Weekday suppers: 6 simple pasta recipes

Pasta is one of the ultimate comfort foods, best enjoyed as simply as possible, with good wine and great company. We’ve collected six of our favourite pasta recipes, whether you’re looking for a decadent feast to serve to friends at a dinner party, or a simple supper for a quiet night in.

Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

A good pasta bake is nothing short of a hug in a bowl. We’ve packed ours with nutrient-rich broccoli and sundried tomatoes and topped it with a herby crust for a greater variety of textures and flavours.

Homemade tagliatelle with pistachio pesto

A homemade pesto is far healthier and more satisfying than a shop-bought alternative. For a simple twist, add pistachios instead of pine nuts for a vivid green sauce.

Gluten-free buckwheat and butternut squash gnocchi

Made with buckwheat flour, these little Italian dumplings are a wonderful homemade gluten free option. While conventional potato dumplings can be heavy and rich, the butternut squash is a much lighter addition.

Courgetti with red pepper and smoked paprika pesto

Courgetti couldn’t be simpler to make as a low-carb alternative to pasta. If you don’t have a spiralizer, use the julienne setting of a mandoline or even a vegetable peeler.  Simply sauté the courgette noodles for 2-3 minutes in a little olive oil to cook them before serving with the pesto.

Creamy leek and watercress spaghetti

Watercress is a real powerhouse of an ingredient, with, gram for gram, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more vitamin C than an orange. This spaghetti dish is so simple to make yet totally full of flavour.

Plum tomato, fennel and lemon linguine

Whatever the weather outside, this zesty linguine – packed with Italian flavours – will always evoke the warmth and brightness of summer. For a vegetarian option, simply opt for a vegetarian hard cheese in place of Parmesan.