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If your dinner routine could use some excitement, these gemelli pasta recipes are sure to give your next meal a mouth-watering twist! The unique shape of the noodles is perfect for holding all kinds of sauces and pairs wonderfully with so many add-in ingredients. Whether you’re craving classic comfort or bold flavor combinations, this list has just what you need for your next pasta night!
Stuck in a pasta rut? Let’s put a fun twist on your next meal with one of these gemelli pasta recipes!
If you’re unfamiliar with this type of pasta, gemelli is a style of noodle that twists around itself to form a unique corkscrew, spiral pasta. The grooves of the spiral are fantastic for holding all kinds of sauces, so every bite will be packed with delicious flavor!
The texture is also great to pair with so many pasta add-ins like cherry tomatoes and chicken sausage. From a classic creamy garlic recipe to a rich pesto salmon dish and beyond, there’s something for everyone on this list!
This deliciously fresh vegetarian dinner with burst cherry tomatoes comes together in about 20 minutes. The herbed ricotta sauce is so luscious, it’s hard to believe it’s actually a healthier alternative to cream sauce! Try this one for a perfect light and fresh summer dish.
Brussels sprouts roasted with pancetta, red onion, and garlic make for a wonderfully comforting meal that doesn’t feel too heavy! Enjoy topped with a few squeezes of fresh lemon and a handful of grated Parmesan.
This recipe is as delicious as it is easy! Satisfying turkey sausage, crunchy broccoli, juicy tomatoes, and fresh basil topped with some Parmesan make this quick meal a winner.
Soft noodles tossed in a light wine and tomato sauce with pancetta, anchovies, peas, and garlic is super simple yet full of rich, complex flavor. It’s the kind of meal that tastes sophisticated but comes together in only 30 minutes.
Earthy mushrooms sauteed in plenty of garlic combined with fresh and peppery arugula is the kind of one-pot meal you’ll want to make again and again. Best of all, you only need 7 ingredients, and that even includes the Parmesan on top!
You’re going to love this combination of pasta, fresh asparagus, and grilled shrimp tossed in a white wine and garlic butter sauce. The light flavors of the sauce really let the asparagus and shrimp shine!
Gemelli noodles tossed in an easy homemade lemon-basil vinaigrette with shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs is the perfect summer side dish! The vibrant flavor and the fact that it’s so easy to make will have you coming back to this recipe time and time again.
This dish is elegant enough for entertaining guests, but simple enough to whip up on a busy weeknight! The corkscrew pasta shape is perfect for delivering the velvety cream sauce and pairs beautifully with the juicy caramelized pears.
Have you tried this TikTok trend yet? It’s so easy to make, and this version is bursting with big, bold flavors thanks to the pesto and sun-dried tomatoes! Get ready for a gourmet-tasting dinner that takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on prep.
10. Tuna Pasta Salad
After one bite, this gemelli pasta recipe is going to become your summertime go-to! Tuna, onion, peas, and gemelli noodles are sure to be a staple at summer parties and backyard barbecues. Don’t be surprised if the whole batch of this creamy pasta salad is gone in a matter of minutes!
This recipe can be served warm or cold! Swirl the basil pesto right into the mayonnaise to create a luscious dressing that will help keep the salmon moist as it cooks, then toss with the pasta and enjoy.
Get ready for one-pot cooking at its finest! The pasta cooks right in the cream sauce, which not only allows it to soak up extra flavor, but also means less dishes to clean up. This easy recipe is layered with bright and fresh flavor despite being so simple to make!
This vegetarian dish is packed with Mediterranean flavors and perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Pasta combined with sun dried tomatoes, spinach, goat cheese, and pine nuts will make you want to whip up this simple meal again and again.
Melt-in-your-mouth tender beef is cooked in a wonderful tomato-based sauce with classic Italian soffritto, red wine, balsamic vinegar, and herbs, then served over soft noodles for a truly exceptional dining experience!
For a tasty twist on a classic, Ranch seasoning gives this pasta dish just the right hint of zippy flavor! The gemelli corkscrew pasta is the perfect vehicle for delivering the thick and creamy sauce straight to your mouth.
This Sicilian pasta dish is a delightful combination of flavors and textures! Sweet raisins, crunchy bread crumbs, rich pine nuts, soft cauliflower, and golden saffron is an absolute treat for the senses.
For a rich and hearty pescatarian dish that you can whip up on even the busiest of weeknights, this wonderful seafood recipe is sure to satisfy. You only need 7 ingredients and about 20 minutes to throw it together!
Who can resist succulent lump crab, earthy mushrooms, and crisp asparagus in a rich lemon butter sauce? The trick is to use a little of the pasta water to thicken up the sauce for a simple dish that is truly delicious.
You won’t believe the amazing smoky flavor you get from making the tomatoes and corn on the grill! This dish is sure to become a staple for your summertime grill outs.
The wonderful medley of herbs, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil give this vegan recipe a surprising depth of flavor. This is the kind of meal that will have your entire family asking for second helpings.
Asparagus, peas, cherry tomatoes, and a little garlic tossed with gemelli pasta in a light cream sauce and topped with Parmiggiano Reggiano is light, fresh, and delightfully tasty! You can also enjoy the leftovers straight out of the refrigerator for an easy lunch.
Ditch the pine nuts and try this lemon, sweet basil, and pistachio pesto instead! You’ll love this summery pasta dish that can be served hot or cold. And for a vegan friendly version, simply skip the mozzarella!
Creamy mascarpone, sweet cherry tomatoes, anchovies, and olive oil with a bit of dry vermouth create a truly irresistible cheesy sauce. It’s a 10-minute recipe that tastes like you were in the kitchen for hours!
Thanks to the fire-roasted tomatoes, you can skip the tedious step of simmering tomatoes for hours and use them straight out of the can! The quick and flavorful sauce includes garlic, basil, spinach, and white beans, plus a little feta cheese on top for a salty burst.
You’re going to fall in love with this rich and creamy mushroom sauce! Enjoy it as a vegetarian pasta dish or serve it up with your favorite protein on top. This is the kind of cozy meal that will warm you up on even the coldest winter day.
Looking for a dish that can be ready in less than 30 minutes and is sure to become an instant family favorite? This easy pasta skillet comes together quickly and is bursting with classic Italian flavors!
Tender squash sauteed with sage and sweet Italian sausage creates the kind of hearty dish that just screams comfort food! Serve over tender pasta and top with a drizzle of balsamic for the perfect finishing touch.
For a light pasta dish that will still satisfy, this healthy recipe is simply delightful! Gemelli noodles are cooked al dente and then tossed with garlic, lemon, and crushed red pepper flakes, then topped with crispy chickpeas, sweet roasted garlic, and tender spinach.
If you have some leftover turkey, this recipe is the perfect way to put it to good use. Combine with pasta plus artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and pasta sauce then top with a generous amount of mozzarella, then bake until golden and bubbly!
For a meatless pasta dish that’s loaded with flavor, try this 20-minute pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, and fresh baby spinach. It’s super easy to make and absolute heaven in a bowl.
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Gemelli Pasta Recipes
- 1 8 ounces gemelli pasta
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Boil water in a medium sauce pot. Add gemelli pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain. (reserve ¼ cup pasta water)
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add in garlic and stir.
- Stir in hot pasta and ¼ cup pasta water. Stir to coat.
- Remove from heat and serve hot.