Some might say that this isn’t technically pasta. We disagree! Mac ’n’ cheese is the queen of all pasta dishes. Especially when it has three types of cheese—and bacon, to boot.
Recipe: Bacon and Herbs Mac 'n' Cheese
All’Amatriciana, which indicates the recipe hails from the Amatriciana area of Italy, is a rich and spicy tomato sauce. Traditionally, it’s made with guanciale, a part of the pig jowl that’s considered a delicacy. We’ve simplified things by using pancetta or bacon.
Recipe: Penne All'Amatriciana
Orzo, the preferred pasta for this salad, shouldn’t be confused with rice, although they look almost identical. We like the deep flavor of the dried tomatoes here, but if you have ripe tomatoes handy, they’ll taste great too.
Recipe: Spinach and Orzo Salad
Orecchiette, which means little ears in Italian, is a great pasta choice here. The little scoops hold the melted brie, making the dish an adult version of mac ’n’ cheese.