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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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                                                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                        1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                        2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                        3. Upgrade yourself

                                                        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                        4. Talk to a friend.

                                                        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                        7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                        8. Have a quick nap.

                                                        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                        9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                        10. Find some competition.

                                                        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                        11. Go exercise.

                                                        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                        12. Take a good break.

                                                        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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