Nutritious and delicious, pasta is also easy and fast. You will not find anything better to get a satisfying, warm meal quickly on the table, and, as the tips about how to serve pasta below prove, you will not find a more versatile food.
Simple and fast pasta
Pasta is something more than macaroni cheese. Try some of these quick sauces and tips to prepare pasta for instant meal perfection. These suggestions are kid tested.
Fast pasta recipes
- Boil spaghetti, drain and return to the pan. Toss gently with a little of olive oil, to keep them nice and loose, mix with 1-2 tablespoons pesto. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
- Toss cooked spaghetti with anchovy stuffed olives, sliced, and a little heavy cream, sprinkle some dried oregano on top. Serve with grated cheese.
- Heat tomato sauce, throw in some stoned black olives, chopped fresh basil and oregano, and mix with cooked thin tubes – penne or ziti.
- Cook slivered garlic in olive oil until light brown. If your kids are grade age, cook a little chili together with the garlic. Add cooked tagliatelle to the pan and toss around a couple of minutes to soak the flavor. Serve as is or with grated cheese.
- Fry finely chopped onion in live oil until soft, add sliced mushrooms and cook until done. Mix in half a cup light cream and heat but don’t boil. What you can boil while mushrooms cook is pasta, then drain and return to the pan. Add mushroom sauce, grated cheese, mix and serve.
- Don’t have tomato sauce? Heat through a can of tomato pulp or some tomato passata with a little olive oil, add chopped fresh basil and season to taste – a pinch of sugar counteracts the acidity of the tomatoes. Toss in your cooked pasta and serve with freshly grated cheese.
- Blend half a cup frozen spinach with 1 stick salted butter and seasoning in a food processor. Add this sauce to cooked linguini, drained, and mix until butter melts, sprinkle freshly grated cheese, toss and serve. Seasoning includes salt, pepper and ground chili, according to ages. You can cook spinach in the microwave before blending with butter if you don’t have a food processor.
- Melt grated mozzarella and Parmesan cheese in some light cream, add chopped cooked ham, stir into cooked spaghetti or tagliatelle, sprinkle a little grated Parmesan on top and serve.
- If you are in a hurry, just mix cooked, drained pasta with butter, until the butter melts, sprinkle grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese on top and serve.
How to boil pasta
Use a big kettle and plenty of water with salt. The more water, the less pasta is less likely to stick, adding salt to the water makes the pasta savory. Add pasta when the water is boiling hard, stir and wait until the water is boiling again to start counting. Stir occasionally. When time is up, drain, add sauce and serve.
A little olive oil in the boiling water will help to prevent sticking.