7 easy pasta dinners to make this week

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7 easy pasta dinners to make this week

We asked the TASTE community what they they make on repeat, and the most popular answer by far was pasta. We get it, You can make it as simple or complex as you like and it will turn out well. Plus, it’s once of those budget-friendly pantry staples that will never let you down. So to help you expand your pasta recipe repertoire, Hannah Lewry shares a week’s worth of easy pasta dinners that borrow from the classics, but with a little flair!

1. Pea-and-mascarpone pasta

This sauce packs a real punch. The recipe makes a lot, so you could freeze half for another time. It’s also delicious folded through a risotto just before serving.

Pea and mascarpone pasta

Find the recipe for pea-and-mascarpone pasta here. 

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2. One-pan baked orzo

This is such a simple recipe. The basil pesto feta adds a salty edge, and the grated baby marrow is folded through uncooked to wilt in the heat of the dish, adding lightness.

One-pan baked orzo

Find the recipe for one-pan baked orzo here. 

3. Hot-smoked salmon pasta

This is my version of one of Abigail Donnelly’s recipes. The capers cut through the richness of the creamy sauce, and flaking over Woolworths’ hot-smoked salmon at the end is easy genius.

Hot-smoked salmon pasta

Find the recipe for hot-smoked salmon pasta here. 

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4. Roasted tomato-and-pepper pasta

This is great for a midweek get-together. I love roasting food in a paper parcel – it captures the delicious juices, perfect for tossing with the hot pasta, and is also fun to open at the table. Leftovers are great heated in a pan the next day.

Roasted tomato-and-pepper pasta

Find the recipe for roasted tomato-and-pepper pasta here. 

5. Chicken sausage meatball pasta

This is so good drizzled with brown butter for extra richness. Adding a dash of soya sauce to the mushrooms and allowing it to caramelise just before adding the cream gives a delicious umami boost.

Chicken sausage meatball pasta

Find the recipe for chicken sausage meatball pasta here. 

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6. Cauliflower-and-chorizo baked pasta

This pasta bake is comforting and a little indulgent. Allow the pasta sheets to hang over the dish to turn golden and crisp.

Cauliflower-and-chorizo baked pasta

Find the recipe for cauliflower-and-chorizo baked pasta here. 

7. Chilli-and-lime chickpea pasta

Adding pasta water to the pan in this recipe creates a buttery sauce and extra Parmesan helps it to cling to the pasta. Always eat this piping hot.

Chilli-and-lime chickpea pasta

Find the recipe for chilli-and-lime chickpea pasta here. 

Want even more pasta recipes? Check out our recipe collection. 

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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