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The Quintessential Pasta Recipes You Need To Master (PHOTOS)

Tried and true pasta dishes you need to master.

Oh pasta, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways: orecchiette, linguine, spaghetti, bucatini... The list goes on and on. With so many varieties and so many ways to eat pasta, we could eat a different pasta every day for the rest of our lives and never get bored.

While we love getting creative with our pasta dishes, the classics are often where it's at. From spaghetti alla carbonara and bucatini all'amatriciana to fettuccine alfredo and penne alla vodka, the quintessential Italian pasta dishes win us over every time. They're iconic because they're traditional in Italy or have become some so through Italian American convention. They're all tried and true.

Comforting and exciting all at once, these classic pasta dishes will never let us down and will never get old. Here are 22 quintessential pasta recipes we love with all our hearts:

1
Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe And Sausage
Jenifer Mangione via Food52
Get the Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe And Sausage by Jenifer Mangione via Food52
2
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Simply Recipes
Get the Spaghetti alla Carbonara recipe from Simply Recipes
3
Linguine con Vongole
The Wimpy Vegetarian via Food52
Get the Linguine con Vongole recipe by The Wimpy Vegetarian via Food52
4
Ricotta Gnocchi
Food52
Get the Ricotta Gnocchi recipe from Food52
5
Pasta e Fagioli
Queen of Green via Food52
Get the Pasta e Fagioli recipe by Queen of Green via Food52
6
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Genius Recipes via Food52
Get the Rao's Meatballs recipe by Genius Recipes from Food52
7
Pasta Bolognese
Simply Recipes
Get the Bolognese Sauce recipe from Simply Recipes
8
Pesto Alla Genovese
Emiko via Food52
Get the Pesto All Genovese recipe by Emiko via Food52
9
Bucatini All'Amatriciana
Food & Wine via HuffPost Taste
Get the Bucatini All'Amatriciana recipe by Food & Wine via HuffPost Taste
10
Butternut Squash Ravioli With Sage Browned Butter
Jenny Steffens
Get the Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Browned Butter recipe by Jenny Steffens
11
Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe
John Kernick
Get the Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe recipe by John Kernick
12
Pasta Alla Norma
Daily Unadventures In Cooking
Get the Pasta alla Norma recipe by Daily Unadventures In Cooking
13
Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce With Onions And Butter
Steamy Kitchen
Get Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onions and Butter recipe from Steamy Kitchen (No, it's not a pasta, but it's the holy grail of tomato sauce recipes.)
14
Linguine Ai Frutti Di Mare
bell'alimento
Get the Linguine Ai Frutti Di Mare recipe by bell'alimento
15
Pasta Puttanesca
Simply Recipes
Get the Pasta Puttanesca recipe from Simply Recipes
16
Paglia e Feino
bell'alimento
Get the Paglia e Feino recipe by bell'alimento
17
Sausage Lasagna
Sausage Lasagna
Get the Homemade Sausage Lasagna recipe by a Spicy Perspective
18
Ravioli with Ricotta and Spinach
bell'alimento
Get the Ravioli with Ricotta and Spinach by bell'alimento
19
Penne alla Vodka
Campbell's Kitchen via HuffPost Taste
Get the Penne with Creamy Vodka Sauce from Campbell's Kitchen via HuffPost Taste
20
Fettuccine Alfredo
Elise Bauer via Simply Recipes
Get the Fettuccine Alfredo by Elise Bauer via Simply Recipes
21
Spinach Stuffed Shells
Spicy Perspective
Get the Spinach Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce recipe from a Spicy Perspective
22
Penne all'Arrabbiata
bell'alimento
Get the Penne all'Arrabbiata recipe by bell'alimento

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