Best Pasta Recipes on the Net (August 2013 Edition)

Pasta is a type of food made from flour, water, and sometimes eggs, which is mixed, kneaded and formed into various shapes, and boiled prior to consumption. While the name comes from Italy, pasta is very popular all over the world. The English word pasta generally refers to noodles and other food products made from a flour and water paste, often including egg and salt.

There are two major classifications: pasta fresca (fresh) and pasta secca (dried). From here, there are more than 400 unique types of pasta: sheets, strips, long strands, cylinders, unique shapes, flavors, and many other local varieties. There are more names for pasta than the mind can retain, yet all are made from the same basic ingredients — 100% durum wheat and water with a specific percentage of acidity and humidity under Italian law. Varying from the basics, light flavors and colors can be added to pasta with egg yolk, spinach, tomato paste, chocolate, and even squid ink. Each of these pastas creates its own unique dining experience when properly served. Another crucial aspect of the experience is pasta being married with an appropriate, complimentary sauce. The individual shape and texture given to pasta can be somewhat of a code in determining the proper sauce. A simple rule of thumb would be as follows: thick pasta = thick sauce, light pasta = light sauce.

It’s fast, easy and everyone loves it – little wonder that pasta is one of the most popular dishes in the world. Quick, tasty and filling – pasta is perfect for midweek meals.

Here are the best pasta recipes from the month of August 2013. If you think other recipes also deserve to be on this list, please leave a comment.

Best Pasta Recipes on the Net August 2013 Edition1

SPAGHETTI RECIPES:

Creamy Garlic Pasta

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Creamy Garlic Pasta recipe by Shelly @ Just A Pinch Recipes

Brown Butter Spaghetti with Baby Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash

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Brown Butter Spaghetti with Baby Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash recipe by Erin @ Apartment34

Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes And Ricotta Cheese

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Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes And Ricotta Cheese recipe by Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

Pistachio Pesto Pasta

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Pistachio Pesto Pasta recipe by Clementine Daily

Sea Urchin Spaghetti

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Sea Urchin Spaghetti recipe by Amy @ Cooking with Amy

Avocado Chicken Pesto Pasta

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Avocado Chicken Pesto Pasta recipe by Nicole @ Mom Always Finds Out

Noodle (Pasta) Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

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Noodle (Pasta) Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing recipe by Siri @ Cooking With Siri

Western Spaghetti

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Western Spaghetti recipe by Nicole @ The Tinkering Studio Blog

Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe by Jaden @ Steamy Kitchen

Chicken Spaghetti Carbonara

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Chicken Carbonara recipe by Julie @ The New Lighter Life

Summer Pasta Toss

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Summer Pasta Toss recipe by Beth @ Delectably Free

Spiced Sun-Gold Tomato Sauce

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Spiced Sun-Gold Tomato Sauce recipe by Bryn @ Writes4Food

Zucchini Pesto Pasta

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Zucchini Pesto Pasta recipe by Laura @ Hip Pressure Cooking

TAGLIATELLE RECIPES:

Tagliatelle with Cherry Tomatoes, Tuna, Anchovies & Basil

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Tagliatelle with Cherry Tomatoes, Tuna, Anchovies & Basil recipe by Stacey @ Stacey Snacks

PENNE RECIPES:

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta

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One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta recipe by Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road

Gluten Free Corn and Bacon Pasta

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Gluten Free Corn and Bacon Pasta recipe by Carol @ Simply Gluten-Free

Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe by Camille @ Six Sisters’ Stuff

Chicken, Cauliflower & Mushroom Pasta

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Chicken, Cauliflower & Mushroom Pasta recipe by Shana @ Shanamama

Greek Chicken Pasta

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Greek Chicken Pasta recipe by Deborah @ Cafe Zupas

Red Bell Pepper Pasta

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Red Bell Pepper Pasta recipe by Uma @ My Kitchen Experiments

Garlic Grilled Pork with Cheesy Zucchini Marinara and Pasta

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Garlic Grilled Pork with Cheesy Zucchini Marinara and Pasta recipe by Susan @ Doughmesstic

