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Beyond Marinara - 20 Creative Spaghetti Recipes

National Spaghetti Day falls on January 4th here in the U.S. So just in case you need one more reason to cook up a pot of spaghetti for dinner, here you go! I make spaghetti quite often for my family because it’s something everyone can enjoy together. But admittedly, my tomato marinara sauce can get a little boring. I’ve come up with a few new creative spaghetti recipes that we love, but I’m always on the lookout for more! In this collection of creative spaghetti recipes I’ve included three favorites from my own kitchen, as well as some others I’ve had my eye on. They span the range between kid-friendly to innovative to more grown-up versions to delight your palate. In any case, can we ever have too many spaghetti recipes in our recipe boxes? I think not. Read on to see just how creative and delicious your spaghetti can be.

  • 20 Creative Ways To Enjoy Spaghetti 1 of 21
    20 creative ways to enjoy spaghetti

    Get your forks ready for these 20 creative spaghetti recipes!

  • Aggie’s Spaghetti with Chickpeas and Spinach 2 of 21
    Spaghetti-with-Chickpeas-Spinach

    This recipe is a great vegetarian pasta dish perfect for Meatless Monday or anytime really. The chickpeas are sautéed first and the spinach wilts from the heat of the hot cooked pasta. 
    Get the recipe for Spaghetti with Chickpeas and Spinach on Babble Food. Photo credit: Aggie Goodman.

  • Spaghetti Tacos 3 of 21
    spaghetti-taco

    Fusion food for kids at its very best! These spaghetti tacos will bring a smile to your kids' faces. Inspired by a popular kids show, the crunchy shells are filled with Mexican-spiced spaghetti and meat sauce and topped with guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes.
    Get the recipe for Spaghetti Tacos on Babble Food.

  • Spaghetti Pie 4 of 21
    spaghetti pie

    Turn your spaghetti into a baked pie and let your kids help you assemble it.
    Get the recipe and how-to photos for Spaghetti Pie on Babble Food. Photo credit: Macki West

  • Spring Spaghetti 5 of 21
    spring spaghetti

    It might not be spring yet, but you can still make this veggie- and mushroom-loaded spaghetti to brighten up your winter dinner table.
    Get the recipe for Spring Spaghetti on Babble Food. Photo credit: Brooke McClay

  • Beer and Bacon Carbonara 6 of 21
    bacon and beer carbonara

    Try making this twist on classic carbonara with dark beer and smoky bacon for a deeper flavor. 
    Get the recipe for Bacon and Beer Carbonara on Babble Food. Photo credit: Angie McGowan.

  • Garlicky Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti 7 of 21
    Shrimp-Scampi-Pasta

    Shrimp and garlic are a match made in heaven, even more so when tossed together with hot spaghetti noodles.
    Get the recipe for Garlicky Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti on Babble Food. Photo credit: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Spaghetti and Kale Carbonara 8 of 21
    kale-carbonara

    Carbonara is a magical pasta sauce made with bacon or pancetta, fresh eggs, cream, and Parmesan cheese. Sounds delicious, right? Well, add some kale and then it's even more amazing than it already was.
    Get the recipe for Spaghetti with Kale Carbonara on Babble Food. Photo credit: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Pumpkin Creme Fraiche Spaghetti with Fried Sage and Onions 9 of 21
    spaghetti with pumpkin creme fraiche sauce topped with fried onions and sage

    I'll start off with my latest spaghetti sauce creation, which also happens to be my very favorite of the moment. It looks fancier than it is. I had some ingredients in my fridge that I wanted to use up and this was the lunch I came up with. Super simple - so simple you can't believe it! It's nothing more than a little pumpkin puree mixed with tangy creme fraiche topped with some onions and sage lightly fried in olive oil. It will blow your mind!
    Get the recipe for Pumpkin Creme Fraiche Spaghetti with Fried Sage and Onions on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Creamy Avocado Spaghetti 10 of 21
    creamy-avocado-spaghetti

    Are you an avocado fan? This spaghetti recipe is for you! The sauce is silky and creamy and only takes a few minutes to prepare. That means lunch or dinner could be on the table in the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta and plate it up.
    Get the recipe for Creamy Avocado Spaghetti on Two Peas and Their Pod.

