We get it; pasta
is the first thing that comes to mind when you're crunched for time cooking dinner. To make meal planning even easier, we've compiled 18 recipes that will help you put this pantry staple to good use. Once you've mastered how to boil pasta
the right way, you'll need tasty recipes that will quickly save the day and satisfy all your carb cravings. Click through for pasta dishes that will keep dinnertime easy — and interesting.
Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta:
There’s nothing cauliflower can’t do with some garlic and a quick boil. The result is this deliciously deceptive dupe for Alfredo sauce.
Pancetta and Tomato Sauce Pasta:
When Giada De Laurentiis tells you to add pancetta to spaghetti, do it immediately; your idea of homemade Italian food will never be the same.
Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese:
This ooey gooey batch of macaroni and cheese will be a welcome end to a tough day. Pair with Netflix and a glass of red wine for optimum enjoyment.
Egg and Bacon Carbonara:
This pasta dish is perfect for special occasions, like an anniversary dinner. It'll have your S.O. saying "mmmmm"
Beef Chili Skillet Lasagna:
This one-pan meal will impress even the pickiest eater. Layers of lasagna noodles snuggle around a chili sauce seasoned with ginger, cumin, and smoked paprika.
Vegan Avocado Pasta:
Ditch the dry pasta box and opt for the heart-healthy AND homemade goodness of avocado dough that’s made with pantry items you probably already have on hand.
Cheesy Pumpkin Pecan Pasta:
Cream cheese, pumpkin, and pecans sounds a lot like dessert, but believe us when we say they absolutely work well in a pasta dish too.
Cashew Milk Alfredo Pasta:
Prepare to become an Alfredo-alternative convert, because this simple (and vegetarian) sauce is good enough to make you forget the traditional one. The recipe calls for kale, but we recommend adding in other vegetables as well for an even healthier helping.
Skillet BBQ Mac + Cheese:
This mac and cheese includes sautéed onions and Lay’s Wavy potato chips for extra flavor and crunch.
Pumpkin Sage Pasta:
Who says that pasta only has to be made with red sauce? Surprise yourself (and your taste buds) by combining sage with savory pumpkin.
Fresh Pasta With Marinara:
Making pasta from scratch will help you work out your stress when kneading the dough *and* give you something delicious to eat when it's done.
Red Wine Pasta:
Because you’re going to have a glass of wine anyway, why not add it to the noodles for an unexpected flavor and color? Grated cheese, chopped basil, and chopped garlic take things over the edge (in a good way).
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