5-Star Pasta Recipes

Satisfy your craving for carbs with one of our favorite 5-star pasta recipes from Food Network.

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Giada's Lasagna Rolls

Giada's elegant but easy twist on an Italian classic creates individual portions for easy serving.

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Ina's Mac and Cheese

The Barefoot Contessa adds nutmeg to bring out the nutty quality of Swiss gruyere and cheddar cheese then tops her dish with sliced tomatoes and breadcrumbs.

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Low-Cal Fettucini Alfredo

Fettuccine alfredo is typically a heavy dish but this version uses low-fat milk and cream cheese to lighten up a classic.

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Ina's Real Meatballs and Spaghetti

Ina Garten adds a bit of warm water to keep these meatballs exceptionally moist. They are cooked in a red wine and tomato sauce and are the perfect accompaniment to a mound of spaghetti.

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Giada's Chicken Tetrazzini

A white bechamel sauce base makes Giada's dish ultracreamy. Combined with garlicky mushrooms, sauteed chicken and pasta then topped with breadcrumbs, this baked dish is a crowd-pleaser.

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Turkey Bolognese

You can use leftover onions, celery and turkey for this Bolognese sauce. Though it's usually made with beef, Giada's Bolognese is delicious with turkey.

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Capellini with Spicy Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

This vegetarian dish, bursting with flavor from fresh zucchini and tomato sauce, is a quick and easy weeknight option.

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Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese

Giada's got your greens covered for this pasta. Although the pecorino cheese adds a unique bite, you can always substitute Parmesan.

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Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

Ina gives her garlicky shrimp scampi a citrus kick with lemon juice and zest. She even serves the dish with slices of fresh lemon.

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Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Bring together two crowd-pleasers, Buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese, with this recipe that's sure to be a hit.

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Croque Monsieur Mac and Cheese

This recipe takes the flavors of a croque monsieur — the French version of a grilled ham and cheese — to elevate an ordinary mac 'n' cheese.

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Linguine with Tuna Puttanesca

This riff on traditional pasta puttanesca uses canned tuna plus tomatoes, capers and kalamata olives and is ready in fewer than 30 minutes.

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Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs

Using ground chicken, make Giada's zesty meatballs to serve in a hearty pasta dish with orecchiette and fresh mozzarella.

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Giada's Spaghetti with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella, and Prosciutto

The smokiness of the mozzarella and prosciutto in this dish is a nice contrast to the freshness of asparagus and basil.

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Pasta Primavera

Giada's simple take on a classic Primavera is full of roasted vegetables. Just cut all your veggies into matchsticks, toss in some olive oil and herbs, and let the roasting do its trick.

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Pasta, Pesto and Peas

Ina's pesto uses both walnuts and pine nuts for a more robust flavor. Make the pasta ahead of time and chill for a nice pasta salad, or serve warm with fresh pasta.

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Gina's Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta 

Shrimp blush pink in the skillet before being tossed with garlic, lemon and angel-hair pasta.

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Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss

Toss cooked chicken breast tenders with penne plus a sauce reminiscent of the traditional piccata dish.

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Pasta, Pancetta and Peas

Use the fat that renders from the cooked pancetta to sautee the onions, which will give more flavor to the overall pasta dish. A squeeze of lemon for a bit of acid before serving brightens up the meal.

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Grilled Seafood Pasta Fra Diavolo

Giada tops her pasta fra diavlo with tender shrimp, clams and lobster meat. The seafood's subtle sweetness helps to offset the heat of the tomato sauce.

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Pantry Pasta 

Customize this recipe with whatever you have on hand in the pantry. Ree Drummond uses olives, jarred artichoke hearts, onions, garlic, tomatoes and jarred pesto to complete her dish.

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Mediterranean Summer Pasta with Salsa Cruda

Melissa D'Arabian serves this pasta with a no-cook "salsa cruda" of tomatoes, olives, garlic and capers. All you have to do is boil the pasta and toss it all together.

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Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage 

Rachael tosses penne pasta in a sauce of creamy pumpkin and sweet sausage for a filling fall meal that's ready in just 25 minutes.

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Orecchiette with Mixed Greens and Goat Cheese 

Cooking for one? Giada's quick and simple pasta is tossed with salad greens while still warm so the greens wilt and become an integral part of the overall dish.

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Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce

Giada uses clam juice instead of chicken stock in her herbed and creamy sauce to reinforce the flavor of the shrimp.

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Spaghetti with Spicy Scallop Marinara

Adding a parmesan rind to the pasta sauce means it will infuse great flavor as all of the ingredients cook. Sometimes it will dissolve completely, but if not, just remove it at the end.

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Capellini with Spicy Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

This is a veggie lovers pasta: hand-crushed, beefy tomatoes and beautiful, simmered zucchini give this pasta a fresh flavor.

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5-Ingredient Pasta from Kitchen Sink

When time is tight, look to these go-to pasta recipes to save the day.

5 Ingredients: Tuna Pasta Salad

My mom would bring home a tuna pasta salad from the deli when I was a kid, but it was loaded with fatty mayo. Here’s my lightened-up version made with five simple ingredients.