24 Must-Try Pasta Recipes

We love diving into a delicious bowl of pasta. Here are 24 delicious, must-try pasta recipes we love to make again and again.

Our family enjoys pasta at least once a week, so we’ve shared many easy pasta recipes on Inspired Taste over the years. I love calling on baked pasta like lasagna or stuffed shells on cold evenings. In the summer, we always have some sort of pasta salad in the fridge.

Below, you’ll find lots of inspiration in the pasta recipes. There’s something for everyone, including pasta with meat sauce, vegan macaroni and cheese, and a few cold pasta salad recipes we love. These recipes are perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Quick Everyday Pasta Recipes

These easy pasta recipes are what our family turns to the most. We enjoy the veggie pasta, shown below, at least twice a month! These recipes are quick and call on a few ingredients.

Quick and easy vegetable spaghetti that tastes so good, you won’t even realize it’s loaded with nutritious veggies.

Thanks to orzo and a few fresh ingredients, you can make this easy orzo pasta recipe in under 20 minutes.

Easy weeknight friendly spaghetti and meat sauce that’s made completely from scratch. Use ground beef, turkey, pork, chicken or lamb to make this simple spaghetti recipe.

Easy buttered noodles with butter, parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs are one of our favorite dishes to make. See our tricks for making them the best!

This easy chicken ragu takes less than 30 minutes, is inexpensive and delicious.

Our favorite way to cook zucchini noodles! See how to make our 20-minute zucchini noodles pasta recipe with garlic, tomatoes, basil, and parmesan cheese. Low-carb, keto-adaptable, and vegetarian-adaptable!

Avocado pasta is quick, easy, and dairy-free. You only need 15 minutes and a fork to make the creamy avocado sauce (no food processor is required).

Mushroom pasta with the most delicious garlic butter mushrooms. Thanks to our no-fail method for cooking mushrooms, this easy pasta comes together in under 30 minutes and tastes amazing!

Everyone needs a go-to homemade mac and cheese recipe in their back pocket, and this one is ours. It’s simple to make, tastes fantastic, and makes super creamy macaroni and cheese.

Our favorite chicken noodle soup! No food blog would be complete without a recipe for chicken noodle soup. Our version is healthy, satisfying, and tastes incredible. Bonus, you can make this soup from scratch in under 40 minutes!

This easy fettuccine alfredo features a silky smooth sauce made with butter and parmesan cheese, cooked sausage, and lightly wilted spinach. 

The whole family will love this ultra-creamy vegan mac and cheese recipe. It is made with non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, and the perfect blend of spices. You can make this as a stovetop or baked mac and cheese!

Cold Pasta Salad Recipes

When it comes to summer salads, we love pasta salad. When you make pasta salad, remember this, after cooking your pasta, rinse it under cold water to remove some of the starch. We usually advise against this for hot pasta recipes, but removing that starch keeps your salad dressing light on its feet.

Italian Pasta Salad
Three Herb Italian Pasta Salad

Our Italian pasta salad is made with a fresh and flavorful dressing, two kinds of cheese, salami, olives, and the perfect blend of Italian herbs. Take one bite of this pasta salad, and you won’t be able to stop.

How to make the best macaroni pasta salad with an easy creamy dressing and crisp, colorful vegetables. We love this easy salad!

Fresh and easy pasta salad packed with crisp vegetables, fresh mozzarella, and tossed with a simple homemade dressing.

Everyone loves this easy orzo pasta salad recipe with a simple lemon vinaigrette, cucumber, olives, artichokes, tomato and fresh herbs.

Greek Pasta Salad
Quick Briny Greek Pasta Salad

Greek pasta salad is easy enough to make for a busy summer night and special enough to share with company. If you have seen our Greek salad recipe, you will recognize many of the ingredients in this pasta salad.

Baked Pasta Recipes

Baked pasta dishes are some of our favorite ways to enjoy pasta. From lasagna to stuffed shells, we have something for everyone. These are some of the best recipes to make in advance, so you will find tips and tricks for making them ahead of time when you click over to each recipe.

