6 Pasta Recipes That Every 20-Something Should Know

I had to take some long, hard looks at all these delicious dinners when I was at the studio shooting this "Foodiversity: Pasta 101" feature, and I don’t think I have ever been more tortured. Pasta is already my weakness, but — OMG! — these recipes! They are so good! Whether you are new in the kitchen and want to learn some easy dishes to whip up, or you are a seasoned pasta eater (like me!) and want some new ideas for fast weeknight fare, we got you. From a one-pot meal to one that uses breakfast ingredients in a totally novel way, these pages are truly good enough to eat. I personally don’t think Foodiversity had ever looked, or tasted, better. But bring some water to a boil and see for yourself. Signed, The Pasta Monster.

This One-Pot Pasta Only Takes 10 Minutes

Photographed by Eric Helgas; Food Styled by Michelle Gatton.
Tired of using the same store-bought sauce every time you make spaghetti at home? With a tiny bit of extra effort, you can upgrade to this puttanesca, which sounds fancy, but is actually really simple. The best part is you can throw everything into one pot, cook for only 10 minutes, and have dinner on the table — and hardly any dishes in the sink.

One-Pot Puttanesca
Makes 4-6 servings

8 oz dried pappardelle or other wide, flat pasta
1 cup tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed basil, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped, pitted kalamata olives
2 tbsp capers
1 tin of anchovy fillets, roughly chopped
32-oz box vegetable or chicken broth
1 cup grated Parmesan (for serving)
Add everything to a big (preferably 12-inch) skillet, boil, stirring frequently until most of the liquid is absorbed and the pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and serve topped with Parmesan cheese.