Look below to see our favourite mouth-watering quick and easy pasta recipes perfect for a mid-week dinner! Let’s face it, we all love a comforting bowl of pasta every now and again (ok, some of us most nights!) and at this time of year it’s the perfect time to indulge! So in order to make things easy for you, we’ve selected our favourite mouth-watering, totally amazing, pasta recipes that the whole family (and your friends) will love!
From healthy vegetarian options that will still fill you up and are tasty, to quick one-pot recipes that save time and money. We’ve also got some meaty feasts perfect for a night in on the sofa and quick and easy pasta recipes for stress-free mid-week meals.
And if you’re feeling a twinge of guilt about loading up on carbs, don’t. As new research has revealed that eating pasta actually makes you healthier. Someone pass us a bowl of tagliatelle already!
Yep, according to the latest data just in from the National Pasta Association those who eat pasta on a regular basis have a greater intake of vital vitamins. Looking at the diet of US adults aged 19 and over between 2001-2012 they found that those who said yes to pasta had higher levels of folate, iron, magnesium and dietary fibre. And that’s not all! Those who twirled pasta onto their forks like it was going out fashion had lower intake of saturated fat and added sugar to boot!
Scientists have just given us the green light to tuck into another plate of arrabiata – hooray! But if you’re still feeling carb conscious, we’ve got some low-card options below. Or, why not try using spiralized vegetables such as courgette instead of pasta in any of the recipes below? It’s a brilliant alternative to dried pasta. Whether you’re indulging or trying to be good, these recipes are sure to satisfy!
Pick one of these quick and easy pasta recipes to try tonight…
Penne al pepperoni
A penne pasta dish with peppers, capers and olives.
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Lemony Mushroom Chicken Pasta
Looks impressive but oh-so-easy to make!
Credit: Sarah Shelly
A quick and amazing recipe! If you have more time, you can simmer the ragu in a saucepan for up to an hour, which will give an even richer taste.
Classic mac and cheese
This classic mac and cheese recipe is a real family crowd pleaser!
One pot pasta
Hungry? This one pot pasta with sausage is ready in just 20 minutes!
Mac and cheese bake
Such a comfort food hit! Everyone will love this easy, tasty bake!
Creamy garlic and herb pasta
A quick and easy vegetarian classic made with store cupboard essentials!
Creamy broccoli, chicken and bacon pasta
This beautifully colourful dish (full of veggies!) will be sure to get your taste buds zinging!!
Creamy avocado and spinach pasta
Avocado with pasta?! You bet – this tastes amazing!
Chicken mozzarella pasta with sun dried tomatoes
This dish is a winner! Can you think of three ingredients that go better together? There is also a gluten free alternative!
Butternut squash and spinach lasagna
This healthy, vegetarian recipe is the perfect alternative to a classic lasagne and believe us – it tastes just as good as it looks!
Dump and bake meatball casserole
You don’t even need to boil the pasta – this is all made in one dish making it super quick and easy! Just ‘dump’ in the five ingredients and off you go!
One pot 30 minute creamy tomato, basil pasta bake
Delicious and oh-so quick and easy, there’s barely any cooking involved. Anyone can do it!!
The best spaghetti Bolognese
Everyone needs to master this classic recipe and this one is totally worth a go! Lots of veggies, herbs and ground beef make it delicious!
One pot 30 minute tomoato sausage baked penne
This hearty dinner will satisfy everyone who tries it! What’s more its all cooked in one pan making it really easy. Great for pasta bake beginners.