  • Roasted Garlic Cheesy Baked Spaghetti 11 of 21
    roasted garlic cheese bakes spaghetti

    Are you in the mood for a baked pasta dish? This is a great one to try. It's loaded with roasted garlic and cheese and topped with sliced tomatoes...and more cheese. Sure to be a hit with any hungry crowd!
    Get the recipe for Roasted Garlic Cheesy Baked Spaghetti from Bakeaholic Mama.

  • Spaghetti with Radicchio and Chevre 12 of 21
    spaghetti with raddichio and chevre

    Slightly bitter radicchio teams up with creamy chèvre to make an amazingly delicious spaghetti main dish with big flavor. I love the addition of crunchy bread crumbs and fresh parsley on top.
    Get the recipe for Spaghetti with Radicchio and Chevre on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Cowboy Spaghetti 13 of 21
    Cowboy-Spaghetti

    Think of this as a cross between your favorite chili (hold the beans!) and your favorite tomato and meat sauce. With a few secret ingredients (like bacon!) it's sure to be a crowd pleaser.
    Get the recipe for Cowboy Spaghetti on Taste and Tell.

  • Healthy Chicken and Broccoli Tetrazzini 14 of 21
    Healthy-Chicken-and-Broccoli-Tetrizzini

    Could I talk about spaghetti without mentioning tetrazzini? No, I could not. This baked spaghetti dish swaps out turkey for chicken and peas for broccoli and uses whole wheat pasta.
    Get the recipe for Healthy Chicken and Broccoli Tetrazzini from Bless This Mess.

  • Spaghetti with Italian Sausage and Arugula 15 of 21
    spaghetti-italian-sausage-arugula

    If you're looking for another healthier spaghetti option this is definitely one to consider. Turkey Italian sausage and peppery arugula provide a lot of flavor without a lot of extra fat or calories. Add in whole wheat spaghetti and you've got one amazing, healthy meal!
    Get the recipe for Spaghetti with Italian Sausage and Arugula from Kalyn's Kitchen.

  • Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti 16 of 21
    chicken-enchilada-spaghetti

    Chicken enchilada spaghetti?! Where's my fork! I love the creativity of this recipe and only wish I had thought of it first. Two delicious meals in one!
    Get the recipe for Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti from Tracey's Culinary Adventures.

  • Zucchini and Lemon Spaghetti 17 of 21
    zucchini_and_lemon_spaghetti

    This spaghetti dish is one that I love for its simplicity and bright flavor. Lemon really brightens up any zucchini dish, and I love them paired together.
    Get the recipe for Zucchini and Lemon Spaghetti from Oh My Veggies!

  • Million Dollar Spaghetti 18 of 21
    Million-Dollar-Spaghetti

    A long time ago a friend brought dinner for my family, when my mom was in the hospital giving birth to the last of my three sisters. It was a huge hit! My mom acquired the recipe and started making it for us. Then the recipe was lost somewhere along the way. Luckily I found this version on Bakerette. A layer of cooked spaghetti is sandwiched between a creamy cheesy layer and a meaty tomato sauce. Delish!
    Get the recipe for Million Dollar Spaghetti on Bakerette.com

  • Spaghetti with Creamy Mascarpone Sauce 19 of 21
    spaghetti with creamy mascarpone sauce

    This is another easy spaghetti dish that doesn't take long to make and has huge flavor. It's full of delicious additions like sausage, pine nuts, and roasted red peppers.
    Get the recipe for Spaghetti with Creamy Mascarpone Sauce from Cookin' Canuck.

  • Pepperoni Pizza Spaghetti Casserole 20 of 21
    pepperoni pizza spaghetti casserole

    Turn spaghetti into your favorite pizza! Kids will go wild over this cheesy pepperoni-topped combination of two family favorites.
    Get the recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Spaghetti from Sweet Treats and More.

  • Baked Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Primavera 21 of 21
    Baked-Lemon-Chicken-Spaghetti-Primavera

    Another great bake, all-in-one spaghetti recipe, this casserole is loaded up with healthy veggies, shredded chicken, and bright lemony flavor.
    Get the recipe for Baked Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Primavera from Recipe Girl.

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