The Most Satisfying Pasta Dishes — Comfort Food Feast

Food Network's BLT Pasta Skillet

Photo by: Tara Donne ©FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

There’s a time and a place for classic Italian pasta dishes. You know, the kind where al dente spaghetti is lackadaisically draped over the plate and a few sprigs of basil are planted on top.

This time around, we’re digging only pasta dishes that require a sturdy spoon to lift up every last layer. With dishes as comforting as these, it’s hard to believe it all started with rigid pasta. Thank goodness for the great art of boiling water, right?

The classic BLT may not necessarily be the healthiest dish around, sure. But when it’s reborn in BLT Pasta Skillet recipe using whole-wheat pasta, it’s just as wholesome as it is comforting.

Baked Penne

Baked Penne

Baked Penne with Cheese in A White Baking Dish

©Food: Jaime Kimm Prop: Marina Malchin

Food: Jaime Kimm Prop: Marina Malchin

As one of the sturdier pasta shapes, penne does well when it reaches the oven. Food Network Magazine’s Baked Penne With Fennel is graced with a creamy tomato sauce, pancetta and three cheeses. 

Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Food Network's Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

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Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, GP. All Rights Reserved.

And with so many veggies involved, it’s surprising there’s any room for pasta in Baked Penne With Roasted Vegetables by Giada De Laurentiis.

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©Con Poulos

Con Poulos

Alton Brown’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese combines the classic elbow shape with freshly shredded sharp cheddar and hints of paprika and mustard. It’s just what you would expect out of the traditional baked rendition and, man, is it good. If you’re looking to move beyond the quintessential mac, try out Food Network Magazine’s Buffalo-Chicken Macaroni and Cheese. It’s spiked with hot sauce and loaded with store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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This collection wouldn’t be complete without a recipe like Neelys Baked Ziti or a good lasagna. For once, the latter isn’t restricted to the casserole dish. Food Network Magazine’s Skillet Lasagna packs all that baked flavor using just the stove.

Lastly, here’s our take on the creamiest, most comforting pasta dishes around. Rachael Ray’s Spinach and Artichoke Baked Whole Grain Pasta and Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole With Ham and Peas are just the thing.

Photo by: Tara Donne ©FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Food Network's Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole with Ham and Peas

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