I am bored with my pasta repertoire. Inspire me?

(47 Posts)
CharlotteBronteSaurus Thu 29-Nov-12 11:07:23

Preferably recipes I can knock together in the 15 minutes between getting in from work and the DDs killing each other through hunger-driven aggression.

SavoyCabbage Thu 29-Nov-12 11:10:59

I love this gnocchi I add mushrooms and its still lovely without the cheese.

DewDr0p Thu 29-Nov-12 11:12:03

Pasta pesto with salmon and broccoli (and/or peas) (I microwave the salmon from frozen, only takes a few mins) Also good with sauteed courgettes.

Spaghetti carbonara (we make ours with eggs, nutmeg, fried pancetta with a splash of white wine or Noilly Prat - no cream) You can add peas to this to make it more balance or serve with salad.

Spaghetti with prawns, courgettes, lemon juice and dill. Cut courgettes into thin matchsticks and saute in olive oil for 1-2mins just to soften slightly. Add prawns to warm through and scatter over chopped dill, lemon juice to taste.

HeathRobinson Thu 29-Nov-12 11:14:22

Ooh Savoy, that looks good. I'll make that next week.

DewDr0p Thu 29-Nov-12 11:14:37

I also do tuna pasta, basic version is simmer tin of toms with some herbs while pasta cooking, add tins of sweetcorn and tuna for last minute. Can also dice some carrot and add to cook with pasta. Even nicer if you have some proper tomato sauce hanging around to make it with but dcs wolf down either way.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Thu 29-Nov-12 11:19:08

thanks guys
squash is evil grin
but will have a crack at the rest

sununu Thu 29-Nov-12 11:20:58

sauteed leeks and/or mushroom then stir on a dollop of natural yog after it is off the heat makes a super quick creamy one.
my kids love fried spaghetti (I think it has a real italian name too!), so I cook double quantitites when we have spag and meatball, then next day beat a couple of eggs with grated parmesan, put in the cold cooked spagheti, then fry in a thin flat disc like a frittata (could add chopped things too). put on plate and serve in wedges.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Thu 29-Nov-12 18:02:32

i quite like the sound of fried spaghetti

lolalotta Fri 30-Nov-12 06:41:17

This roasted veg pasta dish is very fast and so tasty, we have make it every weekend since discovering it, we like it so much! grin

bunjies Fri 30-Nov-12 07:04:55

A variation if Nigel Slater's sausage pasta. Basically get some decent sausages, take them out of their skins and break into chunks into some olive oil that's been heating in a frying pan. When cooked add wholegrain mustard, cream, some fresh basil or dried chilli flakes if you're feeling sassy and some cream or creme fraiche. Tip in cooked pasta and mix it all up. It is mega simple & delicious.

TotemPole Fri 30-Nov-12 16:49:50

I make a tuna pasta bake. This does 2, so maybe double for 4. Fry a chopped onion and a couple of chopped/pressed garlic cloves until soft, add a tin of chopped tomatoes, some mixed herbs, and a bit of salt and pepper, simmer for a few minutes, add a tin of tuna and mix well. Mix with some cooked pasta shapes, turn into an oven dish and top with grated cheese. Then you can either put in the oven to heat and brown cheese or heat through in the microwave and put under the grill to brown. Nice with salad or some frozen peas and/or sweetcorn.

artifarti Fri 30-Nov-12 17:01:09
CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 30-Nov-12 18:29:33

thanks all - sausage is definitely going on the list

What about aubergines?

My favourite veg, probably very little nutritional value, but tasty and with nice slimey texture and goes well with pasta.

My mum used to make fried egg and spaghetti. She ended up making it every time my very fussy best friend came over, since she loved it.

* slimy

SolidGoldYESBROKEMYSPACEBAR Fri 30-Nov-12 20:58:24

Tonight's tea, as defined by what was in the veg bag and having some bacon in the fridge - chopped up bacon, fry with chopped leek, add some roughly chopped spinach, stir till it's all cooked, add a splat of creme fraiche and some Parmesan.

Came out very nicely.

TheOriginalPan Fri 30-Nov-12 21:10:16

if you click on the "Food" tab on the banner line up there...^..you'll see "recipes" and lots of them fit your needs.

To be honest, with pasta you can chuck anything in and it'll go together. Cheese is the glue of life. Well, my life.

sabbby82 Fri 30-Nov-12 21:17:29

Spaghetti, garlic, chillies, mackerel, rocket and then croutons when serving... Yum!

TheOriginalPan Fri 30-Nov-12 21:27:08

Pan's sausage and pasta dish in "Recipes". Jamie will quake.

BrianButterfield Fri 30-Nov-12 21:29:02

Smoked salmon scraps and creme fraiche or Philadelphia.

Cooked chicken, parmesan and creme fraiche.

Chopstheduck Fri 30-Nov-12 21:37:10

Melt butter, add some garlic, red chilli, crab, coriander, cook for a bit, add a generous splash of tequila, stir thru some fresh spaghetti or tagliatelle. Dive in!

