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Get Your Carbs On! 21 Pasta & Rice Dishes for Carb Lovers!

If you can’t get enough of those carbs, then you’ve got to try these 21 pasta and rice dishes. It’s like a treasure trove for anyone who’s all about that carb life. Think about slurping up delicious noodles soaked in the most amazing sauces, or digging into a bowl of rice that’s bursting with flavors from all sorts of spices and ingredients. It’s not just food; it’s a carb fest that’ll have you coming back for more.

And the best part? There’s something for every mood. Whether you’re craving something light and refreshing or a dish that’s rich and filling, the variety of these pasta and rice dishes has got you covered. These aren’t just meals; they’re experiences that bring together tastes from around the globe right onto your plate. So, next time you’re looking to please those carb cravings, remember there’s a whole world of noodle and rice dishes waiting to be explored!

Mediterranean Rice in a black bowl on concrete.
Mediterranean Rice. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.


Who says you can’t have your sloppy Joe and eat it in casserole form too? This is the perfect dish for a cozy night in, mixing the hearty, meaty goodness of a sloppy Joe with the baked, bubbly charm of a casserole. It’s a carb lover’s twist on comfort food that’s both easy to make and a hit with everyone.
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Million Dollar Spaghetti

Take your spaghetti night to the next level without breaking the bank. This dish is like the best parts of spaghetti and lasagna had a delicious baby. It’s rich, cheesy, and totally indulgent, making it a must-try for anyone looking to get their carbs on with a touch of class.
Get the Recipe: Million Dollar Spaghetti

Chicken fried rice on a white plate with a green napkin.
Chicken Fried Rice. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Chicken Fried Rice

Who doesn’t love good fried rice? This chicken version is a quick, satisfying way to enjoy your carbs, perfect for using up leftovers and getting dinner on the table fast. It’s a versatile dish that’s always a hit, whether you’re cooking for one or a whole crowd.
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Creamy Spinach Orzo

Here’s a creamy, dreamy way to enjoy your carbs and get some greens in. This orzo is mixed with spinach to give you a comforting bowl that’s a little bit healthy and a lot delicious. Perfect for those evenings when you want something quick, easy, and satisfyingly carby.
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Ricotta and Tomato Pasta in a white bowl.
Pasta with Ricotta & Tomatoes. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Pasta with Ricotta & Tomatoes

This dish is all about simplicity and flavor, combining creamy ricotta with juicy tomatoes over pasta. It’s a go-to for a light yet fulfilling meal, proving that getting your carbs on doesn’t always mean heavy and rich. Ideal for a lazy weekend lunch or a quick weeknight dinner.
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Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Pasta

If you’re after a dish that packs a punch with every bite, this is it. The slightly bitter broccoli rabe complements the savory sausage perfectly, all tossed with your favorite pasta. It’s a balanced, flavorful meal that’s sure to satisfy your carb cravings and then some.
Get the Recipe: Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Pasta

Baked Spanish Rice in two black baking dishes.
Baked Spanish Rice. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Baked Spanish Rice

Indulge in the bold flavors of Spain with this one-pan wonder. Baked Spanish rice is a comforting, flavorful dish that’s perfect for any night of the week. Whether you’re feeding a crowd or just looking for an easy, satisfying meal, it’s a great way to enjoy your carbs with a little Spanish flair.
Get the Recipe: Baked Spanish Rice

Smoked Mac & Cheese

For all the mac & cheese lovers out there, this version adds a smoky twist that’ll change the way you think about this classic dish. It’s creamy, smoky, and utterly comforting, perfect for getting your carbs on in the most delicious way possible.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Mac & Cheese

Two large bowls of tortellini with meatballs on a counter.
Blackstone Tortellini with Meatballs. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Blackstone Tortellini with Meatballs

Think of cozying up with a bowl of tortellini and meatballs, each bite bursting with flavor. It’s hearty, satisfying, and just what you need to fuel up on carbs in the tastiest way. Whether it’s a family dinner or a meal for one, it’s sure to be a hit.
Get the Recipe: Blackstone Tortellini with Meatballs

