Step away from the tinned tomatoes…
Rightly or wrongly, many of us might have quite a lot of pasta in the cupboards right now – and our default setting is often to make a trusty spag bol or some other tomato-based sauce to go with it.
But there’s plenty of other ways to jazz up that penne, if you fancy trying something a bit different.
Here’s some pasta recipe ideas from top chefs – without a tin of tomatoes in sight!
1. Jamie Oliver’s Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
From his new show Keep Cooking And Carry On, this dish can use any kind of pasta, and you can swap in veggies. No cauliflower? Oliver says throw in some broccoli instead. Any hard cheese will do to top it, too. Find the full recipe here.
2. Jack Monroe’s cheesy brie pasta
Another cheesy one, this has brie in it – great if you’ve got some languishing in the fridge as Monroe had.
Monroe, AKA Bootstrap Cook, is sharing lots of recipe ideas for leftovers on Twitter, so you could always ask her for more pasta ideas based on what you have in the larder right now. Lettuce in your pasta, anyone?
3. John Partridge’s Turkey Tagliatelle
Meatballs are the star of the show in this hearty dish from Celebrity MasterChef winner Partridge, whose new book No Taste Like Home is out now.
4. Nadiya Hussain’s ‘no cook avocado pasta sauce’
A vegan winner from national treasure Hussain. Head to her Instagram for the full recipe – but rest assured this one is very simple. Hoorah!
5. Nigella Lawson’s courgette pasta
Lawson says you could swap the courgettes for spinach and kale with this recipe, if you fancy. The full recipe is on her website, nigella.com.
6. Gennaro Contaldo’s artichoke and pancetta pasta
Don’t have any pancetta? We’re sure Contaldo wouldn’t mind if you used ‘regular’ bacon or some chopped up sausages instead. This’ll still make a delicious supper.
Help! I haven’t got pasta!
And if you don’t have pasta but we’ve made your mouth water, take some inspo from John Quilter, AKA Food Busker, who has videos on how to make your own on his You Tube channel.