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40 Quick Pasta Recipes (Under 30 Minutes) – The Pasta Project



Each dish in this collection is a testament to the ease and speed of cooking without compromising on taste, a common feature of Italian cuisine! From the classic spaghetti aglio e olio to the bold flavors of pasta with nduja, there are recipes for everyone in this selection.

40 Quick Pasta Recipes (Under 30 Minutes)

1) Spaghetti aglio e olio

Spaghetti aglio e olio in a bowl.Spaghetti aglio e olio in a bowl.

Spaghetti aglio e olio is a quick pasta recipe known for its simplicity and rich taste. It uses just a few easy-to-source ingredients and takes only 15 minutes to make. Despite its simplicity, it offers a lot of flavor, making it an ideal choice for a quick and easy meal.

2) Pasta Cacio e Pepe

Pasta cacio e pepe garnished with cheese.Pasta cacio e pepe garnished with cheese.

This is an easy-to-make classic Roman dish requiring only three main ingredients: Pecorino Romano cheese, black pepper, and pasta.

The simplicity and flavor of the recipe makes it a perfect choice for a quick weeknight meal but special enough to serve to guests.

3) Pasta with Nduja

Fileja pasta with nduja.Fileja pasta with nduja.

Originating from the Southern Italian region of Calabria, this spicy pasta recipe is simple yet so delicous. It’s made with nduja, a soft, spicy, spreadable salume, combined with tomato passata and onions.

The recipe highlights nduja’s unique, intense flavor and heat from Calabrian red chili peppers. It’s a must-try for those who enjoy bold, spicy flavors.

4) Pasta with Pancetta (fettuccine all’Abruzzese)

This pasta with pancetta recipe is a traditional dish from the Abruzzo region of Italy. It’s a simple yet flavorful recipe that combines pancetta, pecorino cheese, onion, parsley, and basil with fettuccine pasta.

Fettuccine all’Abruzzese is quick and easy to prepare, promising to deliver a delicious meal in less than 30 minutes.

Pasta with pancetta (fettuccine all'Abruzzese).Pasta with pancetta (fettuccine all'Abruzzese).

5) Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara is a classic Roman dish renowned for its simplicity and rich flavors. This authentic recipe calls for no cream or vegetables, focusing on the quality of the few ingredients used. The dish combines guanciale or pancetta with lightly beaten eggs and cheese, mixed with the pasta to create a creamy, tasty sauce.

Spaghetti carbonara on a plate with additional black pepper.Spaghetti carbonara on a plate with additional black pepper.

6) Sicilian Ricotta Pasta

This Sicilian ricotta and pistachio pasta recipe is a traditional dish from Sicily. It features a blend of creamy ricotta cheese and a homemade pistachio pesto combined with pasta tubes.

A simple yet flavorful dish that captures the essence of Sicilian cuisine. In fact, this quick pasta recipe is perfect for when you want a light and satisfying meal.

Sicilian ricotta and pistachio pasta.Sicilian ricotta and pistachio pasta.

7) Pasta alla Gricia

Pasta alla Gricia is an ancient Roman recipe featuring simple yet flavorful ingredients. It includes guanciale (cured pork jowl), Pecorino Romano cheese, pasta, and black pepper.

This dish combines the rich flavor of guanciale with the sharp, salty taste of Pecorino Romano. In truth, it’s a testament to the delicious simplicity of traditional Roman cuisine.

Pasta alla gricia in a white bowl.Pasta alla gricia in a white bowl.

8) Canned Tuna Pasta Recipe

This canned tuna pasta makes a quick and flavorful meal, ideal for busy weeknights. It has a no-cook sauce meaning only the pasta is cooked, making it incredibly easy to prepare.

The sauce is made with canned tuna, capers, mint, lemon juice and olive oil. It has a fabulous fresh and summery taste. This dish is reflective of the vibrant cuisine of the Aeolian Islands.

Canned tuna pasta garnished with mint.Canned tuna pasta garnished with mint.

