Need a Weeknight Dinner or Weekend Project? Pasta’s the Answer

Pasta is always the answer.

These regional specialties will take you from Liguria to Sicily. They’ll solve pretty much any pasta situation you may have, from a weekend project like making pasta from scratch (don’t have a pasta machine? There are hand-cut options, too) to dinner in under 15 minutes. Maybe you have nothing in the fridge or are in need of a comforting dish to shoo away the winter blues? Or you need a make-ahead dinner party dish or a last-minute lunch? Here are 14 pastas that are here for you.

Beet Ravioli with Poppy Seed Sauce (Casunziei all'Ampezzana)

Beet Ravioli with Poppy Seed Sauce (Casunziei all’Ampezzana) by Emiko

Seafood Spaghetti Baked in Paper (Spaghetti al Cartoccio)

Seafood Spaghetti Baked in Paper (Spaghetti al Cartoccio) by Emiko

Pizzoccheri Valtellinesi (Buckwheat Pasta with Potatoes and Swiss Chard)

Pizzoccheri Valtellinesi (Buckwheat Pasta with Potatoes and Swiss Chard) by Emiko

Pesto Trapanese (Almond and Tomato Pesto)

Pesto Trapanese (Almond and Tomato Pesto) by Emiko

Embossed Pasta: The Ultimate Edible Craft Project

Embossed Pasta: The Ultimate Edible Craft Project by Emiko

 A Mushroom Pasta That Happily Accepts Almost Any Mushroom

A Mushroom Pasta That Happily Accepts Almost Any Mushroom by Emiko

Pici con le Briciole (Pici with Breadcrumbs)

Pici con le Briciole (Pici with Breadcrumbs)

by Emiko

Pasta with Ricotta and Saffron

Pasta with Ricotta and Saffron

by Emiko

The Pasta and Beans Dish That'll Have You Say

The Pasta and Beans Dish That’ll Have You Say “That’s Amore” by Emiko

The Rules of Pasta all'Amatriciana—& Why You Should Be Cooking It Now

The Rules of Pasta all’Amatriciana—& Why You Should Be Cooking It Now by Emiko

Under the Tuscan (Winter) Sun: Chestnut & Ricotta Ravioli

Under the Tuscan (Winter) Sun: Chestnut & Ricotta Ravioli by Emiko

Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta)

Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta) by Emiko

Spaghetti alla Chitarra

Spaghetti alla Chitarra by Emiko

Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)

Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas) by Emiko

Tell us: What’s your favorite pasta dish? (What a tough question, we know!)

Emiko, a.k.a. Emiko Davies, is a food writer and cookbook author living in Tuscany, where she writes about (and eats!) regional Italian foods. You can read more of her writing on her blog.

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