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Pasta dinners can seem like the easy way out, unless you’re working with one of our impressive yet totally managable recipes. These authentic Italian pasta recipes aren’t drowning in sauce or hiding under meatballs — the fresh ingredients and fun techniques clearly demonstrate your effort to not cop out and simply open a jar of traumatizing marinara.

Cook wine in pasta (or the other way around, whatever), crack open a can of artichoke hearts and sub in ground lamb for ground beef. It’s pasta night.