Top 5 Pasta Recipes of 2016

Top 5 Recipes 2016 | | Delicious and Simple recipes that your family will love! Yum!

Happy 2017!  Have you heard that enough already?  It’s always exciting to turn the chapter on a year…actually, sometimes it can’t happen soon enough!  I love seeing all the food bloggers I admire, listing their “top 10 recipes” as I sit quietly (usually with sports on in the background) making a list of the recipes I must try soon.  Instagram was a new venture for me last year and has added a new dimension to my foodie landscape and enjoyment…so follow me if you don’t already!

So what do we have here?  My Top 5 Pasta Recipes of 2016.  The tastiest, must do, family focused pasta recipes.  I love this list.  These are some of my absolute BEST!  I really encourage you to try and then comment – either on the blog post itself for just shoot me an email…I want to know what you think.  Honest thoughts.  Mean it. OK, drum roll….these are not in any specific order…click the name to get to the recipe!

Tzatziki Pasta Salad

Tzatziki Pasta Salad | Cool and tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad is the perfect side for a hot summer night! Artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and crunchy cucumbers add just the right Greek flavors. Yum! Serve with grilled meats or chicken! Enjoy! |

When are Mediterranean flavors not a fan favorite?  This recipe is just a little different than your average mayo based pasta salad.  I love this with any grilled meats as a bright, tangy side dish…any time of the year.

Mini Ricotta Meatballs with Herbed Tomato Sauce

Mini Ricotta Meatballs with Herbed Tomato Suace| | Moist, delicious, super simple recipe that they entire family will LOVE! Easy to freeze for later too!

If you think food bloggers don’t make their recipes more than once…think again!  I just made these in the past week and still stand by their ease and melt in your mouth taste.  I eat as many right out of the oven as I do later with the sauce and pasta….a must try.  Freezes well too!!

Mexican Chef Pasta Salad

Mexican Chef Pasta Salad | Cha Cha Cha! Easy delish combo of sweet and tangy dressing with seasoned taco meat and fresh tomatoes, avocados and pasta. Add Doritos or corn chips - and the entire family goes crazy! A one pot yummy meal. Perfect for summer or beachside! |

Yes!  Just a great pasta salad.  Everyone will love this….run and make it now!

Bayou Shrimp Pasta

Creole Shrimp with Lemon Basil Pasta | Delicious Creole Spicy Shrimp atop a tangy lemon pasta, a perfect blend of flavors and textures! Serve for dinner at the beach or any poolside gathering. A wonderful simple treat for all! Yum! |

Probably better in the summertime….when you are in a “peel and eat” kind of mode.  But honestly,  I won’t judge…we all look forward to this at least twice a year.  A winner!

Quick Cioppino with Heart Pasta

Cioppino with Heart Pasta 3

I had to!  Double down on the seafood that is…plus Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  Delicious, simple, healthy, and your family will <3 you for it!  Good anytime during the year…and yes, use any pasta…J

Do I love healthy recipes?  Of course!  Is that a requirement?  No…..I like to mix mostly healthy-ish recipes with some down home comfort and live like a “real” person.  For the first few weeks of January I think we are all ready to trim down and watch it more carefully.  After that, I go for moderation.

My goal this year is to post at least 2 new pasta ideas per month for y’all….just to add some new “Pastabilities®” to your life…and mine too!  I’d love to know what you want to see and what you love to cook.  We are a community of pasta lovers and I get inspired by hearing from you!  Let’s make 2017 a great year! 🙂

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  1. Kathy B on January 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    These are ALL winners!

    • carey on January 19, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you!! Enjoy them!

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