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Short Rib Mac & Cheese with Salad

braised beef short ribs, pasta, cheese, breadcrumb
4.6 stars (2,502 reviews)
First, slow-cook short ribs until they're meltingly tender. Then shred the meat and stir into creamy mac and cheese made with béchamel (that's French for fancy cheese sauce) and a touch of chicken stock. Add nutty gruyère cheese and a bit of parmesan for a touch of saltiness. Top it off with herbed bread crumbs, and all we can say is Oh my, my, my!

Short Rib & Pappardelle

tomato sauce, ricotta, parmigiano
4.6 stars (727 reviews)
Slowly braise short ribs in red wine. Shred them into a bright tomato sauce over a bed of al dente pappardelle. Add shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano and creamy, ricotta cheeses as you like.

Creamy Three-Mushroom Pappardelle

pappardelle, pine nuts, brandy-cream sauce
4.6 stars (321 reviews)
Sauté a blend of mushrooms (shiitake, button, and oyster) and simmer in a brandied cream sauce. Served over wide ribbons of pappardelle pasta topped with toasted pine nuts and fresh shaved parmesan.

Pasta Bolognese

tagliatelle, parmesan
4.5 stars (1,509 reviews)
When it comes to pasta Bolognese, sauce is king. We’ve gone to new lengths to make sure this meaty, tomato-based delight is as exceptional as possible. Enriched by savory pancetta and the traditional inclusions of beef and pork, the sauce derives its deep flavors from slow-cooked tomato paste, white wine, onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Use wider tagliatelle for more surface area to catch every last drop of the magnificent Bolognese sauce. Time to twirl!

Cheese Ravioli

tomato sauce, parmigiano-reggiano
4.5 stars (1,461 reviews)
This is some old-school comfort food: pair simple cheese ravioli with rich home-cooked tomato basil sauce. Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano adds a salty punch.

White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

parmesan, breadcrumbs, mixed greens
4.5 stars (1,242 reviews)
This creamy mac & cheese features sweet cream, béchamel sauce, aged white cheddar, and a touch of parmesan. Its decadence is topped with more cheddar and crisped, herbed breadcrumbs. On the side: mixed green salad with cherry tomatoes and sherry vinaigrette.

Burrata Caprese Style Pasta

garlic, oven roasted tomatoes, pine nuts
4.5 stars (1,006 reviews)
This dish is a pasta lover's paradise, with linguine topped with premium, ultra-creamy burrata cheese. Serve with a chunky, rustic sauce made from sweet roasted tomatoes, raw heirloom cherry tomatoes, and olive oil, then garnish with fresh basil and toasted pine nuts to taste.

Pasta Pomodoro

breadcrumbs, parmesan
4.5 stars (906 reviews)
Coco Chanel might as well have been talking about this dish when she famously said, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” Cook spaghetti to al dente and cover in delicious Pomodoro sauce (crushed tomatoes, basil, garlic, chile flakes, and a touch of butter) before topping with parmesan and breadcrumbs. Packed with balanced flavor and lovely textures, this dish is, quite simply, elegant as can be.

Lentil Bolognese with Linguini

black lentils, fennel, parmesan
4.5 stars (479 reviews)
You won't miss the ground meat in this take on vegetarian bolognese. Simmer tomatoes, fennel, mirepoix, and basil slow and low until the flavors become rich and concentrated. Fold in black lentils and serve with linguine pasta topped with parmesan to complete this meatless masterpiece.

Summer Penne Pesto

basil, toasted pine nuts, parmesan
4.5 stars (360 reviews)
Don’t go into summer without pesto. It's a simple, light and familiar flavor to welcome in warmer weather. Make a traditional balance of fresh basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese and toss it with al dente penne. Toasted pine nuts and extra shaved parmesan to top it off.

Pasta with Burrata & Arugula

roasted tomato cream, basil
4.5 stars (190 reviews)
Toss bell flower-shaped pasta (AKA Campanelle) with a roasted tomato cream sauce and peppery arugula leaves. Top each bowl with creamy burrata cheese. The only thing needed is a bottle of spicy Italian wine.

