It's no secret we are big fans of innovative cuisine — sous vide cooking, craft cocktails, molecular gastronomy? Sign us up for all of it. Still, there's something about the classics that nouveau fare just can't touch. One thing everyone should master? A signature bowl of pasta. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, or a straight-up omnivore, there are a million ways you can enjoy this flexible food. We challenged ourselves to create three easy pasta dishes, each with five ingredients or less. You don't need hundreds of high-end components to create an outstanding, inventive, healthy meal. Classic? Yes. Boring? Never.
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Cappellini with Fried Egg, Peas & Pinoli
We like to think of this as a dummy-proof spin on classic carbonara. Though it's filled with flavor and is utterly satisfying, this pasta recipe is also significantly lighter than the original. It's both our go-to comfort food and a perfect impromptu dinner party dish — the whole process takes 10 minutes, and odds are you have most of the ingredients in your house already. Grab a pan and a pot and get crackin'!
1 16 oz box capellini
5 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups peas
2/3 cup pinoli (pine nuts)
1-2 eggs per serving
Olive oil, as needed
Styled by Rhoda Boone
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