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15 Pasta Recipes You Should Have In Your Arsenal

We have more than 5,000 pasta recipes. Now, I’m no mathematician, but at the rate of one recipe a day, it would take someone almost fourteen years to try all of the pasta dishes on Allrecipes!

You've got to start somewhere! Here are 15 top-rated dishes. Start here, and if you have a few years, we have a few more...

1. Cajun Chicken Pasta

Laissez le bon temp roulez and bon appetit! Chicken dredged in Cajun spices, sauteed with vegetables, and served in a basil-cream sauce over linguine is fit for royalty. ROSERICO says “I would serve this dish to the Queen of England!”

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta | Photo by Tricia Winterle Jaeger

2. Camp David Spaghetti With Italian Sausage

Rave Review: “I was shown this recipe by a Navy chef who served this to presidents at Camp David. I have served it to my family many times, and it is certainly fit for a president. Best with a garden salad and crusty garlic bread.” – hungryguy

Camp David Spaghetti With Italian Sausage

Photo by CookinBug

3. Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Rave Review: “It had to be hands down one of the best lasagnas I have ever made, meat or no meat. It came out picture perfect and tasted even better!” – Melissa

Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

4. Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Rave Review: “This was WONDERFUL for a special dinner! Served with a crisp salad and warm Italian bread, this dish got great raves!”DELANEYSMAMA

Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Photo by Dianne

5. Linda’s Lasagna

Rave Review: “Not only is this recipe easy and inexpensive, it is one of the best! I was very surprised to learn how wonderful creamy cottage cheese worked in this recipe. My only complaint is there were no leftovers!” – Susan

6. Exchange Gang Pasta With Shrimp

Rave Review: "A group of Allrecipeeps came together to create this sinfully delicious pasta recipe--each suggesting an ingredient to be included in the dish. The result? Hands down one of the best pasta recipes on the site!"

Exchange Gang Pasta with Shrimp

Photo by naples34102

7. Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Rave Review: “This was awesome. I only did a minor change of adding chopped onion and garlic. The only danger with this recipe is of eating too much of it. Yesterday I had it for dinner, a snack, and then breakfast this morning.” – Jennifer

8. Lasagna Roll Ups

Rave Review: “Wow! Very easy to put together and no one realized there was tofu in this. I made one batch for dinner and froze the rest individually so I could pull them out to thaw in the morning and have an easy dinner for a weeknight.” – Jen Reesman

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups | Photo by Meredith

9. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Chef John says the key to this classic sauce is slowly toasting the garlic slices to a perfect golden-brown in the olive oil. If it's too light, you don't get the full flavor and if it's too dark it gets bitter. His advice? “Do it perfectly."

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Photo by Tara

10. Penne With Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

Rave Review: “All the signs of greatness: Tastes really good, is fast and easy, and also pretty darn inexpensive! SERIOUS YUM, especially with a glass of red wine…” – LISAKP71

11. Turkey Manicotti

Rave Review: "Made this manicotti tonight and it was delish and so easy!” -- SHRIEKINGVIOLET

Chef John's Turkey Manicotti

Chef John's Turkey Manicotti | Photo by Allrecipes

12. Chef John’s BLT Pasta

“If you can't decide whether to make a BLT sandwich or a pasta, now you can do both. The combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato has a proven track record of deliciousness!” – Chef John

Chef John's BLT Pasta

Photo by Life Tastes Good

13. Lo Mein Noodles

Rave Review: “This is the best lo mein I've ever made. Some other reviewers said there was not enough sauce. Personally, I feel it was just enough. Any more sauce and it would have been too saucy. Lo mein isn't typically "saucy" like some other Chinese dishes.” – Teri

Lo Mein Noodles

Photo by Sherri

14. Chicken With Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes

Rave Review: “I made this tonight, as written, except used the oil from the jar of sun-dried tomato (rather than olive oil). It is full of flavor and delicious!” – KathyK

Chicken with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

15. Scrumptious Shrimp Scampi Linguine

Rave Review: “This recipe was fun to make and even better to share with my honey. The creamy sauce is absolutely to die for! It's one of my top 10 favorites. I can't wait to make it again.” – MiCoAmazing

Scrumptious Shrimp Scampi Linguine

Photo by Denisia Lys

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