories and fat and rich in vitamin C.

Spaghetti, herb and Parmesan omelette

Spaghetti, herb and Parmesan omelette

This isn't your standard spaghetti recipe, but it sure tastes good. Serve with a large handful of watercress for an extra peppery punch.

Picchi-pacchi spaghetti with prawns and chilli

Picchi-pacchi spaghetti with prawns and chilli

This easy pasta supper is an Italian speciality from Sicily. Picchi-pacchi simply means a fresh, raw or barely cooked sauce, so this tastes really fresh.

Spaghetti with prawns, lemon, chilli, garlic and rocket

Spaghetti with prawns, lemon, chilli, garlic and rocket

A quick, light and healthy pasta dish that's easy to make and even easier to consume.

Spaghetti with mint and feta pesto

Spaghetti with mint and feta pesto

Feta and pesto represent the perfect flavours of summer for this seasonal spaghetti recipe.

Creamy seafood and saffron tagliatelle

Creamy seafood and saffron tagliatelle

Make this quick and easy seafood pasta recipe with prawns, squid, scallops and mussels.

Crab linguine with chilli, lemon, garlic and parsley

Crab linguine with chilli, lemon, garlic and parsley

This delicious and inspiring idea for a simple fish recipe of crab linguine with chilli, lemon, garlic and parsley is a surefire winner.

Parma ham, chilli, lemon and rocket linguine

Parma ham, chilli, lemon and rocket linguine

A quick and easy pasta recipe that is perfect for an autumn evening

Garlic squid and prawns with black linguine

Garlic squid and prawns with black linguine

This Italian dish using squid ink linguine and prawns is quick to make using time-saving ingredients.

Linguine with clams, sherry, and pickled peppers

Linguine with clams, sherry, and pickled peppers

A fresh and satisfying pasta recipe with fresh clams, sherry, and pickled peppers.

Smoked salmon and watercress linguine with chilli crumbs

Smoked salmon and watercress linguine with chilli crumbs

A quick and easy smoked salmon, watercress and chilli linguine pasta supper that will be on the table in 15 minutes

Creamy sausage linguine with grated courgette and garlic

Creamy sausage linguine with grated courgette and garlic

Spruce up some pasta with this great sausage recipe for a quick and filling midweek meal.

Creamy salmon linguine

Creamy salmon linguine

Any smoked fish will go with the flavours in this pasta.

Tuna chilli linguine

Tuna chilli linguine

Cheap, simple, and utterly tasty, this pasta dish is an ideal quick supper for friends.

 


More Italian inspiration

Pizza recipes

Pizza recipes

Step away from the takeaway menu and create your own homemade pizzas with these wonderful pizza recipes. 

The best Italian restaurants

The best Italian restaurants

We could only pick a handful of Italian restaurants in the UK. From family-run trattorias to Michelin starred establishments, these are the perfect places to let your pasta and pannacotta passions run riot.

Italian menu for four

Italian menu for four

Italians are big on social gatherings so knock up this four course Italian-inspired menu and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Italian favourites

Italian favourites

Here, in one tidy place, you'll find some of the most loved Italian recipes, including rustic salads, classic mains, pizzas, pasta and risottos. Bella, bella.

Spaghetti recipes

Spaghetti recipes

There is nothing better than a juicy mouthful of spaghetti covered in a rich and glossy sauce. Be everyone’s favourite pasta, here are some classic Italian recipes from Bolognese sauces to carbonara and meatballs. Just remember not to wear white.

Spaghetti six ways

Spaghetti six ways

The simple straight-up pasta gets a long overdue makeover with six dazzling new summer looks. From simple soups to omelettes – who knew spaghetti was so versatile?
 

Step by step pasta

Step by step pasta

So many people are afraid of making their own pasta… Ready-made is cheap to buy and, yes, the homemade version does take a little bit of time to make and craft, but the taste and texture are so much better than anything you can buy in the shops. There’s no need to make fancy shapes. Simple tortellini, stuffed with fresh ingredients, is pretty much as good as it gets. Click here for a fabulous cheese and Parma ham tortellini recipe.

Quick pasta recipes

Quick pasta recipes

Quick to cook, easy on the wallet and flipping tasty, these pasta recipes cost from less than £1 a head and will guarantee you clean plates all round

Make pasta the Giorgio Locatelli way

Make pasta the Giorgio Locatelli way

"When you make fresh egg pasta at home, you have the satisfaction of knowing all the ingredients that went into it.”

Exciting pasta recipes

Exciting pasta recipes

Quick to cook, easy on the wallet and flipping tasty, these pasta recipes cost from less than £1 a head and will guarantee you clean plates all round

Italian veggie recipes

Italian veggie recipes

Pizza, pasta, perfection. Here are 10 of our favourite Italian recipes for vegetarians.

 

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albertocook

October 20

Hi I' m Alberto. I'm Italian. I love pasta and pizza. If you wont you find me in www.realitaliandish.wordpress.com. This is my blog where I write my family italian recipe. This web site have more good recipe and I love change my Italian flavors. Bye from Italy

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