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Sep 12, 2010 02:02 PM

Need Pasta Recipe for Tonight Please

Any GREAT pasta dishes with a lot of flavor? Would like something simple and possibly no meat.

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  1. Putanesca? Saute a couple of chopped cloves of garlic in olive oil, add a can of italian tomatoes and break them up in the pan, chopped kalamata olives, capers, anchovies, red pepper flakes. The proportion of add-ins can be left to your taste. It is super flavorful and simple.

    1. Here are 3 options – all quick, easy and very different depending on what you’re looking for:

      1. Donna Hay’s Lemon Chicken Pasta – this pasta is simple and delicious and, one of the few dishes I’ll make again and again. The great thing about this dish is you don’t have to cook your own chicken if you don’t want to. Deli-counter roast chicken works great if time is tight. Often I use canned tuna (drained) in place of the chicken and it’s just as delicious. If I were to make this without any meat, I’d add extra Parmesan cheese.

      2. Pasta with Carbonara sauce – Epicurious has a number of great recipes, the Spaghetti alla Carbonara being the most traditional.

      3. Pasta with Fava Beans, Artichoke Hearts and Snap Peas – This recipe at Food and Wine Magazine online can be made with or without shrimp. Either way, it’s quick, hearty and delicious. Use canned beans if fresh aren’t available.

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      1. re: Breadcrumbs

        That lemon chicken pasta sounds great - I'm going to have to make that this week.

        1. re: Rubee

          Rubee you'll have to let me know what you think. We just LOVE it. and, at this time of year when basil is fresh from the garden, mmmmmm.....I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!!

      2. garlic, zucchini, lemon zest and juice, ricotta cheese and maybe some parmesan and/or basil to finish it.

        1. If you have some good Italian tuna packed in olive oil, this is one of my favorite no-cook sauces:

          Spaghetti with Tuna, Tomatoes, Capers, and Basil

          1. A pasta dish that is similar to puttanesca, in that it features strong flavors, is to create a sauce of roasted red peppers, sauteed garlic, onion, olive oil, kalamata olives, feta cheese, fresh basil, and fresh oregano or marjoram (if you have access to it).