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Favourite Quick and Delicious Pasta Recipes?

My faves are calabrese sauce with spinach linguine, bucatini al'Amatriciana and porcini and tomato sauce, but I am looking for other awesome recipes. What are your go-to dishes mid-week when you want to carbload?

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  1. sausage pasta. olive oil, butter, onion, garlic, sausage, tomatoes, white wine, cream, parmesan, parsley, penne pasta. absolutely delicious!

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    1. re: akp

      My cow heart seized up just reading the ingredients!

    2. (these are separate ideas)

      * carbonara

      * slowly heat anchovies, chopped raw garlic, and red pepper flakes in olive oil and butter until the anchovies have melted and the garlic has softened

      * toss raw spinach leaves in the pasta water in the last 30 seconds of cooking, drain it all together, and mix in butter and soft gorgonzola

      * toss cooked pasta with bacon and fresh basil (which will wilt in the heat of the pasta and bacon grease)

      1. Puttenesca is my favorite quick pasta recipe, and it's my go to recipe when I haven't been to the store in a while, because all of the ingredients are pantry (or long lasting fridge) staples. It takes about the amount of time to make the sauce as to boil the water and cook the pasta. Toss a few anchoivies in a pan with olive oil, cook them until they turn into mush, add a few minced garlic cloves and some crushed pepper, cook for a few minutes, then add a can or or two of tomatoes (whatever kind you've got, I like whole peeled best, I just tear apart the tomatoes before tossing them in the pan), chopped olives and capers, and let it all simmer until thickened.

        1. My new super quick favorite. Buy a bunch of cherry/grape tomatoes, on the vine is best. Halve tomatoes and roast in oven with a sprinkle of kosher salt.

          Toss with linguine, fresh herbs of choice, olive oil & chili flakes if you want some heat and generous amounts of parmigiano reggiano.

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          1. re: kitchensalli

            Yum! I love roasted tomato sauce (though I generally use plum or full-sized tomatoes) so much that I've stopped making the traditional sauce and made batches up from my summer tomatoes, but couldn't hold off and now there's only one pint container of sauce in my freezer!

          2. This has been my favorite pasta sauce lately: Fry 4 minced garlic cloves & 1 minced large onion, big pinch dry red pep. flakes in about 2T evoo. add big can of TJ's plum tomatoes buzzed in processor, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 can tom. paste, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt. Simmer 45 minutes.
            Add 2 T butter. When cooled down a few minutes - add fresh growned parmesano (if you add right away it rubberizes).

            Lately I've tried some variations alone and together. Remove onions/garlic when done & brown 1/2# ground meat then add evrything back in and simmer. OR/AND: At the end add 1/2 c sliced kalamata olives (TJ's). OR/AND: At the end add 1/2 c softened cream cheese and whisk in well.