12 favorite pasta dishes

You can try switching to turkey meatballs or even just spice up your beef meatballs by stuffing them with cheese!

Spaghetti and meatballs

Modern mac and cheese enthusiasts have added all sorts of goodies to their offerings, including bacon, jalapeƱos, or even lobster.

Macaroni and cheese

Baked ziti is normally covered in marinara, cheese, onions and other traditional Italian goodies

Baked ziti

Layers upon layers upon layers of cheesy, meaty heaven, lasagna remains one of the more popular pasta dishes... for good reason. 

Lasagna

Grilled chicken is often preferred, but like every other food on Earth, bacon goes quite well with fettuccine Alfredo. 

Fettuccine Alfredo

pasta primavera, with its mix of vegetables, is not only pleasing to the palate, it's also one of the more healthy pasta dishes out there.

Pasta primavera

The ravioli is unimpeachable proof of that. Take one square of fresh pasta, place just about anything edible on top of it, and cover with another pasta square and, voila

Ravioli

Also known in the U.S. as stuffed shells, manicotti is the more opulent, larger open-ended cousin of the ravioli. 

Manicotti

A favorite in pasta salads, the tubular penne is also great with a number of sauces, and accompanied well by various meats or seafood

Penne with vodka sauce

Linguine is wider than its cousin, spaghetti, and is traditionally served with seafood or pesto rather than spaghetti's common meat and tomato pairings.

Linguine

Another tube-shaped pasta, rigatoni is larger than penne and ziti, and is characteristically ridged  down its length. all the better to hold sauces and grated cheese.

Rigatoni

Health-conscious eaters look away. This delectable combo of eggs, cheese, bacon and black pepper is combined with pasta to complete one of the richest, savoriest of dishes.

Carbonara