10 Comforting Pasta Dinner Ideas

Baking off Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese

10 comforting pasta dinner ideas to inspire your coziest nights. These yummy 30 minute meals are a testament to the power of carbs!

Baking off Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese

Jamie Oliver’s sausage carbonara

With just 5 main ingredients, this simple pasta is a great go-to for those nights you don’t feel like chopping veggies. The little sausage balls are coated in ground pepper before frying which gives this pasta a unique edge without being overpowering.

Overhead photo of a bowl of Jamie Oliver's Easy Sausage Carbonara with fork and napkin

cacio e pepe macaroni and cheese

Minimal, satisfying, and easy! All it takes is one bite to realize you’ve been giving pepper the short shrift all your life. The flavor is gloriously complex and really gets a chance to shine in this mac and cheese inspired by a classic Italian sauce.

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese ready to bake.

wild mushroom pasta with hazelnuts

This pasta looks and sounds impressive, but is a great example of how a few special ingredients, and not a ton of effort, can make an amazing meal. The earthy flavor combination of mushrooms, sage, and toasted hazelnuts is about as autumnal as it gets. Be sure to use fresh sage!

Pasta with wild mushrooms and hazelnuts in a skillet with large spoon

Brussels sprout carbonara

Put any sprout haters in your house to the test ~ pancetta and Brussels sprouts are a match made in heaven, and this easy riff on traditional carbonara is a great way to add a bit of healthy green into your weeknight routine.

brussels sprout carbonara in a skillet

pumpkin alfredo

Made with just 6 simple ingredients in 15 minutes! It’s a fall comfort food powerhouse just waiting to happen in your kitchen. Yes carbs ~ but there’s plenty of veggie action in there too!

pumpkin alfredo pasta in a white bowl

easy pasta bolognese

 It gets even better as it sits in the fridge, so plan to make a big batch over the weekend and enjoy it all week long.

pasta Bolognese in a skillet.

mushroom carbonara with Gruyere and hazelnuts

This mushroom carbonara recipe takes the classic Italian pasta alla carbonara in a new direction while still maintaining the brilliant concept that has made the dish a favorite for generations.

tossing mushroom carbonara with gruyere and hazelnuts

Pasta with Radicchio, Bacon, and Walnuts

When it comes to comforting pasta, the Italians are the masters. This unusual pairing is one of my favorites on the site, I hope you try it!

a bowl of pasta with radicchio, bacon, and toasted walnuts

Truffle Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese has tons of earthy flavor and aroma thanks to truffled cheese, truffle oil, and a dash of truffle salt.

Truffle Mac and Cheese topped with breadcrumbs and ready to bake

spaghetti with tuna, lemon, and dill

This recipe is an old family favorite, it’s simple, delicious, and pantry friendly.

Simple Pasta with Tuna, Lemon, Dill, and Olives

farfalle with salmon, lemon, and peas

Try this one out on your kids ~ it’s a great introduction to healthy salmon.

Farfalled in a Salmon Cream Sauce

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    September 25, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    These all sound delicious Sue, I am going to try them all and comment. Oh and thank you for your ‘back stories”, they are so much fun to read!

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    Jessica Kuykendall
    February 4, 2020 at 5:05 am

    Sue – Are there recipes out there that involve chicken or beef, basil, a vegetable (like onions, bell pepper, green beans, carrots), lemon or lime? I’m looking for something fresh with veggies that my kids will eat but we don’t eat seafood of any kind. Ugh – it’s hard to have a picky house! Thank you in advance!

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      February 4, 2020 at 7:17 am

      Browse through my main course archives,here,Jessica, I’m sure you’ll find a few inspirations, I feel your pain!

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    September 2, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    We adore pasta and love all of these especially the Brussels Sprout carbonara !!
    Can’t wait to make it! Great post Sue!

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    Tiffany Nichols
    September 2, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    This Mac and cheese recipe would be even better in the insta pot, it only takes about 10 minutes to make Mac n cheese from scratch in the pressure cooker. I too love my pressure cooker and use it for everything. If you haven’t cooked hard boiled eggs, try it. There are some amazing recipes on Pinterest for the pressure cooker, can’t wait to see your growing list!! Happy cooking!!

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    Lynn A
    September 2, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    In my not so humble opinion, pasta is the perfect food and your recipes look perfectly delicious! I always visit your page, knowing I’m in for a visual treat – your photographs make me hungry! With fall fast approaching, I’ll be trying some of these recipes for warm and satisfying dinners! Thank you!

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    Chris Scheuer
    September 2, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Delish! Every single one looks amazing. I’m ready to pull out the pasta pot!

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    September 2, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Every time I come for a visit, I’m craving something new I never thought of. Your recipes are inspiring and look so delicious. I want them all!

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