15 Amazing Pasta Dishes That Are Better Than Takeout
Before you call up your favorite takeout place, consider trying one of these 15 homemade pasta dishes that are every bit as good, not to mention they'll save you some cash and give your local delivery driver a much-needed break. You don't have to be a professional chef to whip up a delicious pasta dinner and all it takes is a few tweaks to make each recipe your own. Here are 15 great recipes that go far beyond the basic pasta with tomato sauce!
1. Cheese-Baked Spaghetti Wrapped In Meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs go together like bacon and eggs, mashed potatoes and gravy, and macaroni and cheese — you just can't have one without the other! And even though the dish is a classic, it can get a little boring after a while, so go ahead and turn things on their head by switching up how you serve the spaghetti and meatballs — this is a definitely a meal your family won't soon forget. Get the recipe for the Cheese-Baked Spaghetti Wrapped In Meatballs.
2. Timpano Pasta Dome
When you hear the word "dome," a church or football stadium usually come to mind. But after checking out the following recipe, you'll associate domes with pasta, sausages, and meatballs instead! Why? Read on and we'll let you in on the secret! Get the recipe for the Timpano Pasta Dome.
3.–6. One-Pot Pasta Recipes
A tough day at work can really take its toll — it's late, you're tired, and, worst of all, your belly's a-rumbling! But before you start scrolling through your speed dial list for your favorite takeout place, you should check out our super quick and easy pasta recipes that only require one pot! Get the recipe for the 4 One-Pot Pasta Recipes.
7. Cheesy Stuffed Pasta Rolls
When it comes to the best hearty Italian cuisine, it's always a tough choice between spaghetti bolognese or lasagna. While both tasty dishes use similar ingredients, the end result is actually quite different. So if you're struggling to choose what to have for dinner tonight, the following innovative recipe may is the perfect compromise! Get the recipe for the Cheesy Stuffed Pasta Rolls.
8. Macaroni Bundt Cake
This recipe should win the prize for most surprising Bundt cake of the year. After cutting into the crispy ham ring, you'll find a beautiful pasta and tomato creation that also tastes amazing. This "cake" it not only quick and easy to make, but it's also the perfect meal for discerning guests. Everyone will be pleasantly surprised by the layers hidden within! Get the recipe for the Long Macaroni Bundt Cake.
9.–11. Pasta Burritos 3 Ways
Tex-Mex cuisine is beloved the entire world over, particularly because it combines the best of two worlds: Mexican food with a southwestern American influence. We're big fans of any kind of culinary fusion pairing the best dishes from one country with another, so we thought we'd try our hand at mixing and matching Italian food and Mexican food. Call it what you want: Mexicalian, Italico, Ita-Mex, Mex-Ital... all we know is that it's delicious and it's here to stay. Prego, de nada! Get the recipe for the 3 Pasta Burritos.
12. Flying Pasta
Can pasta fly? Well, it flies straight onto my plate from the pot, you're probably thinking. But thanks to a magic trick you'll learn in this recipe, you can create the illusion of weightless spaghetti. You'll be surprised by how easy it is to do! And it's not just the magic effect that'll turn guests' heads — the pasta is also super tasty and will have everyone coming back for seconds! Get the recipe for the Flying Pasta.
13. Stuffed Pasta Shell Casserole
How do you turn a pasta dish into the perfect finger food? Well, all you have to do is fill up large enough pasta shells and bake them in the oven – it really is as simple as it sounds! And if you'd like a lighter version of this dish, you can also fill your pasta shells with cooked vegetables. Just be sure to keep the cheese for the best results! Get the recipe for the Stuffed Pasta Shell Casserole.
14. Flying Spaghetti & Meatballs In An Edible Pasta Bowl
The only problem with spaghetti is that one helping is never enough, which is why we're always thinking two steps ahead. To maximize your pasta portions and make everyone as happy as possible, go ahead and give this crazy recipe a whirl! Instead of serving your spaghetti and meatballs in a regular old boring bowl, turn the rest of the dish into an edible bowl that will leave you 100% satisfied. Get the recipe for the Edible Pasta Bowl.
15. Grilled Eggplant Pasta Cake
With this many great options, it's safe to say that you'll be eating pasta every day for the next 2 weeks, and loving every minute of it!