5 Easy Pasta Recipes
People have been eating pasta for thousands of years, and for obvious reasons: it’s easy to make and uses few ingredients. Pasta is the ultimate comfort food. It can be as simple as warm sauce smothered over soft, smooth noodles or as refined as Tajarin al Tartufo featuring a delicate butter sauce and white truffle. Pasta can be thick and meaty and cheesy, or light and soft with vegetables. Whatever the occasion calls for, there's pasta for it. Check out Gigi’s Pasta if you want to get pasta delivered to your doorstep.
There are also many good Italian restaurants out there where you can taste authentic Italian food but maybe you prefer to cook this yourself. Here we have collected the best recipes for easy-to-make pastas. If you’ve only ever made pasta from a box, you have not yet tried the real thing. These recipes will help you take your cooking to the next level and show you how easy making great pastas can be. If you’ve felt too intimidated to try making your pasta dishes until now, these mouth-watering recipes are sure to inspire you.
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
This simple vegetarian spaghetti takes only 15 minutes to make but packs a powerful flavor and can easily be accompanied by whatever protein or vegetable you decide to get creative with adding. While boiling your spaghetti noodles, you’ll cook up a sauce made of red pepper, garlic, and parsley in olive oil. The trick here is finish cooking the pasta in your saute pan with the sauce base, slowly adding pasta water to form the actual sauce. The result is delicious!
Cream Cheese Pasta
Ditch the box of Kraft and make this cheesy pasta in just 10 minutes instead. As you cook your noodles, start sauteing garlic in olive oil in a separate pan. You’ll add cream cheese and parmesan along with pasta water before adding the actual noodles, which will be tossed in the sauce. Add a dash of pepper and chili flakes for an optional kick. You’ll never go back to boxed mac and cheese!
Dutch Oven Zucchini Mushroom Pasta
Who said convenience couldn’t be delicious? This pasta practically makes itself in one pot. Setting your Dutch oven to high heat, you’ll combine the spaghetti noodles with zucchini, cremini mushrooms, and peas. The sauce is made of garlic, thyme, parmesan cheese and heavy cream that are added toward the end of the cooking. You’ll have piping-hot pasta in no time.
Betty’s Italian Baked Pasta
You can prep and forget about this perfectly straightforward baked pasta. Cook your penne noodles while heating the oven, then layer your pasta in a dish with marinara sauce and three cheeses: parmesan, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply cover with foil and bake for approximately 35 minutes. Let it sit after you remove it from the oven, then dig in!
Creamy Seafood Pasta
Craving something that feels fancy but takes barely any effort? You’ll love this spinach and shrimp pasta. Using linguine or fettucine, you’ll create a creamy sauce with onions and garlic in broth, before adding shrimp and scallops. Finish it off with parmesan cheese and cooked spinach, and you’ll have a beautiful meal in minutes.