Rotisserie Chicken Pasta Salad

Need a quick carb fix that’s also refreshing? Toss some rotisserie chicken into pasta salad for a dish that’s as easy to make as it is to eat. It’s perfect for picnics, potlucks, or just a simple lunch at home. With minimal effort and maximum flavor, it’s a winner for any carb lover.
Get the Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken Pasta Salad

Ham fried rice on a white plate.
Ham Fried Rice. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Ham Fried Rice

This ham fried rice is a simple, savory dish that makes for a comforting meal any time. It’s an easy way to satisfy your carb cravings, with the rich flavor of ham adding a delicious twist. Ideal for a quick lunch or a no-fuss dinner.
Get the Recipe: Ham Fried Rice

Turkey Stuffed Shells with Pesto

Lighten up your pasta game without sacrificing flavor. These turkey stuffed shells are smothered in pesto, giving you a fresh and vibrant take on a classic. It’s the kind of dish that makes getting your carbs on feel a little more gourmet and a lot more delicious.
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Overheat shot of steakhouse pasta salad.
Steak & Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Steak & Pasta Salad

Here’s how you make salad exciting: add steak and pasta. It’s a hearty, satisfying combo that turns a simple salad into a meal that’s both nutritious and carb-tastic. Ideal for when you want something light yet filling, proving salads can be just as indulgent as any carb-heavy dish.
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Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells

For those days when only the cheesiest, most comforting pasta will do, these giant stuffed shells come to the rescue. Filled with cheese and covered in sauce, it’s a carb-packed meal that’s guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. Perfect for a cozy dinner or impressing guests with minimal effort.
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Brisket fried rice in black serving dish on white background.
Brisket Fried Rice. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Brisket Fried Rice

Take your fried rice game to the next level with some brisket. It’s a meaty, flavorful dish that’s all about satisfying those carb cravings in the most indulgent way. Perfect for when you’re looking for something a bit heartier than your average fried rice.
Get the Recipe: Brisket Fried Rice

Salmon Pasta Salad

Combine the richness of salmon with the comfort of pasta for a salad that stands out. It’s a great way to enjoy something that’s both healthy and hearty, perfect for those days when you’re craving carbs but want to keep it light.
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A bowl of pasta with tomatoes, feta and kalamata olives.
Greek Spaghetti. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Greek Spaghetti

Bring a bit of the Mediterranean to your table with this Greek-inspired spaghetti. It’s a simple yet flavorful dish that combines the best of Greek cuisine with the comfort of pasta. Ideal for those looking to get their carbs on while exploring flavors from around the world.
Get the Recipe: Greek Spaghetti

Mediterranean Rice

Experience the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean with this colorful rice dish. It’s a great way to get your carbs on while enjoying a variety of flavors and textures. Whether you’re looking for a side or a light main, it’s a vibrant choice that’s sure to brighten up any meal.
Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Rice

Arroz Verde rice in a black pan with tomatoes and herbs.
Arroz Verde. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Arroz Verde

Add a pop of color to your meal with Arroz Verde. This green rice dish is not just a feast for the eyes but also a delight for the taste buds, offering a unique way to get your carbs on. It’s a fresh, flavorful side that pairs well with just about anything.
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Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage & Broccoli Rabe

Mix up your carb routine with this skillet gnocchi. Paired with sausage and broccoli rabe, it’s a dish that’s full of flavor and texture. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, it’s a hearty, satisfying way to get your carbs on, perfect for a comforting dinner at home.
Get the Recipe: Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage & Broccoli Rabe

Orzo salad resting on a dark plate.
Pesto Orzo Salad. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Pesto Orzo Salad

This orzo salad, tossed with pesto, is a flavorful side or a light main that’s easy to love. It’s the perfect dish for when you’re looking for something a bit different but still want to get your carbs on. Whether it’s part of a bigger meal or just a simple dish on its own, it’s sure to please.
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