22 Delicious and Easy Pasta Recipes To Make

Words: Emma Nkunzana

Pasta is everything you want and need in food. It can be healthy, or rich and indulgent – you can make a quick and easy weekday tagliatelle or a slow simmering ragù. Whatever your fancy, we have 22 deliciously easy pasta recipes.

Basic Homemade Pasta

First things first, if you have the time (it really doesn’t take that much extra prep) we would recommend making your own fresh pasta. If you’re reading this, chances are you enjoy cooking, and we promise that making fresh pasta is easy and fun, maybe even have a pasta making dinner party. Also, make sure you have these essential pasta tools at the ready. Then, try any one of these easy pasta recipes once you’ve mastered making fresh pasta.

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Traditional Easy Pasta Recipes

Now that you can make your own fresh pasta it’s time to get cracking. These easy pasta recipes are the iconic classic recipes we have come to love.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Childhood pasta dreams are made of Bolognese; we can’t help but picture kids slurping away at this tasty meaty tomato dish.
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Lasagne

There’s a reason Garfield had a love affair with this classic Italian dish, it’s pure comfort.
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easy pasta recipes

Macaroni & Cheese

Another childhood classic! This mac and cheese recipe has been given an adult spin with the addition of leeks.
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Squid Ink Carbonara

Don’t let the raw egg put you off. This is an Italian favourite, it’s easy to make, uses minimal ingredients and is simply delicious!
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easy pasta recipes

Spaghetti Meatballs

We love how the movie Lady and the Tramp visualises this dish. It simply cannot be eaten alone.
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Slow Cooked Pasta Ragù

A rich meat-based sauce, slowly cooked with classic Italian flavours making this an Italian love affair.
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easy pasta recipes

Easy Pasta Recipes: Meet Asciutta

This style of dish is plain pasta tossed in a sauce. We love it’s quick, easy and generally healthy (yes pasta can be healthy) style.

Aglio E Olio Linguine

This classic pasta dish is tossed only in olive oil, garlic and chilli and proves that a great meal can be had with just a few key ingredients.
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Garganelli Arrabiata

Use only the freshest and ripest of plum tomatoes to get the most flavour in a short time.
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easy pasta recipes

Sicilian Style Pasta

This dish is all about southern Italian chill.
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Lemony Courgette & Chilli Spaghetti

Charred courgette and lemon make this a summer pasta recipe must try.
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Linguine With Kale Pesto & Salt Baked Beetroot

A wonderful winter vegetarian dish packed full of green goodness.
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Penne Pasta With Kale Pesto

We love kale for its superfood status and this recipe makes getting it easy.
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easy pasta recipes

Creamy Mushroom Pappardelle

This mushroom sauce is a great vegetarian alternative to meat based ragù.
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Pappardelle With Cauliflower Purée

The cauliflower purée has a beautiful rich velvet-like texture and the pappardelle captures it perfectly.
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Marinated Wild Mushroom Pasta With Walnut Crumble

Extra virgin olive oil provides the base for the sauce for this dish, which is filled with earthy umami flavours.
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Green Olive, Caper & Herb Pasta With Crunchy Pangrattato

This bowl of pasta packs a punch in terms of flavour and texture. Pair up with a glass of your fav white wine and tuck in. Utterly heavenly!
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Filled Pasta

If pasta were a baby that could be neatly folded up and loved, it would be these recipes. Feel free to adopt.

Beetroot Ravioli With Brown Butter & Poppy Seeds

This recipe is actually quite light for a pasta dish, with an earthy beetroot and ricotta filling. It is, however, made somewhat more decadent with the addition of a heavenly brown butter sauce.
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Chicken Cappelletti Served With A Broth

Chicken noodle soup gets an Italian makeover with this cappelletti broth.
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easy pasta recipes

Oxtail Tortellini

This oxtail tortellini recipe served with sage burnt butter and parmesan is a scrumptious filled pasta, with a classic beurre noisette and sage sauce.
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Beef Ravioli With Baby Marrow Pesto & Fresh Tomatoes

A mouth-watering pasta dish paired with tasty fresh ingredients.
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easy pasta recipes


Gnocchi

Pasta pundits will argue that gnocchi isn’t technically a pasta, but it would have been a sin to leave out these recipes.

Gnocchi With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Hazelnuts

A delicious and easy to make veggie pasta meal. A great way to welcome autumn flavours.
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Ricotta & Spinach Gnudi With A Sage Beurre Noisette

Gnudi are very similar to gnocchi, although are made with Ricotta cheese instead of potato. The sage beurre noisette adds a classic richness to this dish.
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Ricotta Gnudi In A Garlic & Herb Sauce

This gnudi dish is light yet filling, perfect for the warmer months.
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Pumpkin Gnocchi With Roasted Sausages

Not a fan of potato gnocchi, no problem. Try this yummy pumpkin variation.
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butternut gnocchi

Now that you are armed with plenty of easy pasta recipes to try, check out our illustrated guide to pasta shapes right here so that you know your macaroni from your orecchiette!

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