25 Best Pasta Recipes
Whether you're cooking for a family supper or entertaining with friends, these top-rated pasta recipes will never fail to impress.
In honor of our 25th anniversary, we compiled a collection of our readers' best-loved pasta recipes from the past 25 years. Based on research from MyRecipes.com, we pulled the Cooking Light recipes that received the most votes and highest star ratings.
First up: Put ripe tomatoes to good use and make a fresh tomato sauce to top sweet Italian sausage and penne pasta. Reviewer sillybluestarr raves, "I didn't change a thing about the recipe and it's so amazing. I make this for guests when they come over!"
Reviewer evelyns agrees with our Test Kitchen, "This was by far the BEST pasta dish I have ever made. It was amazingly fast to prepare and was truly restaurant quality."
Reviewer cookfromsocal gave the dish 5 stars: "This was fantastic, lot of flavor and so easy. Next time will put in more pine nuts. Couldn't wait to have the leftovers for lunch the next day. A definite repeat."
Laurie18 says, "I found this recipe to be quite the guilty pleasure. Alfredo usually has a 1000 calories and this had less than 400 calories and included bacon!
"This recipe will definitely be on repeat!" praises reviewer heidz23. "Sometimes eating something like lasagna leaves you feeling heavy, but this is a great, lightened version that is just as flavorful."
"This smells incredible as it cooks, with a deep, earthy, mushroomy fragrance," praises Executive Food Editor Ann Taylor Pittman. "And the flavor lives up to the promise of the aroma."
Serve this dish immediately; if it stands, the sauce can become too thick.
"This was so amazingly quick, easy, and delicious. My husband does not like eggplant so he gave it the evil eye then proceeded to eat two huge servings!" said reviewer fittaraw.
"Tasted great as leftovers," said reviewer MeeshMech79. "The second night I tossed in some rotisserie chicken but it's certainly filling as a meatless meal as well."
This 20-minute recipe has become a favorite among staff and readers alike for its ease to prepare and use of bold ingredients like peppery arugula and savory sausage. A sprinkling of shaved pecorino Romano cheese gives a salty bite.
Fresh pasta pairs well with a simple, barely-there sauce that will gently coat each noodle, highlighting the fresh pasta's uniquely soft, smooth texture without overwhelming it or stealing its shine. This dish makes for a satisfying meatless meal that is sure to please your taste buds.