Bring the Flavours of Italy to Your Kitchen: Recipes of 10 Types of Pasta Dishes Which are Easy to Make & Delicious to Eat (2020)

Bring the Flavours of Italy to Your Kitchen: Recipes of 10 Types of Pasta Dishes Which are Easy to Make & Delicious to Eat (2020)

Bored of eating the same, old packaged pasta which you could get from your nearby supermarket? Bring some magic and uniqueness to how to prepare pasta. We're here with ten delicious pasta recipes which are easy to make and can be prepared right at your home. Also learn all about the different pasta sauces that are a staple in most Italian kitchens, along with types of pastas! Read on to find out more.

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Most Popular Pasta Sauces for Pasta Recipes

Marinara Sauce

One of the most common types of pasta sauce is Marinara sauce, which is nothing but tomato sauce. It is made out of canned tomatoes, garlic and some fresh herbs which are simmered together. It is best enjoyed with Spaghetti and Penne pasta.

Pesto Sauce

Pesto sauce is used in so many types of pasta dishes. It is a fresh mix of basil, nuts, olive oil, garlic and cheese which requires no cooking. It is super easy and very quick to make.

Ragu Sauce

Ragu is a type of meat sauce which is prepared by mixing the Marinara sauce with ground meat and simmered slow. It brings out great flavour it's best enjoyed with Fettuccine pasta.

Brown Butter Sauce

A single ingredient recipe, brown butter sauce is prepared by melting butter in a saucepan and cooked for a few minutes. It has a great nutty flavor and best enjoyed with Ravioli.

Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo is a type of classic cream sauce which is cooked with butter and parmesan. The flavour is simply mouthwatering and best enjoyed with Fettuccine pasta. The sauce is enjoyed with varieties of pizza as well.

Must Try Pasta Dishes Which are Easy to Make

1. Chicken Pasta

This is one of the best pasta recipes that we came across. The addition of chicken is simply revolutionary with pasta! Check out the recipe:


  • 1/2 cup penne pasta and 1/2 cup boiled chicken
  • 2 pieces butter and 1/5 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt and 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup water and 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 1 tsp garlic and 1 tsp celery
  • 2 tbsp carrot and 2 tbsp beans
  • 1 tsp chilly flakes and 2 tsp shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp chicken stock and 1tbsp cream

How to Make

  • Take water in a large bowl and put it on simmer flame and then add salt once it starts boiling. Add olive oil and penne pasta and let it cook.
  • Take a pan and heat butter and then add chicken in it. After sautéing it for a while add black pepper and salt.
  • Pour some olive oil and then add chilly flakes, garlic, celery and black pepper.
  • Add chicken stock, beans and carrots and top it with salt.
  • Saute them and add water and let it cook on low flame and do not forget to stir timely.
  • Add cream followed by boiled pasta and after mixing well, shred some cheese on it and your pasta is ready to serve.

2. Simple White Sauce Pasta Recipe

The most loved and one of the simplest pasta delicacy to make is white sauce pasta which you can make even with your kids. And guess what? It can be based as well. Here's the recipe for the same:


  • 2 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chilled milk and 1 cup penne pasta
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder and salt as required
  • 4 cup water veg parmesan cheese
  • Dry oregano, dried basil, mixed herbs – 1/4 tsp each
  • Spring onions for garnishing

How to Make

  • Boil water and add salt in it and when it comes to boil, add pasta and cook on medium flame.
  • Take a pan and heat butter and when it melts add all purpose flour in it.
  • Stir the flour with wired whisk for a while and then add chilled milk and cook on low flame until it forms a thick sauce.
  • Switch off the flame and add all seasoning in it.
  • Add the boiled and strained pasta in the sauce along with dried basil, dried oregano etc. and garnish with spring onions and grated cheese.

3. Pasta Carbonara


There are various types of pasta dishes but very few of them have this essence of bacon in them. Enjoy this unique pasta dish with fried bacon in it.


