Our Best Pasta Recipes for that Last Bit of Meat

Dinner Party, Spring Pea Ravioli
Spring Pea Ravioli with Prosciutto & Pea Shoots Farideh Sadeghin

Homemade ravioli is a great weekend project recipe. Make them on a Sunday and freeze them for the week ahead; you can pop them directly in the boiling water from the freezer—they’ll just need an extra minute or so to cook. Get the recipe for Spring Pea Ravioli with Prosciutto & Pea Shoots »

Spaghettata di Mezzanotte
Spaghettata di Mezzanotte (Pasta with Anchovies, Capers, and Tomato Sauce) Eilon Paz

The after-party Italian tradition of spaghettata di mezzanotte—”midnight spaghetti”—gave birth to this lusty pasta dish tossed with anchovies, capers, tomatoes, and garlicky bruschetta crumbs. Get the recipe for Spaghettata di Mezzanotte (Pasta with Anchovies, Capers, and Tomato Sauce) »

Noodles with Peas (Pasta e Piselli)
Noodles with Peas (Pasta e Piselli) Matt Taylor-Gross

The always-comforting combination of peas, bacon, and cheese, which comes from Romeo Salta’s The Pleasures of Italian Cooking, comes together in less than half an hour. Get the recipe for Noodles with Peas (Pasta e Piselli) »

Wayne Thiebaud's Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese
Wayne Thiebaud’s Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese Ingalls Photography

In the spirit of a classic carbonara, artist Wayne Thiebaud’s recipe from the California Artists Cookbook (Abbeville Press, 1982) combines smoky bacon and prosciutto with egg yolks and mizithra, an aged sheep’s milk cheese from Greece, for a gloriously rich dish. Get the recipe for Wayne Thiebaud’s Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese »

Rigatoni with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Spicy Sausage
Rigatoni with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Spicy Sausage Helen Rosner

For a riff on classic pasta alla norma, try adding spicy Italian sausage to pasta laden with eggplant and sweet tomatoes. Get the recipe for Rigatoni with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Spicy Sausage »

Spaghetti and Broccoli with Carbonara Sauce
Spaghetti and Broccoli with Carbonara Sauce

This vegetable-laden riff on classic carbonara features crisp bacon, crunchy broccoli, and an eggy, cheesy sauce that clings perfectly to hot spaghetti. Be sure to top with plenty of cheese and black pepper. Get the recipe for Spaghetti and Broccoli with Carbonara Sauce »

Simple Week Night Meal Tetrazzini
Turkey Tetrazzini Matt Taylor-Gross

This version of the American classic has a smattering of colorful vegetables and a sauce enriched by sherry and parmesan. Get the recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini »

Rigatoni with Pancetta Tomato Sauce (Rigatoni all'Amatriciana)
Rigatoni with Pancetta Tomato Sauce (Rigatoni all’Amatriciana) David Hagerman

The recipe for this classic pork-enriched pasta dish comes from Salvatore Denaro, the chef at Montefalco’s Arnaldo Caprai winery. Get the recipe for Rigatoni with Pancetta Tomato Sauce (Rigatoni all’Amatriciana) »