21 Popular Giada De Laurentiis Pasta Recipes You Need in Your Life
Fact: Giada De Laurentiis is queen of pasta. If you need proof, look no further than her most popular pasta recipes, from lasagna roll-ups to lemon spaghetti and butternut squash rigatoni with shrimp. If your idea of a good meal involves plenty of carbs and cheese, these are the trusted recipes you'll want to bookmark for dinner any night of the week. These are the best carb-filled recipes people swear by, and we have a feeling they'll be just as popular in your household, too.
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Bucatini All'Amatriciana With Spicy Smoked Mozzarella Meatballs
All'matriciana is a classic, slightly spicy tomato sauce with either guanciale or pancetta. For this recipe, Giada adds more protein to the bucatini dish with homemade meatballs stuffed with smoked mozzarella cheese.
Rigatoni With Butternut Squash and Shrimp
Butternut squash is the perfect addition to a creamy, cheesy sauce, especially in the Fall.
Get the recipe: Giada's rigatoni with butternut squash and shrimp
Giada's bolognese sauce recipe calls for turkey instead of ground beef, but it doesn't sacrifice flavor.
Get the recipe: Giada's turkey bolognese
Italian Hamburger Helper
Homemade "Hamburger Helper" with an Italian twist comes together with ground beef, Italian sausage, tomato puree, spinach, and mascarpone cheese for creaminess.
Get the recipe: Giada's Italian hamburger helper
Giada ups the ante on traditional carbonara pasta by adding shredded chicken and using pancetta instead of guanciale or regular bacon.
Get the recipe: Giada's chicken carbonara
The reviews of this pasta recipe don't lie — a lot of people swear by it. The sauce is actually cooked in the oven: tomatoes, capers, and breadcrumbs get juicy and crunchy before being tossed with cooked pasta and pecorino cheese.
Get the recipe: Giada's pasta ponza
Creamy Lobster Linguine
Save this one for a special occasion, and all your friends will love you.
Get the recipe: Giada's creamy lobster linguine
Lemony Shrimp Scampi With Orzo and Arugula
Make shrimp scampi a more complete entrée by turning it into an orzo-based dish with lots of arugula. The warm orzo soaks up a vinaigrette made with olive oil and half a cup of fresh lemon juice.
Get the recipe: Giada's lemony shrimp scampi with orzo and arugula
This recipe is time-consuming, but it's great for a weekend when you have help in the kitchen. You make a tomato sauce and meatballs separately before assembling everything together, and the result is baked-pasta heaven with oozing cheese and crunchy edges.
Get the recipe: Giada's ziti stufati
Spaghetti With Clams
Undeniably one of the best pasta dishes is spaghetti with clams. Olive oil, garlic, clams, white wine, and butter join forces for a finger-licking-good yet light sauce that coats each strand of pasta.
Get the recipe: Giada's spaghetti with clams
Lemon and Pea Alfredo
Swap traditional fettuccine alfredo for Giada's popular lemon and pea alfredo, which gets its creaminess from mascarpone and freshly grated parmesan.
Get the recipe: Giada's lemon and pea alfredo
Fusilli With Fresh Pomodoro
Fresh tomatoes are best for this easy pomodoro recipe with basil and ricotta.
Get the recipe: Giada's fusilli with fresh pomodoro
Spaghetti With Zucchini and Squash
This summery recipe is light, but still packs a flavor punch thanks to red pepper flakes, ricotta salata, garlic, lemon, and arugula.
Get the recipe: Giada's spaghetti with zucchini and squash
More fun to serve to a crowd than traditional lasagna, these lasagna roll-ups are a weeknight favorite.
Get the recipe: Giada's lasagna rolls
Baked Rigatoni With Sausage
This baked rigatoni with sausage topped with ricotta and mozzarella is the definition of comfort food.
Get the recipe: Giada's baked rigatoni with sausage
Giada's viral recipe for lemon spaghetti is the greatest definition of "simpler is better." You'll be shocked by the amount of flavor that just comes from olive oil, parmesan, basil, and a whole lot of lemon juice.
Get the recipe: Giada's lemon spaghetti
Orecchiette With Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Orecchiette, a small pasta, with spicy sausage and broccoli rabe is a classic combination, and Giada's recipe is foolproof. It's spicy, garlicky, a little bitter, and cheesy all at once.
Get the recipe: Giada's orecchiette with spicy sausage and broccoli rabe
Cacio e Pepe With Pancetta and Arugula
Classic cacio e pepe only has pecorino romano, pepper, and pasta water, but this version from Giada features crispy pancetta, arugula for something green, and butter for extra lusciousness.
Get the recipe: Giada's cacio e pepe with pancetta and arugula
Macaroni and Cheese
You know Giada's got to add some Italian flair to her mac and cheese. This popular version of the classic pasta dish has parmesan cheese, Italian parsley, ham, and fontina cheese for an elevated rendition of a childhood favorite.
Get the recipe: Giada's macaroni and cheese
Fusilli With Italian Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
The real star of this fusilli is the fresh mozzarella, which gets cubed and tossed with the finished dish so it's slightly melty.
Aglio e Olio With Crispy Prosciutto
This classic Italian recipe may be simple, but it's big on flavor.
Get the recipe: Giada's aglio e olio with crispy prosciutto