World Pasta Day comes but once a year and while I’m not a massive pasta-head, once the winter kicks in and I need to bulk cook, you’ll usually find a good homemade spaghetti bolognese on the go as a real winter warmer.
A good pasta dish can serve as a quick and easy light meal through to warming comfort food. Cream or no cream, meat or no meat, sauce or no sauce. Good for the training, good for the carb refuelling, just pretty good in general.
All that said, if you’re in the mood for pasta, here’s a few recipes that are fierce handy to mix up your pasta preferences in the kitchen, whether you’re cooking for a group or catering for yourself.
Get those greens into you with this light, tasty spaghetti-based recipes from Teresa Floyd. If you’ve a box of Atlantic sea salt (or any kind of sea salt) in the press, it’ll come in handy as well.
Crack open the Chianti for this quick and easy recipe for spaghetti and meatballs from Cake In The Country. Bonus points for you if you can dig out a copy of Lady and the Tramp as well.
Love pasta, love green olives. Jamie Oliver’s got a ridiculously quick and easy dish to mix pasta and green olives. Vegan? No worries. Dairy-free? No worries. Be brave and double the dose of garlic. You can never have enough garlic.
Herself is vegetarian and as such, roasted vegetables are nearly a mainstay in the kitchen at home. Same too with goat cheese. Nab yourself some Knockdrinna Snow, some St. Tola or a log of Killeen and get stuck in.
For an alternative party snack, or just a change from traditional lasagna dishes, try these vegetable roll-ups. All in you’ll need about an hour, but it’s a great way to get in more greens with spinach and broccoli bulking out your rolls.
An easy seafood pasta recipe that serves 6 (or four fairly good size portions). The Good Food recipe calls for 1 large red chilli, but again, don’t be afraid to go again with the chillis and double up on the garlic. Four or five cloves in there and you’re laughing. You’ll need about 30 minutes for this one but it’s elegant, easy and light as well.
Bonus: Spicy Italian Meatballs
If you already know how you like your pasta, then add these spicy Italian meatballs to the mix (if you can tolerate the heat, add an extra chilli or two). This is a recipe I knocked together on Any Given Food a few years ago, derived from a Catherine Fulvio recipe. You’ll need a little patience in the kitchen but when it comes together they’re pure magic.