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27 Sinfully Easy Pasta Recipes You Need To Know

27 Sinfully Easy Pasta Recipes You Need To Know

No muss, no fuss – that’s how cooking dinner should be. Unfortunately, for many of us, the closest we come to cooking is walking into our kitchen, opening the fridge door … and abruptly shutting it and ordering takeout. As it turns out, there are plenty of easy pasta recipes available online that require minimal ingredients and very little prep work. (Cha-ching!)

Below are 27 easy pasta recipes that’ll only make it look like you slaved away by the stove. Get ready to drool!

1. Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

    The dinner of my 20s, this dish only takes about 30 minutes of prep (and most of that time is spent waiting for the noodles to cook). There are only four steps, so get ready to be blown away!

    Get the recipe at RealSimple.com.

    2. Salmon with Noodles

    Salmon with Noodles

      For the salmon fans in the house, this recipe has an amazingly simple flavor combo that includes salt, pepper, lemon juice and poppy seeds.

      Get the recipe at WomensHealthMag.com.

      3. Fresh Pasta with Pesto and Green Beans

      Fresh Pasta with Pesto and Green Beans

        This recipe only takes 30 minutes, and is delicious! I like recipes that multi-task, and you can also use the pesto as part of a veggie dip.

        Get the recipe at Family.com.

        4. Creamy Fettuccine with Rainbow Veggies

        Creamy Fettuccine with Rainbow Veggies

          Confession: I’m not the biggest fan of veggies, so there’s nothing better than a recipe that tricks you into eating them.

          Get the recipe at Spoonful.com.

          5. Egg Noodles with Ham and Peas

          Egg Noodles with Ham and Peas

            You don’t necessarily have to use ham for this recipe. In fact, it’d be a great go-to dish for leftover Christmas turkey.

            Get the recipe at Family.com.

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            6. Super Simple Nacho Pasta

            Super Simple Nacho Pasta

              Super simple is right! There are only three ingredients and you’re done in 20 minutes!

              Get the recipe at AllRecipes.com.

              7. Pasta with Spinach and Smoked Sausage
              Pasta with Spinach and Smoked Sausage

                I’m a big fan of spinach, but never know what to do with it, so I was thrilled when I came across this recipe.

                Get the recipe at BHG.com.

                8. Spicy Beef Noodle Bowl

                Spicy Beef Noodle Bowl

                  While this pasta dish always compels me to try and learn to eat with chopsticks, it never ends well.

                  Get the recipe at BHG.com.

                  9. Beef Stroganoff with Pasta

                  Beef Stroganoff with Pasta

                    Any recipe that involves steak, I’m in.

                    Get the recipe at BHG.com.

                    10. Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl

                    Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl

                      There are so many different foods in one bowl, I don’t even know what to do with myself.

                      Get the recipe at Fitnessmagazine.com.

                      11. Broken Noodles with Tomato Sauce and Ricotta

                      Broken Noodles with Tomato Sauce and Ricotta

                        Leave it to Martha Stewart to make a 15-minute dish look fancy.

                        Get the recipe at MarthaStewart.com.

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                        12. Lemony Broccoli Pasta with Chicken

                        Lemony Broccoli Pasta with Chicken

                          Really tasty, really filling, and the broccoli adds a nice crunch.

                          Get the recipe at Family.com.

                          13. Noodles with Roast Pork and Almond Sauce

                          Noodles with Roast Pork and Almond Sauce

                            This one takes 40 minutes, but barely any effort (and is very worth the wait). I prefer it with rice instead of noodles.

                            Get the recipe at CookingLight.com.

                            14. Quick Beef Stroganoff

                            Quick Beef Stroganoff

                              Super good and super easy, this comfort food only takes 25 minutes (which I’m super comfortable with).

                              Get the recipe at myRecipes.com.

                              15. Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli and Brie

                              Creamy Rigatoni With Broccoli and Brie

                                I’ve only ever had rigatoni with meat sauce, so this was a new spin on an old favorite.

                                Get the recipe at RealSimple.com.

                                16. One-Dish Chicken Pasta

                                One-Dish Chicken Pasta

                                  This is one of the first dishes I actually enjoyed that involved an onion. (Mom still doesn’t believe me.)

                                  Get the recipe at myRecipes.com.

                                  17. Pasta with Lemon Olive Oil

                                  Pasta With Lemon Olive Oil

                                    So simple to make – and adding the extra parmesan really sends it over the top.

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                                    Get the recipe at Food.com.

                                    18. Sweet Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta

                                    Sweet Italian Sausage With Penne Pasta

                                      If you’re a fan of penne, you’ll love this dish.

                                      Get the recipe at Food.com.

                                      19. Spaghetti with Bacon and Eggs

                                      Spaghetti With Bacon and Eggs

                                        I know, I don’t get it either – but it’s good!

                                        Get the recipe at RealSimple.com.

                                        20. Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

                                        Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

                                          This is a great dish to make in bulk for when you know you’re about to go on a cooking strike (again).

                                          Get the recipe at myRecipes.com.

                                          21. Creamy Ramen Noodles

                                          Creamy Ramen Noodles

                                            Another new spin on an old favorite.

                                            Get the recipe at Food.com.

                                            22. Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

                                            Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

                                              This dish makes me drool more than Homer Simpson.

                                              Get the recipe at myRecipes.com.

                                              23. Spaghetti with Beef Mushroom Sauce

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                                              Spaghetti With Beef Mushroom Sauce

                                                When meat sauce just won’t cut it, try this recipe on for size.

                                                Get the recipe at RealSimple.com.

                                                24. Parmesan Pasta with Chicken and Rosemary

                                                Parmesan Pasta With Chicken and Rosemary

                                                  With winter coming, you’re definitely going to want this recipe on hand.

                                                  Get the recipe at RealSimple.com.

                                                  25. Orange Beef Pasta

                                                  Orange Beef Pasta

                                                    Mmmmm!

                                                    Get the recipe at myRecipes.com.

                                                    26. Spicy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

                                                    Spicy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

                                                      This is just like regular mac and cheese, only badass!

                                                      Get the recipe at myRecipes.com

                                                      27. Cheese Ravioli with Toasted Walnuts

                                                      Cheese Ravioli With Toasted Walnuts

                                                        In only 20 minutes, this dish looks as pretty as it tastes.

                                                        Get the recipe at RealSimple.com.

                                                         

                                                        What are your favorite easy pasta recipes?

                                                         

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                                                        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                                        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                                        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                                        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                                        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                                        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                                        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                                        The result: no more mental stress.

                                                        2. Unplug

                                                        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                                        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                                        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                                        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                                        3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                                        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                                        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                                        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                                        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                                        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                                        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                                        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                                        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                                        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                                        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                                        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                                        The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                                        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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