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A bowl of pasta tossed with cherry tomato sauce, pine nuts, basil and mozzarella.

Pasta with Simple Cherry Tomato Sauce

A pan of just-baked penne alla vodka.

Baked Penne Alla Vodka

A bowl of braised leek pappardelle with grated parmesan over top.

Braised Leeks with Pappardelle & Parmesan

The Instant Pot miracle: one pot spaghetti and meat sauce

The Instant Pot Miracle: One-Pan Pasta & Meat Sauce

quick and easy Sichuan noodles with cabbage

Lightning Fast Sichuan Noodles with Chilies and Scallions

9 Favorite Pasta Recipes (Weeknight-ish)

A bowl of rice noodles with herbs and nuoc cham.

Rice Noodles with Nuoc Cham, Herbs, & Crispy Tofu

Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Crispy Prosciutto and Sage from Jessica Battilana’s Repertoire

In less than 10 minutes, this radicchio pasta enters the pan, the silky sauce enveloping it along with the walnuts, parsley, and orange zest. Lots of fresh cracked pepper and shavings of Pecorino at the table completed the dish. // alexandracooks.com

Pasta with Radicchio, Gorgonzola and Walnuts

A skillet filled with pasta carbonara.

Favorite Weeknight Meal: No-Bacon Pasta Carbonara Loaded with Greens

This roasted eggplant lasagna with sautéed greens uses tomato sauce layered between noodles, roasted eggplant rounds, sautéed Swiss chard, and a mix of parmesan and mozzarella. I've omitted the classic ricotta + egg layer here because I've never loved it, but feel free to add it. This is a recipe that can be tailored to your liking. // alexandracooks.com

Roasted Eggplant and Sautéed Swiss Chard Lasagna

A bowl of corn pasta.

Melissa Clark’s Creamy (No-Cream!) Corn Pasta with Basil

A gif of uncooked ratatouille and roasted ratatouille.

Roasted Ratatouille = The Best Ratatouille

A bowl filled with the best one-pan baked ziti with a fork and napkin.

One-Pan Baked Ziti — A Miracle!

This recipe for almond-sesame soba noodles with quick-pickled vegetables is really fun and super easy. It's also a good one to rely on in the summer — it's so refreshing — and, if you subscribe to a CSA or tend a prolific garden, it makes great use of all of those carrots, cucumbers, and radishes you may find yourself up to your eyeballs in. // alexandracooks.com

Almond-Sesame Soba Noodles with Quick-Pickled Vegetables

This pasta with spinach, walnuts, and lemon includes fresh greens tossed with a garlicky, white wine sauce made slightly creamy with crème fraîche. Yum. // alexandracooks.com

Spring Pasta with Spinach, Walnuts & Lemon

Just-baked baked ziti aside a cookbook: Back Pocket Pasta

Baked Ziti with Hot Italian Sausage, Swiss Chard, and Crème Fraîche

This smoky pasta alla vodka is SO good and couldn't be easier to throw together. The recipe is simple and, thanks to the inclusion of 'nduja, a spreadable salami made from pork and Calabrian chilies, is both spicy and smoky. // alexandracooks.com

Smoky, Spicy Pasta Alla Vodka

If you're looking for something to make for Valentine's Day, this bucatini carbonara couldn't be simpler to throw together: cook bacon, reserve the fat, use the fat to cook leeks; boil pasta, toss with eggs, fresh lemon juice, grated parmesan, and a little bit of pasta cooking liquid. Toss it all together, add some fresh parsley, and serve with more parmesan and lots of pepper. That's it! // alexandracooks.com

Valentine’s Day Menu: Bucatini Carbonara with Leeks & Lemon | Arugula & Endive Salad | Double Chocolate Cake

a bowl of sesame noodles

Sesame Noodles with Swiss Chard and Chicken

A bowl of baked penne with butternut-sage sauce.

Baked Penne with Butternut Squash-Sage Sauce

One-Pan Bucatini with Leeks and Lemon

This vegetable chow mein is much more than a tasty-enough weeknight meal—it is a tangle of saucy noodles and vegetables, and it’s fast becoming a family favorite. It works as well with spaghetti as with soba noodles, with asparagus as with broccoli, with or without protein. Moreover, the adaptations are endless // alexandracooks.com

Vegetable Chow Mein-ish

Made with milk, semolina flour, parmesan and egg yolks, this baked semolina gnocchi bears little resemblance to potato gnocchi. They taste more like polenta in fact, but are lighter in texture. In addition to being incredibly delicious, the beauty of gnocchi alla Romana is that it can be completely assembled ahead of time — up to two days — and baked just before serving. // alexandracooks.com

Baked Semolina Gnocchi (Gnocchi Alla Romana)