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Best ever spaghetti recipes

Our 17 easy spaghetti recipes are a pasta lovers dream. Check out our rich and creamy carbonara, crowd-pleasing bolognese and fresh vegetarian recipes

From spaghetti carbonara to spaghetti bolognese and more unusual ideas, you’ll never be stuck for spaghetti recipes again. We have a range of inspiring vegetarian dishes such as our pasta with kale, garlic and chilli – super simple and quick, making it perfect for a midweek supper. Or if time is on your hands, then our rich and meaty cincinnati chilli five ways offers something different to impress family and friends at the weekend. Crossing over cuisines from Italian (try our best Italian recipes here) to Spanish is easier than you might think with spaghetti; use pasta instead of rice in the Valencian speciality, Fideuà a la mariners

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Here are our favourite spaghetti recipes…


Dead good spaghetti carbonara

Creamy, classic carbonara is a real crowd-pleaser. We love it with parmesan and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Try our other quick and easy pasta dishes here.

spaghetti carbonara

Spaghetti alle vongole with samphire

Spaghetti alle vongole or clams makes a classic Italian supper. The lovely rich sauce is a combination of dry white wine with the natural clam juice, making a lovely accompaniment for the salty samphire.

Spaghetti alle vongole with samphire

Spaghetti with ajvar, mozzarella and smashed olives

Try our fresh and simple vegetarian spaghetti recipe with creamy mozzarella, smashed olives and ajvar. Ajvar, a sauce traditionally from the Balkans and made up primarily of red peppers, is super quick and easy to whip up, perfect for summer.

Spaghetti with ajvar, mozzarella and smashed olives

Wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon

Our recipe for wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon is quick and easy to make and it’s vegan. Plus, it’s pasta for under 500 calories – yes please.

broccoli spaghetti with chilli

Best ever spaghetti bolognese

With our best ever spaghetti bolognese being the ultimate midweek comfort food, we’ve perfected a true family-favourite including tips on how to easily make it in a slow cooker.

Best-ever spaghetti bolognese

Spaghetti with tuna, capers and chilli

A great after work supper. The only thing you need to cook is the spaghetti, then toss with the tinned tuna, capers, chilli, red onion, garlic and herbs.

Spaghetti with tuna, capers and chilli

Cincinnati chilli five ways

A chilli con carne, but not as we know it. The unusual Mediterranean spicing with finely ground meat is simmered low and slow until it melts in the mouth and served over spaghetti. Order it ‘five ways’ and you’ll get beans, cheese and onions on top, too.

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Spaghetti with kale, garlic and chilli

This healthy, quick vegetarian meal uses only 5 ingredients and is ready in 15 minutes. For more quick, healthy recipes, click here.

kale and pasta

Marmite spaghetti carbonara

A twist on the classic quick carbonara recipe using marmite. Love it or hate it – as they say! We think it gives a delicious flavour and add a generous sprinkle of parmesan and parsley.

marmite carbonara

Artichoke, lemon and parmesan pasta

This super-easy vegetarian pasta sauce couldn’t be more simple. Just mix marinated artichokes from a jar with lemon juice and parmesan, then tip in hot cooked pasta and toss together. Ready in the time it takes to set the table!

Artichoke, lemon and parmesan pasta

Spaghetti with steak, tomatoes and olives

This juicy steak, fresh tomatoes and olive spaghetti recipe is ideal for summer. Cooking the steak in the same pan as the pasta means less washing up. We have plenty more steak ideas here.

Spaghetti with steak, tomatoes and olives

Spaghetti with clams and gremolata

We love how this easy meal tastes so fresh with the punchy gremolata, a traditional herb condiment made from parsley. The elegant seafood dish will serve two and you could swap the spaghetti for linguine.

spaghetti with clams

Turkey tetrazzini

Tetrazzini is an American pasta dish with a creamy sauce and either poultry or seafood. This is our take on it using turkey, try using your Christmas leftovers.

Turkey tetrazzini

Spaghetti alle vongole

This is a similar recipe to our vongole recipe above – minus the samphire, but equally delicious.  Serve as a main for 2 or a starter for 4.

Spaghetti alle vongole

Spaghetti with anchovy, chilli and breadcrumbs

Spaghetti with anchovy, chilli and breadcrumbs is an Italian cucina povera, poor man’s, pasta dish, made from ingredients found in even the most basic of Italian kitchens. Its humble beginnings should not put you off making this classic pasta recipe – it’s delicious.

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Fideuà a la marinera

Paella’s are everywhere in Valencia. Fideuà is another local dish made with leftovers thrown into pasta, instead of rice. The ingredients, notably seafood, can be varied, and the fish even replaced by just a superior fish stock. We also have a great lobster fideo recipe here from neighbourhood restaurant Westerns Laundry.

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Spaghetti with parmesan and black pepper (spaghetti con cacio e pepe)

The simplest ever store-cupboard pasta, so for this it’s best to use a good-quality spaghetti – De Cecco is widely available now and is worth the extra money. Increase the pepper if you dare to spice it up, but this amount is a good starting point. We also have Padella’s famous cacio e pepe recipe here.

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