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Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinners

July 05
Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinners | DonalSkehan.com, This week I have three easy weeknight pasta dinners that are not only quick to prepare but also guaranteed to be crowd pleasers.

Weeknights often come with their fair share of chaos—long workdays, after-school activities, and a general rush to get things done. Amidst the hustle, finding time to make a decent dinner for the whole family can feel daunting. More often than not I find the solution in a pack of pasta.

Pasta dishes are incredibly versatile, with just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, you can whip up a seriously comforting dinner that caters to a variety of tastes and dietary preferences. Whether you’re craving a classic spaghetti Bolognese, a classic carbonara, or a light and fresh pesto, there’s a pasta recipe to fit your needs.

This week I have three easy weeknight pasta dinners that are not only quick to prepare but also guaranteed to be crowd pleasers. 

Brown Butter Cherry Tomato Pasta

First up, a simple favourite, Brown Butter Cherry Tomato Pasta. It’s always good now and again to just have a big bowl of starchy, silky and salty pasta. Browning the butter just takes things a step further and gives this pasta dish a nutty flavour. You can switch the fettuccine for linguine or tagliatelle if you like. You can use coloured tomatoes here if you like to add a pop of colour to the dish.

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Crispy Salami, Asparagus & Lemon Pasta

Inspired by family life and the need for quick, comfort food. This is a fairly uncomplicated dish that like many of the recipes this week can be made in the time it takes to cook the pasta. The idea is based around creamy pasta a limone, where lemon zest infused cream adds a brightness, making it the perfect contrast to thin, crisp slices of salty salami and bright green tender asparagus. A summer winner for sure.

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Stanley Tucci’s Courgette Pasta

A couple of summers ago on our family holiday I managed to steal moments away from the kids to read Stanley Tucci’s autobiography, Taste: My Life Through Food. In between the wonderful personal stories and recipes that have defined his life, a standout recipe in the book is his Courgette Pasta, which fits perfectly into the category of easy weeknight pasta dinners. This simple yet elegant dish features thinly sliced courgettes sautéed in olive oil served with long pasta like spaghetti or linguine, and finished with freshly grated Parmesan and basil. It highlights the beauty of using fresh, simple ingredients particularly at this time of year.

Get the recipe here.