Who doesn’t love pasta? It’s classic comfort food, so versatile and absolutely delicious! If you’re a pasta lover like me you’re sure to love our top ten pasta recipes!
1. Classic spaghetti bolognese
Spag bol is a classic pasta recipe and makes great comfort food. There’s just something about that thick, rich bolognese sauce that’s so moreish. And the best part is that it somehow tastes better eaten as leftovers the next day! The secret ingredient to a classic bolognese is a splash of milk at the end, sounds strange but it really adds to the taste! Check out this recipe from BBC Good Food.
2. Traditional spaghetti carbonara
Carbonara is such a delicious pasta recipe, but non-traditional methods tend to make the sauce with cream, which makes it quite heavy. The traditional pasta sauce is actually made with egg! The whisked eggs are tossed through the hot pasta which gently cooks them and makes a creamy sauce. Give this one a go from BBC Good Food, much better than the store bought stuff!
3. Cauliflower macaroni cheese
Macaroni cheese is a super simple and quick pasta recipe that makes great comfort food. You can add cauliflower and bacon to make it a more hearty meal, and to cut through the richness of the white sauce. And baking it under the grill for just five minutes will create a delicious crispy crunch that adds another layer of texture to this amazing dish. Check out this recipe from SBS Food.
4. Salmon and broccoli linguine
Pasta and seafood create beautifully light pasta dishes that are so great in the summer. And nothing beats a light and creamy salmon pasta dish! This one from Taste is served with broccoli, but you can also add other greens such as asparagus or peas.
5. One pot chicken alfredo
If you love pasta, but you are also pressed for time when it comes to cooking, you can’t go past these one pot pasta recipes. Everything is made in the one pot, including the pasta itself! It’s so quick and there’s much less washing up which is an added bonus! Try out this one pot pasta take on the classic chicken alfredo from Delish.
6. Spinach and ricotta shells
Spinach and ricotta is such a classic flavour combination, and they taste even better when baked in large pasta shells surrounded by a rich tomato sauce. This is a great dish when having friends over, as it’s super simple to make yet it looks very impressive. Check out the recipe from Fork Knife Swoon.
7. Pasta salad
If you can’t get enough of pasta, you can meal prep pasta salad and portion it out so you have a delicious pasta lunch ready made for the week! There are so many different variations you can do. This recipe from BBC Good Food is packed with red onion, sundried tomato and tuna for a fresh lunch.
8. Tortellini in broth
Tortellini combined with warm broth makes for delicious winter comfort food. The broth in this recipe from Delicious is made from broccoli and spinach, so it’s also very healthy.
9. Gnocchi with pumpkin and spinach
Gnocchi is a delicious pasta recipe, and while you can buy store bought gnocchi, it’s so fun to give the homemade version a go. Eat it with a classic pairing of pumpkin and spinach and serve in a butter sage sauce for a totally delectable meal. This recipe from Recipe Tin Eats is vegetarian friendly and really impressive when having guests over.
10. Basil pesto pasta
You’ve probably seen jars of pesto at your local grocery store, but this sauce is actually so easy to make yourself! The base ingredients are simply basil leaves, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and oil all whizzed up in a food processor. Give this recipe from Taste a go the next time you plan to have pesto pasta for dinner.