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75+ Pasta Recipes (Plus Cooking Tips)

If you love pasta but the results are disappointing when you make it, it’s probably an error in preparation. The good news is, this is an easy fix!

Here are 5 simple steps to cook it perfectly then I’ve listed dozens of recipes that I’ve handpicked from around the ‘net…some are quick & easy while others are a little more special and restaurant-worthy.

The two most important things you want to pay attention to are the amount of water you use and the cooking time…mess those up and the gig is up.

  1. Use a large pot with lots of water, bigger than you think you need. Rule of thumb is about 1 to 1 1/2 quarts water per 1/4 lb of pasta. You want it to have lots of room and lots of water. This one’s a biggy!
  2. Bring water to a full boil then add a splash of oil and a few shakes of salt. Oil is debatable depending on who you ask, but I find it does add something to the flavor. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt per pound of pasta (Kosher salt is great). Once everything’s boiling hard, add the pasta and make sure it’s all covered with water and stir well. This one’s an important step too, if you add it before the water is at a full rolling boil–you’re not going to get great results.
  3. Stir again after about 2 or 3 minutes to prevent sticking. Do not cover with a lid, keep boiling with an open pot.
  4. Check the instructions on the package for cooking time and start checking at the minimum suggested time: take a piece out and bite into it. If it’s just right, you’ll know by biting into it–it will be slightly firm but tender (al dente), no crunchy or hard center. When it’s done, remove the pot from heat immediately. If it isn’t quite done yet, check every minute or so until it’s ready. Seconds do make a difference and when it’s overcooked it will turn out soggy, mushy and tasteless.
  5. Once you’ve removed the pot from the stove, immediately drain the contents in a colander. Shake to get rid of excess water, no need to rinse.

That’s it! Top with your favorite sauce or ingredients and enjoy :). Ready for some ideas? You’ll find over 75 recipes below, I’ve sorted them into groups for easier browsing. Enjoy!

Angel Hair:

Bow-Tie (Farfalle)

Egg Noodles: