Before you get started on easy pasta dishes, you should familiarize yourself with how pasta and a sauce work together. This combination will comprise most of the dishes you create, so learning to understand how the shape of different pastas will work with the different types and consistency of sauces will be good background information to have. To find such information, you might begin at the “Pasta Types” page at http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Pasta-Types/Detail.aspx.
It isn’t that hard to find uncomplicated pasta recipes once you know where to look and how you can filter the recipe sites. Often the fast and easy dishes are the ones that have the fewest or most quickly prepared ingredients, or which turn to tasty herb combinations to help add spice and interest. It’s possible to make some tasty meals without needing to get too elaborate, and pasta is among the best ways to do it.
Some easy pasta dishes are those that recipe websites recommend as “kid friendly.” For example, at www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/176259/Chicken-pesto-pasta, you will find a simple Chicken Pesto Pasta where you add pesto sauce (homemade or from a jar) to penne pasta, with slices of cooked chicken breast and sauted apple slices. Or you can try Gino D’Acampo’s Pasta with Peas, Ham and eggs, where you add diced ham to shell pasta, along with defrosted peas, Parmesan cheese, and a touch of chili flakes to add a bit of zip. Kid-friendly dishes in these recipe collections are often quite easy to prepare.
Once you’re familiar with different types of sauces and pastas, then you can start making some pasta dishes. Some don’t even involve elaborate sauces. For example, you might try a dish that only adds slices of zucchini and diced onion to a dish of some sort of spiral pasta. To these you would add oregano and garlic, with some fresh parsley and a couple of good squirts of lemon juice, mixing in a little extra virgin olive oil and topping the pasta dish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Sometimes it’s the herbs that make all the difference.
You may decide just to make a quick angel hair pasta meal, tossed with a bit of olive oil and basil, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Or you could make a quick pasta salad. Once you get the hang of it, easy pasta dishes do indeed come easy. When you’ve got the underlying knowledge of how pasta itself is cooked properly, and how different sizes and types of pasta relate to different sauces, you’ve already made a good start. Then you just follow the recipes, and the delicious end result is your reward.
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