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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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                                                        7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                                        7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                                        From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                                                        What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                                                        1. Take the scenic route.

                                                        Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                                                        Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                                                        2. Distract yourself.

                                                        No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                                                        3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                                                        There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                                                        4. Bring a friend.

                                                        Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                                                        Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                                                        5. Accessorize.

                                                        There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                                                        For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                                                        6. Compete.

                                                        A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                                                        7. Relax.

                                                        The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                                                        With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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