Today is National Pasta Day! Let’s celebrate with 20 yummy pasta recipes and some history!!

National Pasta Day 20 delicious pasta recipes to celebrate!

Being that my husband is from Brazil, he has equal parts of Latin and Italian roots. What does that mean? It means we eat a whole lot of black beans and rice and a whole lot of pasta. Pretty much every meal around here has one of those two as an accompaniment.

Since today is National Pasta Day, let’s focus on the pasta!

If you’re wanting to experiment with true Italian homemade pasta, you can’t beat David’s homemade pasta recipe at Leite’s Culinaria.

Don’t have the traditional “00” flour? No problem! Mario Batali’s recipe for fresh pasta comes together easily with just all-purpose flour and eggs.

A brief history of pasta in the United States

Would you believe that Thomas Jefferson helped make pasta popular in the United States? During a stay in Paris (1784-1789), Jefferson ate some pasta that he called macaroni. . .  but it could have been any shape of pasta then.

He enjoyed the dish so much that he brought two cases with him back to the states. But it wasn’t until the late 19th century, when some immigrants relocated from Italy to America, that pasta truly became a common food here in the states. Read more about the history of pasta at The History Kitchen.

And now for some of my favorite pasta recipes!

 Spaghetti Carbonara from Damn Delicious

spaghetti carbonara

Crispy Lemon Chicken Pasta from Kevin & Amanda

crispy lemon chicken pasta

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta from Sweet Little Blue Bird

creamy garlic penne pasta

Chicken Fajita Pasta from Kevin & Amanda – We make this one almost weekly!

chicken fajita pasta

Chicken Parmesan Baked Pasta from Budget Savvy Diva

chicken-Parm baked pasta


Creamy Broccoli, Chicken and Bacon Pasta from Julia’s Album

creamy broccoli chicken bacon pasta

Bacon Mushroom Chicken Pasta from First Home Love Life


Shrimp Scampi from Damn Delicious

shrimp scampi

Bang Bang Pasta from Kirbie’s Cravings

Bang Bang Pasta

Ricotta Stuffed Shells from Cooking and Cooking

ricotta stuffed shells

One Skillet Cheesy Chili Mac by Gonna Want Seconds


Italian Wonderpot by Budget Bytes

italian wonderpot

Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo from Baker by Nature

simple spaghetti fra diavolo

Buffalo Chicken Pasta from Gal on a Mission


Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Roll-ups from Simply Gloria


Three Cheese Italian Rigatoni Pie from One Little Project


Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini from Cooking Classy


Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Spinach from Simply Gloria

creamy mushroom spinach onion pasta

Don’t these pasta recipes all look amazing??

Happy National Pasta Day!

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