Extra easy baked ziti made entirely from scratch! Our favorite baked ziti recipe is creamy and cheesy with a mixture of pasta, a five minute homemade sauce and four cheeses

This easy baked pasta is loaded with vegetables, extra cheesy, and seriously irresistible. Our meatless baked pasta will please vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

You’ll love this ultra creamy mac and cheese recipe! With the perfect ratio of milk to cheese to sauce, this macaroni and cheese is at the top of my favorites list!

These stuffed shells are filled with creamy ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and a delicious mixture of sautéed veggies.

Easy stuffed shells recipe made with sausage, spinach, tomatoes and ricotta cheese. Everyone we have ever served these to loves them.

This vegetable lasagna recipe is a reader favorite! Tender vegetables, a light and flavorful tomato sauce, and lots of cheese make this the best veggie lasagna ever.

We love this cheese lasagna recipe with the perfect blend of cheeses that makes anyone weak at the knees. It’s rich, creamy, cheesy, and delicious. You can assemble this lasagna in about 20 minutes.

Our Favorite Pasta Recipes - Easy Veggie Pasta

  • PREP
  • COOK

One of our favorite pasta recipes! This easy veggie pasta is a flavorful, veggie-packed pasta that the whole family will love.

Makes 4 to 6 servings (About 6 cups of sauce)

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

12 ounces spaghetti or pasta of choice

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup (140 grams) chopped onion

2 medium zucchini, chopped (1/2 pound)

2 medium yellow squash, chopped (1/2 pound)

3 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes

One (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 heaping cup)

2 to 3 teaspoons mushroom powder, optional, see notes

5 cups (1/2 pound) spinach leaves

Handful fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast for serving


  • Make Sauce
  • 1Heat olive oil in a wide skillet with sides over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until translucent; 3 to 5 minutes.

    2Add zucchini, yellow squash, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and a generous pinch of salt then cook, stirring occasionally until softened but still with some crunch; 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook another minute. (When making this sauce, we usually end up using between 1 and 1 1/2 teaspoons of fine sea salt.)

    3Add the roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and mushroom powder. Bring to a low simmer and cook until the liquid has thickened and reduced by half; about 10 minutes. As the sauce cooks, use a spoon to break up the whole tomatoes into smaller pieces for a chunky sauce.

  • Cook Pasta
  • 1While the sauce simmers, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil then cook pasta according to package directions.

  • To Finish
  • 1Take the sauce off of the heat, and then stir in the spinach and basil. Taste then adjust with additional salt if needed. Toss in the cooked pasta, and then leave for a minute so that the pasta absorbs some of the sauce and the spinach wilts. Toss again, and then serve with parmesan or nutritional yeast sprinkled on top.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Mushroom Powder: You can buy it online or make it yourself–here’s our mushroom powder recipe!
  • Alternatives to mushroom powder: Mushroom powder adds a rich umami flavor to the sauce. If you do not have any and the pasta sauce seems like it needs a little extra “something, something,” try a dash of soy sauce. If you are open to it, fish sauce is also an excellent flavor enhancer. You can also chop mushrooms and add them to the pan along with the onions.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/6 of the recipe (2 ounces pasta) / Calories 372 / Total Fat 11.4g / Saturated Fat 1.6g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 798.2mg / Carbohydrate 56.9g / Dietary Fiber 8.9g / Total Sugars 7g / Protein 14.5g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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5 comments… Leave a Comment
  • david June 12, 2023, 12:00 pm

    I very much enjoy your new format presentation, also enjoy your recipes as well.

  • Christine Keough June 11, 2023, 10:08 am

    You make everything look so easy and they all look delicious, thank you for your easy recipes!

    • Joanne June 11, 2023, 10:46 am

      You are very welcome! We are thrilled that you have found us. Happy cooking!

  • Theresa June 10, 2023, 6:20 pm

    This above recipe is perfect for keto made with cauliflower rice instead of pasta. Many people on keto wonder how to eat cauliflower rice so it doesn’t taste like cauliflower every day. Many of your pasta recipes are the answer. Just thought I’d let you know, I’ve been making them keto for about 3 years. I made this one with some grilled rosemary salmon

    • Joanne June 11, 2023, 10:49 am

      Thanks for sharing, Theresa.


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