10 quick loadshedding pasta recipes

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10 quick loadshedding pasta recipes

Quick! You have 45 minutes until the lights go out. Before you panic, scroll through our list of easy, delicious and budget-friendly pasta recipes that are ready in flash.

Pasta is always a great option when you’re all out of dinner ideas, especially when you’re working under time constraints. Whether your favourite show is about to start, loadshedding is about to hit or the fam is famished, these are the pasta recipes to make.

1. Mac ’n cheese

Easy, speedy and cheesy – this stovetop mac ’n cheese speaks for itself.

Stovetop mac ‘n cheese

Get the recipe for stovetop mac n cheese here.

2. Ravioli

There’s honestly no shame in cutting corners (especially when the clock is ticking). Give store-bought ravioli an upgrade with crispy kale and a kick of chilli.

Get the recipe for beef ravioli with chilli, kale and anchovy here.

3. Tagliatelle and meatballs

Just because you’re in a rush, doesn’t mean your dinner shouldn’t look mouthwatering. Yes, these meatballs are ready in 25 minutes – and this is the easiest tomato sauce you’ll ever make.

Get the recipe for pork meatballs and Pomodoro sauce with tagliatelle here.

4. The ultimate Alfredo

It’s come to our attention that TASTE readers love creamy Alfredo pasta. This one features pan-fried portabellini mushrooms, which add heartiness to this rich dish.


Get the recipe for classic Alfredo pasta here.

5. One-pot wonder

This chickpea ragù is one to make on chillier nights. It’s hearty and comforting, and tastes like a hug in a bowl.

Get the recipe for one-pot chickpea and tomato pasta here.

6. Green scene

If you want to up your veggie intake, this broccoli pasta is the perfect way to do it. We suggest making extra of the broccoli pesto to slather on sandwiches or spoon over salads.

Get the recipe for broccoli pesto pasta here.

7. Quick Bolognese

This recipe is worth bookmarking – trust us, you’ll make it countless times. It’s the quickest Bolognese ever!


Get the recipe for cheat’s quick Bolognese here.

8. The tuna special

This easy midweek recipe is simple and affordable – but still “fancy” enough to serve if you have company.

recipes using canned tuna

Get the recipe for tuna-and-fennel pasta here.

9. Speedy seafood pasta

Canned food is a timesaver, so make the most of it. Toss canned smoked mussels and orecchiette pasta with some broccoli, bacon and leeks for a filling and satisfying supper.

Get the recipe for canned mussel pasta here. 

10. Leftover magic trick

Got a Tupperware of leftover spaghetti? No need to bother making a sauce, just make a frittata instead! It’s a brilliant way to use up leftovers without having to repeat last night’s meal.

Get the recipe for leftover spaghetti frittata (with peas) here.

Find more pasta recipes here. 

Lesego Madisa Article by: Lesego Madisa

TASTE's commercial content producer loves thrifty recipes, fridge foraging and never says "no" to cake. When she's not flipping through the pages of food mags and cookbooks, she's happily baking and knitting in her tiny apartment.

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