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18 Pasta Recipes for All Occasions!

18 Pasta Recipes for All Occasions!

18 Pasta Recipes for all occasions including pasta salads, sides, and main dishes!

Hi guys! I am back after a fabulous 8 day trip to Paris and Barcelona with Ryan to celebrate my 30th Birthday (coming up this Saturday…ahhh!) and our 10th wedding anniversary. We had a great time (It was our first time traveling to Europe! I’ll share a few pics with you later), but it’s definitely nice to be back home with our sweet little dogs. It’s good to get back into a normal routine too, ya know? I even missed cooking, although I have to say I did NOT miss cleaning up my kitchen every day!

I don’t have any new recipes to share with you today (I’ll have a new one tomorrow, promise!), but I thought I’d put together a collage of some of my favorite pasta recipes.This list includes some of the best pasta side dishes, pasta salads for summer BBQs, and hearty main course pasta dishes that are sure to please.

If you aren’t familiar with how these little collages work, all you need to do is hover over each image to see the name of the recipe. Then just click on any image to view the full recipe! If you have any favorite pasta recipes whether it be side dishes or a main course, feel free to share in the comments below!


Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad – The triple threat consisting of bacon, cheddar, and ranch, make this an unbeatable side dish for your summer BBQ!

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad


BBQ Macaroni Salad – BBQ Macaroni Salad is similar to traditional macaroni salad except the dressing combines mayo with tangy BBQ sauce. The addition of turkey kielbasa makes this a hearty pasta salad perfect summer BBQ’s, potlucks, and to accompany weeknight dinners.

BBQ Macaroni Salad


Cajun Chicken Pasta – Cajun Chicken Pasta — spicy, cajun flavored chicken combined with a creamy melty parmesan alfredo sauce. It’s a restaurant quality meal ready in under 30 minutes!

Cajun Chicken Pasta


Chicken & Veggie Noodle Bowl w/ Peanut Sauce – Chock full of chicken, veggies, and noodles, and lightly coated with peanut sauce, this noodle bowl is bursting with flavor!

Chicken & Veggie Noodle Bowl w/ Peanut Sauce


Creamy Havarti Macaroni & Cheese – Creamy havarti cheese is the shining ingredient in this mac and cheese! Tender chicken and roasted red peppers are added to make the dish a complete simple supper!

Creamy Havarti Macaroni & Cheese


Easy Ranch Pasta Salad – Easy Ranch Pasta Salad with bacon, broccoli, and red pepper!

Easy Ranch Pasta Salad


Four Cheese Classic Lasagna – Layers of seasoned Italian Sausage, cheese, and pasta topped with a four cheese blend and baked in pasta sauce. This is classic lasagna at its finest!

Four Cheese Classic Lasagna


Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese – By far, the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever made. Savory, creamy, with a little crunch for good measure. It may be a splurge but this Four Cheese Mac N’ Cheese is definitely worth it!

Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese


Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta – Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta with an alfredo/marinara sauce combo is an easy pasta recipe that comes together quickly, perfect for an easy weeknight meal or even entertaining!

Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta


Italian Love Nests (Cheesy Pasta Cups) – Angel Hair Pasta combined with your favorite sauce and parmesan cheese, is twisted and baked in muffin tins to form cheesy pasta cups, otherwise known as "Love Nests."

Italian Love Nests (Cheesy Pasta Cups)


Pasta Side Dish: Parmesan and Garlic Farfalle – No need to buy pasta sides from the grocery store when you can easily make flavorful pasta sides at home! This Parmesan and Garlic Farfelle is full of flavor, and easy to make!

Pasta Side Dish: Parmesan and Garlic Farfalle


Shrimp Fra Diavolo – Fire roasted tomatoes, garlic, and tender spicy shrimp come together to create one of my favorite, most flavorful pasta dishes!

Shrimp Fra Diavolo


Shrimp Scampi Pasta – Tender shrimp and pasta get tossed together in scampi sauce with garlic and parmesan!

Shrimp Scampi Pasta


Simple Creamy Alfredo Sauce – Alfredo sauce good enough to entertain with, but easy enough to make in a hurry…. 20 minute creamy alfredo sauce!

Simple Creamy Alfredo Sauce


Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff – Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff – a healthy version that is made with NO cream soup! You can make it with or without mushrooms. This is a recipe the whole family will love and it comes together quick!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff


Spicy Chicken Rigatoni {Like Buca Di Beppo} – Spicy chicken, tons of garlic, a combo of alfredo and marinara sauce, and a handful of peas make up this Spicy Chicken Rigatoni, one of my favorite pasta dishes of all time from the restaurant Buca Di Beppo.

Spicy Chicken Rigatoni {Like Buca Di Beppo}


Spicy Sausage Skillet – This Spicy Sausage Skillet comes together in under 30 minutes and is made entirely in one skillet! That’s my kind of dinner!

Spicy Sausage Skillet


Taco Pasta Bake – No need for Taco Bell on taco night, try this easy homemade Taco Pasta Bake… everything you love about tacos in pasta form!

Taco Pasta Bake

18 Pasta Recipes for All Occasions!




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