Baked Pasta

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Baked Pasta recipe by Ruhi @ The Blah Queen

Italian-Style Mac & Cheese

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Italian-Style Mac & Cheese recipe by Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective

Cheesy Sausage and Pepper Pasta

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Cheesy Sausage and Pepper Pasta recipe by Lauren @ Midget Momma

Summer Penne Pasta

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Summer Penne Pasta recipe by Anna @ Kitchen Daily

LINGUINE RECIPES:

Pasta with Tomato, Spinach, Basil, and Brie

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Pasta with Tomato, Spinach, Basil, and Brie recipe by Elise @ Simply Recipes

Linguini Pasta for Picky Eaters

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Linguini Pasta for Picky Eaters recipe by Elena @ Cropped Stories

Traditional Italian Quick Linguine and Tomato Lunch

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Traditional Italian Quick Linguine and Tomato Lunch recipe by Coluccio Family via Julia @ Zester Daily

FETTUCCINE RECIPES:

Homemade Fettucine Pasta

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Homemade Fettucine Pasta recipe by Anne @ Anne’s Healthy Kitchen

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

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Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta recipe by Von @ Vondelicious!

Fresh Fettuccine With Crispy Pancetta, Sauteed Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes

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Fresh Fettuccine With Crispy Pancetta, Sauteed Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes recipe by Chef Fabio Viviani @ Healthfull Ever After

FARFALLE RECIPES:

Garlic-Butter Spinach and Pasta

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Garlic-Butter Spinach and Pasta recipe by Katerina @ Diethood

One-Pot Pasta With Broccoli Rabe and Bacon

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One-Pot Pasta With Broccoli Rabe and Bacon recipe by Nicole @ The Stir

Green-and-White Pasta Salad

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Green-and-White Pasta Salad recipe by Rebecca @ Health News and Views

Rosemary Chicken Pasta

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Rosemary Chicken Pasta recipe by Mique @ Thirty Handmade Days

Pasta with Mushrooms and Peas

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Pasta with Mushrooms and Peas recipe by Susan @ Finding Our Way Now

FUSILLI RECIPES:

Gluten-Free, Vegan Pasta Primavera

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Gluten-Free, Vegan Pasta Primavera recipe by Pam @ Mind Body Green

Avocado Pasta

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Avocado Pasta recipe by Katie @ Baking on the Rocks

Warm Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Pesto Vinaigrette

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Warm Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Pesto Vinaigrette recipe by Susan @ FatFree Vegan Kitchen

Lemon Vegetable Pasta

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Lemon Vegetable Pasta recipe by Chef Jason Rivas @ Latino Times

10 Minute Pasta Dinner

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10 Minute Pasta Dinner recipe by Molly @ Stilettos and Diapers

Easy Pasta

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Easy Pasta recipe by Seth @ The Nutty Food Lover

Easy Pasta Salad-Southwestern Chicken

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Easy Pasta Salad-Southwestern Chicken recipe by Diane @ Recipes For Our Daily Bread

Caprese Pasta Salad

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Caprese Pasta Salad recipe by Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Pesto

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Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Pesto recipe by Lydia @ The Perfect Pantry

MACARONI RECIPES:

Pasta with Spinach Sauce

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Pasta with Spinach Sauce recipe by Sharmilee @ Sharmis Passions

Kalamata, Spinach and Tomato Pasta

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Kalamata, Spinach and Tomato Pasta recipe by Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads

Cheese Pasta with Tomato Sauce

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Cheese Pasta with Tomato Sauce recipe by Recipes From Turkish Cuisine

Easy Chicken and Pasta with Spinach Pesto

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Easy Chicken and Pasta with Spinach Pesto recipe by Stephanie @ The Culinary Life

RIGATONI RECIPES:

Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad

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Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe by Sarah @ Mindfully Frugal Mom

TORTELLINI RECIPES:

Easy Cheese Tortellini

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Easy Cheese Tortellini recipe by Jessica @ Little Indiana

RAVIOLI RECIPES:

Pasta Salad with Corn, Tomatoes and Peppercorn Dressing

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Pasta Salad with Corn, Tomatoes and Peppercorn Dressing recipe by Bryn @ Writes4Food

ROTINI RECIPES:

Pepper Jack Pasta Salad

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Pepper Jack Pasta Salad recipe by Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

Delicious and Filling Smokey Halloumi Pasta Bake

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Delicious and Filling Smokey Halloumi Pasta Bake recipe by Emily @ A Mummy Too

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Toss

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Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Toss recipe by Skinny Ms.

