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Best ever quick and easy pasta recipes ready in under 30 minutes

Our 23 quick and easy pasta recipes are great for delicious midweek dinners. Vegetarian lasagne, quick spaghetti carbonara, spicy linguine and more...

Our quick and easy pasta recipes are ideal for midweek dinners and easy entertaining. Our one pot pasta dishes save on the washing up (try our one-pan puttanesca or our other easy one pots here), while some of our pasta recipes are ready in just 15 minutes (check out the pasta alla genovese). 

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Spaghetti with ajvar, mozzarella and smashed olives

Try our fresh and simple spaghetti recipe with creamy mozzarella, smashed olives and ajvar. Ajvar, a sauce traditionally from the Balkans and made up primarily of red peppers, is super quick and easy to whip up and great to use in summer pasta dishes. You can easily exchange the spaghetti for linguine and mozzarella for burrata.

Spaghetti with ajar, mozzarella & smashed olives

One-pot puttanesca

This one-pan puttanesca make a really easy midweek meal for one. The pasta soaks up the flavours, and the starch from the pasta makes the sauce rich and creamy. It also makes for less washing up!

A bowl of puttanesca pasta, made using the one-pot method

Supergreen broccoli pasta bowl

This supergreen broccoli pasta bowl recipe is easy, vegetarian, and ready in just 20 minutes – ideal for a midweek meal. Try our other vegetarian pasta recipes here.

Supergreen broccoli pasta bowl

Spicy prawn linguine

Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. This spicy prawn linguine has a spicy chilli kick to keep it interesting. It’s so delicious you’ll forget that you’re being virtuous.

Spicy prawn linguine

Marmite carbonara

Love it or hate it as they say! This quick and easy spaghetti carbonara recipe is a twist on the classic dish using Marmite which gives it a delicious flavour. Serve with a generous sprinkle of parmesan and parsley.

marmite carbonara

Tagliatelle with peas and summer green pesto

Give pesto pasta a twist with this quick and easy recipe for two. A simple homemade pesto with rocket and parmesan is the perfect sauce for tagliatelle.

Tagliatelle with peas and summer green pesto

Rigatoni with sausage, lemon and mustard

Love sausages? Love pasta? Then you’ll make this quick and easy midweek meal time and time again. Full of spicy fennel flavour, it’s fast and good value.

Rigatoni with sausage, lemon and mustard

Pasta with crisp chorizo, olive oil and parsley

Impress friends and family with this simple but delicious chorizo and pasta recipe. Toss in some bocconcini with the parsley for extra flavour. 

Pasta with crisp chorizo, olive oil and parsley

Ravioli with buttered lemon greens

This recipe is super zesty and buttery and great when you’re short on time. Low calorie and meat free make this the perfect start to the week. 

Ravioli with buttered lemon greens

One-pot pasta with anchovies and Tenderstem broccoli

This one-pot pasta recipe is not only low calorie but low cost, too. It’s simple and easy to put together; plus it’s packed full of punchy flavours. If you don’t have fusilli in your cupboard then wholemeal rotini works just as well.

One Pot Pasta with Anchovies and broccoli

Quick courgette lasagne

This must be the best easy vegetarian lasagne! Mix the courgettes, garlic and chilli with ricotta, add a shop-bought tomato sauce and fresh lasagne and dinner can be on the table in under 30 minutes. Check out our lasagne ideas here.

Quick courgette lasagne

Linguine with samphire and prawns

The best recipe for samphire. This easy dish is made with linguine and pairs the sea vegetable samphire with king prawns in a super-quick pasta sauce.

Linguine with samphire and prawns

Pappardelle with lemon and sage mushrooms

One of our best low GI veggie mains: silky pappardelle and chestnut mushrooms seasoned with garlic and sage. Try topping with parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) for an easy mid-week meal.

Pappardelle with lemon and sage mushrooms

Linguine with chorizo and fresh tomato salsa

Pasta and chorizo… two easy ingredients, one quick midweek meal for two. Make a quick salsa sauce with shallots and fresh tomatoes and dinner is ready in 20 minutes.

Linguine with chorizo and fresh tomato salsa

Penne with chopped puttanesca sauce

Penne pasta makes an easy midweek meal, and this healthy, raw tomato sauce makes it even quicker. With added olives, capers, garlic and chilli, it’s fresh and full of flavour.

Penne with chopped puttanesca sauce

Dead good spaghetti carbonara

Creamy, classic carbonara is a bound to please a crowd. We love it with parmesan and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Dead good spaghetti carbonara

Pasta Norma

A quick meal for two based on the classic Sicilian aubergine pasta sauce. Meat-free and full of flavour it’s easy to make. Use rigatoni if you have it at home.

Pasta Norma

Open spinach and ricotta ravioli

This classic blend of flavours is a favourite for a reason. Making it an open ravioli means that it’s quick and easy too. Use dried pasta if you can’t find fresh, and cook according to packet instructions.

Open spinach and ricotta ravioli

Angel hair pasta with lobster 

Angel hair pasta makes a light base for lobster. Lobster tails are really good value, though if you have access to whole lobster add the claw meat to the recipe as well.

Angel hair pasta with lobster

Wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon

This recipe for wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon is quick and easy to make and vegan. Plus, it’s pasta for under 500 calories – yes please

Wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli

Linguine with tuna, lemon and dill

An seriously simple, homely pasta dish that everyone will love. Tuna is tossed together with red onion, lemon and dill and served on top of fresh linguine.

Linguine with tuna, lemon and dill

Pasta alla genovese 

Pasta alla genovese is a classic Italian pasta dish using simple ingredients. Ready in just 15 minutes, it’s the perfect quick and easy meal to make midweek.

Pasta alla genovese

Linguine with creamy tomato, rosemary and caper sauce

This recipe for linguine with creamy tomato, rosemary and caper sauce is super simple but delicious. It’s ready in just 30 minutes, so makes for a great, speedy veggie supper.

Linguine with creamy tomato, rosemary and caper sauce

Listen to our cookery team chatting about how to cook the perfect pasta in our podcast here

olive magazine podcast ep61 – how to cook perfect pasta and an expert guide to sherry

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