Pasta is one of those foods that you almost always have on hand, and also don’t use nearly as often as you should. And no matter if it's simply served with butter and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese or tossed into a 10-ingredient puttanesca, versatile pasta is almost always preferable to the same old takeout. Here are nine easy pasta recipes that will be on the table from start to finish in 30 minutes or less.
An Italian classic with an Israeli twist -- this simple pasta uses provolone cheese, feta, and an egg for added richness. Recipe here.
Easy fettuccine alfredo
It doesn't keep well so you have to eat this one right away, but why would you wait to eat pasta in the first place? Also bonus points for cutting corners where you can by using the microwave to heat the cream and butter. Check out the recipe here.
15-minute creamy pesto pasta
From start to finish, this creamy pesto pasta is done in 15 minutes. If you use a thinner pasta (i.e., angel hair) it could be even less, including boiling water time. So waste no time and get the recipe here.
Spicy tomato garlic shrimp pasta
If you like simple dinners that look like you slaved in the kitchen for hours, this spicy tomato and garlic shrimp pasta is for you. A lot of the flavor comes from seasoning with pantry staples like garlic and onion powder. Recipe right here.
This is a direct quote from the blogger and it sums up the recipe really well: "Pasta. Olive Oil. Garlic. Onion. THE SHROOMS. Lil’ bit of flour. Milk, cheese, BOOM. DONEZO." Works for us. Get the recipe here.
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Dara Pollak is a freelance writer and recipe creator. She likes her pasta with a side of bacon. Follow her at @theskinnypignyc.