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10 pasta recipes every cook should know

You're so much better than penne and jar sauce

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes — or just really delicious ones — that we love having up our sleeves: the ones that can work as well on a weeknight as for a wine-drunk dinner party. Here are the 10 pasta recipes you should turn to — and to save room for in your memory bank.

Nigel Slater's Really Good Spaghetti Bolognese by Genius Recipes

Pasta Puttanesca by Snafu06

Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Genius Recipes

Birthday Lasagna by Merrill Stubbs

Grandma DiLaura's Italian Ricotta Gnocchi by cdilaura

Spaghetti Carbonara by brette warshaw

Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream & Five Cheeses by Genius Recipes

Broccoli Aglio e Olio with Gremolata Breadcrumbs by healthierkitchen

Down and Dirty Pasta e Ceci by fisheri

Linguine con Vongole by TheWimpyVegetarian

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