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23 Most YOLO Pastas Of 2013

Pasta is always perfect. But sometimes it's fun to shake things up a little bit.

1. Breakfast Pasta with Bacon and Poached Eggs

No reason you can't wake up and dig right in to a giant bowl of spaghetti. Recipe here.

2. Gemelli with Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower

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Bold, unexpected ingredients — in this dish, it's the cumin, raisins, and toasted almonds — can do a pasta good. Recipe here.

3. Parisian Gnocchi with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, and Zucchini

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This flour-based gnocchi is far easier than its potato-based cousin; the dough comes together in a pot on the stove, then you squeeze it out of a bag into a pot of boiling water, cutting little dumplings with a knife. Recipe here.

4. Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions

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Yes, yogurt. Recipe here.

5. Linguine with Lemon, Garlic, Thyme, and Mushrooms

James Ransom /

It doesn't look like much, but the genius of the recipe is that the only thing you actually cook is the pasta. Recipe here.

6. Rigatoni with Spicy Calabrese-Style Pork Ragu

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The deserving cover model for the pasta-themed February issue of Bon Appétit is a classic, with a little bit more heat. Recipe here.

7. Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese

8. Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce

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PRO TIP: Roasting canned tomatoes intensifies their flavor. Recipe here.

9. Wild Herb Ravioli

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Using egg roll wrappers for homemade ravioli is a shortcut worth remembering. Recipe here.

10. Orecchiette Carbonara with Charred Brussels Sprouts

Christopher Testani /

It was the year of the Brussels sprout, after all. Recipe here.

11. Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Broccoli casseroles are old news. Recipe here.

12. Sweet Potato Bourbon Noodle Kugel

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Thanksgivukkah may be a thing of the past, but this sweet potato pie-kugel hybrid is worth re-creating annually. Recipe here.

13. Cavatelli with Asiago Oat Crumbs

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Breadcrumbs are so 2012. Recipe here.

14. Pumpkin and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

15. Cheesy Baked Pasta with Sweet Potato and Radicchio

Peggy Wong /

Further proof that sweet potatoes belong in everything. Recipe here.

16. Mushroom Bolognese

Christina Holmes /

King oyster mushrooms make a meat-free bolognese that doesn't disappoint. Recipe here.

17. Pasta con Asparagi

James Ransom /

Lesson: The smartest cooks know to to take what's in season and mess with it as little as possible. Recipe here.

18. Homemade Pumpkin Pasta

19. Strozzapreti with Spinach and Preserved Lemon

Christopher Testani /

Lemon doesn't always have to be a supporting cast member; it has real star power. Recipe here.

20. One-Pan Pasta

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The vegetables go in the pan with the pasta and water, and the whole thing cooks until the pasta is al dente, the vegetables are soft, and the water is nearly gone. Recipe here.

21. Pappardelle with Duck Sugo

Penny de Los Santos /

Slightly gamey duck is coated with an herb-heavy puree and tangled with thick, al dente noodles. Recipe here.

22. Orecchiette with Peas, Asparagus, and Mascarpone

Mascarpone and peas really know how to play nice together. Recipe here.

23. Orzo Cooked Risotto-Style with Shiitakes and Garlic Scapes

Good news: You can recreate this year-round by subbing a combination of sliced garlic and scallions for the garlic scapes. Recipe here.

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