Chepstowmonkey Fri 30-Nov-12 22:33:58

We eat this a lot: http://crumbsfeedyourfamily.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/broccoli-pasta.html?m=1.

I don't put chilli in it when I cook it as DD doesn't like chilli but I sprinkle those dried chilli flakes on my portion afterwards.

Chepstowmonkey Fri 30-Nov-12 22:35:06
Chepstowmonkey Sat 01-Dec-12 08:24:28
TotemPole Sat 01-Dec-12 11:23:26

The Philadelphia with salmon is nice and easy too. There's a recipe on the Philadelphia site.

Put some milk in a saucepan, add a dollop of Philadelphia with herbs or chives, heat and keep stirring. When it's melted add the cooked pasta. You can add some cooked peas at this stage. Mix everything up. Then put in the smoked salmon cuts and stir.

The recipe is for tagliatelle, which is nice, but you can use any pasta really and it's easier to mix shapes than ribbons.

This is nice with a leafy salad with some chopped peppers.

Chepstowmonkey, I like the sound of the pasta with broccoli. That must work out really cheap too.

moogdroog Sat 01-Dec-12 11:49:06

I like Hugh FW's macaroni peas. Cook small pasta, cook peas. Melt butter in a frying pan, cook s

AgaKhant Sat 01-Dec-12 11:50:56

What bunjies said - NS's sausage pasta is fab. (It is he only thing DH chooses to cook!)

moogdroog Sat 01-Dec-12 11:53:54

I have fat thumbs and an iPhone. Sorry.
As I was saying, cook garlic, whizz the butter garlic mixture with half the peas, some pea water and some strong cheese. Mint, basil and parsley all work nicely in it too. Easy peasy. Peas of piss. Sorry.

BlatherskitedaboutChristmas Sat 01-Dec-12 11:55:39

I was going to post Jamie's Prawn and Rocket Spaghetti but I see someone has already done it.

I also do one with fried Pancetta, mushrooms, a spoonfull of Pesto and a small tub of creme fraiche that the kids love and takes minutes.

PessimisticMissPiggy Sat 01-Dec-12 12:13:46

Pasta and chorizo in spicy tomato sauce (or sausage/chicken/mushrooms/bacon chunks/roasted veg)

Get your chorizo sausage out of the fridge and take out of the wrapper.

Dice a small onion, soften in a pan with some frylight then add a value can of chopped toms. Pinch of sugar, salt and pepper, half a teaspoon of mild chilli powder and a squirt of tomato puree then leave to simmer. Put on pasta. Sauce is for 2/3.

Dice a third of the chorizo after peeling off skin. Fry in a pan over a gentle heat until nicely coloured. Set aside and either drain oil to use cooking something else or stir into sauce.

Add pasta to sauce, stir, serve and add chorizo (or other meat or veg).

PessimisticMissPiggy Sat 01-Dec-12 12:15:56

Sorry, forgot to say 2 cloves chopped with the garlic.

DawnOfTheDee Sat 01-Dec-12 12:20:58

Blue cheesy pasta.

Cook pasta.
When it's got 5 mins left add some broccoli
When 2 mins left add spinach
Drain pasta but reserve a cup of the water.
Put pasta back in pan with a tub of creme fraiche & 100g blue cheese
Stir to melt the cheese into a sauce add water a bit at a time until consistency is right.

DawnOfTheDee Sat 01-Dec-12 12:21:53

Meant to say you can also add some black pepper or cayenne pepper at the end.

pmTea Sat 01-Dec-12 12:22:47

depending on what they like here are some of our faves:

Zucchini: Grate 2 large zucchini and set aside. Peel and slice two cloves garlic and heat through gently in a pan with a good 4 tbsp of olive oil in (from cold). When beginning to sizzle, add zucchini and warm through (not browned), for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with a few chilli flakes, then stir into cooked pasta shells/twists and add loads of finely grated parmesan and a twist of black pepper.

Bean & salami: Cut a pack of salami slices into shreds using kitchen scissors (it's faster). Peel a clove of garlic and slice into a pan. Add salami. Turn on heat and wait for the fat of salami to come through slowly and coat garlic, Stir frequently. Low heat. Then add a can of chopped tinned tomatoes, a bay leaf, and a tin of drained cannellini beans, plus about half of the tomato tin of water too. Turn heat up until bubbling quite hard, for about 15/20mins or so, until reduced. Season to taste if needed. Serve with small shape pasta (ditalini, maccheroni etc are best).

Tuna and tomato: Make a basic tomato sauce recipe (sliced garlic cloves into gently warming olive oil), tomato tin added once garlic is clear but not browning. Bay leaf. Basil leaves or dried oregano if you have it. Cook uncovered for about 15mins. Add splash of red wine for flavour (not necessary but nice!) and then a tin of drained tuna. Stir through and cook for further 10mins. You can even set aside some for your kids, then add capers and black olives to remaining sauce to jazz it up for the adults (if kids don't like those extras). Goes well with any pasta and a sprinkling of cheese.

Tip: even when I only make a basic tomato sauce, I always make much more than I need (usually 2 or 3 tinned tomatoes worth ) and freeze the remainder, even into small portions for the kids, or larger family portions.

