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13 Pasta Recipes Everyone Should Know (Slideshow)

13 Pasta Recipes Everyone Should Know (Slideshow)

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The classic of all classics, spaghetti and meatballs is a fantastic go-to pasta dish for any dinner occasion, whether it’s a dinner for friends or a party of one. Even the meatballs are easy to make in this recipe; they only take a few minutes of mixing, rolling, and heating. Make more than the recipe calls for so you can reheat the leftovers the next day for meatball subs.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

The classic of all classics, spaghetti and meatballs is a fantastic go-to pasta dish for any dinner occasion, whether it’s a dinner for friends or a party of one. Make more than the recipe calls for so you can reheat the leftovers the next day for meatball subs.

Spaghetti Bolognese

A flavorful, hearty Bolognese sauce requires some patience — the flavor takes time to develop — but it will be well worth the work. This recipe calls for ground beef, but if you’re feeling daring, you can make a mixture of ground beef, veal, and pork in whatever ratio you prefer to add a bit of complexity to the flavor.

Pasta Carbonara

If you’ve ever made this dish before and followed a recipe that asked you to use any sort of milk or cream, you were deceived! The ingredients for a good pasta carbonara are few, so if a tight budget is the issue, this is right up your alley. If you’re a carbonara novice, it’s egg yolk that makes this pasta dish so creamy, not cream.

Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Don’t be intimidated by a handful of shrimp; they take only minutes to prep and cook even faster. This flavorful dish is one of the easiest we know. You only need chicken broth, garlic, green onions, parsley, and a lemon-pepper seasoning, and dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Macaroni and Cheese

This macaroni and cheese will make you want to kiss that box goodbye. Not one, not two, not even three, but four cheeses make this simple mac and cheese recipe extremely rich and decadent.

Lasagna

The great thing about lasagna is that you can put anything you want in between those noodle layers as long as you top each one with a hearty ladle-full of sauce. There is a bit of work involved in preparing each component of the lasagna but once that’s done, building this layered masterpiece is easy—and it only gets better the next day.

Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti is an excellent go-to dish if you’re feeding a large group of people, since you can make a whole lot of it very easily, and very few ingredients are required in addition to the pasta. The key here is to not undercook your ziti; the best parts are those extra-crunchy pieces of pasta around the edges.

Penne a la Vodka

One pot, one pan, a bottle of vodka, a box of pasta, canned vegetables or other miscellaneous produce, and you’re well on your way to making this classic dish. Serve it with an extra garlicky crusty baguette to sop up the leftover sauce, if there is any!

Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

A seemingly simple dish, really good spaghetti with marinara sauce is all about the time and attention you dedicate to the sauce. Purchase high-quality tomatoes for this (I always go with San Marzano) and let them cook “low and slow” to develop the best flavor.

Pasta Primavera

Yes, primavera is the Italian word for spring, but that doesn’t mean that you have to use spring vegetables for this dish. Use whatever vegetables are in season or on hand.

Classic Pasta e Fagioli

This rich soup is an excellent dish to prepare for a chilly night when you’re just not in the mood for the traditional chicken noodle. The best part? Everything can be prepared in one pot, making this not only easy to make, but easy to clean up, too.

Pasta with Pesto Sauce

Pesto is one of those sauces that can easily adapt to the ingredients you have on hand. If you don’t have pine nuts, try almonds, cashews, or walnuts for an equally delicious sauce with a completely different flavor profile. However you plan to create your pesto, your prep will always be the same; throw everything into a food processor or blender, blend until smooth, mix into freshly boiled pasta, and enjoy.

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo can be intimidating for some people, but if you are on the hunt for a simple pasta dish that is ready in minutes, this is the one to make. Make sure you give your sauce a little bit of time to reduce and thicken up; otherwise your final product will be too watery to properly cling to the noodles.


13 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook by Age 30

OK, so we’re not teenagers anymore. Burnt toast and takeout pizza just won’t cut it now that we’re proper adults and expected to do proper adult things, like throwing dinner parties. Here’s the good news: we don’t need a fancy menu or the culinary skills of a Michelin star chef to cook our guests delicious food. Often, the best dishes are the simplest ones (and those Michelin star chefs would probably agree).

