Best pasta dishes

20 great pasta dishes of Italian cuisine

From everyday meals to the most elaborate preparations of gourmet cuisine, pasta is perhaps the most versatile, popular and well-known dish served in Italy and almost all over the world. So that you can enjoy it too, I have searched for the best pasta dishes from classic Italian cuisine and summarized them for you in this article. Of course, you can also find the delicious and simple recipe for each of these dishes by clicking on the corresponding image.

Nowadays, pasta has become a fundamental part of the daily diet and has regained international recognition as a healthy food. The Mediterranean diet places it at the top of the food pyramid. In fact, a plate of pasta with tomato sauce and cheese is enough to have a complete & balanced meal.

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The best pasta dishes

Here are 20 of the most popular classic recipes from Italian cuisine
Pasta with chestnuts and Parma ham
Pasta with chestnuts and Parma ham is a classic Italian dish that is particularly popular during the cold season. The combination of the sweet taste of chestnuts, the salty Parma ham and a creamy sauce made from cream is simply irresistible. This pasta dish is quick and easy to prepare and is suitable for both a cozy dinner and a festive occasion.
4.39 from 21 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost medium
Calories 813kcal
Total 25 minutes
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Ziti alla genovese
This dish is more than just a simple pasta – it reflects Italian culture and a love of fresh, high-quality ingredients. The combination of ziti, a type of hollow, tubular pasta, and the rich, flavorful sauce of tender braised beef and onions is simply delicious.
4.49 from 58 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost medium
Calories 759kcal
Total 5 hours
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Pasta Carbonara
This spaghetti carbonara recipe is simply delicious!
4.48 from 244 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 191kcal
Total 25 minutes
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Salmon lasagna with spinach
Simple and absolutely delicious! An ideal pasta idea for the whole family.
4.51 from 273 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 1138kcal
Total 1 hour 10 minutes
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Pasta e patate alla Napoletana
This pasta is a hearty, warming dish that is very popular in many Italian households. It combines the simple but delicious ingredients of pasta, potatoes, carrots, celery and pancetta, infused with the flavors of spices and parmesan.
4.54 from 47 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 619kcal
Total 1 hour 10 minutes
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Pasta alla Norma
A really delicious Sicilian pasta!
4.57 from 23 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 102kcal
Total 1 hour
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Fettuccine Alfredo
A super simple and quick pasta!
4.50 from 302 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 702kcal
Total 15 minutes
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Spinach and ricotta cannelloni
Cannelloni with a delicious ricotta and spinach filling. The perfect Sunday dish!
4.41 from 15 ratings
Difficulty medium
Cost low
Calories 129kcal
Total 1 hour 20 minutes
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Calabrese pasta
An Italian classic with spicy salami!
4.49 from 279 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 737kcal
Total 25 minutes
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All amatriciana pasta alla nonna
You simply have to try this pasta!
4.45 from 20 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 165kcal
Total 30 minutes
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Cacio e Pepe
This pasta, which consists of just a few ingredients, impresses with its intense flavor. "Cacio" stands for pecorino cheese, "Pepe" for pepper – an unbeatable combination that promises to delight the palate. Preparing this delicacy requires a sure instinct and a love of tradition. Our detailed instructions will guide you step by step through the process to achieve the perfect balance between cheese and pepper. The art lies in coating the al dente spaghetti in a creamy sauce that will enchant your palate.
4.56 from 321 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 133kcal
Total 20 minutes
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Vesuviana pasta
A pasta as hot as a volcano!
4.52 from 314 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 517kcal
Total 25 minutes
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Tagliatelle with salmon and spinach
Delicious pasta with fresh fish, spinach and arugula in creamy mascarpone cream sauce.
4.57 from 283 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost medium
Calories 796kcal
Total 30 minutes
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Orecchiette with broccoli and salsiccia
Orecchiette with broccoli and salsiccia is a wonderfully simple yet sophisticated dish. This delicate pasta creation perfectly combines the flavors of hearty seasoned Italian sausage, fresh broccoli and orecchiette pasta cooked al dente. A real treat that transports you straight to the sunny atmosphere of Italy!
4.46 from 82 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 482kcal
Total 30 minutes
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Penne alla Vodka
Delicious noodles in a fruity sauce with light vodka aroma
4.57 from 302 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 511kcal
Total 40 minutes
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Gricia pasta
This pasta with fried bacon and pecorino is simply fantastico!
4.49 from 256 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost medium
Calories 343kcal
Total 25 minutes
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Spaghetti alla puttanesca
One of the best pasta dishes – irresistible!
4.47 from 315 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 441kcal
Total 25 minutes
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Boscaiola pasta
Pasta lumberjack style – a fragrant experience!
4.48 from 246 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost high
Calories 180kcal
Total 40 minutes
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Pasta al baffo
Pasta al baffo is a delicious Italian pasta dish that stands out for its creamy tomato and cream sauce. The name "al baffo" probably comes from the Italian phrase "da leccarsi i baffi", which means "so good that you will lick your whiskers".
4.55 from 40 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost low
Calories 840kcal
Total 20 minutes
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Pesto alla siciliana pasta
Pesto alla Siciliana is a delicious version of the classic pesto that originated in the sun-drenched region of Sicily. Fresh tomatoes and ricotta give this pesto a wonderfully fruity taste.
4.46 from 61 ratings
Difficulty easy
Cost medium
Calories 895kcal
Total 20 minutes
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