34 Different Ways to Make Spaghetti

Making spaghetti doesn't always mean marinara and meatballs. Check out these different ways to use this pasta—including baked spaghetti, skillet suppers and more.

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Cowboy Spaghetti

Cowboy spaghetti starts on the stovetop and finishes in the oven, giving you plenty of hands-off time to prepare a salad, or a dessert for after dinner. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, transfer the spaghetti mixture to a 13×9-in. baking dish before putting it in the oven. —Kerry Whitaker, Carthage, Texas

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Look no further than this TikTok spaghetti when you need a quick and easy dinner.

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Green Spaghetti

Green spaghetti—AKA espagueti verde— is the creamy Mexican pasta dish you’re going to want to make over and over again. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Also, know what to add to spaghetti sauce make it taste homemade.

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Zucchini Pasta

The taste of this rich and creamy zucchini pasta will have people convinced it’s not low-fat, but it is! Garlicky and fresh-flavored, this will be a hit. —Maria Regakis, Saugus, Massachusetts
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Chicken Spaghetti

This easy chicken spaghetti casserole is creamy, hearty and packed with savory flavor. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Avocado Pasta

Serve this avocado sauce with your favorite pasta as a main dish or side dish. If you’d like to make it heartier, toss in shredded rotisserie chicken or grilled shrimp. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Cacio e Pepe

It sounds like a fancy Italian dish—but cacio e pepe is a simple dinner that’s easy to make. —Lindsay Mattison, Hillsboro, Oregon

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Butternut Squash Pasta

My husband can’t eat tomatoes, so this is the perfect alternative pasta sauce. This dish is great garnished with bacon crumbles, caramelized onions, gorgonzola or walnuts. I can’t get enough of this dish! —Gretchen Whelan, San Francisco, California

In the mood for something special? Try this garlic butter sauce for pasta!

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Lemon Ricotta Pasta

This pasta is a perfect weeknight dinner, especially during the spring and summer months because of the bright lemon flavor. It also tastes great topped with a sprinkle of crushed red pepper and basil. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Sopa de Fideo

Mexican noodle soup is a breeze to make with a handful of pantry staples. It’s ideal for busy weeknights when you’re looking for something simple. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, WIsconsin

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Texas Chicken Spaghetti

This recipe for Texas chicken spaghetti was given to me years ago by a favorite sister-in-law, a wonderful cook. My whole family has the recipe and enjoys it too. It is easy to freeze or it can be made the day before and kept in the fridge. You can use two cans of cream of mushroom soup instead of one mushroom and one chicken. —Virginia Chamblin, Youngsville, Louisiana
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Chinese Chicken Spaghetti

It's hard to believe that something that comes together so easily could be this tasty and lower in fat, but this Chinese spaghetti with chicken does it all. If you like your stir-fries extra spicy, increase the red pepper flakes a bit. —Jenna Noel, Glendale, Arizona
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Garlic Spaghetti

I make this family-favorite garlic spaghetti—or spaghetti aglio e olio—at least a couple of times a month. It's wonderful with a salad and fresh Italian bread. Add red pepper flakes to give it a bit of heat or finish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley. —Jackie Messina, Chardon, Ohio
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Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Alla Carbona is a classic Italian recipe. The key is to use the hot pasta water to make the dish creamy. The dish is luxurious, satisfying, comforting, and easy to make! —Luisa Webb, Fort Collins, Colorado
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Firefighters Chicken Spaghetti

I'm always in the kitchen making dishes for my family, neighbors or the local fire department to try. My husband is a firefighter in our town, and this chicken spaghetti recipe is a favorite there. —Krista Davis-Keith, New Castle, Indiana
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Make-Ahead Spicy Olive Pasta

This is a fancy version of my grandchildren's favorite baked spaghetti. It feels like such a special dinner, and it's so cozy for winter. —Louise Miller, Westminster, Maryland
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Spicy Bratwurst Supper

With a zesty sauce and shredded Gouda cheese melted over the top, this tasty bratwurst dish comes together quickly in a skillet. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Italian Spaghetti Salad

