We’re always looking for simple and delicious recipes to make meal planning easier. I’m not sure but wWhen there are children in the house, the temperatures heat up and there is an occasional shortage of food, pasta dishes are always a must. So, recently, we’ve tracked down some really tasty and easy pasta recipes to spice up our usual eating routine.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a bowl of mac and cheese every day of the week, but as they say, variety is the spice of life! There are so many wonderful pasta recipes to choose from these days that are unexpected and tasty without being overly complicated. And there is There’s just something so satisfying to end the day with a bowl of pasta, and luckily, it’s the perfect canvas to celebrate bright seasonal produce. Few things are as appealing as colorful summer products, and we want to take advantage of every advantage.
Today we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite easy pasta recipes – all with fewer than 10 ingredients. Keep scrolling and let us know in the comments if you’ve tried these out or have other favorites to recommend.
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One of our favorites, Joshua McFadden, created this delightfully vibrant green dish with its famous kale pesto and whole wheat pasta. You can’t go wrong with pesto pasta, and this version of kale is as healthy as it is delicious.
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No easier, no tastier meal when you want pasta at home without too much heat in the kitchen. Just throw everything in the pot and enjoy!
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The simplest vegan risotto with sauteed shallots and caramelized shiitake mushrooms. Hearty, aromatic and, moreover, delicious. Risotto counts as pasta-adjacent, right? It’s just too good a recipe to pass up!
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A vegan and Gluten free bowl of goodness, you won’t believe this alfredo sauce is made with cashew nuts instead of cream. And it’s the perfect way to use summery zucchini. Use them as a noodle base or add them to your favorite noodles as an addition.
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This luxurious dish is deceptively simple. A whole lemon is the perfect savory foil for brown butter and parmesan. YUM.
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Tomatoes, fresh chilli and a light dash of lemon … do we need to say more? The weird bucatini bottlenecks may call for a pasta set, but it’s a near-perfect dish nonetheless.
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Get your greens on – in the most fun way possible. You won’t even realize how much kale you’re making with this absolutely delicious and ultra-cheesy pasta.
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If there is one culinary lesson I learned from our trip to Tuscany, it is that the simplest dishes are often the best. This one is no exception. Isn’t it absolutely great?
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An unexpected reef on Shrimp Saganaki. San Marzano tomatoes are recommended. So be sure to add them to your next shopping list.
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A light, vegetarian spin on stroganoff that is just as satisfying. If you want, you can easily prepare this product dairy-free and vegan so that people with dietary restrictions can also take part in this wonderful pasta recipe.
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A crowd puller for vegans and omnivores. Hit this up with most of the pantry ingredients in no time!
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Carbonara has a moment, and as Bon Appetit puts it, “It’s the no-food-in-the-house dinner of our dreams.” Once you’ve overcome your scrambled egg fear, it comes together quickly, easily, and is one of the most delicious pasta recipes out there.
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Finally the perfect solution for the excess zucchini and pumpkin in my vegetable drawer! These are caramelized and turned into a silky sauce that stands for cream.
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Garlic, fresh herbs, mushrooms and goat cheese … date night, sorted. This sumptuous dish looks decadent but is super easy to make, which is why it’s one of our favorite simple pasta recipes.
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Gemelli is my favorite shape for small chewy pasta. With satisfactory sausage and bitter arugula tossed, this becomes a regular weekly change.
This post was originally published on June 4, 2020 and has been updated since then.