Pasta

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

Genius

 

Cavatelli with Asiago Oat Crumbs by QueenSashy

Cavatelli

 

Macaroni Peas by Nicholas Day

Macaroni

 

Braised Onion Sauce by Kenzi Wilbur

Braised onion

  

Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas) by Emiko

Chickpeas

 

Spaghetti Carbonara by Brette Warshaw

Carbonara

 

Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese by mrslarkin

Macaroni

 

Pasta Piselli by sdebrango

Piselli

 

Cacio e Pepe by Jenny Goycochea

Cacio

 

Summer Squash Sauce with Pasta by KaffeeAndKuchen

Squash

 

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

Onions

  

Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale by Laura

Udon

 

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

Sauce

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

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7 Comments

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: https://food52.com/recipes/14030-first-night-in-florence-spaghetti
 
inpatskitchen October 12, 2015
YES!!
 
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Caroline L. October 12, 2015
excellent suggestion! thank you!!
 
Bevi October 12, 2015
Funny! I just added to the tuna feature!