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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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                                                        The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                                        The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                                        You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                                                        Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                                                        Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                                                        An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                                                        Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                                                        1. The Paleo Diet

                                                        The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                                                        The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                                                        In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                                                        How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                                                        The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                                                        With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                                                        It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                                                        Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                                                        2. Whole30

                                                        The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                                                        With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                                                        During the month you are eliminating:

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                                                        • sugar
                                                        • alcohol
                                                        • legumes
                                                        • grains
                                                        • dairy
                                                        • soy

                                                        Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                                                        At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                                                        Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                                                        Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                                                        With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                                                        This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                                                        3. The Mediterranean Diet

                                                        The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                                                        For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                                                        With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                                                        • Fruits & vegetables
                                                        • Whole grains
                                                        • Legumes & nuts
                                                        • Replacing butter with olive oil
                                                        • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                                                        • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                                                        • Moderate amounts of red wine

                                                        Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                                                        Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                                                        With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                                                        4. The Alkaline Diet

                                                        The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                                                        The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                                                        Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                                                        The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                                                        People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                                                        One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                                                        Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                                                        There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                                                        The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                                                        What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                                                        The Big Takeaway:

                                                        Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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