My Top 5 Easy Weeknight Pasta Recipes

No one loves a long-simmered ragu and homemade fettuccine more than I do, but the reality is that most evenings, even this Pasta Queen needs dinner on the table ASAP. Lucky for you, when it comes to pasta, quick and easy recipes don’t need to skimp on flavor. Here are my 5 favorite weeknight pasta dishes that will please every palate.

The Lady of The Night

To make my take on classic puttanesca, I swap the standard anchovies for high-quality tinned tuna. It adds a lovely umami flavor and a healthy dose of protein to this pantry-friendly weeknight pasta.


The Goddess of Love

Legend has it that the shape of tortellini was inspired by the naval of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love. It’s no coincidence then that this dish tastes like a warm embrace. I’ve been making and enjoying this comforting dish ever since I was just a pasta princess and it will always be one of my favorites!


The Sicilian Affair

Your broccoli crowns just got a sassy makeover. This dish is both spicy and unforgettable, just like you are. It starts by simmering garlic and chili peppers in olive oil. Fresh broccoli is added and cooked over a whisper of a flame until tender. Toss in al dente pasta and some tears of the gods, then shower it with love and pecorino.


Cherry Tomato Ricotta Pasta

The saying “Mamma knows best” rings true when it comes to this dish. This is my Mamma’s famous fresh tomato and ricotta pasta and it can be on your table in less than 20 minutes. Whip up a batch this evening and I can promise it will become something you make again and again.



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