Shrimp Alfredo Bucatini

butternut squash, sun-dried tomatoes, swiss chard
4.5 stars (99 reviews)
Sauté shrimp in garlic, white wine, and chile flakes. Serve them alongside sun-dried tomatoes, Swiss chard, roasted butternut squash and toasted walnuts on a bed of al dente bucatini. Toss with parmesan cream sauce for a comforting meal.

Lasagna Bolognese with Pesto

mozzarella, basil, mixed greens
4.4 stars (6,630 reviews)
A meaty bolognese sauce layered with parmesan, mozzarella, wide lasagna pasta, and basil. Serve each slice with a mixed green salad with chickpeas and cherry tomatoes with balsamic dressing.

Cavatappi Pasta with Kale Pesto

pecorino cheese, currants, pine nuts, lemon
4.4 stars (3,229 reviews)
Make pesto with kale, pecorino cheese, pine nuts, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, and lemon juice. Toss it with cavatappi pasta, a ridged corkscrew shape that picks up and holds a lot of sauce (and thus flavor), and throw in a few currants for a sweet touch.

Lobster Mac & Cheese

herbed bread crumbs, mixed green side salad
4.4 stars (2,153 reviews)
Make creamy mac & cheese with sweet cream, béchamel, aged white cheddar, and a touch of parmesan. As if that's not enough, top it with chunks of sweet lobster meat, a bit more cheddar, and herbed bread crumbs. Serve with a salad and lemon-shallot vinaigrette dressing.

Rigatoni With "Sunday Gravy"

shaved parmesan
4.4 stars (1,902 reviews)
Here's a classic Italian-American dish. Rigatoni pasta tossed with a slow-braised sugo of beef, pork, and Italian sausage with tomatoes, red wine, garlic, onion, basil and oregano. Top with shaved parmesan. Simple, classic, and just what your Nonna ordered.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo & Linguine

kale, ricotta salata, chile flakes
4.4 stars (1,366 reviews)
Because spicy is delicious, cook juicy shrimp with a flavorful, mildly spicy tomato sauce and toss with linguine. Top with ricotta salata cheese. Find yourself a nice glass of white wine and you're all set!

Italian Sausage Rigatoni Pasta

leeks, broccoli rabe, peppers, pistachio pesto
4.4 stars (785 reviews)
Here's a pasta dish for a palate that can appreciate complex flavors. Each ingredient contributes something to the overall dish. Creamy lemon Alfredo sauce coats tube-shaped rigatoni pasta, and a pistachio pesto gives the meal a nutty and acidic bite. Sweet piquillo peppers and broccoli rabe add just the right amount of bitterness. Top with roasted Italian sausage. If you're looking for pasta that's far from ordinary, this is for you!

Orecchiette with Prosciutto

burrata cheese, basil, tomato confit
4.4 stars (720 reviews)
Orecchiette translates to "small ears," and the gentle cup shape is perfect for holding plenty of prosciutto and roasted tomato cream sauce. You could stop there, or add burrata and roasted tomato for good measure.

Tomato & Bacon Gemelli Pasta

shaved parmigiano, garlic, onions, basil
4.4 stars (579 reviews)
Cook grape tomatoes confit-style with bacon to intensify their bright flavor and make them wonderfully tender. Toss with gemelli pasta and fresh basil. Top it off with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Mushroom & Kale Lasagna

ricotta, mozzarella, antipasti style salad
4.4 stars (326 reviews)
Nothing gathers the family around the table like a piping hot lasagna, and this vegetarian recipe is perfect for those nights at home. Roasted cremini mushrooms, kale sautéed in chile and garlic, plus a richly seasoned tomato sauce and a three cheese blend of mozzarella, ricotta, and parmesan bring reliable, comfortable flavor to dinnertime. For a splash of Mediterranean authenticity, pair this robust lasagna with an antipasti-style salad of roasted artichoke hearts, olives, garbanzo beans, and spicy pepperoncini.

Spicy Pork Ragu & Rigatoni Pasta

sweet italian sausage, ricotta salata, mint
4.4 stars (304 reviews)
If you're looking for a comforting dish then you've found the right recipe. This Calabrian-style rigatoni is filled with warmth and love. Ricotta salata, a firm Italian whey cheese and mint take this dish to a whole new level. Enjoy!

