8 Great Pasta Recipes

09/19/2011 12:10 pm ET | Updated Nov 19, 2011

Are you ready for the fall? It's that great time of year when the cool weather in much of the country allows us to enjoy heartier dishes like stews, soups, and chilis. But if you're not quite ready for those warmer dishes since the heat hasn't exactly ceased in your area (like here in NYC) but you're looking for something other than a light salad dish, then there's always a great go-to option that also happens to be everyone's favorite: pasta!

Pasta isn't just for Italian food anymore. Now there are tasty pasta recipes found in Asian cuisine and it's emerging as a newfound love for vegans. Not only are pasta dishes delicious but they are also great, easy options for a quick dinner during a busy weekday. With kids starting school and extra-curricular activities again, a tasty pasta recipe is just the solution for a fast-fix family dinner problem. Perhaps you're preparing dinner for a date? A pasta dish is sure to please whoever you're cooking for and with simple cooking instructions, most pasta dishes are fool-proof date dinners; add an Italian wine pairing if you really want to impress. So if you're tired of the same old marinara selection, I've put together 8 super pasta recipes, with the help of Food Republic, that will make your pasta night dinners something everyone looks forward to.

8 Great Pasta Recipes