I think mashed potatoes with veggies are delicious, as a whip or as a soup.
On tricolor pasta, etc., I just roll my eyes.
I do make my own pasta, not all the time but sometimes. I never fool with the recipe, happy as I am with the original. If I want spinach and pasta I'll cook a dish like that.
My primitive experience in Rome, when hub and I were beyond sleepy - something like 40 hours awake - and eating at a local pizzeria, looking sullenly at the table, was to stare at the food ordered by a couple next to us.
They got a quite large bowl of very hot pasta, steam wafting, a bowl of butter, and a bowl of parmigiano. One of the world's best meals.