By the age of 30, we should all have some basic, fundamental recipes in our skill set &mdash for ourselves, our families and those last-minute dinner guests. The key is to start with recipes we love to eat, like a really great pasta dish, an exquisite chocolate cake or a stack of buttery pancakes. We’ll love them even more once we’ve made them ourselves. And once we’ve mastered those, well, the sky’s the limit.


13 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook by Age 30

OK, so we’re not teenagers anymore. Burnt toast and takeout pizza just won’t cut it now that we’re proper adults and expected to do proper adult things, like throwing dinner parties. Here’s the good news: we don’t need a fancy menu or the culinary skills of a Michelin star chef to cook our guests delicious food. Often, the best dishes are the simplest ones (and those Michelin star chefs would probably agree).

By the age of 30, we should all have some basic, fundamental recipes in our skill set &mdash for ourselves, our families and those last-minute dinner guests. The key is to start with recipes we love to eat, like a really great pasta dish, an exquisite chocolate cake or a stack of buttery pancakes. We’ll love them even more once we’ve made them ourselves. And once we’ve mastered those, well, the sky’s the limit.


13 Essential Ina Garten Recipes Everyone Should Master

We&rsquore taking our cooking lessons from the Barefoot Contessa.

From cooking tips to love advice, we𠆝 trust Ina Garten with pretty much anything. She’s taught us how to master a perfect roast chicken, revealed the secret to a satisfying salad, and recommended wallet-friendly kitchen tools that we can’t live without. We’ve collected 13 of our all-time favorite Ina Garten recipes to pay homage to the Barefoot Contessa.

Generations of fans love the Barefoot Contessa’s recipes for their confident simplicity and focus on flavor. Ina Garten never gets too fussy with food trends or adds unnecessary ingredients—in fact, most of her recipes use staples that you probably have in your house at all times. Garten is known for her ability to whip up comforting, well-executed meals that’ll have you coming back for seconds and thirds.

Like many Southern hostesses, Garten has mastered the art of entertaining. From weeknight dinners to elegant desserts, the Barefoot Contessa’s signature dishes can easily go from your weeknight dinner table to a sophisticated dinner party spread. No matter what you’re cooking, Garten wants you to have fun in the kitchen. Once you master these essential recipes from Ina Garten, you’ll be making them over and over again.

Make sure you have a good bottle of olive oil, homemade vinaigrette, and some quality bittersweet chocolate. You’re in for a treat with these classic recipes from the Barefoot Contessa.

Perfect Roast Chicken

It takes some serious chops to call a roast chicken “perfect,” but when the recipe comes from Ina Garten, we don’t doubt that title one bit. This recipe (which can be found here) is one of our favorites. While you’re at it, pick up some extra roasting chickens to make Garten’s homemade stock, or try out her OTHER go-to chicken recipe.

Weeknight Bolognese

On those nights when you just don’t have the energy or enthusiasm to whip up an elaborate meal, Ina Garten’s Weeknight Bolognese is here for you. Her recipe calls for ground sirloin, but Garten notes that you can substitute any ground meat or even use mushrooms to make a vegetarian version. You’ll certainly be adding this Weeknight Bolognese to your repertoire.

Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

Take it back to basics with this family-favorite dish. Who knew that homemade tomato soup could be so simple? Grilled cheese croutons add a touch of whimsy to this satisfying lunch. Find Garten’s recipe on Barefoot Contessa.

Meatloaf

For as long as we can remember, meatloaf has been a dinnertime staple in our households. Treat your family to Garten’s take on the dish, which fans can’t stop raving about (get the recipe on Food Network).

Mac and Cheese

This is not your average mac and cheese. Fresh tomatoes, Gruyere cheese, and a hint of nutmeg take Ina Garten’s version of the classic dish to the next level. Find her recipe here.

