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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).

            1. One of my favorite is Jamie Oliver's rigatoni with tomato, eggplant and fresh mozzarella. It's a big hit every time I make it and the cheese gets all melty and delicious and the eggplant almost melts into the sauce. I highly recommend it!

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              1. re: elc515

                That sounds great. I have to bookmark the recipe. Thanks for sharing!
                I like this recipe for Pasta With Fava (or Lima) Beans & Pecorino Romano from Bon Appétit. http://www.food.com/recipe/pasta-with...
                Also this Mark Bittman's Spaghetti With Broccoli Rabe, Toasted Garlic & Breadcrumbs is simple and delicious. http://www.food.com/recipe/spaghetti-...
                And, if you don't mind using fish, both of these smoked salmon pastas are great and very simple to make. The first uses cream and the second cream cheese.
                Judith Jones' Linguine With Smoked Salmon Sauce for One
                Michael Smith's Smoked Salmon Penne

                1. re: elc515

                  That does sound fantastic, thanks for sharing! I'm going to make this tonight with some whole wheat pasta.

                2. Pasta al pesto Genovese (lots of versions online) is delicious and vegetarian. Pesto pasta cooked with green beans and sliced potatoes. To die for.

                  1. Also simple good vegetarian - green spinach fettucine, drain, melt feta into broth, add peas (frozen) ok and stir through the pasta. Really quick, easy, good.

                    1. Hard to give ideas without knowing what you have on hand. Or do you plan on shopping for the ingredients for a recipe that appeals to you?

                      1. Fusilli with fresh spinach and ricotta: http://www.lidiasitaly.com/first-cour...
                        -- very flavorful and flexible

                        Lemon linguine: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...
                        -- I make half this amount and add more lemon zest and juice

                        1. This is dynamite. So simple but bursting with flavor. Try to use the best freshest olive oil you can. I've been lucky enough to eat it from Will's kitchen, under the oaks.

                          http://www.tibercanyon.com/recipes.htm "Will's Garlic-Broccoli Pasta" I add a bit of lemon zest for a more distinct lemon flavor if I don't have the lemon-infused oilive oil on hand.