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Favorite easy pasta dish?

My absolute favorite pasta dishes are:Pasta with Cauliflower and Anchovies (Amateur Gourmet), Spaghetti Carbonara, and Pasta with Sausage and Broccolli Rabe. All are easy, rich, salty, delicious.

I also like AG's pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Beans; Bittman's Sardine pasta; Pasta alla Amatracini; Pasta with Fennel and Bacon; Bittman's Anchovies and Cherry Tomatoes; Bittman's pasta with eggs.

Any other favorites?

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  1. Here's my favorite EASY pasta dish...

    Put on large pot of water to boil. In a serving dish, which must fit over the pot like a very loose-fitting lid, put a big chunk of soft gorgonzola and a bit of cream or milk (quantities depend on how much pasta you are cooking.) Adding broken walnuts is optional. As the pasta cooks, the steam will melt the cheese. Just before serving, toss some chopped up Italian parsley into the cheese sauce. Add pasta and toss to combine. Pass a pepper grinder at the table. Parmesan cheese could also be added, but I think that is overkill. Delicious, and minimal cleanup!

    1. Cacio e pepe--spaghetti with cheese and pepper. Grated romano, freshly ground black pepper and olive oil tossed with spaghetti and some hot pasta water. Couldn't be much easier than that.

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      1. re: escondido123

        Agreed. So delicious. Almost anything tastes great added to change things up a bit. Last summer, I'd add a squeeze of lemon, a minced garlic clove, chili flakes, or chopped fresh herbs and ate with a side of veggies and a fresh baguette nearly every night after work. 15 minutes from start to finish!

        1. re: nothingswrong

          Now if I want to make it complicated I'll throw in a couple of garlic cloves sliced thin and cooked until golden....but that's getting fancy.

          1. re: escondido123

            Don't forget the little tiny pan-fried croutons cooked with a last-minute zest of garlic. You need the crunch!

            1. re: katecm

              I made some garlic, sundried tomato and garlic fresh bread crumbs as a stuffing last week and the top was amazingly crunchy and flavorful. I think I'm going to try that combination, fried in olive oil until crispy, to top my next simple simple pasta.

              1. re: escondido123

                ooh! i always do the garlic/breadcrumbs in olive oil, sometimes with some lemon zest. just ordered some super plump (expensive) sundried tomatoes and waiting for them to arrive. sounds like a great addition.

                i like anything pan-fried in olive oil though. especially on top of pasta. mmm broccolini...

                1. re: nothingswrong

                  Curious. What do "super plump (expensive)" tomatoes do that others don't?

                  1. re: c oliver

                    I have no idea. A friend told me I had to try them, so I ordered some online. Supposedly they are plump and tasty enough to eat out of the bag. No need to soak in water for recipes (like the crappy ones from the grocery store) and no oil like the ones in jars. Plus, they keep at room temp for ages.

                    It could be an epic fail but I have a little bit of "disposable" money set aside and decided to go for it. Along with some dried kiwi slices which are divine. I can report back on the tomatoes when they arrive if anyone gives a sh*t :)

        2. re: escondido123

          my favorite home alone meal. I like a green salad on the side with a tart dressing.

          1. re: escondido123

            I make this too, escondido. I sprinkle the finished dish with grated Parmesan and chopped green onions.

          2. heat up some garlic and onion, then add asparagus, mushroom, and cook with lemon juice and wine. toss in some angel hair and you have an easy, delicious, quick dinner.

              1. re: Antilope

                Pasta puttanesca,Salty,spicy and easy..mmmm good!

                1. re: petek

                  Pasta and Thai Style Peanut Sauce

                  4 Tbs peanut butter
                  2 Tbs vegetable oil
                  4 Tbs soy sauce
                  4 Tbs granulated sugar
                  4 tsp distilled white vinegar
                  1 tsp sesame oil
                  2 tsp sriracha sauce (or other red pepper hot sauce)
                  1/4 tsp ground coriander

                  Mix ingredients well. Serve over pasta, pot stickers, steamed
                  rice, Asian Noodles etc.

                  1. re: Antilope

                    Peanut sauce is awesome and easy, I do like a little coconut milk in mine it gives it a little extra.

                  2. re: petek

                    Yes, Puttanesca! A fresh dish made out of preserved ingredients. I love it!

                2. Rigatoni w/left-over chicken or salmon, artichoke hearts, olives, garlic, spinach, red pepper flakes and olive oil. It's just heating up everything while the pasta cooks and then mixing it together in the pan, put in a bowl, grate some fresh parm over it and enjoy with some crusty bread and a nice glass of wine.