26 Pasta Recipes That Would Make an Italian Grandmother Proud (2024)

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Updated: Sep. 12, 2023

    Step back in time with these classic Italian pasta recipes.


    Chicken Cacciatore

    This easy chicken cacciatore recipe makes a good Sunday dinner, since it’s so simple to prepare. This recipe is the best because it’s loaded with lots of vegetables and is a family favorite. —Barbara Roberts, Courtenay, British Columbia

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    One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the Old Spaghetti Factory with my family and ordering a big plate of cheesy spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread. My homemade recipe reminds me of those fun times and satisfies everyone's craving for good Italian food. —Erika Monroe-Williams, Scottsdale, Arizona

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    Nana's Italian Roulade

    My great-aunt from Sicily taught my mother how to stuff and bake a steak in a jelly-roll style. It’s unique and really special in our family. —Roseanne McDonald, Days Creek, Oregon

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    Homemade Manicotti

    These tender manicotti are much easier to stuff than the purchased variety. People are always amazed when I say I make my own noodles. My son fixed this recipe for several of his friends, and they were extremely impressed with his cooking skills. —Sue Ann Bunt, Painted Post, New York

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    Linguine with Fresh Tomatoes

    This garlic and basil linguine is a perfect way to use up your late-summer tomato harvest. It makes a great light supper when paired with a salad, or you can make it heartier with some chopped chicken. —Susan Jones, Downers Grove, Illinois

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    Asparagus Shrimp Linguine

    My family really enjoys asparagus and shrimp. We often have this on busy weeknights because its healthy and cooks quickly. —Ehnes Wannetta, Eagle Bend, Minnesota

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    When my family comes for a visit, they always ask me to make this unique dish for dinner. Homemade cheesy gnocchi is topped with a rich sauce made with butternut squash, spinach and Gorgonzola.— Brud Holland, Watkins Glen, New York

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    Great-Grandma's Italian Meatballs

    My great-grandmother started this easy meatball recipe with our family. We use ground beef and turkey for these meatballs, and the flavor’s so good, you won’t miss the extra calories. —Audrey Colantino, Winchester, Massachusetts

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    Fettuccine Carbonara

    When a man at church found out how much my family likes fettuccine, he shared his Italian grandmother's carbonara recipe with us. I've made it my own over the last 25 years. Grated Parmesan cheese works just as well as Romano. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York

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    Penne alla Vodka

    This easy and impressive pasta is always on the menu when my husband and I invite first-time guests over for dinner. Many friends have asked me to make the recipe again years after they first tried it. —Cara Langer, Overland Park, Kansas

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    Homemade Ravioli

    I love to bake and cook, especially Italian dishes like this homemade ravioli recipe. In fact, my idea of a perfect day consists of cooking my family's favorite foods then watching them dig in!—Lori Daniels, Hartland, Michigan

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    Creamy Sausage-Mushroom Rigatoni

    In Rome, we dined near the Pantheon. The amazing restaurant is now history, but its memory lives on in this tasty pasta with mushrooms and sausage. —Barbara Roozrokh, Brookfield, Wisconsin.

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    Homemade Meatless Spaghetti Sauce

    When my tomatoes ripen, the first things I make are BLTs and this homemade spaghetti sauce. —Sondra Bergy, Lowell, Michigan

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    Italian Stuffed Shells

    A dear friend first brought over this stuffed shells recipe. Now I take it to other friends' homes and to potlucks, because it's always a big hit! —Beverly Austin, Fulton, Missouri

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    Asparagus 'n' Shrimp with Angel Hair

    We’ve all heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so when I plan a romantic dinner, this shrimp asparagus pasta with angel hair is one dish I like to serve. It is easy on the budget and turns out perfectly for two. —Shari Neff, Takoma Park, Maryland

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    Lemon Chicken with Orzo

    Here's a dish that's light and summery but still filling. My kids love all the veggies...for real! If you like a lot of lemon, stir in an extra splash of lemon juice just before serving. —Shannon Humphrey, Hampton, Virginia

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    No-Cook Fresh Tomato Sauce

    Try this sauce at times when you have a box of pasta or a store-bought pizza shell and need a sure-fire topping. Dinner is served. —Julianne Schnuck, Taste of Home Designer

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    Homemade Pasta

    Try your hand at homemade pasta with this easy spinach dough. You don't need a pasta maker or other special equipment! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Pasta fa*gioli al Forno