9) Lemon Ricotta Pasta (Pasta al Limone)

This pasta al limone is a delightful Italian pasta recipe with a fresh and intense lemon flavor. The sauce is made from fresh ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, organic lemon zest, and basil leaves. It comes from the Campania region and is perfect for a quick, light meal. Definitely, one to try during the summer!

Spaghetti al limone with ricotta.Spaghetti al limone with ricotta.

10) Pasta all’arrabbiata

Pasta all’arrabbiata is a classic Roman dish characterized by its fiery and bold taste. The heat of Italian red chili peppers melds beautifully with the tang of tomatoes, creating a rich and spicy sauce.

Pasta all'arrabbiata with parsley.Pasta all'arrabbiata with parsley.

11) Spaghetti alla Colatura

This unique dish celebrates the Amalfi Coast. It features spaghetti with colatura, an Italian fish sauce. The recipe balances the umami-rich colatura with garlic, olive oil, and parsley, creating a simple yet deeply flavorful pasta.

Spaghetti alla Colatura with a lemon.Spaghetti alla Colatura with a lemon.

12) Pasta with truffles and mascarpone cream

This decadent pasta with truffles and mascarpone cream recipe marries the earthiness of black truffles with the velvety smoothness of mascarpone.

A gourmet delight, it’s surprisingly simple and quick to prepare, taking about 30 minutes to make. One to keep in mind for special occasions!

Pasta with truffles and mascarpone cream.Pasta with truffles and mascarpone cream.

13) Easy Gorgonzola Pasta with Olives

A harmonious blend of creamy Gorgonzola and savory olives, this pasta dish has a rich and robust flavor. It makes a simple yet luxurious meal that is perfect for those who appreciate the depth of a blue cheese sauce.

Easy gorgonzola pasta with olives alla cenere.Easy gorgonzola pasta with olives alla cenere.

14) Italian cold spaghetti salad with shrimp

This pasta salad is a refreshing combination of cold spaghetti, succulent shrimp, and fresh ingredients like arugula and cherry tomatoes. It’s an ideal summer meal, light yet satisfying, with a delightful balance of flavors.

Cold spaghetti salad with shrimp.Cold spaghetti salad with shrimp.

15) Drunken Spaghetti Red Wine Pasta

This inventive dish infuses spaghetti with red wine, creating a visually striking and delicious meal. The wine imparts a rich, complex taste to the pasta, making it a unique and memorable meal. In fact, this dish is a great idea for special occasions like Valentine’s Day.

Drunken spaghetti garnished with parsley.Drunken spaghetti garnished with parsley.

16) Anchovy pasta recipe from Naples

A traditional Neapolitan dish, this quick pasta recipe highlights the bold flavor of anchovies. It’s a simple yet deeply savory recipe that reflects Naples’ culinary heritage with seafood.

Anchovy pasta with croutons. Anchovy pasta with croutons.

17) Pasta with breadcrumbs recipe from Basilicata

Originating from Basilicata, this recipe features pasta with crispy, seasoned breadcrumbs. It’s a rustic and comforting dish, showcasing how simple ingredients can be transformed into a satisfying meal.

Pasta with breadcrumbs in a bowl.Pasta with breadcrumbs in a bowl.

18) Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta

Combining the delicate flavor of smoked salmon with a creamy sauce, this pasta is both luxurious and comforting. The smoked salmon adds a sophisticated touch, making it an ideal dish for special occasions or a gourmet weeknight dinner.

Creamy smoked salmon pasta.Creamy smoked salmon pasta.

19) Italian Pasta with Peas (pasta e piselli)

This is a classic, comforting Italian dish that combines pasta with sweet peas in a light and flavorful sauce. Pasta with peas is a simple recipe that is perfect for a quick and satisfying meal.

Pasta with peas (pasta e piselli).Pasta with peas (pasta e piselli).

20) Gnocchi with Gorgonzola

This dish highlights the bold taste of Gorgonzola cheese, which perfectly complements the soft and pillowy gnocchi, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

Even though it packs so much flavor, gnocchi with gorgonzola is still incredibly quick to make and only uses a handful of ingredients. Pair it with speck, walnuts or figs, or even all three.

