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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Impress friends and family with this simple but delicious chorizo and pasta recipe. Toss in some bocconcini with the parsley for extra flavour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creamy, classic carbonara is a bound to please a crowd. We love it with parmesan and lots of freshly ground black pepper.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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