There's comfort to be had in a dish that you have to labor over—a single, creative, productive project to focus on, something with a lot of ingredients. But there's a different sort of comfort in dishes that come together without you quite realizing it, dishes that are more than the sum of their parts and make you feel like anything is possible.
When that is the sort of comfort you need, turn to pasta, which springs from brittle bits to lush noodles with only a dunk in boiling water. And then turn to these 13 pasta dishes, which go from basic to bountiful with 6 ingredients or fewer in only about half an hour:
What do you make when you want to make something out of nothing? Tell us in the comments.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).