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pasta

Starches

Macaroni & Cheese

Have you ever promised a pre-schooler macaroni and cheese for lunch without realizing that you’re out of the boxed stuff? Your whole day may seem completely shot, until some fast Googling and a serendipitous stash of just the right groceries allow you to make the homemade version.

It’s actually pretty easy and is much, much better than the boxed stuff.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Pork

Slow Cooker Pork Ragu

Season pork loin and cook in a slow cooker with crushed tomatoes, stock, onions, carrots, and a splash of wine. Shred, and serve with hot pasta.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Pasta

Sausage Broccoli Pasta

Use one pot of boiling water to cook the broccoli, spinach, and the pasta. Brown Italian sausage, and combine everything for a super easy, satisfying weeknight meal.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Pasta

Pendley Pasta

This tomato-based pasta salad has been a favorite in our group of friends for years. It’s a vegan dish that travels well to pot lucks and can also serve as a main dish, especially topped with chunks of warm salmon.

Yield: 10 side-dish servings Total time: 30 minutes
Pasta

Doni’s Caramelized Onion & Roasted Red Pepper Linguine

Caramelize onions and roasted peppers, add a bit of butter and broth, and then swirl in cooked linguine and top with crumbled feta cheese. Doni serves this with pesto-crusted chicken breasts.

Yield: 3 to 4 servings Total time: 1 hour
Soups

Beefy Spaghetti Soup

From browning the ground beef to cooking the spaghetti noodles, this soup is made entirely in the microwave. The carrots and green beans add a serving of veggies to a kid-friendly meal.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Pasta

Tomato Sauce with Butter

This sauce has a silky, light texture. Adding butter to tomato sauce cuts down on the acidity, and simmering chunks of carrot and onion in the sauce adds a delicate flavor.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 1 hour
Pasta

Pasta with Chicken & Peppers

Sauté chicken seasoned with Cajun seasoning with bell pepper strips and onion. Add prepared spaghetti sauce, and serve over pasta.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Pasta

One-Pot Spaghetti

This makes for a perfect weeknight dinner. Spaghetti cooks right in a skillet of browned beef, onion, broth, tomato paste, and seasonings.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 40 minutes
Pasta

Mamma Mia Pasta

In college I loved this cheesy, slightly sweet tomato-based pasta.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes