27 Easy Pasta Recipes That Don’t Use Sauce From A Jar, Because You Deserve Better

There’s only one problem with recipes prepared by blindfolded, shackled cooks: They usually taste like they were prepared by blindfolded, shackled cooks. Recipes that are too easy can tend to be a bit of a letdown in the flavor department.

Take pasta, for instance. In the desperation of a busy weeknight, you’ve probably popped open a jar of red sauce and dumped it on some freshly boiled dried pasta. If you were feeling extra energetic, you might’ve sprinkled on some of that powdered “Parmesan” cheese stuff that’s not actually Parmesan, but smells like feet. It’s good enough, but you’re worth more.

We’re going to offer a compromise. We’ve picked 27 of our favorite pasta recipes that are low-maintenance but actually use real ingredients and lots of vegetables, meaning they taste like something you’ll look forward to eating. They all start off with dried pasta, which many chefs argue is better than fresh, but not a single one of these recipes call for a jar of sauce. Get that stuff out of here.

We’ve taken it easy on you and avoided any recipes that call for pesto, because no one wants to get out their food processor at night. There ARE are couple of recipes that require a sauce that can be made a day in advance, because they were just too delicious to leave off the list. And if you’re not in the mood for hot pasta, we’ve also got some pasta salad recipes for you too. They’re perfect for packing up for lunch the next day.

1 Spring Mafalda Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes and Eggs

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2 Lemony Spinach and Artichoke Brie Penne Pasta

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3 Lemon Pasta With Tomatoes And Basil
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4 Quick and Simple Pasta “Risotto” With Herbed Roasted Chickpeas
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5 Caramelized Shallot, Spinach And Goat Cheese Garlic Butter Pasta
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6 Farmers Market Goat Cheese Pasta Primavera
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7 Kale Caesar Pasta Salad
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8 Simple Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
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9 Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts, Walnuts & Brown Butter
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10 One-Pot Penne Pasta with Turkey and Spinach
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11 Simple Buttery Spring Pea and Burrata Pasta With Prosciutto
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12 30-Minute Artichoke And Pea Rigatoni Pasta
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13 No-Guilt Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo
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14 Spring Pasta with Shaved Asparagus
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15 Spring Pea and Asparagus Pasta Shells
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16 Creamy Mushroom Asparagus Pasta
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17 Easy Italian Spaghetti Pasta Salad
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18 Garlic and White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts
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19 Garlic Chili Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower
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20 Creamy Pasta with Salmon and Asparagus
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21 Creamy Pea And Fresh Herb Fettuccine
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22 Greek Pasta Salad
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23 Browned Butter Scallop And Burst Tomato Basil Pasta
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24 Summer Vegetable Pasta
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25 Spinach And Artichoke Linguine
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26 Five-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta
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27 Cavatelli Pasta with Spring Vegetables
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