Gnocchi with Gorgonzola.Gnocchi with Gorgonzola.

21) Pasta with tomato sauce allo scarpariello

A vibrant and hearty dish, this quick pasta recipe features a robust tomato sauce enriched with cheese, showing Italian comfort food at its finest. This makes a flavorful meal that’s both simple and satisfying.

Penne with tomato sauce allo scarpariello.Penne with tomato sauce allo scarpariello.

22) Creamy Salmon Lemon Pasta

This creamy lemon salmon pasta is a divine combination of succulent salmon and creamy lemon sauce. This recipe uses easy-to-source ingredients and is ready in a mere 30 minutes.

Perfect for those busy evenings when you want a gourmet experience with minimal effort.

Creamy salmon lemon pasta.Creamy salmon lemon pasta.

23) Pasta with Tropea onions

This flavorful elicoidali pasta recipe comes from Calabria in Southern Italy and is a must-try for those who love cheese and onion combinations.

It’s traditionally made with the region’s famous sweet red Tropea onions. But, you can also prepare it using other red onions.

Pasta with Tropea onions.Pasta with Tropea onions.

24) Vermicelli di Positano

Vermicelli di Positano is a light and easy-to-make dish from the Amalfi Coast, ideal for summer. It involves cooking the pasta and marinating vegetables and herbs to create a fresh, vibrant meal.

Plus, it’s suitable for vegans and offers a delightful combination of flavor and nutrition.

Vermicelli di Positano.Vermicelli di Positano.

25) Trofie with rocket (arugula) pesto

This healthy recipe combines trofie pasta with a fresh and peppery rocket pesto. The unique texture of trofie pairs well with the bold flavors of the arugula-based pesto, creating a delightful and aromatic dish.

Trofie pasta with rocket pesto.Trofie pasta with rocket pesto.

26) Summer tagliolini pasta recipe with marinated raw vegetables

This summer tagliolini pasta recipe is a fresh and tasty dish, that’s perfect for hot days. Originating from a restaurant in Bologna, it has a no-cook sauce. So, you only need to cook the pasta.

This quick pasta recipe features a mix of marinated raw vegetables like cherry tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, celery, and red bell peppers, along with garlic, basil, and lemon juice. Undeniably, a healthy and tasty meal for those hot summer days!.

Summer tagliolini pasta recipe with marinated raw vegetables.Summer tagliolini pasta recipe with marinated raw vegetables.

27) Creamy Sausage and Saffron Pasta alla Monzese

This easy pasta dish from Lombardy combines the rich flavors of sausage and saffron in a creamy sauce, offering a luxurious and hearty pasta experience. It’s also surprisingly simple to make and has just 4 main ingredients!

Creamy sasuage and saffron pasta alla Monzese.Creamy sasuage and saffron pasta alla Monzese.

28) Pasta with Tuna Carbonara

This pasta with tuna carbonara recipe is an innovative take on the classic carbonara, replacing traditional pork with tuna. This contemporary Italian twist on a beloved dish has a scrumptious seafood flavor. In addition, it is a quick family meal to make.

Pasta with tuna carbonara.Pasta with tuna carbonara.

29) Black Olive Pesto with Pasta

This black olive pesto pasta recipe is a flavorful and easy summer dish from Calabria. It combines black olive pesto with tuna and fusilli pasta, creating a tasty mix of Mediterranean flavors.

Plus, this dish can be enjoyed warm or as a salad, making it versatile for various dining occasions.

Black olive pesto pasta in a bowl.Black olive pesto pasta in a bowl.

30) Farfalle pasta with smoked salmon and zucchini

This farfalle pasta recipe is made with smoked salmon and zucchini flavored with garlic, fresh ginger and orange zest. It really is an effortless yet creamy pasta recipe that’s so worth making.

Perfect for special occasions like Mother’s Day or even just for a light lunch or dinner.

Farfalle pasta with smoked salmon and zucchini.Farfalle pasta with smoked salmon and zucchini.

