26 Awesome Pasta Recipes

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Pasta is my ultimate comfort food. Today, I’m sharing 26 awesome pasta recipes for when only a big bowl of carbs will do. Dinner is about to get awesome.

26 Awesome Pasta Recipes with a bowl of carbonara

Guys, I know we’re talking nothing but Christmas cookies and various roast fowl at the moment, but I thought we could use a little break from holiday food. The past week has been pretty stressful, but I’ve finally been able to cook something in my kitchen. I can tell you, all I want right now is cheesy, carby comfort.

So I’m sharing all my favorite pasta recipes from the past seven years of Awesome on 20. There’s mac and cheese, spaghetti, plenty of meatless dishes, and some slightly unconventional options. Everything is simple to make, and a joy to eat.

But if you’re dying for holiday recipes, you can check out my list of Ultimate Awesome Holiday Recipes from last year.

Mexican Mac & Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Mexican Mac & Cheese – cheesy pasta plus chicken, corn, and chillies

Spicy Bacon Mac & Cheese | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spicy Bacon Mac & Cheese – so much cheese plus bacon and jalapenos

Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese

Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese – okay but this one has vitamin-laden sweet potatoes mixed in

Garlic Mac and Cheese

Easy Garlic Mac & Cheese – made with a no-cook sauce, this baked mac and cheese is super simple

Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spaghetti & Sausage Meatballs – turn your favorite Italian sausage into flavorful meatballs

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells on a plate

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells – look, vegetables, but also a lot of cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese – chicken, plus spicy buffalo sauce and three kinds of cheese can only be complete awesomeness

Pepperoni Pasta Bake – clear out your fridge with this simple baked pasta

Green Minestrone | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Green Minestrone – yes, we can even put pasta in our soup

BBQ Pulled Pork Stovetop Mac & Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

BBQ Pulled Pork Stovetop Mac & Cheese – stir some pulle pork and barbecue sauce through a simple, stovetop mac

Southwest Pasta Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Southwest Pasta Salad – bring pasta to your next backyard bbq

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi – roast potatoes take forever, but fried gnocchi is awesome in five minutes

Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs – super simple meatless pasta dish

Spinach Alfredo Macaroni and Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spinach Alfredo Mac & Cheese – use your favorite jarred alfredo sauce for this layered baked pasta

Lemon Linguine from Awesome on 20

Lemon Linguine – brighten things up with a creamy lemon sauce

Bowl of Bacon Carbonara with cheese

Bacon Carbonara – this might be my personal favorite

Potato & Pancetta Mac & Cheese | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Potato & Pancetta Mac & Cheese – double up on the carbs with potatoes in your pasta

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells – Cheesy veggie pasta shells you can’t resist

Cowboy Spaghetti | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cowboy Spaghetti – change up your bolognese with bacon, beer, hot sauce, and cheddar cheese

Spam Mac & Cheese | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spam Mac & Cheese – you don’t want to admit how good it is

Chorizo Mac & Cheese | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chorizo Mac & Cheese – I love the bits of spicy chorizo running throughout this cheesy pasta

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac – use your favorite chili for this simple, hearty dish

Orzo with Bacon and Peas | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Orzo with Bacon & Peas – this dish is all made in one pot for ultimate ease

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

Spaghetti Quesadilla – pasta means leftovers, and this is my favorite way to enjoy them

Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

Chili with Gnocchi – stir some gnocchi into your favorite pasta. It’s totally awesome.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta – this simple pasta with chicken, goat cheese, and fresh rosemary is absolutely beautiful

Enjoy, pasta lovers. Be sure to share your photos with me on Instagram and hashtag them #awesomeon20.

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