The unofficial Cravings motto is: “When in doubt, make pasta.” Carby, cheesy, and saucy pasta—any way you choose to prepare it—is hard not to love. Our trick to perfecting pasta is twofold: Choosing which sauces to pair with each pasta type to ensure you’re getting optimal flavor and texture out of your food, as well as how you cook it. We almost always recommend cooking pasta al dente (slightly undercooked), or about a minute less than the box instructions say. When mixed in with the sauce, the noodles will continue to cook—but not overcook—until soft yet firm. And always reserve 1–2 cups of pasta water. When pasta cooks, it releases starch into the water that makes a great thickener when added to sauces! To get you started, here are some of Chrissy’s all-time greatest pasta recipes to inspire your next noodle night.

Comfort Classic: Spaghetti & Meatballs

This Italian dish is classic for a reason—it’s foolproof, beloved, and not too difficult. All it takes is patience as those meatballs simmer away in a delightfully spiced tomato sauce.

Simple & Light Delight: Lemon & Walnut Pasta

lemon walnut pasta

If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe that delivers a nice balance of cheesiness and tanginess, look no further. Plus, it only takes 15 minutes to make!

Treat Yo Self: Creamy Crab & Arugula Pasta

Crab Bowtie Pasta

PSA: Put more crab in your pasta! It’s a worthy splurge to treat yo self once in a while. The ridges in the bow tie pasta hold onto that decadent crab sauce beautifully, but you can also sub in any of your favorite shapes.

Taste of Nostalgia: Boxed Mac ‘n Cheese Balls

Easy and nostalgic, boxed mac and cheese is the queen of all comfort foods. This version takes it to a whole new extreme with the addition of cheddar and American cheeses to amplify the flavor, and some breadcrumbs for a crunchy, gooey bite. 

Get In Your Greens: All-Green Primavera

Get in your greens with a big bowl of pasta. Balance! Just because this dish airs on the lighter side does not mean it’s any less flavorful. Our favorite part is the vibrant green color that happens when all the veggies combine. 

A Little Fiery: Spicy Miso Pasta

It comes as no surprise that this recipe has become a Cravings favorite. The miso packs umami into the spicy garlic sauce, and you get fattiness from the bacon and creaminess from the grated Parmesan.

Eggplant Parm, Reimagined: Pasta Alla Norma

Eggplant, when cooked in a bath of olive oil, becomes super velvety. That, combined with soft ricotta, creates a silky sauce. Use a tubular pasta, like rigatoni, to hold allll the sauce in each bite. 

A Healthy(ish) Stack Celery Root Lasagna

This one doesn’t technically have pasta, but it’s a lower carb version of lasagna, replacing noodles with celery root. With layers of mozzarella, Parmesan, homemade meat sauce, and marinara, you won’t miss the noodles here.

One-Pan Powerhouse: Pasta Puttanesca

Last but certainly not least, have you tried puttanesca? Olives and capers bring acidity and bite, anchovies add smokiness and natural saltiness, and Parmesan brings everything together in this tomato-based sauce. It all happens in one pan, so there’s less cleanup. Why not make it right now?