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 Edition)

SPAGHETTI RECIPES:

Creamy Garlic Pasta

Creamy Garlic Pasta recipe photo

Creamy Garlic Pasta recipe by Shelly @ Just A Pinch Recipes

Brown Butter Spaghetti with Baby Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash

Brown Butter Spaghetti with Baby Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash recipe photo

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

Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes And Ricotta Cheese

Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes And Ricotta Cheese recipe photo

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

Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Pistachio Pesto Pasta recipe photo

Pistachio Pesto Pasta recipe by Clementine Daily

Sea Urchin Spaghetti

Sea Urchin Spaghetti recipe photo

Sea Urchin Spaghetti recipe by Amy @ Cooking with Amy

Avocado Chicken Pesto Pasta

Avocado Chicken Pesto Pasta recipe photo

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

Noodle (Pasta) Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

Noodle (Pasta) Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing recipe photo

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

Western Spaghetti

Western Spaghetti recipe photo

Western Spaghetti recipe by Nicole @ The Tinkering Studio Blog

Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs

Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe photo

Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe by Jaden @ Steamy Kitchen

Chicken Spaghetti Carbonara

Chicken Carbonara recipe photo

Chicken Carbonara recipe by Julie @ The New Lighter Life

Summer Pasta Toss

Summer Pasta Toss recipe photo

Summer Pasta Toss recipe by Beth @ Delectably Free

Spiced Sun-Gold Tomato Sauce

Spiced Sun-Gold Tomato Sauce recipe photo

Spiced Sun-Gold Tomato Sauce recipe by Bryn @ Writes4Food

Zucchini Pesto Pasta

Zucchini Pesto Pasta recipe photo

Zucchini Pesto Pasta recipe by Laura @ Hip Pressure Cooking

TAGLIATELLE RECIPES:

Tagliatelle with Cherry Tomatoes, Tuna, Anchovies & Basil

Tagliatelle with Cherry Tomatoes, Tuna, Anchovies & Basil recipe photo

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

PENNE RECIPES:

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta recipe photo

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

Gluten Free Corn and Bacon Pasta

Gluten Free Corn and Bacon Pasta recipe photo

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

Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe photo

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

Chicken, Cauliflower & Mushroom Pasta

Chicken, Cauliflower & Mushroom Pasta recipe photo

Chicken, Cauliflower & Mushroom Pasta recipe by Shana @ Shanamama

Greek Chicken Pasta

Greek Chicken Pasta recipe photo

Greek Chicken Pasta recipe by Deborah @ Cafe Zupas

Red Bell Pepper Pasta

Red Bell Pepper Pasta recipe photo

Red Bell Pepper Pasta recipe by Uma @ My Kitchen Experiments

Garlic Grilled Pork with Cheesy Zucchini Marinara and Pasta

Garlic Grilled Pork with Cheesy Zucchini Marinara and Pasta recipe photo

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

Baked Pasta

Baked Pasta recipe photo

Baked Pasta recipe by Ruhi @ The Blah Queen

Italian-Style Mac & Cheese

Italian-Style Mac & Cheese recipe photo

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

Cheesy Sausage and Pepper Pasta

Cheesy Sausage and Pepper Pasta recipe photo

Cheesy Sausage and Pepper Pasta recipe by Lauren @ Midget Momma

Summer Penne Pasta

Summer Penne Pasta recipe photo

Summer Penne Pasta recipe by Anna @ Kitchen Daily

LINGUINE RECIPES:

Pasta with Tomato, Spinach, Basil, and Brie

Pasta with Tomato, Spinach, Basil, and Brie recipe photo

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

Linguini Pasta for Picky Eaters

Linguini Pasta for Picky Eaters recipe photo

Linguini Pasta for Picky Eaters recipe by Elena @ Cropped Stories

Traditional Italian Quick Linguine and Tomato Lunch

Traditional Italian Quick Linguine and Tomato Lunch recipe photo

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

FETTUCCINE RECIPES:

Homemade Fettucine Pasta

Homemade Fettucine Pasta recipe photo

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

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta recipe photo

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta recipe by Von @ Vondelicious!

Fresh Fettuccine With Crispy Pancetta, Sauteed Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes

Fresh Fettuccine With Crispy Pancetta, Sauteed Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes recipe photo

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

Garlic-Butter Spinach and Pasta recipe photo

Garlic-Butter Spinach and Pasta recipe by Katerina @ Diethood

One-Pot Pasta With Broccoli Rabe and Bacon

One-Pot Pasta With Broccoli Rabe and Bacon recipe photo

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

Green-and-White Pasta Salad

Green-and-White Pasta Salad recipe photo

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

Rosemary Chicken Pasta

Rosemary Chicken Pasta recipe photo

Rosemary Chicken Pasta recipe by Mique @ Thirty Handmade Days

Pasta with Mushrooms and Peas

Pasta with Mushrooms and Peas recipe photo

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

FUSILLI RECIPES:

Gluten-Free, Vegan Pasta Primavera

Gluten-Free, Vegan Pasta Primavera recipe photo

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

Avocado Pasta

Avocado Pasta recipe photo

Avocado Pasta recipe by Katie @ Baking on the Rocks

Warm Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Pesto Vinaigrette

Warm Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Pesto Vinaigrette recipe photo

