A bowl of food

Here are 3 quick and easy pasta recipes that can help eliminate trips to the drive through when one needs a quick and easy dinner. We like to pick up a loaf of French bread at a local bakery to go with our pasta dishes. 

Decide what pasta you are in the mood for. These recipes are for smaller amounts but each recipe can be doubled easily. Start the pasta cooking before you start making one of these quick and easy pasta sauces.We love quick cooking, garlic based sauces for our pasta. These recipes have evolved over time and are made at least monthly, usually weekly.

Quick Meal Instructions

Turn on the oven if you want to warm the bread.
Decide what pasta you are in the mood for and start it cooking following the directions on the box.
Choose a sauce to make.

Quick Garlic Pasta Sauce

Utensils needed: large skillet, wooden spoon, measuring cup and spoon, knife to mince fresh garlic, grater for cheese.

In large skillet add 1/3 cup of olive oil, 3 cloves of finely minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon of salt, a pinch or two of red pepper flakes, 3 turns of black pepper from the grinder and ¼ of a large onion if desired. Sauté until the garlic turns tan and soft. Add 2 chopped fresh basil leaves. This takes about 6-8 minutes.

After pasta is drained, add the pasta to the large skillet, stir gently and add parmesan-romano cheese. Your choice, use a can or freshly grated to taste.

Easy Tomato Garlic Pasta Saute

Utensils needed: large skillet, wooden spoon, measuring cup and spoon, knife to mince fresh garlic, grater for cheese

In large skillet add 1/3 cup of olive oil, 8 ounces of grape tomatoes that are cut in half, 3 cloves of finely minced garlic, 3 chopped basil leaves, ¼ teaspoon of salt. Cook over medium heat until the tomatoes are soft.

After the pasta is drained, add pasta to the large skillet, stir to combine. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Quick Garlic Pesto Recipe

Utensils Needed: small food processor, measuring cups and spoons, grater for cheese

Add 2-3 teaspoons of pine nuts, 1 cup of basil, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/3 cup of olive oil into a food processor. Blend until the sauce is the texture and consistency you desire.

After the pasta is drained, place in a bowl and stir to blend the sauce and the pasta. Add freshly grated parmesan-romano cheese as desired.