Cuisines around the world use everything from rice noodles to whole wheat fusilli as a base for delicious, hearty and traditional meals. With this range of pasta shapes and purposes, there really is a dish out there for everyone, it's just a matter of blending together you're favorite ingredients.
With all of these choices, it can be overwhelmingly tempting to just stick to what you know and throw some spaghetti in a bowl with marinara sauce. While this is always a delicious go-to, especially with some fresh Pecorino-Romano grated on top, there are plenty of other dishes that are equally simple and satisfying but might take you a bit further out of your comfort zone.
So don't fall into the routine pasta trap! Switch things up a bit and read on for our top five pasta dishes, our "best of pasta" from the What's Cookin' database.
Be sure to let us know you're favorite way to cook up the chewy, fork-twirling noodles below!