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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01

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.

Get the recipe: Giada's bucatini all'matriciana with spicy smoked mozzarella meatballs

02

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

03

Turkey Bolognese

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

04

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

05

Chicken Carbonara

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

06

Pasta Ponza

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

08

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

09

Ziti Stufati

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

10

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

11

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

12

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

13

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

15

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

16

Lemon Spaghetti

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

17

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

18

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

19

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

20

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.

Get the recipe: Giada's fusilli with Italian sausage, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes