Picking my favorite pasta is like trying to pick a favorite child; I love them all equally. However, the people of the Pasta Queen kingdom have spoken, and these are by far your top 10 favorite recipes.

#10 Pesto Genovese

How can you resist this bright and sunny dish from the Italian coast? Many people are surprised to learn that classic pesto Genovese includes both potatoes and green beans, but they add a lovely hearty and fresh flavor to this *just gorgeous* pasta dish.

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#9 Creamy Lemon Fettucine

When life gives you lemons, make this pasta. Nothing beats the simplicity of this dish; butter, cream, and fresh lemon juice and zest come together to create a deliciously delicate cream sauce that clings to the fettuccine like a newfound lover. Pucker up and dig in.

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#8 Pasta Queen’s Take on Feta Pasta

If there is a viral take on pasta, you know I have to join in. This is my version of the dish that had markets sold out of feta for weeks in early 2021! My secret is to whip the feta with a little cream to make a silky smooth sauce. Don’t tell anyone, but I think my version is better than the original. Shhhhhhhhh.

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#7 Creamy Broccoli Pasta

If you want to feel like a true Pasta Queen, serve this amazingly creamy dish of broccoli pasta to your kids and watch them gobble it up. Pasta, cheese, and veggies? This is weeknight pasta gold.

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#6 Stuffed Shells with Ricotta and Mozzarella

These stuffed pasta shells are rich in flavor, just like you are. The filling is equal parts ricotta and mozzarella, which by my calculations is perfection. Fill the shells to the brim with the cheese filling, then top with a simple marinara sauce before baking.

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#5 Lemon Ricotta Delight

The sauce of this truly delightful pasta requires absolutely no cooking. Simply combine ricotta with a little pasta water, then add fresh lemon juice and zest. Finish the dish with a scraaanchhhh of black pepper and a generous sprinkle of pecorino.

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#4 The Assassin’s Spaghetti

Legend has it, this infamous pasta dish was born when a drunk cook was overloading his tomato sauce with too much garlic and chili peppers. Then, when distracted by a beautiful woman passing by he mistakenly added his pasta directly to the sauce without cooking it first. To save the dish he made a tomato paste broth and cooked the pasta directly in the sauce while adding the tomato broth little by little. The end result was this spicy and irresistible number, just like you are.

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#3 Bruschetta

Say it with me now Bru-Ske-ttaaaa. This is the easiest snack you’ll ever make and it only takes a few minutes to pull together. Plus, you’ll look like a culinary goddess once your guests have a taste.

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#2 The Angry Baroness

Some sort of sorcery happens when you combine olive oil, onions, tomato paste, and a little vodka. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to bring this dish from classy to sassy.

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And the top recipe, drumroll, please….

#1 Classic Pasta & Peas

Nonna says to eat your peas, which is a very easy request when in the form of this sweet and creamy pasta dish. After making a bright pea puree, you cook the pasta directly in the pea mixture, adding water as needed until al dente. Egg mixed with pecorino is added in the last minute of cooking to bring flavor and richness. You’ll never think of peas the same again!

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