12 simple pasta recipes

Pasta doesn't need to be fussy to be good. In fact, the less complicated it is, the better it tastes. Try these fast, simple pasta recipes and really bowl them over.

12 simple pasta recipes

Photo: Erik Putz

Easy-peasy pasta

Sausage, Kale and White Bean Rigatoni

When it comes to chunky sauces, look for a ribbed, tube pasta to capture the bits. This protein-packed number is great packed in a Thermos the next day. Get the recipe: Sausage, Kale and White Bean Rigatoni

Plate of rigatoni with crumbled sausage, kale, white beans and grated cheesePhoto: Erik Putz

Speedy Tortellini

Tortellini is just plain fun to say. But this cheese-filled nood isn’t messing around. Thanks to store-bought fresh pasta and a simple sauce of passata, basil and spinach, you’ve got dinner on the table in just 25 minutes. Get the recipe: Speedy Tortellini

Two bowls of tortellini with tomato sauce and sautéed spinachPhoto: Erik Putz


Chickpea Mac and “Cheese”

Give vegan a chance. This recipe doesn’t use any fake cheese to get that classic orange mac-and-cheese feel, it comes from butternut squash and chickpeas. Hidden veggies, folks! Add in some nutritional yeast for extra cheesy flavour. Get the recipe: Chickpea Mac and “Cheese”

Elbow macaroni in a vegan orange Photo: Erik Putz

Creamy Chicken and Bow-Tie Pasta

No formal attire necessary for this fancy dish. Our fave noodle shape is lounging in a sauce with chicken and asparagus. The addition of dill is a nice touch. Get the recipe: Creamy Chicken and Bow-Tie Pasta

Bowtie pasta with asparagus and chicken in a creamy white saucePhoto: Erik Putz

Spring Pea Pasta

Broad noodles + salty prosciutto + in-season peas + ricotta cheese = dinner tonight. Get the recipe: Spring Pea Pasta

Plate of broad pasta noodles with fresh peas and prosciuttoPhoto: Erik Putz


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Get the recipe: Shrimp & Arugula Rotini With Ready Pasta

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Pasta Carbonara

Something magical happens when you whisk an egg, Parmesan cheese and cream. A thick but not-too-rich sauce forms that perfectly coats long noodles and slices of salty bacon. Get the recipe: Pasta Carbonara

pasta carbonaraPhoto: Erik Putz

Kale Pesto

This isn’t your traditional pesto. To make this secretly veggie-packed pasta, whirl up kale and frozen edamame for a quick and easy protein boost. You’ve got fresh sauce in 25 minutes! Get the recipe: Kale Pesto

12 simple pasta recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Fajita Pasta

Take your fajita recipe out of the wrap and into the pan with this noodle-y new spin. Get the recipe: Fajita Pasta

skilled with pasta, chicken, peppers and onionPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Zucchini Cacio e Pepe

The Italian translation for this dish is simply cheese and pepper. Delicious and completely fuss-free. Get the recipe: Zucchini Cacio e Pepe

plate of bowtie pasta with light dressing, cracked black pepper and grated zucchiniPhoto: Roberto Caruso

One-Pan Creamy Bacon, Broccoli and Tomato Pasta

This pasta dish is like the Italian flag come to life and it’s got everything you want: green veggies, the sweet pop of cherry tomatoes and salty, crispy bacon to finish. Dare you not to slurp. Get the recipe: One-Pan Creamy Bacon, Broccoli and Tomato Pasta

pan of spaghetti with tomatoesPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo

Cauliflower is the great chameleon in this dish. It helps to thicken up the alfredo sauce, making it rich without a lot of cream. Now, don’t get smug when your kids ask for seconds. Get the recipe: Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo

plate of fettuccine Alfredo pasta with parsleyPhoto: Roberto Caruso

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This article was originally published on Aug 29, 2019

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Amy is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work can also be found in publications like Chatelaine, Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail