5 Simple Pasta Recipes

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Whether you’re planning for a dinner party or cooking for your picky toddler, pasta dishes continue to prove their worth in versatility and ease. Not only can they be paired with almost any meat – chicken, steak, and shrimp, to name a few – there are an endless variety of sauces and toppings to dress up or down your dish for the ultimate comfort food. Dietary restrictions? Not a problem! Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, keto – there are noodle alternatives that will accommodate any diet. Feeling adventurous? Try making your own noodles using a handy pasta maker such as the Uno Casa Pasta Maker – Roller and Cutter!  With over 350 different varieties of pasta noodles, the opportunities are endless.

Here are five simple and easy to prepare recipes that will fit any busy week-night schedule. Double or triple the recipes for a simple and filling leftover lunch the next day.

Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff

Serves 6-8

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5-6 hours

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/8C butter, softened
  • 7oz package dry Italian style salad dressing
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1 (10.75oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Package of noodles (preferably a long noodle such as fettuccine, rice noodles, or egg noodles)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken, butter, and dressing mix in a crockpot.
  2. Mix until the chicken is well coated.
  3. Cook on LOW for 5-6hrs or HIGH for 2hrs.
  4. Once finished, add in the cream cheese and cream of chicken soup.
  5. Cook on HIGH for an additional 30min.
  6. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  7. Shred the chicken and serve over noodles. 

Creamy Avocado Pasta

Serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe avocado, pitted
  • 1T lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/4C fresh basil
  • 2T olive oil
  • 2 servings of your choice of pasta
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, place garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor.
  3. Puree until smooth.
  4. Add pitted avocado, fresh basil, and salt.
  5. Process until smooth and creamy.
  6. Drain pasta and pour sauce over top.
  7. Top with black pepper to your liking.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Serves 6

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16oz noodles of choice (usually spaghetti or fettuccine)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2C grated Parmesan cheese
  • Package of bacon, uncooked and diced
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Veggies of choice: peas, broccoli, etc.

Instructions

  1. Boil noodles according to package directions.
  2. Reserve 1C of water before draining.
  3. Whisk together the eggs and Parmesan in a small bowl and then set aside.
  4. Cook bacon on medium to high heat in a large skillet until desired crispiness, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic to the pan of bacon and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Reduce heat. 
  6. Working quickly, stir in noodles and egg mixture and gently toss to combine.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Add reserve pasta water until desired consistency is reached.
  9. (Optional: add in choice of veggies.)

Creamy Bacon Pasta with Brussel Sprouts

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12oz Trottole Pasta
  • Bacon, cooked and diced
  • 1C Brussels sprouts, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2C of pasta water for later.
  2. In a large pot, saute Brussels Sprouts until evenly browned, about 10minutes.
  3. In the last few minutes of cooking, combine the garlic with the Brussels Sprouts and heat until fragrant.
  4. Add in the pasta, Alfredo sauce, reserved pasta water, brussels sprouts, and bacon and gently stir until well combined.
  5. Garnish with Parmesan to serve.

Angel Hair with Zucchini and Tomatoes 

Serves 4

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 8oz angel hair pasta
  • 1/4C chicken broth
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Boil noodles according to package directions.
  2. In a large pan, heat the garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add zucchini and season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high heat until it is cooked through and softens, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and broth and heat on medium-high heat until the sauce comes to a simmer, about 10 minutes.
  5. Drain pasta and toss with the sauce.
  6. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Pasta should be a pantry staple in any household. Its long shelf life and quick cook time make it the perfect easy dinner for any busy adult. Toss it together with a combination of vegetables, protein, and a cream or oil-based sauce, and you have yourself a delicious comfort food sure to please a crowd. 

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