Creamy Kale Pesto Pasta

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Creamy Kale Pesto Pasta recipe by Rumela @ Mix and Stir

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad

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Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad recipe by Nellie @ Butter, with a side of Bread

Zesty Italian Garden Pasta Salad

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Zesty Italian Garden Pasta Salad recipe by Arlene @ Flour On My Face

OTHER TYPES OF PASTA RECIPES:

Gluten Free Chickpea and Sage Fresh Pasta

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Gluten Free Chickpea and Sage Fresh Pasta recipe by Scarter @ Wuthering Bites

Prosciutto, Cantaloupe and Orecchiette Pasta Salad

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Prosciutto, Cantaloupe and Orecchiette Pasta Salad recipe by Matthew @ SILive.com

Chicken, Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

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Chicken, Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomato Pasta recipe by Elizabeth @ Elizabeth Finch

Baked Lokshyna – Ukrainian Pasta Bake

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Baked Lokshyna – Ukrainian Pasta Bake recipe by Sasha @ Global Table Adventure

Minestrone Soup with Pasta

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Minestrone Soup with Pasta recipe by Raks @ Rak’s Kitchen

Heirloom Tomato Pasta Salad with Ricotta Salata Cream Sauce

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Heirloom Tomato Pasta Salad with Ricotta Salata Cream Sauce recipe by Joanne @ Joanne Eats Well With Others

Skinny Girl Pasta

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Skinny Girl Pasta recipe by Monique @ Divas Can Cook

Homemade Peppered Kale Pasta Dough

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Homemade Peppered Kale Pasta Dough recipe by Russell @ Chasing Delicious

Feta Summer Pasta

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Feta Summer Pasta recipe by Anne @ The Daily Meal

Summer Squash with Shells Pasta and Clams

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Summer Squash with Shells Pasta and Clams recipe by Marvelous Musings

Simple Lobster Pasta

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Simple Lobster Pasta recipe by Aunt Clara @ Aunt Clara’s Kitchen

Grilled Vegetable Pasta

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Grilled Vegetable Pasta recipe by Praveen @ Awesome Cuisine

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

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Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad recipe by Jackie @ With Just a Bit of Magic

Extruded Pasta Dough

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Extruded Pasta Dough recipe by Shirley @ Choosing Voluntary Simplicity

Pesto Pasta Salad

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Pesto Pasta Salad recipe by Jennifer @ Peanut Butter & Peppers

Southwestern Summer Pasta

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Southwestern Summer Pasta recipe by Debi @ Life Currents

Spicy Arugula Pasta

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Spicy Arugula Pasta recipe by Laura @ Mom Mart

Beef Taco Pasta

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Beef Taco Pasta recipe by Beth @ Budget Bytes

Seafood Pasta in Lemon Butter Sauce

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Seafood Pasta in Lemon Butter Sauce recipe by Luthfi @ Pia Recipes

Allergy Friendly Quick Cheesy Pasta with Vegetables

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Allergy Friendly Quick Cheesy Pasta with Vegetables recipe by Becky @ Manage Your Blessings

Creamy Spinach & Sausage Pasta

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Creamy Spinach & Sausage Pasta recipe by Normal Recipe

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Comments: 3

  1. Diane Roark October 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm Reply

    All of these pastas look so amazing!! I look forward to checking a lot of them out! Thank you for sharing my Southwestern Pasta Salad. Blessings, Diane Roark

    • The Food Explorer October 5, 2013 at 10:56 am Reply

      You’re welcome Diane! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! :)

  2. Marlo Giangrande January 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm Reply

    The mac and cheese looks amazing I am looking for the recipe!!

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