If you’re looking for easy, no-fuss comfort food to get you through the week, we have you covered. Pasta is quick, inexpensive, and incredibly versatile. While many of us love dishes like lasagna, ravioli, and stuffed manicotti, great pasta doesn’t have to involve layers of meat and cheese. It can also be light, packed with veggies, and filling. The next time you’re short on time and need a simple weekday meal, try making one of these pasta recipes at our apartments in Romeoville.
Tortellini with Burst Cherry Tomatoes
This tortellini with cherry tomato sauce couldn’t be easier or more delicious. Throw a few tablespoons of salted butter on a baking sheet with a whole carton of cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes) and roast in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to brown and burst. We like to turn the broiler on for the last two minutes of cooking time to deepen the color!
Meanwhile, boil the tortellini in salted water according to package directions. Drain the pasta and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with the tomato and butter mixture, dress up with grated parmesan and fresh basil, oregano, Italian spice blend, or whatever you have on hand. The tangy, caramelized tomatoes and browned butter create the perfect light sauce to contrast with the rich tortellini.
This pasta primavera is another simple and versatile recipe that uses whatever pasta and whatever vegetables you happen to have available. Try making it with a hearty pasta such as penne, and use high-quality springtime vegetables such as broccolini, asparagus tips, tomatoes, and zucchini. Cut up the vegetables, drizzle with olive oil, and roast on a baking pan. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and toss with vegetables and more olive oil to serve. Add crumbled goat cheese, freshly grated Romano, fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, or even bacon or Italian sausage for more zing.
This shrimp scampi recipe feels decadent but is actually made from the simplest of ingredients. First, cook angel hair pasta according to package directions and drain. While the pasta is cooking, saute the shrimp in white wine and garlic butter until the shrimp is pink and no longer translucent. This should take about three to four minutes over medium heat. Turn off the heat and add fresh parsley and lemon. Top the pasta with the shrimp and sauce and some freshly grated parmesan and serve with a side of your favorite vegetable. Adding a few capers to the saute in the last minute of cooking elevates the dish and creates a burst of saltiness that balances out the sweetness of the shrimp and the tanginess of the lemon butter.
These pasta recipes are just the beginning. Experiment this spring using pantry ingredients to create your own favorite meals. Simple pasta recipes take little time to make. Generally, you can get the meal on the table in less than 30 minutes.Back to all posts