For those who enjoy the art of Italian cooking, the differences between fusilli, tagliatelle, and capellini aren’t so subtle. They may sound similar when scanning the menu at an Italian restaurant, but the variations in shape and consistency lend themselves to different sauces, meats, and vegetables that combine in a well-made plate of pasta.
If you’re looking for a pasta that’s lighter than a traditional spaghetti or ravioli, you’ll want to try capellini—angel hair pasta. It’s best to pair the noodles with a light sauce so as not to weigh down the thin strands and add herbs or diced tomatoes for flavor. Try your hand at a traditional Italian dish with these angel hair pasta recipes.
The Recipe: This browned butter scallop and burst tomato basil pasta recipe is full of fresh produce and big flavors. Brown scallops in a skillet while the pasta is cooking, then prepare a fragrant garlic, olive oil, and wine sauce to pair with the angel hair noodles, tomato, corn, and scallops.
The Hero Ingredient: This recipe wouldn’t be the same without fresh basil. Make sure you purchase it fresh at the market or start growing it in a garden at home. It makes all the difference.
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The Recipe: For a light and satisfying pasta dish, try this shrimp scampi recipe. Enjoy the classic flavors of fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil. All you have to do is saute shrimp with garlic and seasonings for a few minutes before adding white wine, lemon, and tomatoes. Top with basil and Parmesan to complete the dish.
The Hero Ingredient: With such a light sauce, the tomatoes are really the hero ingredient of this dish, providing a fresh flavor to the pasta.
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The Recipe: A nontraditional take on angel hair pasta, this creamy miso pasta with Brussels sprouts from Love & Lemons will shake up your weeknight meal routine. It’s a creamy dish, thanks to a sauce made with miso, lemon, and cashews. Add sauteed Brussels sprouts to give the meal more depth and to keep you satisfied.
The Hero Ingredient: The miso paste is what gives this dish its unique flavor. Expand your palate, and experiment with this flavor in the kitchen.
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The Recipe: For a vegan pasta recipe, enjoy this roasted red pepper pasta cultivated with ingredients like shallots, garlic, red peppers, and nutritional yeast. You’ll be left with a creamy red sauce that’s somehow both savory and sweet with just a kick of spice from red pepper flakes. Add your own additional proteins, herbs, and veggies, or let the sauce stand alone.
The Hero Ingredient: The red peppers contribute to the wow factor of this pasta. They give the sauce a lovely and unexpected flavor.
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The Recipe: The best part about this tomato basil and burrata pasta recipe is that it can all be made in one pot, leaving you with an easy cleanup. Add all the ingredients together in one pot or pan that’s large enough to fit the long, thin noodles without them breaking. Once the water is nearly evaporated, add the olive oil, basil, and burrata.
The Hero Ingredient: This recipe wouldn’t be complete without a bit of fresh burrata cheese to top the creation. It’s the perfect final ingredient that makes this pasta just a bit more special.
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The Recipe: If you’ve never thought to add gouda cheese to a pasta dish, this recipe for zucchini blossom and smoked gouda pasta will change your mind. Zucchini blossoms are generally served stuffed and fried, but you can incorporate them into this pasta by sauteing them on the stove before tossing them with tomatoes and smoked gouda.
The Hero Ingredient: The zucchini blossoms are the star of this pasta recipe, pairing nicely with the melty gouda cheese and angel hair pasta.
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The Recipe: For a hearty vegetarian pasta dish, turn to this roasted eggplant, garlic, and basil pasta. Roasting the eggplant leaves you with a fabulous flavor and less mess than the pan-fried alternative. Use garlic and basil to enhance the traditional flavor of the tomato sauce.
The Hero Ingredient: The eggplant carries this otherwise light plate. It’s a great way to incorporate a strong vegetable into a pasta dish to add another layer of dimension to the flavors.
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