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This is a delicious simple sauce which goes with anything. Freeze in small portions so you always have some on hand.

55 people made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (400g) tins whole plum tomatoes
  • 175g (6 oz) tomato purée
  • handful chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 100ml (4 fl oz) red wine

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:15min ›Ready in:30min

  1. In a large saucepan, warm olive oil over medium low heat and add garlic; cook for a few minutes, making sure to not brown the garlic.
  2. Pour tomatoes and purée into saucepan and stir; cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add parsley, salt and wine; reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens; serve.

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Reviews in English (39)

Something else.I added sliced mushrooms and finely chopped pepper to add extra flavour and texture. I will also try adding a small amount of chopped courgette next time I make this-03 Aug 2009

Lovely, simple sauce. Freezes well.-18 Dec 2013

easy, simple.tasty the italains would be proud of you.-31 May 2009


25 Easy Pasta Recipes

These easy pasta recipes will satisfy any pasta craving! Whether you're hungry for classic lasagna or a new, inventive idea, we've got you covered.

Pasta recipes are some of these most versatile dishes out there. Cooking a romantic dinner for two? There’s a pasta recipe for that. Need a quick and easy dinner on a weeknight? There’s a pasta recipe for that. Serving a crowd? There’s one for that too.

Below, you’ll find 25 easy pasta recipes we’ve made and loved on all sorts of occasions – family gatherings, date nights in, and times when I’ve been at a loss for what to cook for dinner. Oftentimes, those nights have yielded the best pasta dinners we’ve had. Turns out, it only takes simple ingredients – olive oil, fresh herbs, and a splash of wine or sprinkle of cheese – to create pasta recipes worth making again and again.

These pasta dishes are some of our favorites. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Spaghetti & Linguine Recipes

Pesto Pasta
This one’s a classic for a reason! Luckily for us, it comes together in 15 minutes flat.

Lemon Linguine with Roasted Tomatoes
Sometimes, the best pasta recipes are the simplest. Here, slow-roasted tomatoes and lemon add chewy texture and rich flavor to tangles of linguine, arugula, and creamy mozzarella cheese.

Spaghetti Bolognese
You won’t miss the meat in this vegetarian spaghetti bolognese! French green lentils, walnuts, and cremini mushrooms make it hearty and substantial, while rosemary, sage, and a splash of red wine fill it with savory flavor.

Baked Pasta Recipes

Easy Baked Ziti
This baked ziti recipe is perfect for any and every occasion, from a busy weeknight to a holiday dinner. It’s quick and easy to make, great for serving a crowd, and delicious to boot!

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
If you like a LOT of vegetables in your lasagna, this recipe is the one for you. I pile over 5 cups of roasted veggies between layers of creamy ricotta, pasta, and tomato sauce. They make it flavorful, hearty, and good for you, too!

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells
These stuffed shells are an all-time Love and Lemons fan favorite, and once you try them, you’ll see why. The filling – made of roasted butternut squash and a vegan spinach “ricotta” – is bright and creamy. They’d be good if you stopped there, but serving them with a pinch of red pepper flakes and luscious cashew cream sauce makes them totally irresistible.

Zucchini Lasagna
This is no ordinary zucchini lasagna! Instead of ricotta, I use a creamy blend of tofu, zucchini, and walnuts, and zucchini planks step in for half the noodles. Still, even lasagna purists will fall for it. It may not be traditional, but it’s savory, fresh, and comforting nonetheless.

Creamy Pasta Recipes

Fettuccine Alfredo
This nutty, velvety fettuccine Alfredo has a secret ingredient hiding inside it: cauliflower! Blended with Parmesan cheese, pasta water, and a touch of butter, it creates an Alfredo sauce that’s lighter than – but every bit as delicious as – the classic version.

Creamy Vegan Pasta
You don’t need dairy to make a luscious pasta sauce, and this vegan pasta is here to prove it! The protein-packed sauce is a rich, creamy blend of white beans, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast. Trust me, you’ll want to go back for seconds!

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese
An oldie, but a goodie! Steamed veggies and dollops of pesto add a fresh element to this creamy, comforting mac and cheese.

Creamy Pasta Pomodoro
If Jack would let me, I’d eat this pasta pomodoro for dinner every night of the week. The creamy tomato sauce is comforting, yet light, made by blending homemade marinara with cashews. It adds delicious tangy flavor to the hearty noodles and sautéed veggies in this dish.

Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle, page 167 of Love and Lemons Every Day
When sweet corn is in season, I can’t get enough of this sweet/smoky summer pasta! The juicy corn kernels blend with the “milk” from the cobs to become a perfect cream sauce without using actual cream.

Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettucine, page 65 of The Love and Lemons Cookbook
Nothing beats the bold umami flavor in this creamy vegan pasta sauce. Add seared Brussels sprouts and fettuccine into the mix, and you have a dish that even the pickiest eaters will love.

Vegetable Pasta Recipes

Roasted Vegetable Pasta
Make this flexible, veggie-packed pasta with whatever produce you have on hand! Toss the caramelized veggies with feta cheese, fresh basil, and a big squeeze of lemon juice to make a bright, satisfying dish.

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Kale
The ultimate winter pasta dish! Crunchy walnuts, caramelized fennel, and a splash of white wine make it flavorful and fun to eat.

Herb & Garlic Mushroom Pasta
This pasta recipe is a terrific choice for a date night in, especially if your date loves mushrooms as much as mine does. It feels elevated, but it’s deceptively easy to make. I won’t tell if you won’t!

Here are a few more of our favorite veggie-ful pastas:

No-Noodle Pasta Recipes

Sweet Potato Noodles with Garlic & Kale
My vibrant spin on spaghetti aglio e olio! I toss garlicky sweet potato noodles with fresh basil, sautéed greens, toasted pine nuts, and a shower of Parmesan cheese.

No-Noodle Sweet Potato Lasagna
Lasagna and baked sweet potatoes are two of my favorite comfort foods, so I thought, why not combine them? I add chopped sage and tangy feta to the creamy ricotta filling to highlight the cozy flavor of the sweet potato “noodles.” There’s nothing I crave more on a cold winter night!

Zucchini Noodle Puttanesca, page 177 of Love and Lemons Every Day
This recipe did the impossible: it got Jack and me to love olives! They add intense briny flavor to this super fresh summertime pasta.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles
Lighten up your favorite pasta dishes by swapping zoodles for traditional noodles! Layer them into a lasagna, or sauté them and top them with any pasta sauce you love. Alternatively, try using strands of roasted spaghetti squash with your favorite pasta sauce.

What to Serve with Pasta Recipes

These recipes can all act as full meals on their own, but they’re also delicious with something fresh on the side. I particularly like to serve pasta with my Caesar salad, classic Caprese salad, or Greek Salad, but any of these favorite salad recipes would pair nicely with the easy pasta recipes here.

Alternatively, forego the salad and serve a roasted vegetable instead! Roasted broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts are all great partners for pasta.

And if you’re serving a crowd, charred cherry tomatoes, a burrata platter, or homemade focaccia would make a fantastic starter. Bon appétit!

More Favorite Dinner Ideas

If you love these pasta recipes, check out my favorite easy dinner recipes, 85 best vegan recipes, or top soup recipes next!


Best pasta sauce recipes

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Béchamel sauce for lasagne

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Cacio e pepe sauce

This classic Tuscan pasta sauce made using black pepper and Parmesan cheese is super simple but extremely indulgent. This iconic recipe comes from Borough Market's Padella.

Smoky sausage ragu

The best sausage pasta sauce. Add a hint of smoked paprika and fennel seeds for a much more interesting sauce than you can buy in the shops.

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One-pot tomato and basil pasta

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Sicilian pistachio sauce

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Best spaghetti bolognese

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Slow and low goat ragu with orecchiette

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The first time I read about this recipe, I was a doubter. Canned tomatoes, butter, and an onion? Sure, I thought, sounds okay and all. But it doesn’t sound like anything that would part the heavens and make the birds sing and force me to declare proudly that my life was now complete.

Which I guess it really doesn’t – it’s just food after all. But this sauce truly is more divine than you’d think upon reading the list of ingredients. Something about simmering these three ingredients together really does create magic.

Magic Three-Ingredient Pasta Sauce is wonderful tossed in or spooned over just about any pasta. We especially enjoy it mixed in with plain ol’ spaghetti noodles or piled onto whole-wheat penne.

Simple, inexpensive, and easy to make. Who doesn’t want more of that in their kitchen?


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In my opinion this pasta sauce tasted somewhat akin to sundried tomatoes – but perhaps not quite such a deep rich flavour. I am looking forward to seeing what others think and what variations people might make to the recipe.