Cacio e Pepe

parmigiano reggiano, pasta, black pepper
4.4 stars (262 reviews)
We adore simple when it's delicious, as in this classic Roman pasta recipe called cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper). Cook spaghetti until al dente and top it with grated parmesan cheese and large pieces of ground black pepper. Get ready to twirl your fork!

Mushroom Corn Mac & Cheese

smoked gouda, spring mix salad
4.4 stars (184 reviews)
Creamy smoked Gouda and parmesan mac ‘n cheese topped with roasted cremini mushrooms, white corn, and herbed toasted breadcrumbs. Serve with a side spring mix salad, cherry tomatoes and a sherry-shallot vinaigrette.

The Lazy Pierogi

pappardelle, sauerkraut, potato, chicken meatballs
4.4 stars (168 reviews)
This dish is "lazy" because it has all the flavors of a classic pierogi minus the dumpling-making part! This hearty dinner starts with pappardelle pasta tossed with caramelized onions and house-made sauerkraut. Added chicken meatballs that melt in your mouth, creamy mashed potatoes, a drizzle of spiced cherry gastrique and a dollop of sour cream.

Butternut Squash Pasta

sage, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pancetta
4.4 stars (81 reviews)
Experience the seasonal hue of this flavorful pasta dish, enhanced by winter squash and a rich, creamy sage sauce. Toss garganelli pasta, rolled into small tubes and ridged to hold flavor (or another short pasta if you like) in a cream-based sauce spiced with sage, garlic, pepper, and thickened with parmesan. Add butternut squash and cubed pancetta to enrich the color palette (and of course, your palate!).

Roasted Vegetable Pesto Pasta

roasted mushrooms & peppers, black olives
4.3 stars (1,382 reviews)
Toss gemelli pasta with basil pesto, kalamata olives, and roasted mushrooms and red peppers. Gemelli means "twin" in Italian. It's made by twisting pasta into a corkscrew-like shape, which creates grooves to hold all that pesto and veggie goodness. On top, shave parmesan for bursts of salty delight.

Bucatini Pasta Bolognese

porcini, cremini, pork, beef
4.3 stars (1,174 reviews)
A traditional Italian pasta sauce made with porcini and cremini mushrooms, peas, ground beef and pork, all stewed together with onion, celery, carrots, and tomatoes and served with Bucatini pasta and pecorino cheese.

Baked Ziti

tomato sauce, garlic bread, mozzarella cheese
4.3 stars (554 reviews)
Vegetarians, lend an ear! This is the hearty, warm, meat-free meal you’ve been craving—pasta, rich tomato sauce, and creamy Bechamel all melted together with a dreamy cheese blend of provolone and mozzarella. On the side, serve garlic bread sprinkled with parmesan.

Pasta Primavera with Burrata

zucchini, snap peas, asparagus
4.3 stars (197 reviews)
Coat spaghetti in a bright lemon garlic olive oil sauce and top it with a fresh blend of zucchini, snap peas, asparagus, and English peas. The indulgent addition of creamy burrata turns this seasonal dish into a five-star celebration—top with the toasted pine nuts and dive into spring.

Tuna Puttanesca

kalamata olives, heirloom cherry tomatoes
4.3 stars (43 reviews)
This southern Italian staple may be incredibly simple to make, but it’s as boldly flavorful as any pasta dish we know. Our take on puttanesca begins with a robust sauce of tomatoes, garlic, red chile flakes, olives, and capers that’s tossed with ahi tuna and spaghetti. A dusting of breadcrumbs brings an elegant, nutty crunch to every savory bite.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

beef & pork, tomato sauce, parmesan
4.2 stars (2,970 reviews)
A true comfort classic. Make meatballs with beef and pork and simmer them gently in a simple but flavorful tomato sauce before tossing them with spaghetti. Add parmesan cheese for sprinkling, of course!

Chicken Pesto Pasta

roasted red bell peppers, parmesan
4.2 stars (1,331 reviews)
A simple dish with bold flavors. Cook gemelli pasta al dente and toss with diced roasted chicken breast and fresh basil pesto. Garnish each dish with a dollop of sweet roasted red bell peppers, tender pine nuts, a drizzle of sherry vinegar, and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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