Pasta is the ultimate ingredient, it goes perfectly with a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and sauces – which makes it a top choice dish for practically anyone. Its beauty lies in its versatility… you can use it in salads, soups, sides and – needless to say – main dishes.

Not only is it an incredible carrier of flavor, it’s also budget friendly. It’s literally as effortless as tossing some pasta in boiling water and preparing your sauce as the pasta cooks. For those willing to go the extra mile, a fresh batch of pasta dough could work wonders.

The number of pasta recipes out there is undoubtedly endless, so we all need to have a delicious staple recipe that’s easy to prepare. From seafood to vegetarian, and everything in between, we’re sharing our top 7 easy-to-make pasta recipes.

 

1- Classic Tomato Spaghetti

 

Classic Tomato Spaghetti
Classic Tomato Spaghetti www.jamieoliver.com

You can never go wrong with tomato and basil, they should both be essential ingredients in your pantry. Just toss your pasta into the sauce and dig in. It’s vegetarian, delicious, easy to prepare and budget-friendly.

For the recipe, click here

 

2. Baked Penne With Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

 

Baked Penne with Chicken
Baked Penne with Chicken www.marthastewart.com

 

Everyone loves baked pasta. Give your ‘macarona bechamel’ a twist and try this combination of chicken, mushrooms and cheese that will leave your taste-buds in awe. If you don’t have sun-dried tomatoes on hand,  you can simply prepare a batch beforehand. Just peel and deseed your tomatoes, cut them into really thin slices and let them do their thing in an oven preheated to 135°C.

For the recipe, click here

 

3-Aubergines, Chili and Bacon Pasta

 

Aubergine Pasta
Aubergine Pasta www.bbcgoodfood.com

Aubergines, chilli peppers and tomatoes all belong to the same fruit family which explains why they taste so impeccable when cooked together. The bacon can be replaced with beef bacon or completely removed – making it a wonderful vegetarian pasta.

Aubergine Fun Fact: In Italy, they are referred to as ‘melanze’ which literally translates to ‘crazy apple’.

For the recipe, click here

 

4- Tuna Pasta

 

Helen's Tuna Pasta www.jamieoliver.com
Helen’s Tuna Pasta
www.jamieoliver.com

Most of us have a can of tuna lying around in our pantries, even when we are low on other ingredients. Rather than eating tuna straight out of the can, this recipe will be sure to substantially improve your tuna eating experience. All you need to do is cook your veggies and toss them into the pan with the tuna.

PS: Bouillon powder is basically a fancy name for crushed stock cubes (Maggie).

For the recipe, click here

 

5-Surimi Pasta Salad

 

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Summer Salad
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We don’t know about you, but our all time favourite pick at any salad bar is always the pasta salad. It can serve as both a starter to a meal, or a light lunch at the office. However you choose to eat yours, pasta salad will never fail you. Surimi sticks (crab sticks) are really easy to find at any large supermarket chain, such as Oscar.

For recipe, click here

 

6- Spaghetti Carbonara

 

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara www.foodnetwork.com

Carbonara sauce is mainly composed of eggs and cheese and even though it might sound fancy, it is super easy to make. This recipe will take you on a journey of a thousand flavors in one plate (yes, it’s that good). You can use butter instead of bacon fat if you’re not using pancetta.

Prime Tip: Turn off the heat before mixing in the cheese/egg mixture because no one wants scrambled eggs in their pasta.

For recipe, click here

 

7- Chicken Fettuccine with Pesto Cream Sauce

 

Pesto Chicken Fettuccine www.marthastewart.com
Pesto Chicken Fettuccine
www.marthastewart.com

Basil-based pesto is flavourful enough that you don’t need a lot to give your dish the kick it needs. Whether it’s store-bought or homemade, pesto sauce tastes magical when mixed with a little heavy cream and chicken. Nothing can really compare to the earthy flavor you get from the herbs and pine nuts.

For recipe, click here

 

Even though this article has come to an end… just like Celine Dion’s heart, our pasta adventures will go on – forever. There are tons of recipes you can create using this one simple ingredient, and they will all tickle your taste-buds. At the end of the day any recipe can always be altered to your preference. Enjoy!

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