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5. Tuscan Pumpkin Pasta Sauce - (Real Food Whole Life)
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6. Vegan Alfredo Sauce - (The Bojon Gourmet)
I love using homemade cashew milk as a substitute for heavy cream or even coconut milk. It is silky smooth, and full of body, and works as a brilliant vegan alfredo sauce base here. Soak the cashews while you're out fo the day, and this sauce comes together in no time. Get the recipe here.

7. Red Pesto Sauce - (101 Cookbooks)
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8. Lemon Almond Sauce - (Naturally Ella)
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9. Pounded Walnut Sauce - (101 Cookbooks)
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10. Creamy Chipotle Sauce - (Dora's Table)
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Homemade Pasta or Store-Bought?

Store-bought pasta is always good in a pinch or when you are just too tired after all day (or week) to even contemplate making your own. You won’t lose any taste per say in your dish but it goes without saying that homemade pasta is going to be fresher, crunchier, and healthier in the long run.

Store-bought pasta? Will be thicker and firmer even after boiling so if that’s the consistency (and texture) you are aiming for use a store-bought batch.

However, if you don’t have the time or a batch of homemade pasta on hand – don’t sweat it! There is a reason that pasta is also sold in the grocery stores because it does work for any pasta dish you are thinking of making, including this one.


Simple Way to Prepare Perfect Baked Pasta with White Sauce

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The ingredients needed to cook Baked Pasta with White Sauce:

  1. You need 2.5 cups of Penne Pasta.
  2. Take 1 of medium sized capsicum chopped.
  3. Provide 2 of medium sized carrots chopped.
  4. Provide 1 teaspoon of garlic chopped.
  5. Use 1 cup of grated cheese.
  6. Provide 2 tablespoon of maida.
  7. You need 2 cups of milk.
  8. Prepare 1 teaspoon of oregano.
  9. Prepare 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes.
  10. Provide 2 tablespoon of butter.
  11. Use of Vegetable oil as required.
  12. You need of Salt as required.
  13. Get of Sugar as required.
  14. Take 1 teaspoon of black pepper.

Instructions to make Baked Pasta with White Sauce:

  1. Boil the pasta in some water by adding a drop of vegetable oil and 1tsp salt..
  2. Heat some vegetable oil in a wok and add the garlic..
  3. Let the aroma comes out. Then add the capsicum and carrot with some salt..
  4. Saute it well and cover it with a lid. Cook it in the medium flame..
  5. When the veggies seems to become cooked and fried, remove it from the flame..
  6. In the same wok, add the butter and the maida. Cook it for a couple of mins and then add the milk..
  7. Be very careful while adding the milk, it may form some lumps in it..
  8. Add the milk, little by little, and stir it continuously so that no lumps can form..
  9. Add the black pepper, oregano and some salt and sugar. Sugar is optional..
  10. After you get the desired consistency, remove it from the flame. You white sauce is ready.
  11. In a microwave proof dish, mix the white sauce, boiled pasta and veggies. Garnish it with some grated cheese and chilli flakes..
  12. Bake it in convection mode, at 180degree for 15minutes..
  13. Serve hot.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the two sauces together. Add mozzarella cheese to the sauce mixture and combine. It can be anything you like, a lot of Italian recipes include sausage or they can be meat-free with just veggies. They're baked in a tomato or white based sauce and topped with lots of mozzarella cheese. Since our sausage pasta bake is super popular (and absolutely delicious), I decided to make this recipe simple and meat-free but.

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Tuna, eggs and capers

This really comes alive if you use a good-quality tuna, packed in olive oil.

Serves 4
1 large onion, finely chopped
6 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to finish
200g tuna in olive oil, drained
200ml dry white wine
125ml fish stock
Juice of 1 lemon
4 tbsp capers, rinsed, roughly chopped
400g dried pasta
2 tbsp whole milk or double cream
2 egg yolks

1 Gently fry the onion in the oil for about 5 minutes. Add the tuna, cook for a minute then break with a wooden spoon. After 4-5 minutes the tuna should be flaked and coated in oil.

2 Turn up the heat and add the wine. Allow to bubble for about 3 minutes, then add the fish stock, lemon juice and capers. Cook for a few more minutes until the sauce has thickened and the oil has come to the surface. Set aside.

3 Cook the pasta until al dente. Beat the milk and eggs together.

4 Drain the pasta and transfer to a heated bowl. Toss first with the tuna sauce, then add the egg mix and toss again. Finish with oil.

Adapted from Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way by Oretta Zanini de Vita and Maureen B Fant (WW Norton & Company)