Did you know that January 4th is National Spaghetti Day? I personally don’t think that you need to have a special holiday dedicated to this food, as it is one of my favorite quick and easy meals to make. Okay, I guess I should confess that I often end up making thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta, instead, but that’s because I am impatient and want to eat dinner! Nevertheless, there are so many spaghetti recipes out there that go beyond your simple box of pasta and jar of sauce. Let me tempt you.
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Chicken Spaghetti Recipes
French Spaghetti – Wine and Glue shares this really easy to make dish, starting with a homemade sauce that takes no time, and that uses a thin spaghetti with one of those rotisserie chickens that you can pick up at the store. It’s done in about 20 minutes.
Creamy, Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti – This is an original from The Country Cook that uses angel hair pasta, cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, and Mexican cheese for its creaminess. Then, to add some flavor, she uses salsa instead of sauce and some taco seasoning. It starts on the stovetop and ends in the oven, but it will be worth it. The recipe is large enough for leftovers.
Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti – This one from Julia’s Album has a light Mediterranean feel to it, with the fresh tomatoes and basil, plus olive oil finish.
Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Spaghetti – I love mushrooms with chicken. This recipe from Chowhound features a homemade sauce that starts with onion, mushrooms, wine, and seasonings that you eventually thicken and add cheese to.
Bang Bang Chicken Pasta – I love Bang Bang shrimp from Bonefish Grill as an appetizer. Why not use the sauce over spaghetti and with a bit of chicken for some protein? Kirbie Cravings figured out how to make this happen.
California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Kung Pao Chicken Spaghetti – Dinner Then Dessert made a copycat version of this popular recipe and managed to shave off half the fat without losing any of the taste!
Tomato-Free Spaghetti Recipes
For some people, too much tomato sauce is too much for their stomachs. I know I have never been a fan of too much tomato sauce, even just for taste. Here are some tomato-free spaghetti recipes.
Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti – This one has my name all over it. The combination of Parmesan cheese and garlic makes for my favorite chicken wings and will also work on my pasta. Damn Delicious makes it nice and easy.
Four Cheese Spaghetti – Even better than one kind of cheese? How about four? This one from Yellow Bliss Road uses mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano, and whipped cream cheese in the sauce, which is easily made while the pasta is cooking.
Mac and Cheese Spaghetti with Bacon and Peas – Another one of my favorite dishes is mac and cheese. I always love adding different ingredients to it. So, using spaghetti instead of elbow noodles and then adding in bacon and peas? Sign me up, BH&G Delish Dish!
One Pot Spaghetti Carbonara – If you don’t like peas, make this super creamy and garlicky version that still uses bacon from A Spicy Perspective.
Garlic Lovers Spaghetti – Gimme Some Oven makes the ultimate comfort food with a ton of garlic as the base. I say it’s also great for warding off colds!
Buttery Lemon Spaghetti – I love lemon almost as much as I love garlic. I never thought of using that over spaghetti, but Cookies and Cups makes it perfectly easy!
Baked Spaghetti Recipes
You traditionally think of spaghetti being made on a stovetop, but it can also go into your oven.
Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs – Now this is my kind of baked spaghetti dish. Joy in Every Season uses lots of meatballs and lots of cheese for this quick and easy family-favorite.
Baked Million Dollar Spaghetti – Dinner Then Dessert makes this dish super tempting because of its super cheesy center with a blend of cream cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Cheesy Baked Spaghetti – In a version by Cutefetti, get all of your cheesy goodness from a four cheese tomato sauce, cheddar cheese soup to keep it moist during baking, and mozzarella cheese to top it off.
Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti – Cream cheese is magical when it comes to making food. Damn Delicious uses layers of cream cheese, sour cream, and a meaty marinara sauce in this comfort food.
Pizza Spaghetti Bake – I miss pizza so much, I can’t even tell you. But this casserole from What Megan’s Making may just fit the bill!
Pioneer Woman Chicken Spaghetti – You can cook up this casserole found on Key Ingredient and freeze it up to six months.
Mexican Spaghetti Recipes
These recipes blend two of my favorite genres of food together. You can never go wrong with a Mexican-inspired dish, in my opinion!
One-Pot Taco Spaghetti – Yes, Damn Delicious says you can put the uncooked spaghetti right into the pot as you cook taco-flavored meet with your choice of heat and tomatoes to keep it juicy. When it’s done, top it off with your favorite cheese. I may even add a dollop of sour cream.
Mexican Spaghetti Bake – I’m Bored Let’s Go raided her pantry and threw together this baked Mexican-inspired dish. You can make it with ground beef or ground turkey, and oh the cheesy options!
Espagueti Verde – The name literally means Green Spaghetti. The color actually comes from poblano peppers whose flavor is tempered by some sour cream. The version from Just a Pinch also uses avocados and cilantro for some green and adds to the flavor with chicken and shrimp.
Seafood Spaghetti Recipes
Frutti di Mare – The ultimate in Italian seafood spaghetti that you can make at home comes from Ciao Florentina. She uses baby clams, mussels, squid, and shrimp in her version, but gives you license to use whatever favorites you wish.
Garlic Shrimp Alfredo in a Creamy Four Cheese Pasta Sauce – My favorite kind of seafood, hands down, is shrimp. Therefore, adding in a bunch of garlic with four cheeses from Julia’s Album is a must-try.
Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon – Or how about some scallops and bacon in a creamy sauce with your spaghetti, from Rock Recipes?
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Recipes
Ah, the magic of the slow cooker. Start these spaghetti recipes early to be ready when you get home, or alter them to go in your new Instant Pot!
Slow Cooker Baked Spaghetti – If you love the taste of baked spaghetti, you can let this recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker simmer all day in your slow cooker and be tempted by the scent all day long. That way, you won’t feel like you’re slaving over the pot all day long.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese – According to Spend With Pennies, this is the best way to get that melt-in-your-mouth flavor without slaving over a hot stove all day long. You can make an extra-large batch and freeze the leftovers!
Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs – The Country Cook uses just four ingredients to flashback to her favorite childhood dinner. So fast and so easy! And you can doctor it up any way that you want.
Cold Spaghetti Recipes
Spaghetti doesn’t always have to be served hot. Here are a few cold ideas to try out.
Spaghetti Salad – Maybe you want something light and cool to take along to a party or a picnic? Or maybe just something completely different? Dinner at the Zoo has this light and colorful side dish that is a hit at the parties. I would just need to skip the olives.
Asian Spaghetti with Mushrooms, Snow Peas, Garlic – Adapted from Taste of Home, this recipe from The Garden Grazer can be tasty served hot but is also perfectly good when it is cold.
Simple Tomato Pasta – That’s What Che Said makes a very simple bruschetta-inspired salad with angel hair (or spaghetti works) topped with tomatoes, basil, and Parmesan cheese.
Which one are you going to try today?
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