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03/17/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Quintessential Pasta Recipes You Need To Master (PHOTOS)

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Oh pasta, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways: orecchiette, linguine, spaghetti, bucatini... The list goes on and on. With so many varieties and so many ways to eat pasta, we could eat a different pasta every day for the rest of our lives and never get bored.

While we love getting creative with our pasta dishes, the classics are often where it's at. From spaghetti alla carbonara and bucatini all'amatriciana to fettuccine alfredo and penne alla vodka, the quintessential Italian pasta dishes win us over every time. They're iconic because they're traditional in Italy or have become some so through Italian American convention. They're all tried and true.

Comforting and exciting all at once, these classic pasta dishes will never let us down and will never get old. Here are 22 quintessential pasta recipes we love with all our hearts:

  • 1 Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe And Sausage
    Jenifer Mangione via Food52
    Get the Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe And Sausage by Jenifer Mangione via Food52
  • 2 Spaghetti alla Carbonara
    Simply Recipes
    Get the Spaghetti alla Carbonara recipe from Simply Recipes
  • 3 Linguine con Vongole
    The Wimpy Vegetarian via Food52
    Get the Linguine con Vongole recipe by The Wimpy Vegetarian via Food52
  • 4 Ricotta Gnocchi
    Food52
    Get the Ricotta Gnocchi recipe from Food52
  • 5 Pasta e Fagioli
    Queen of Green via Food52
    Get the Pasta e Fagioli recipe by Queen of Green via Food52
  • 6 Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Genius Recipes via Food52
    Get the Rao's Meatballs recipe by Genius Recipes from Food52
  • 7 Pasta Bolognese
    Simply Recipes
    Get the Bolognese Sauce recipe from Simply Recipes
  • 8 Pesto Alla Genovese
    Emiko via Food52
    Get the Pesto All Genovese recipe by Emiko via Food52
  • 9 Bucatini All'Amatriciana
    Food & Wine via HuffPost Taste
    Get the Bucatini All'Amatriciana recipe by Food & Wine via HuffPost Taste
  • 10 Butternut Squash Ravioli With Sage Browned Butter
    Jenny Steffens
    Get the Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Browned Butter recipe by Jenny Steffens
  • 11 Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe
    John Kernick
    Get the Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe recipe by John Kernick
  • 12 Pasta Alla Norma
    Daily Unadventures In Cooking
    Get the Pasta alla Norma recipe by Daily Unadventures In Cooking
  • 13 Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce With Onions And Butter
    Steamy Kitchen
    Get Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onions and Butter recipe from Steamy Kitchen (No, it's not a pasta, but it's the holy grail of tomato sauce recipes.)
  • 14 Linguine Ai Frutti Di Mare
    bell'alimento
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  • 15 Pasta Puttanesca
    Simply Recipes
    Get the Pasta Puttanesca recipe from Simply Recipes
  • 16 Paglia e Feino
    bell'alimento
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  • 17 Sausage Lasagna
    Sausage Lasagna
    Get the Homemade Sausage Lasagna recipe by a Spicy Perspective
  • 18 Ravioli with Ricotta and Spinach
    bell'alimento
    Get the Ravioli with Ricotta and Spinach by bell'alimento
  • 19 Penne alla Vodka
    Campbell's Kitchen via HuffPost Taste
    Get the Penne with Creamy Vodka Sauce from Campbell's Kitchen via HuffPost Taste
  • 20 Fettuccine Alfredo
    Elise Bauer via Simply Recipes
    Get the Fettuccine Alfredo by Elise Bauer via Simply Recipes
  • 21 Spinach Stuffed Shells
    Spicy Perspective
    Get the Spinach Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce recipe from a Spicy Perspective
  • 22 Penne all'Arrabbiata
    bell'alimento
    Get the Penne all'Arrabbiata recipe by bell'alimento

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