13 Weeknight Pastas that Make Something Out of Nothing

October 12, 2015

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:

Edward Giobbi's Spaghetti alla Foriana by Genius Recipes

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Cavatelli with Asiago Oat Crumbs by QueenSashy



Macaroni Peas by Nicholas Day



Braised Onion Sauce by Kenzi Wilbur

Braised onion


Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas) by Emiko



Spaghetti Carbonara by Brette Warshaw



Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese by mrslarkin



Pasta Piselli by sdebrango



Cacio e Pepe by Jenny Goycochea



Summer Squash Sauce with Pasta by KaffeeAndKuchen



Diane Kochilas' Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions by Genius Recipes



Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale by Laura



Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Genius Recipes


What do you make when you want to make something out of nothing? Tell us in the comments.

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CFrance December 17, 2015
Dear Food 52, your banner that runs across the top of the page makes it next to impossible to use my app Pepperplate without constantly changing the size of the font. It never goes away when one clicks to get to the recipe page. I wish you would look at this and see if it can be changed. Tx.
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Caroline L. December 18, 2015
hi there CFRance, thanks for sharing this with us! i've forwarded this to our tech team—it's really helpful to hear!
Anna D. October 18, 2015
You had me at "braised onion sauce."
boulangere October 12, 2015
First Night in Florence Spaghetti:
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Caroline L. October 12, 2015
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