    The term al forno means “baked pasta with beans.” But my busy family translates it as “super satisfying dinner.” —Cindy Preller, Grayslake, Illinois

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    Slow-Simmered Meat Ragu

    After a day of simmering in the slow-cooker, this ragu is not your typical spaghetti sauce. It's almost like a stew, so feel free to skip the pasta. —Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas

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    Shrimp Puttanesca

    I throw together these bold ingredients for a feisty seafood pasta. —Lynda Balslev, Sausalito, California

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    Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

    When my mom made this spaghetti sauce, the house would smell so good that I'd open the windows to torture the neighbors. It even tastes wonderful the next day, when the flavors have really melded. —Vera Schulze, Holbrook, New York

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    Traditional Lasagna

    My family first tasted this rich, homemade lasagna recipe at a friend's home on Christmas Eve. We were so impressed that it became our own holiday tradition as well. I also prepare it other times of the year. This classic lasagna recipe is requested often by my sister's Italian in-laws—I consider that the highest compliment! —Lorri Foockle, Granville, Illinois

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    Originally Published: December 31, 1969


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    As Taste of Home's senior shopping editor, Katie connects readers with the best gifts, kitchen gear and home items on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. Before joining the shopping team, Katie worked as a digital staff writer at Better Homes & Gardens and on the Taste of Ho...

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    26 Pasta Recipes That Would Make an Italian Grandmother Proud (24)

    26 Pasta Recipes That Would Make an Italian Grandmother Proud (2024)


    Are there 600 types of pasta? ›

    There are over 600 different pasta shapes, each with a useful purpose. Long pasta, short pasta, stuffed pasta, pasta for soups- the uses for pasta are endless! Some pasta shapes and sizes are better suited for holding sauces in the ridges, while others are much better for baked dishes.

    What are the 4 main pasta dishes? ›

    There are four classic Roman pasta dishes: cacio e pepe, carbonara, amatriciana, and alla gricia. Each one is a variation on the other — alla gricia is cacio e pepe plus guanciale, carbonara is gricia plus egg, and so on. These four dishes are famous in all of Italian cooking, not just in Rome.

    What are the rarest types of pasta? ›

    Su filindeu pasta is the stuff of legends. For over 300 years, only a handful of women from the remote Sardinian town of Nuoro have known the secret to making this unfathomably intricate pasta.

    What is Italy's number 1 pasta? ›

    Italy's most popular pasta is penne. This quill-shaped pasta is unusual in that it has a very precise origin. It was born in 1865, with a new device patented by Giovanni Battista Capurro in the small town of San Martino d'Albero, near Genoa.

    What kind of pasta do real Italians eat? ›

    There are two basic types of pasta that you can find in Italy: Fresh pasta, made with flour and egg, and dry pasta, pastasciutta, made without egg. Typically dry pasta tends to be the more mass-produced, Barilla-style pasta while fresh pasta is what's served in restaurants.

    What is no 5 pasta? ›


    Stella bucatini is a thick spaghetti but with a hollow center, known as the "buco" or hole. Historically, Bucatini was made by rolling past dough over a smooth stick to attain the hollow center. Its robust shape pairs perfectly with rich tomato–based sauces, vegetables and cheese.

    What pasta starts with D? ›

    D for Ditalini

    Ditalini pasta is shaped like a small tube and is also referred to as “tubettini.” These tiny short pastas are often used in soups, like a minestrone soup of Italian origin made with vegetables, including beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, croutons, and tomatoes.

    What is a thick spaghetti called? ›

    Thick Spaghetti, also known as Spaghettoni, is a wider version of an old favorite. Spaghetti is long and round, and the name means "lengths of cord" in Italian. Barilla® Thick Spaghetti is made with non-GMO ingredients.

    Are there over 300 types of pasta? ›

    Many pasta cuts originated regionally and, often, many cuts were being produced in several regions but were known under separate names. Due to pasta's widespread popularity and numerous producers, there are now over 300 shapes available today.

    What are the 5 most common types of pasta? ›

    Italy's five most popular pasta shapes and how to eat them
    1. Penne. Italy's most popular pasta is penne. ...
    2. Spaghetti. Translating as 'thin strings', spaghetti is one of Italy's most iconic pasta shapes. ...
    3. Fusilli. Italy's third favourite pasta shape is that of fusilli. ...
    4. Rigatoni. ...
    5. Tagliatelle.
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