LacDeMaison Sat 01-Dec-12 13:16:14

I like to make chicken and courgette pasta with pesto - you can replace the courgette with your favourite veg if you like and the recipe lends itself well to left over roast chicken.
A real time saver is microwave white sauce, so much quicker that the traditional way and can be adapted to make cheese sauce, mushroom sauce, spinach sauce etc - all good with pasta. Microwave cheese sauce

Drladybird Sat 01-Dec-12 13:52:00

One of our fav's: Lentil bolagnese

bruffin Sat 01-Dec-12 14:13:10

Chicken and sundried tomato with spinach

Fry the chicken in the sundried tomato oil, add the chopped sun dried tomato and then add the spinach for the last few minutes until it wilts. Stir into pasta

What we call egg and bacon pasta

boil the pasta

fry pancetta cubes or chopped up bacon, could also add mushroom, courgette. Mix those into the pasta and while the pasta is very hot mix 3 eggs into the pasta and heat from the pasta should cook the egg into a sauce.


Melt boirsin cheese, then add some milk to thin into a sauce, add smoked salmon an/or mushrooms

ChasedByBees Sat 01-Dec-12 14:20:38

Caramelised onions, chopped dried figs and blue cheese is an unusual favourite of ours.

On a blue cheese theme, a blue cheese sauce melted in and then sliced pear and walnuts stirred through just before serving.

We also love roast veg or sausage, tinned tomato and fennel seeds.

Also for a cold pasta sauce: smoked salmon, chopped apple, chopped celery, dill and sour cream is lovely. We had that in Norway and it was called a Flåm special in the cafe we went to. We call it that too as Flåm (pron. Flom we think) is just so fun to say. Flåm Flåm Flåm.

Following this with interest as 10mo DD loves pasta and is allergic to tomatoes. I need inspiration too.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sat 01-Dec-12 19:06:33

cheers everyone.
lots of these we do already, or at least variations thereof, but we definitely use some of these

EssKay Sun 02-Dec-12 01:14:58

My kids' favourite meal ever is pasta in cheating cheese sauce (upsetting for me as I love cooking, and this is the opposite!): while the pasta is cooking put half a pot of double cream and a handful of ready grated cheddar (that's enough for my 3 kids 5 and under) on a v low heat (has to be ready grated as the potato starch in it thickens the sauce). By the time the pasta is ready, the cheese will have melted and made a rich and effortless cheese sauce. If it's too thick, loosen with a splash of milk. I usually throw some peas or broccoli into the pasta water a few mins before it's ready to make me feel like I'm making a bit of effort.

Also Jamie's Saturday afternoon tuna pasta is yummy www.grouprecipes.com/42743/jamie-olivers-saturday-afternoon-pasta.html
I don't bother simmering for 20mins, and it's fine without lemon zest or juice if I'm in a hurry.

babbas Sun 02-Dec-12 13:03:34

For a cheap dish fry off a pound of mince on oil with garlic chilli onion. When c

babbas Sun 02-Dec-12 13:05:01

Sent too early.

When cooked add some tinned toms but not too much. Then throw in pasta and mix. Top with cheese. You can add any cooked veg. I usually add sweet corn and broccoli. A pound of mince goes a very long way.

Fry all or some of: chopped onion, broccoli florets, cut up bacon or lardons, sliced mushrooms, pine nuts add pasta fusilli and a jar of pesto, and hey pesto! smile

Tuna pasta:
Fry all or some of:
~chopped onion,
~tin of tuna,
~sliced mushrooms,
~chopped celery (hardly noticeable apart from crunchy texture in this but crosses off another of the 5 a day wink ),
~black pitted olives
~handful or two of frozen sweetcorn or a tin of,
~stir in a packet of (light?) cream cheese i.e. philadelphia,
~a tin of condensed mushroom soup i.e. Campbells,
~add the cooked fusilli pasta,
~add splashes of milk until consistency is less stodgy and more saucy
~season to taste (a tiny bit of hot paprika/Cayenne pepper can give it more of a kick)

eat straight away or place in ovenproof dish and cover with breadcrumbs, grated cheese and bake for 30 mins or until golden brown on top and hot throughout.

Serve with wine or other legally appropriate beverage!

somanymiles Mon 03-Dec-12 19:05:09

Jamie Oliver’s Broccoli Orecchiette Pasta from 30 Minute Meals, and he also has a good sausage pasta in that book too, oh and a macaroni and cauliflower cheese which I find a bit bland but is an excellent way of disguising veggies for picky eaters.
Spag bol, of course.
Jamie O's Best Pasta Salad - www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetarian-recipes/the-best-pasta-salad
Santa Fe Pasta Salad from my ReBar cookbook - can be served warm. Basically pasta shells, roasted corn, candied smoked salmon, feta cheese, pine nuts and baby toms with a dressing made from roasted red peppers and garlic with lots of olive oil . It's very yummy, but takes at least an hour to make...

somanymiles Mon 03-Dec-12 19:06:18

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