  • 1 packet spaghetti and 100 g bacon
  • 3 eggs and 1 egg yolk
  • 100 g parmesan cheese grated and 1 tbsp olive oil
  • black pepper and salt as per taste

How to Make

  • In a large pan fry the bacon till crisp and set them aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, take whole eggs and yolk, add the grated cheese and stir well.
  • Boil the spaghetti and salty water and drain it. Make sure to save some cooking water.
  • Take another pan and toss the pasta with egg mixture, bacon over low heat.
  • Season it with salt and add pasta water and toss it well.
  • Make sure the sauce is thick and then finally add black pepper and serve it hot.

4. Macaroni Pasta Recipe

This one is not a classic mac and cheese recipe but something different. It has this Indian spicy flavor in it which creates quite a fusion into the dish.


  • 1 cup macaroni and 4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp oil and 1 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic, 1/3 cup finely chopped onions and 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mixed veggies like green beans, carrots, baby corn etc.
  • 1/4 cup green peas and 1 tbsp chopped coriander for garnishing
  • black pepper, turmeric powder, garam masala, Kashmiri red chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder – 1/2 tsp each
  • Salt as per taste

How to Make

  • Heat 3 cups of water with 1/2 tsp salt and boil and then add macaroni in it. Let it cook on medium heat.
  • Take another pan and heat 2 tbsp oil in it and then saute garlic in it till they turn golden brown.
  • Add onions and saute followed by tomatoes. Now cover the lid and let it cook for a while.
  • After cooking tomatoes completely, add all spice powders followed by mixed vegetables and green peas.
  • Add some salt in it and 1 cup water and cover the pan to cook them.
  • Once the veggies are cooked, add macaroni and cook for a while and then add mixed herbs in it. Serve it hot.

5. Pasta with Smashed Peas

It's one of the easiest pasta dishes to try from. Here's the recipe:


  • 450 g pappardelle pasta and 200 g frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup ricotta and 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper

How to Make

  • Cook pasta according to the package guide.
  • Chop the peas in a blender and add 1/2 cup ricotta, pepper, salt and pulse to combine.
  • Drain the pasta and reserve some pasta water. Add peas in the pasta and some pasta water and toss it well.
  • Divide the pasta into bowls and add ricotta and sprinkle of chives along with some oil and serve it fresh.

6. Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce


Imagine making homemade gnocchi and enjoying them with tomato sauce. This is an entirely different pasta dish that can be made in your kitchen. Here's the recipe:


  • 1 kg potatoes and 1 kg tomatoes
  • Olive oil and 2 eggs
  • Flour and Parmesan cheese – 300 g each
  • 10-15 garlic cloves and 1 finely chopped onion
  • 10-12 basil leaves and 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt and black pepper as per taste

How to Make

  • For the Gnocchi, boil potatoes with salt, mash them and keep them aside.
  • Beat eggs and oil into potatoes, add parmesan and flour into it and mix well.
  • Knead the dough and place it on a flat surface for 10 minutes till it becomes soft.
  • Form long stripes with dough and cut them into small pieces then boil them and take them out on a plate and your gnocchi is ready.
  • For the tomato sauce, remove tomato skin, de-seed them and dice them.
  • Heat oil into a pan and saute garlic and onion for five minutes and finally add tomatoes and salt and cook for another five minutes.
  • In case of sour tomatoes, add sugar. Now add pepper, basil leaves, chilli flakes and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Once cooked, pour sauce over gnocchi and garnish with parmesan cheese to serve hot.

7. Sicilian Spicy Pasta


Bored with other types of pasta dishes with bland sauce taste? You should try this spicy Sicilian pasta recipe and enjoy that fantastic chilly flavor with all. Here's the recipe for you to try:


  • 1 cup penne pasta
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic and ½ tsp chopped red chillies
  • 1/4 cup broccoli and ½ tbsp. parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper as per taste
  • Oil

How to Make

  • Heat oil in a pan and saute garlic followed by red chillies.
  • Season it with salt and pepper and add broccoli to cook for two minutes.
  • Add boiled penne pasta and grate some parmesan cheese in it.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes and serve hot.

