Our Top 10 Pasta Recipes

It's impossible to resist a steaming bowl of pasta; whether you top it with a rich and meaty ragu, a thick and creamy cheese sauce, or a fresh and zingy pesto, it just never gets old. Here we've listed our top ten pasta recipes to suit every mood, from midweek pick-me-ups to lazy, weekend feasts. 

best pasta bake recipe

Baked Four-Cheese Spirali from Jamie's Food Tube: The Pasta Book by Gennaro Contaldo

We're off to a strong start with this mouth-watering recipe from the legendary Gennaro Contaldo, because who doesn't love a pasta bake? This recipe uses the irresistible combination of creamy cheese, salty ham and crunchy breadcrumbs. We can pretty much guarantee you won't have any leftovers.

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best avocado pasta recipe

15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta from Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon

This recipe is a revelation. It uses a few key ingredients to create a creamy, moreish green sauce that is packed with nutrients. Plus it's gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, sugar-free and grain-free but still utterly, and genuinely, delicious.

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best beef ragu using mince recipe

Beef Ragù Pasta from Mincespiration! by Dean Edwards

Spaghetti Bolognese is always a firm family favourite and we love this recipe from Dean Edwards. It's simple, straight-forward and any leftovers can be frozen for a busy day. Pass the Parmesan! 

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best zitoni recipe

Zitoni alla Norma from Mezzogiorno by Francesco Mazzei

This recipe for pasta with aubergines and tomatoes is a Happy Foodie favourite. Do try and get hold of zitoni pasta to serve this dish as it cradles the tomato sauce beautifully.

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ultimate mac n cheese recipe

CheesusLovesYou Mac n Cheese from Anna Mae's Mac n Cheese by Anna Mae and Tony Solomon

We think the picture says it all, but just in case... This recipe from Anna Mae's Mac n Cheese makes use of four different cheeses to produce the ultimate indulgent Mac and Cheese. Now let's go back to staring at the picture.

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best beetroot spaghetti recipe

Beetroot Noodles with Goat's Cheese, Toasted Walnuts and Baby Kale from The A-Z Of Eating by Felicity Cloake

New to cooking pasta in vegetable juice? Let Felicity Cloake show you how with this delicious recipe from her cookbook The A-Z Of Eating. As well as being easy on the eyes, it's so simple and perfect for a midweek supper.

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the best happiness pasta recipe

Happiness Pasta Sweet Tomato, Aubergine and Ricotta from Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver

The name doesn't lie - this recipe really does put a smile on your face. We think this is partly down to the rich and creamy tomato and ricotta sauce and partly down to the generous servings!

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best homemade pesto recipe

Tagliatelle with Pesto and Courgettes from My Simple Italian by Theo Randall

Make pesto at home with this recipe from My Simple Italian. Fresh with the flavours of basil, lemon and extra virgin olive oil, this dish sings with Spring-like flavours. You'll never reach for supermarket pesto again!

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best cheap pasta recipe

Onion Pasta with Parsley and Red Wine from A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe

Tasty, budget-friendly and a hit with the family, this recipe from A Girl Called Jack is one of those easy pasta recipes we rely on during the mad midweek rush. It's the perfect way to use up those onions rolling around in the back of the fridge. 

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best pasta and mussels recipe

Spaghetti with Mussels and Tomato Sauce from A Taste of Home by Angela Hartnett

Finally, for a real taste of Italy's Amalfi coast, just whip up this recipe from A Taste of Home. Impressive enough for a dinner party, but far too delicious to save for occasions only, this pasta dish is one you'll keep coming back to over the summer months.

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