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

Lemon Vegetable Pasta

Lemon Vegetable Pasta recipe photo

Lemon Vegetable Pasta recipe by Chef Jason Rivas @ Latino Times

10 Minute Pasta Dinner

10 Minute Pasta Dinner recipe photo

10 Minute Pasta Dinner recipe by Molly @ Stilettos and Diapers

Easy Pasta

Easy Pasta recipe photo

Easy Pasta recipe by Seth @ The Nutty Food Lover

Easy Pasta Salad-Southwestern Chicken

Easy Pasta Salad-Southwestern Chicken recipe photo

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

Caprese Pasta Salad

Caprese Pasta Salad recipe photo

Caprese Pasta Salad recipe by Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Pesto

Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Pesto recipe photo

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

MACARONI RECIPES:

Pasta with Spinach Sauce

Pasta with Spinach Sauce recipe photo

Pasta with Spinach Sauce recipe by Sharmilee @ Sharmis Passions

Kalamata, Spinach and Tomato Pasta

Kalamata, Spinach and Tomato Pasta recipe photo

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

Cheese Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Cheese Pasta with Tomato Sauce recipe photo

Cheese Pasta with Tomato Sauce recipe by Recipes From Turkish Cuisine

Easy Chicken and Pasta with Spinach Pesto

Easy Chicken and Pasta with Spinach Pesto recipe photo

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

RIGATONI RECIPES:

Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad

Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe photo

Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe by Sarah @ Mindfully Frugal Mom

TORTELLINI RECIPES:

Easy Cheese Tortellini

Easy Cheese Tortellini recipe photo

Easy Cheese Tortellini recipe by Jessica @ Little Indiana

RAVIOLI RECIPES:

Pasta Salad with Corn, Tomatoes and Peppercorn Dressing

Pasta Salad with Corn, Tomatoes and Peppercorn Dressing recipe photo

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

ROTINI RECIPES:

Pepper Jack Pasta Salad

Pepper Jack Pasta Salad recipe photo

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

Delicious and Filling Smokey Halloumi Pasta Bake

Delicious and Filling Smokey Halloumi Pasta Bake recipe photo

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

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Toss

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Toss recipe photo

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Toss recipe by Skinny Ms.

Creamy Kale Pesto Pasta

Creamy Kale Pesto Pasta recipe photo

Creamy Kale Pesto Pasta recipe by Rumela @ Mix and Stir

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad recipe photo

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

Zesty Italian Garden Pasta Salad

Zesty Italian Garden Pasta Salad recipe photo

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

OTHER TYPES OF PASTA RECIPES:

Gluten Free Chickpea and Sage Fresh Pasta

Gluten Free Chickpea and Sage Fresh Pasta recipe photo

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

Prosciutto, Cantaloupe and Orecchiette Pasta Salad

Prosciutto, Cantaloupe and Orecchiette Pasta Salad recipe photo

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

Chicken, Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Chicken, Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomato Pasta recipe photo

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

Baked Lokshyna – Ukrainian Pasta Bake

Baked Lokshyna - Ukrainian Pasta Bake recipe photo

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

Minestrone Soup with Pasta

Minestrone Soup with Pasta recipe photo

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

Heirloom Tomato Pasta Salad with Ricotta Salata Cream Sauce

Heirloom Tomato Pasta Salad with Ricotta Salata Cream Sauce recipe photo

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

Skinny Girl Pasta

Skinny Girl Pasta recipe photo

Skinny Girl Pasta recipe by Monique @ Divas Can Cook

Homemade Peppered Kale Pasta Dough

Homemade Peppered Kale Pasta Dough recipe photo

Homemade Peppered Kale Pasta Dough recipe by Russell @ Chasing Delicious

Feta Summer Pasta

Feta Summer Pasta recipe photo

Feta Summer Pasta recipe by Anne @ The Daily Meal

Summer Squash with Shells Pasta and Clams

Summer Squash with Shells Pasta and Clams recipe photo

Summer Squash with Shells Pasta and Clams recipe by Marvelous Musings

Simple Lobster Pasta

Simple Lobster Pasta recipe photo

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

Grilled Vegetable Pasta

Grilled Vegetable Pasta recipe photo

Grilled Vegetable Pasta recipe by Praveen @ Awesome Cuisine

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad recipe photo

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

Extruded Pasta Dough

Extruded Pasta Dough recipe photo

Extruded Pasta Dough recipe by Shirley @ Choosing Voluntary Simplicity

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad recipe photo

Pesto Pasta Salad recipe by Jennifer @ Peanut Butter & Peppers

Southwestern Summer Pasta

Southwestern Summer Pasta recipe photo

Southwestern Summer Pasta recipe by Debi @ Life Currents

Spicy Arugula Pasta

Spicy Arugula Pasta recipe photo

Spicy Arugula Pasta recipe by Laura @ Mom Mart

Beef Taco Pasta

Beef Taco Pasta recipe photo

Beef Taco Pasta recipe by Beth @ Budget Bytes

Seafood Pasta in Lemon Butter Sauce

Seafood Pasta in Lemon Butter Sauce recipe photo

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

Allergy Friendly Quick Cheesy Pasta with Vegetables

Allergy Friendly Quick Cheesy Pasta with Vegetables recipe photo

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

Creamy Spinach & Sausage Pasta

Creamy Spinach & Sausage Pasta recipe photo

Creamy Spinach & Sausage Pasta recipe by Normal Recipe

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