24 Delicious & Easy Pasta Recipes

Words: Emma Nkunzana

Pasta is everything you want and need in food. It can be healthy or rich and indulgent, whether you’re making a quick and easy weekday tagliatelle or a slow simmering ragù. Whatever you fancy, we have 24 deliciously easy pasta recipes.

Gnocchi in a Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

Basic Homemade Pasta

First things first, if you have the time 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. Once you’ve mastered making fresh pasta, try any one of these easy pasta recipes.

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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.

Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce Pasta

Oh so simple, yet filled with the promise of flavour. Marinara sauce pasta will always be a favourite!

Recipe for Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce Pasta

Spaghetti Bolognese

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

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Pasta Recipe round up chicken lasagne

Macaroni & Cheese

Another childhood classic! This mac and cheese recipe has been given an adult spin with the addition of leeks.
Recipe for Macaroni & Cheese

Chicken Lasagne

There’s a reason Garfield had a love affair with this classic Italian dish, it’s pure comfort.
Recipe for Chicken Lasagne

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pork ragu

Spaghetti Meatballs

We love how the movie Lady and the Tramp visualises this dish. It simply cannot be eaten alone.
Recipe for Spaghetti Meatballs

Pork Ragù with Pappardelle

A meat ragù is one of those dishes that takes time to prepare, but the result is so worth it. This is basically love in a bowl.
Recipe for Pork Ragù with Pappardelle


Easy Pasta Recipes: Meet Asciutta

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

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.
Recipe for Marinated Wild Mushroom Pasta With Walnut Crumble

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!
Recipe for Green Olive, Caper & Herb Pasta With Crunchy Pangrattato

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cauliflower pappardelle

Avocado Linguine with Parmesan Pangrattato

A really simple way to make a delicious pasta sauce using avocados.
Recipe for Avocado Linguine with Parmesan Pangrattato

Pappardelle With Cauliflower Purée

The cauliflower purée has a beautiful rich velvety texture and the pappardelle captures it perfectly.
Recipe for Pappardelle With Cauliflower Purée

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easy pasta recipes

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.
Recipe for Aglio E Olio Linguine

Garganelli Arrabiata

Use only the freshest and ripest of plum tomatoes to get the most flavour in a short time.
Recipe for Garganelli Arrabiata

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red pepper tagliatelle

Sicilian-style Pasta

This dish is all about southern Italian cuisine. The Kalamata olives, anchovies and lemon zest pairing, make this an irresistible dish!
Recipe for Sicilian-style Pasta

Roasted Red Pepper & Mussel Tagliatelle

This Roasted Red Pepper & Mussel Tagliatelle is a recipe for all seasons – simple to prepare, delivers big flavour and looks beautiful in the bowl.
Recipe for Roasted Red Pepper & Mussel Tagliatelle

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easy pasta recipes

Linguine With Kale Pesto & Salt Baked Beetroot

A wonderful winter vegetarian dish packed full of green goodness.
Recipe for Linguine With Kale Pesto & Salt Baked Beetroot

Penne Pasta With Kale Pesto

We love kale for its superfood status and this recipe makes getting it easy.
Recipe for Penne Pasta With Kale Pesto


Filled Pasta

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

easy pasta recipes
easy pasta recipes

Beetroot Ravioli With Brown Butter & Poppy Seeds

This recipe is actually quite light for a pasta dish, with an earthy beetroot and ricotta filling. Add a heavenly brown butter sauce, to make it even more decadent and delicious.
Recipe for Beetroot Ravioli With Brown Butter & Poppy Seeds

Chicken Cappelletti Served With A Broth

Chicken noodle soup gets an Italian makeover with this cappelletti broth.
Recipe for Chicken Cappelletti Served With A 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.
Recipe for Oxtail Tortellini

Beef Ravioli With Baby Marrow Pesto & Fresh Tomatoes

A mouth-watering pasta dish paired with tasty fresh ingredients.
Recipe for Beef Ravioli With Baby Marrow Pesto & Fresh Tomatoes


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 in a Creamy Basil Pasta Sauce

It doesn’t get saucier than this easy-to-make pasta recipe. Pillowy gnocchi and a creamy basil sauce — what more could you want?

Recipe for Gnocchi in a Creamy Basil Pasta Sauce

Gnocchi With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Hazelnuts

A delicious and easy to make veggie pasta meal. A great way to welcome autumn flavours.
Recipe for Gnocchi With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Hazelnuts

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butternut gnocchi

Ricotta Gnudi In A Garlic & Herb Sauce

This gnudi dish is light yet filling, perfect for the warmer months.
Recipe for Ricotta Gnudi In A Garlic & Herb Sauce

Pumpkin Gnocchi With Roasted Sausages

Not a fan of potato gnocchi? No problem — try this yummy pumpkin variation.
Recipe for Pumpkin Gnocchi With Roasted Sausages

Now that you have plenty of easy pasta recipes to try, check out our illustrated guide to pasta shapes, so you can know your pappardelle from your tagliatelle.

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