Time is not always something we have a massive dose of day to day. For me, if I’m not writing something, I’m trying to track down a story, interview people, or even promote my books, so time isn’t something I have on a daily basis. I’m sure the same goes for you, dear readers. So when it comes to cooking, I let myself in, out, and away from the kitchen to my comfy chair with a plate full of pasta, so why not dive into these 5 epic fall pasta dishes dishes that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less.
I don’t know about you, dear readers, but fall is a time for comfort food and a hearty serving of something hearty that hits your bones and belly after a day out there in all that menacing cooler air. a temperate winter on the way. Now, I don’t know what kind of winter we are supposed to have this year, but so far October has been slightly cold. Again, nothing says hearty to me like a nice helping of pasta, maybe a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on top….
I worked in the professional kitchen. That’s what I did part-time as I started my writing career and was able to write full-time, and let’s just say I picked up a few benchmarks along the way, like I have already written it. My father is a classically trained chef, and although he definitely hung up the apron and the toque, he taught me a lot about Italian cuisine and what says Italian cuisine better than a dish of perfectly fried pasta? I can’t think of anything else, or at least not as well.
I ended up working at a local Italian restaurant and landed a spot at the jump station. Now, if anyone has ever worked at a stir-fry station at an Italian restaurant, you know how busy that station is. I remember the chef pointing to three four-foot shelves just above the stove where I would be working on my first day and he said, “As soon as possible, you’ll have these three shelves full of pots with ingredients already inside just waiting to be called. Be ready.”
I wasn’t necessarily ready to see how right he was, but I carried on. The change was indeed crazy, but it was also at this job that I realized how easy a pasta stir-fry can be, and so I got creative, which thank God comes naturally to me. , and now it will benefit you because these pasta dishes are easy, quick and delicious; your whole family will benefit from it, trust me and you will too.
Here are 5 pasta dishes you can make in 30 minutes or less
Linguine with Italian cured sausages and garlic spinach
Sounds complicated, right? This is not the case. Trust old Dom for that one, dear readers. Let’s start.
You will need four jerky sausages which you can find at your local grocery store. The jerky has a lot of salt and flavor and definitely cooks faster, which is of course what we want here. Cut them into slices and set aside.
Six peeled garlic cloves (peeled garlic will save you time trying to peel off the stubborn papery rind found on garlic). Chop or mash as desired and set aside.
Defrost your package of frozen spinach already (do this in the morning before you go to work…place it in a bowl on your counter or fridge, depending on how long you’ll be gone).
And we are ready to begin. In your pan, pour a drizzle of olive oil and add your sausage slices to the pan and brown. Once they have changed color and caught fire, add your garlic and watch closely. Burnt garlic can completely alter the taste of a dish.
Let the oil absorb the flavor and aroma of the garlic and let the garlic soften a little, then add your spinach and sauté all the ingredients together.
Now add a little water to bring all these flavors together in a light ember; at this point add about two pinches of salt, a pinch of black pepper and half a teaspoon of hot pepper flakes and let the water reduce and let those flavors come together.
At this point, put the water for your pasta to boil. Once that’s done, add a pound of pasta and stir until cooked through. By the time the pasta is cooked, the sauce will be reduced. At this point, drain the pasta, add it to the pan and sauté; you are ready to go in less than thirty minutes.
Gigi Hadid Pasta!
This dish has gone viral on TikTok and for obvious reasons. It’s easy and delicious and comes together very quickly. Moribian on YouTube just shows you how to do it.
Spaghetti with pesto and walnuts
This one is even easier, my friends. You can find really good pesto at your local grocery store, but choose carefully. Do not skimp, because it is the main ingredient and the star of the dish, so choose a good one.
In a frying pan, pour a drizzle of olive oil and pour five good tablespoons of pesto into the olive oil and crumble it with your wooden spoon. Once it starts to heat up, add two full cups of nuts (obviously without the shell). The beauty here is that you don’t need to chop up any extra ingredients, as pesto is high in garlic, basil, pine nuts and a healthy dose of olive oil, so this one will heat up quickly.
To really bring the flavors together I would add a little water to the mixture once you’ve added the nuts and because of the water add a pinch of salt, pepper and hot pepper flakes to the sauce and leave to simmer.
As with the other dish, once the sauce is together, put your water on to boil and once that’s done, add your spaghetti (one pound). Once cooked, the sauce should be good to take away. Strain, sauté and this one goes really well with a really good salty Romano cheese. Enjoy; it’s a great vegetarian option.
Gordon Ramsay’s Carbonara in 10 minutes!
Carbonara is a precious dish of Italian cuisine and it seems much more complicated than it is. Here, the master blaster himself, Chief Gordon Ramsay, shows you how to make this classic dish in a few easy steps and it’s delicious. Believe me, I tried. Just follow its precise steps… after all you have seen Hell’s Kitchen. I’m sure you don’t want to get yelled at right now.
“Come on, you Muppet!”
Hey, everything’s better with bacon, right? For sure. Here, the bacon is the star of the dish. I have a way to make this classic that is sure to be quick and easy.
First of all. You will need to chop 2 onions. You can chop them however you like, but typically the onions in this dish are cut into thin slices. If you can handle this without cutting your fingers, then go for it. Or, you can use your electric food processor, but then you have to wash it, so I’d go for a coarse chop, but do as your nerve – just be careful.
Then, for speed, I like to use pre-cooked bacon (low sodium). Make sure you have at least 24 slices. Cut into strips if possible.
In a frying pan, pour a drizzle of olive oil and add the onion. Once the onion has caramelized and lightly browned, add the bacon. Let the oil get all that bacon flavor. At this point, add your tomato sauce…. This is where a variety of potted tomatoes will definitely come in handy and they are good.
I prefer Rao’s, but you can choose whichever you prefer. I always like to add about half the pot of water. It also helps you get all that stubborn sauce stuck in the jar after emptying it, and it helps bring all the ingredients together while it simmers on the stove.
At this point add a pinch of salt, no sugar here…these pot sauces are too sweet, hence why I add water…. Then black pepper and hot pepper flakes.
Once the sauce is set put your water on to boil, while it does this the sauce should reduce perfectly and at this point it should smell amazing. Once the pasta is cooked (another pound), strain, sauté and voila.
You see, the key to all of these recipes is really the time factor which is reduced because while your sauce is cooking and reducing, the pasta will be ready to go. These five options will be easy for you.
Good luck dear readers, and let us know how they are. And do you have any quick and easy recipes you’d like to share? You’re welcome. Good food there, Guilty Eaters.