Chicken Marbella

In this (and many other of her) recipes, Garten calls for “good olive oil.” Her brand of choice? Olio Santo extra-virgin olive oil, which she’s been using for at least 20 years, as reported by Bon Appétit. Find the recipe for Garten’s Chicken Marbella here.

Egg Salad Tartines

Impress the brunch or luncheon crowd with these oh-so-elegant, incredibly easy egg salad tartines. You can serve them as the main meal or slice them into crostini to make an appetizer fit for a high tea spread. Get Garten’s 7-ingredient recipe here, and be sure to serve it with her Tomato & Avocado Salad.

Parmesan Chive Smashed Potatoes

Talk about a real treat. Mini potatoes get the gourmet treatment with simple ingredients that deliver big flavor. They’re twice-roasted, then topped with fresh Parmesan, chives, and sea salt to make a beautiful side. Find the recipe here, or for a Southern picnic, make Garten&aposs Potato Salad.

Chicken Piccata

Searching for a new way to reinvent boneless, skinless chicken breasts? Garten’s got one. The silky lemon butter sauce that adorns the Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken Piccata will have you licking your plate clean.

Irish Soda Bread

If you want to bake your own bread but don’t have any yeast, this recipe is perfect for you. It gets a big dose of flavor from dried currants and orange zest, and a splash of buttermilk keeps it moist throughout baking. This simple bread is sure to become one of your favorites.

Beatty&rsquos Chocolate Cake

Garten’s favorite show-stopping dessert? A layered chocolate cake, spiked with freshly-brewed coffee for depth and swirled with rich chocolate frosting. Get Garten’s recipe or try our version of a Southern Buttermilk Chocolate Cake.

Lemon Bars

This classic Garten recipe is a fan-favorite for a reason. With a homemade shortbread crust and a luscious lemon filling, these bars can be sliced into small triangles to encourage portion control. Find the recipe here, or try out some of our best-loved bars.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

When you want a true nostalgic bake, Ina Garten’s PB&J Bars tick all the boxes. They start with a base of peanut butter dough, then a layer of the jam of your choice, and it’s all topped with peanuts and a streusel-like crumble made from spare dough. The final effect is that of a classic PB&J sandwich in dessert form.

Bonus Recipe: Cosmopolitans

Ina Garten’s recipe for a giant cosmopolitan recently went viral, and we can see why. Pour into 6 chilled martini glasses or do as Garten does and sip out of one giant glass. Either way, be sure to use good vodka, like Grey Goose, in this happy hour treat.


26 Healthy Pasta Recipes That Will Nourish Your Soul

So you like eating pasta, and you like cooking food that’s good for you. (Or maybe you’re hate-reading about healthy pasta recipes, IDK.) It’s kind of beautiful how naturally those two things go together.

“Pasta is such a lovely, easy way to work in a variety of different foods,” and in turn the variety of flavors, textures, and nutrients that are key to a truly satisfying meal, Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. Plus, it’s super practical. It’s fast, easy, budget-friendly, and not intimidating. In fact, as Hartley points out, it’s one of the first things that many people learn to cook.

So what is a healthy pasta recipe? A well-rounded meal generally includes deliciousness, as well as carbs, protein, fat, and, if possible, fruits or veggies, Hartley says—pretty standard fare in pasta dishes! You’ve obvs got carbs covered, and almost always fat, from olive oil or butter. Then you typically get some protein (meat, chickpeas) and/or veggies (tomato sauce, broccoli). If one of those is missing, it’s easy peasy to riff on the recipe without royally screwing up dinner. Throw in a handful of spinach to get your greens in, or a diced chicken breast, a can of chickpeas, a fried egg, or some cheese and nuts for protein, Hartley recommends. (My lazy-butt hack on nights when I just can’t: Using protein-rich legume pasta.)

And, depending on your dietary preferences and needs, healthy pasta recipes might be ones that include gluten-free or whole wheat versions—but that’s not necessarily the case for everyone. Sure, those options are great for people with celiac disease, for someone looking to up their fiber content, or for someone who just likes the taste, but forgoing white pasta—which still provides energy and vitamin/mineral fortification, as Hartley points out—is not the all-around healthier option, especially if it makes you enjoy your meal less. The same goes for dairy-free alternatives. There is no one-size-fits-all healthy pasta recipe. (FYI: You can learn more about how we chose these recipes in the note below.)

