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.
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 – cheesy pasta plus chicken, corn, and chillies
Spicy Bacon Mac & Cheese – so much cheese plus bacon and jalapenos
Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese – okay but this one has vitamin-laden sweet potatoes mixed in
Easy Garlic Mac & Cheese – made with a no-cook sauce, this baked mac and cheese is super simple
Spaghetti & Sausage Meatballs – turn your favorite Italian sausage into flavorful meatballs
Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells – look, vegetables, but also a lot of cheese
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 – yes, we can even put pasta in our soup
BBQ Pulled Pork Stovetop Mac & Cheese – stir some pulle pork and barbecue sauce through a simple, stovetop mac
Southwest Pasta Salad – bring pasta to your next backyard bbq
Parmesan Fried Gnocchi – roast potatoes take forever, but fried gnocchi is awesome in five minutes
Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs – super simple meatless pasta dish
Spinach Alfredo Mac & Cheese – use your favorite jarred alfredo sauce for this layered baked pasta
Lemon Linguine – brighten things up with a creamy lemon sauce
Bacon Carbonara – this might be my personal favorite
Potato & Pancetta Mac & Cheese – double up on the carbs with potatoes in your pasta
Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells – Cheesy veggie pasta shells you can’t resist
Cowboy Spaghetti – change up your bolognese with bacon, beer, hot sauce, and cheddar cheese
Spam Mac & Cheese – you don’t want to admit how good it is
Chorizo Mac & Cheese – I love the bits of spicy chorizo running throughout this cheesy pasta
Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac – use your favorite chili for this simple, hearty dish
Orzo with Bacon & Peas – this dish is all made in one pot for ultimate ease
Spaghetti Quesadilla – pasta means leftovers, and this is my favorite way to enjoy them
Chili with Gnocchi – stir some gnocchi into your favorite pasta. It’s totally awesome.
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.