10 easy pasta recipes

Quick, tasty and extremely versatile – pasta is the ultimate midweek meal ingredient. From a creamy, chicken and chorizo bake to vegan spag bol and a quick carbonara – these simple dishes make our top 10 easy pasta recipes.

Pea and mint spaghetti
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Pea and mint spaghetti

This easy vegetarian pasta recipe is perfect for rustling up when in a hurry – simply grab some peas from the freezer and blitz with fragrant mint for a quick pasta sauce that’s full of flavour.

  1. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water for 9 mins. Drain, reserving a few tbsp of the cooking water, and return to the pan.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the peas in a small pan of boiling water for 2 mins or until tender. Drain, then set aside a quarter of the peas. Put the remaining peas in a food processor (or use a stick blender) along with the chopped cheese, garlic, oil and most of the mint; season. Blitz together, adding a little water if needed to create a thick, sauce-like consistency.
  3. Stir the pea sauce and reserved peas through the pasta until fully coated, adding a little of the reserved pasta cooking water if needed to loosen. Divide between serving dishes and top with the reserved mint leaves and a few extra shavings of the cheese. 

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  • Ingredients
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 400g frozen garden peas
  • 40g vegetarian hard cheese, roughly chopped, plus extra shavings to serve
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ x 30g pack fresh mint, leaves picked