To wrap it up: Pasta is awesome, and there are about a zillion ways to make it. Here are 26 healthy pasta recipes to have some fun with.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.


13 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook by Age 30

OK, so we’re not teenagers anymore. Burnt toast and takeout pizza just won’t cut it now that we’re proper adults and expected to do proper adult things, like throwing dinner parties. Here’s the good news: we don’t need a fancy menu or the culinary skills of a Michelin star chef to cook our guests delicious food. Often, the best dishes are the simplest ones (and those Michelin star chefs would probably agree).

By the age of 30, we should all have some basic, fundamental recipes in our skill set &mdash for ourselves, our families and those last-minute dinner guests. The key is to start with recipes we love to eat, like a really great pasta dish, an exquisite chocolate cake or a stack of buttery pancakes. We’ll love them even more once we’ve made them ourselves. And once we’ve mastered those, well, the sky’s the limit.


30 Recipes You Should Know by the Age of 30

When you first start cooking it’s natural and tempting to work on the beautiful, complicated recipes you see in fancy cookbooks. What you soon discover, however, is that cooking has a lot of building blocks. Your favorite chicken tikka masala recipe, for instance, will benefit from you having previously made a simple dish of chicken thighs. So, let’s start with essentials!

Here’s what we think everyone should cook before they reach the age of 30. How many things have you made off this list?

What someone should cook before a certain age, obviously, has a lot to do with their diet. If you’re vegan, gluten-free, or have food allergies, your list of must-make recipes is going to look a little different than this list.

I personally have a few years until I’m 30, and I’ve only made 24 things off this list. Since I’ve gotten into cooking, I haven’t had access to a grill – so that leaves out the grilled burgers and steak. Will have to rectify that situation!


10 Recipes Every Ina Garten Fan Should Master

Whether she’s using fresh herbs from her garden or assembling a beautiful platter for friends, you can bet that Ina Garten has a plan for elevating everyday dishes into craveable traditions. You’ve likely watched as she welcomes fans into her Hamptons home, and been encouraged by her saying “How easy is that?” as she made dishes on Barefoot Contessa. She’s sure to focus on the classics and emphasize using quality ingredients. We’ve rounded up Ina’s best-ever, most-tried-and-true dishes, those sweet and savory favorites that Ina fans should keep in their back pockets for any occasion. Keep reading to get the ultimate collection of Ina’s hit recipes.

Photo by: Tara Donne ©Tara Donne

1. Perfect Roast Chicken: For Ina, roasting a whole chicken requires two key steps: stuffing and seasoning (pictured above). Thyme, lemon and garlic flavor the bird from the inside, while butter, salt and pepper season the skin until golden and crisp. Ina roasts carrots, onion and fennel alongside the chicken for a delicious trio of veggies and a colorful meal.


Emett calls quiche Lorraine one of his "favorite dishes of all time."

"You can eat it warm or cold the next day, and it's also great for picnics or for a light lunch with friends, served with a very simple salad," he said.

While quiche Lorraine can be found on the menu of most cafés in France, its origins can actually be traced back to Germany (quiche comes from the German word "kuchen," which means cake).

The dish originated as an open pie of heavy cream, eggs, and bacon or chopped ham served on a brioche pastry. Cheese, particularly the soft Swiss varieties Emmental or Gruyère, was added to the recipe later on.

You can find Annie Smithers' recipe for quiche Lorraine on page 314 of Emett's book.


Easy chicken tikka masala

Try our classic Chicken tikka masala

Skill level: Easy

One of our favourite curry recipes, everyone should know how to make a chicken tikka masala. It’s a great recipe to have in the bank as a much healthier alternative to your regular Saturday night take away.


Watch the video: Pasta über alles. 15 Nudel-Gerichte, die dich umhauen (November 2021).