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10 Appetizing Pasta Recipes For All Occassions

Pasta is one of the simplest foods around, but it is also one of the most versatile, filling and delicious especially when you know how to cook it right. Sure, experts recommend not over indulging in carbohydrates like pasta but if you pair it with the right ingredients, it isn't so bad.

The best part about cooking pasta is that the process is usually uncomplicated and doesn't take up too much of your precious time. Once you figure out how much pasta you need to cook and the best way to go about it, then you could be serving up a delicious meal in just minutes.

Here are 10 fantastic pasta recipes to add to your weeknight rotation. From booze-flavored mac and cheese to a classic chow mein, the list has something for everyone. Buon appetito!

1. Spaghetti With Chicken Bolognese

You can never go wrong with a family classic like pasta with bolognese. Instead of the usual beef sauce, try it with chicken and enjoy a lighter and healthier experience that the whole family will enjoy.

Get the recipe here.

2. Slow Cooker Beer Mac & Cheese

After a busy day, there's nothing more comforting that indulging a bowl of mac and cheese. This slow cooker beer-infused mac & cheese recipe is perfect for those weeknights when you don't feel like cooking but need a carb and cheese fix. Get the recipe here.

Whiskey also adds unparalleled flavor to creamy pasta so you might want to give this Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac & Cheese a go. But if booze in your food does not tickle your fancy, try this Apple Provolone Mac & Cheese or this fondue-meets-mac & cheese Shrimp Casserole.

3. Marie Callender's Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

Cooking your own pasta sauce from scratch can be hassle so make things easier with a shortcut. This Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe calls for Marie Callender's Creamy Alfredo mix so all you'll need to add is the meat and veggies for a meal that's ready to serve in under 30 minutes. Get the recipe here.

If you enjoy creamy pasta dishes with a bit of a kick, you'll love this one pot Cajun Chicken & Sausage Alfredo, this hearty Crispy Cajun Shrimp Fettuccine or this yummy one pan Bacon & Peas Pasta.

4. The Drunken Pasta

It's wine's time to shine in this vibrant and flavorful dish. Drunken Pasta only requires a few ingredients including garlic, chilli pepper, olive oil and parmesan to create a meal that wins in taste and easiness.

Get the recipe here.

5. Spaghetti Bundt Pie

If you're tired of serving pasta the same way, this Spaghetti Bundt Pie is perfect for switching things up. It's cheesy and creamy with a crisp outer layer, top with your favorite sauce and serve.

Get the recipe here.

6. One-Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

If you're really pressed for time, this recipe is exactly what you need to create a filling meal packed with flavor. In just 30 minutes, you can tantalize your tastebuds with a Cheeseburger Casserole that you can customize to your liking with all your favorite burger toppings. Sky's the limit! Get the recipe here.

This One Pot Lasagna and Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole are also great for days when the last thing you want to deal with are dirty dishes.

7. Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

Next time you host a BBQ get together, serve this Greek Chicken Pasta Salad for a different take on pasta salad. It's great on its own or as a side for some of the grilled fare.

Get the recipe here.

8. Classic Chinese Chow Mein

This Classic Chow Mein tastes just like take-out, if not better. Takes only 20 minutes to whip up and you can customize it with your favorite vegetables and sauce. You'll definitely be adding this foolproof meal to your weeknight rotation.

Get the recipe here.

9. Crispy Fried Ravioli Bites

Fried foods don't have a good rep but if you're going to indulge anyway might as well make it count in the best way possible. This crispy, cheese stuffed Fried Ravioli Bites will without fail hit the spot. Pair it with a spicy tomato dip for the ultimate treat.

Get the recipe here.

10. Pesto Fettuccine With Roasted Squash

Eating is all about balance. Sometimes scrumptious ravioli bites are the only things that'll satisfy your palate and other times a lighter fare like this simple Pesto Fettuccine with Roasted Squash is what you need. The recipe is a snap to put together and even meat lovers and picky eaters will gobble up this delicious vegetarian dish.

Get the recipe here.

Will be adding some of these to your weekly menu? Let us know!

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