There are some dishes that are just iconic and Spaghetti and Meatballs is one of them. Even if you’re not a big fan of the stuff, the image of a steaming plate of flour noodles, dolloped with red sauce and topped with some round orbs of meat is so ingrained in your psyche that it’s impossible to even pretend like you’re not familiar with the dish.

My father grew up in Italy and when he’d show friends from the old country around America and have them try different foods, they were always amazed how nearly every culture had its own version of “Spaghetti”. Whether it was Pad Thai, or Lo Mein, or this Norwegian noodle pudding dad somehow found a recipe for and just had to try, to them it was just a variation of Spaghetti.

Now it’s kinda crazy to assume that Italians were the first ones to invent pasta with sauce and meat, but it’s difficult to argue that the country’s traditional dish isn’t one of the most popular. Go to any restaurant and it’s probably on their menu. Go to any school lunch menu and it’s on there at least one a week. Sure it’s a sad version of it and nothing like Nonna used to make, but the semblance of the dish is there.

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As a kid, there are fewer things more fun than eating spaghetti. You’re basically chowing down on long, lifeless loopy snakes made of flour, and the satisfaction of slurping them up as sauce slaps your cheeks is second to none when it comes to eating.

And seeing as how cheap and easy it is to get your hands on this omnipresent pasta, people have come up with some pretty inventive ways to eat it.

 

1. Baked Spaghetti

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Instead of boiling the pasta in a cauldron, you finish this bad boy off in the oven. Here’s a great recipe.

 

2. Kung Pao Spaghetti.

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This California Pizza Kitchen recipe is all about the sauce. Learn how to make it here.

 

3. Pesto Spaghetti.

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Red is so played out, try a green pasta with this pesto recipe.

 

4. Spaghetti Quiche.

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Yes, you can make a quiche with spaghetti. Here’s how.

 

5. Spaghetti Frittata.

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The best way to use leftover spaghetti for breakfast.

 

6. Cheesy Spaghetti Squash and Chicken.

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If you’re looking for a low-carb spaghetti option, spaghetti squash is full of fiber and goes really well with cheese. Pair this bad boy up with some chicken and you’re talking about a healthy, protein packed dinner that’s amazing.

 

7. Spaghetti Primavera.

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A veggie and pasta lover’s dream, you can’t go wrong with a Primavera. This recipe is clean and delicious.

There are pretty much endless ways you can enjoy pasta, what are some of your favorite recipes?

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