8. The Classic Mac and Cheese

One simply can’t beat the taste of the classic mac and cheese and you should also try this recipe for that ultimate nostalgic flavour.


  • 1 cup macaroni and 4 cups water
  • 4 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups cold milk and 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt and black pepper as per taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Mix of shredded cheese – 160 g

How to Make

  • Cook macaroni till they are soft and set them aside.
  • Heat 3 tbsp butter on a low flame and then add all purpose flour in it and mix them using wired whisk.
  • Avoid lumps and then add chilled milk in it and cook it until it become thick sauce.
  • Turn off the flame and add 150gms of shredded cheese and stir so it melts.
  • Add crushed black pepper, a pinch of nutmeg and salt and stir again.
  • Now add pasta in the sauce and you are good to go. You can also bake this recipe by adding breadcrumbs on the top.

9. Pasta with Marinated Tomato & Mozzarella

Who doesn’t like the tangy taste of tomatoes with lots of cheese. It's time to enjoy the same in this marinated tomato and mozzarella pasta.


  • 700 g diced beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil and 450gms dried fettuccine
  • Kosher salt and black pepper as per taste
  • 220 g mozzarella cubed and ½ cup fresh basil. torn

How to Make

  • In a large bowl, mix tomatoes, onion, mozzarella, oil, salt and pepper and let it marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package direction.
  • Add drained pasta to the marinated mix with basil and serve fresh.

10. Home Style Baked Pasta


Amongst all the types of pasta dishes, this is probably the easiest of them all. You should try this simple dish to enjoy it with your family.


  • 200 g any short pasta and 150gms butter, cubed
  • 1 chopped onion, 1 tbsp minced garlic and 1-2 chopped green chillies
  • 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 cup mixed bell peppers and 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped spinach and ½ cup mixed olives
  • 1 cup tomato puree and 2 cups mixed cheese
  • 1 cup cream and ½ cup breadcrumbs

How to Make

  • Cook the pasta in boiling salt water for 10 minutes and drain it.
  • Heat some olive oil in a pan and add onions, garlic, green chillies and saute them for 2 minutes.
  • Add eggplant, bell peppers and saute for 2 minutes followed by mushrooms, spinach and olives
  • Let it cook for 5 minutes and then mix tomato puree and cream.
  • Add seasoning as per taste and turn off the stove to mix pasta. Mix half the cheese and pour this mix into a greased baking dish.
  • Top it with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs. Add cubed butter and bake on 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Your baked pasta is ready.

Get to Know Some Different Pasta Shapes & Names

There are more than 350 types of pasta shapes, and it's almost impossible for us to learn about them all. Here are 4 of the most popular pasta shapes that you could bring in to make your pasta dish more unique.

Elbow Macaroni

Elbow Macaroni is probably the most loved type of pasta shape, and there are a hundred ways in which you can experiment with this type of pasta. From classic Mac & Cheese to Baked Pasta, It serves as the ultimate kitchen staple for a reason.

Farfalle (Bow Tie)

The Bow Tie Pasta or Farfalle is probably the cutest type of paste. There are various types of pasta dishes which can be made out of them, and it takes approximately 10 to 12 minutes to cook these.

Fusilli, Rotini

You should know that Fusilli means little spindles while Rotini means twists and these are spiral shaped 1 1/2 inches long pasta pieces. It takes app. 10 minutes to cook them.


Whether it is white sauce pasta or red sauce one, you will find the use of Penne Pasta in all of them. They are 2 to 4 inches long pasta with a cut on the diagonal. It takes 10 to 12 minutes to cook them.

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It's Now Super Easy to Experiment More with Pasta

Now that you've seen some mouthwatering pasta recipes which we're sure you aren't going to waste any time to get your hands on, we want to end this piece on the note that try and experiment with this Italian delicacy as much as you can. Bring in your favourite masalas, try adding different sauces, and if you're someone who loves to cook this is going to be no less than a heaven for you! With so many types of pasta available, make a unique recipe every time you're going to cook it. Happy cooking!