1 Pasta, 5 ways

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1 Pasta, 5 ways

Make an easy weekday dinner with trusty spaghetti and one of these five super-tasty sauces. Simply serve with your favourite greens on the side.

To feed four, cook 500 g spaghetti, and…


Fold red pepper pesto through spaghetti with half a ladle of reserved pasta water. Top with watercress and a crack of black pepper to serve.

2. Chilli pasta

Pan-fry 3 cloves sliced garlic and 2 sliced red chillies in 3 T olive oil, then toss through the pasta. Serve warm with grated Parmesan.

3. Creamy pasta

Stir 125 g crème fraîche through the cooked spaghetti, then top with blanched fresh peas and fresh mint to serve.

4. Bacon pasta

Pan-fry chopped streaky bacon and sliced button mushrooms until golden, then toss in spaghetti. Serve with lots of black pepper, caramelised garlic and fresh thyme.

5. Tomato pasta

Cook 200 g baby tomatoes in a pan or the oven with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar until they blister. Serve with the pasta, fresh basil and crumbled feta.

SAVING TIP: Cook in bulk – choose an affordable ingredient – a pot of beans or spaghetti goes a long way – and try different pantry-staple combos to give it exciting twists. Great for lunchboxes, or as a super side for suppers. (You could also make a versatile soup, like butternut, and reinvent it with the likes of shredded rotisserie chicken or pumpkin tagliatelle).

Discover more perfect pasta recipes here.

Hannah Lewry Article by: Hannah Lewry

Woolworths TASTE’s Food Editor is passionate about conjuring up fresh ideas for fast and easy dishes that taste as great as they look. Turn to her expertise for everything from time-saving mid-week food to lazy weekend meals. You’ll have a lot of fun in the kitchen while you’re about it.

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