31) Pasta Salad Crudaiola Barese

Pasta salad crudaiola barese is a easy yet flavorful traditional dish from Bari, Puglia. This is a versatile pasta salad that can be enjoyed as a light meal, part of a cold buffet, or at a picnic.

Pasta salad crudaiola barese.Pasta salad crudaiola barese.

32) Tagliolini au gratin with ham and cream

Inspired by a recipe from Cipriani’s Harry’s bar in Venice, this pasta au gratin recipe is a real gem. Its simple ingredients and quick 30-minute preparation make it a favorite of mine, when I want a quick ham pasta recipe. It’s also an excellent recipe for using leftover holiday ham!

Tagliolini au gratin with ham and cream.Tagliolini au gratin with ham and cream.

33) Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe

This orecchiette with broccoli rabe, also known as rapini, is one of the signature pasta dishes of Apulian cuisine. It uses mostly pantry-stable ingredients and creates a quick meal that’s really tasty and ready in just 30 minutes.

Orecchiette with broccoli rabe.Orecchiette with broccoli rabe.

34) Penne Pasta alla Valdostana

This easy pasta alla Valdostana recipe originates from the Aosta Valley in Northern Italy. It is a creamy, cheese-infused delight. In fact, the Aosta Valley is renowned for its cheese production, particularly Fontina, a key ingredient in many ‘alla Valdostana’ recipes.

Penne pasta alla Valdostana.Penne pasta alla Valdostana.

35) Olive and tuna spaghetti all’Ascolana

Spaghetti all’Ascolana is a quick yet delicious olive and tuna spaghetti recipe from the Ascoli Piceno province in Italy’s Marche region. The standout ingredient in this dish is the large green Ascolana olives, a specialty for which the province is well-known.

However, while Ascolana olives are preferred for their distinctive taste, you can use other varieties of large green olives to create this easy pasta dish.

Olive and tuna spaghetti all'Ascolana.Olive and tuna spaghetti all'Ascolana.

36) Spaghetti alla Checca

Spaghetti alla checca is a delicious authentic vegetarian pasta recipe from Rome and is both simple and super tasty. This quick pasta recipe is ideal for warm-weather dining, and its fresh ingredients make it a delightful choice for a light meal.

Spaghetti alla Checca.Spaghetti alla Checca.

37) Tagliatelle Pasta with Fresh Peas and Pancetta

Pasta with fresh peas, or ‘pasta coi bisi’ in the local dialect, is a traditional spring recipe from where I live in the Northern Italian region of Veneto. This simple combination of pasta, peas, and pancetta is full of flavors that are surprisingly rich and satisfying.

Tagliatelle pasta with peas and pancetta in a bowl with a fork.Tagliatelle pasta with peas and pancetta in a bowl with a fork.

38) Creamy Ham and Tomato Penne al Baffo

Creamy ham and tomato penne al Baffo is an ideal choice for a weeknight pasta dish. It’s not just incredibly creamy and bursting with flavor but also quick and easy to make.

In fact, you can serve it up in the time it takes to boil water and cook the pasta! This dish is also great for sing up holiday ham.

Creamy ham and tomato penne pasta in a bowl.Creamy ham and tomato penne pasta in a bowl.

39) Tagliolini al prosciutto di San Daniele

Tagliolini al prosciutto di San Daniele is a sumptuous and elegant pasta dish from Friuli Venezia Giulia, renowned for its creamy richness.

The recipe features Italy’s exquisite melt-in-your-mouth San Daniele prosciutto crudo paired with cream, poppy seeds and delicate egg pasta ribbons. Of course, you can use other types of prosciutto crudo too!

Tagliolini al prosciutto di San Daniele.Tagliolini al prosciutto di San Daniele.

40) Mezzi Paccheri with Mushrooms and Cream

This Neapolitan dish, known locally as ‘miezi paccheri alla capa’ e’ mbrello, is a true delight for mushroom enthusiasts.

This recipe features mezzi paccheri pasta with mushrooms and cream. It is an incredibly easy pasta recipe to prepare and outstandingly savory and creamy.

Mezzi Paccheri with mushrooms and cream.Mezzi Paccheri with mushrooms and cream.

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Buon appetito!

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