This attractive, fresh-tasting Italian spaghetti salad recipe can conveniently be prepared the night before. It makes enough for a crowd! —Lucia Johnson, Massena, New York
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Mushroom & Bacon Spaghetti Squash Bowl

This spaghetti squash bowl has a light cream sauce, along with fresh sage and crispy bacon. I love spaghetti squash but get tired of having it with a tomato-based red sauce. This recipe will make you and your family excited about spaghetti squash again! — Emily Montgomery, Madison, Alabama
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Cincinnati Chili

Cinnamon and cocoa give a rich brown color to hearty Cincinnati chili. This dish will warm you up on a cold day. —Edith Joyce, Parkman, Ohio
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Chicken Satay Noodles

This recipe is so quick and easy. It was given to me by a friend and it tastes just like chicken satay! —Salina Moore, Woodward, Oklahoma
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Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Chicken

This delicious pasta is very fast to prepare, and its mild taste appeals to both adults and children. Eliminate the meat and serve it as a side dish, or try it with browned sausage. — Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia
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Broccoli Beef Lo Mein

My family loves pasta, but I'm always looking for different ways to prepare it. This dish is better than any Chinese restaurant variety I've tried.—Joan Crandall, Burlington, Connecticut
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Greek Spaghetti with Chicken

Flavorful spaghetti surely provides a comforting dinner. Featuring chicken, spinach and two types of cheese, this is a crowd-pleaser. —Melanie Dalbec, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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Spaghetti with Four Cheeses

This creamy and cheesy spaghetti dish is my mainstay whenever company's coming. The recipe, handed down from my aunt, is on the table in 30 minutes. As cook and hostess, I never feel hurried preparing this meal. —Nella Parker, Hersey, Michigan

Want pasta that’s even cheesier? Try our homemade Alfredo sauce recipe.

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Shrimp Pomodoro

My husband and I have hectic schedules, so I’m always looking for fast meals that have special-occasion appeal. Shrimp with garlic, tomatoes and pasta is a winner. —Catherine Jensen, Blytheville, Arkansas
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Grandma’s Cajun Chicken & Spaghetti

I’m originally from Louisiana, where my grandma spoke Cajun French as she taught me her spicy chicken spaghetti. —Brenda Melancon, McComb, Mississippi
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Monterey Spaghetti

I'm a working mother with two young boys. Our family leads a very active life, so I make a lot of casseroles. It's so nice to have a hearty side dish the kids will eat. Topped with cheese and french-fried onions, this tasty spaghetti casserole recipe is a hit at our house. —Janet Hibler, Cameron, Missouri
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Spaghetti Pork Chops

This succulent pork supper was sent in by Ellen Gallavan, Midland, Michigan. The moist chops simmer to perfection in a tangy sauce, then are served over pasta. "This was one of my mother's most-loved recipes," she shares.
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Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Fresh basil and dash of red pepper puts zip in this lively shrimp pesto pasta. — Gloria Jones Grenga, Newnan, Georgia
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Baked Spaghetti

Every time that I make this cheesy baked spaghetti, I get requests for the recipe. It puts a different spin on pasta and is great for any meal. The leftovers, if there are any, also freeze well for a quick dinner later in the week. —Ruth Koberna, Brecksville, Ohio
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Taco Spaghetti

I came up with this kid-friendly taco spaghetti recipe one afternoon when I was using up leftover spaghetti and ground beef. When I'm lucky enough to have extra time, I make two batches and freeze one. —Johanna Van Ness, Wichita, Kansas
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Spaghetti with Eggs and Bacon

Most folks are surprised to see this combination of ingredients. But I usually make a big batch because it always disappears in a hurry.
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Spaghetti with Sausage and Peppers

Smoked turkey sausage with strips of fresh bell peppers is a healthy change of pace from Italian sausage or ground beef in your spaghetti. —Ginger Harrell, El Dorado, Arkansas

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is a former Taste of Home editor and passionate baker. During her tenure, she poured her love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa also dedicated her career here to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.