Making pasta from scratch isn’t as daunting as it may sound. We all know it can be incredibly tempting to just grab a jar of pasta sauce or stockpile our cupboard full of dry pasta in prep for those days we seek out comfort food, but pasta sauces and even making pasta fresh is simpler and quicker than you think. In fact, homemade pasta is incredibly easy to make consisting of only two main ingredients: eggs and flour. That’s it.
All it takes to make an exciting and delicious meal is a bit of elbow grease and before you know it, you’ll be making fresh pasta quicker than you can raid your cupboard supply! So, without further ado, let’s get into Homemade Pasta: 5 of the Cheapest, Tastiest Recipes You’ll Love!
1. Simple Tomato
Sometimes simplicity is best, especially if this is your first time making pasta from scratch and you don’t fancy cranking out something as extreme as lobster ravioli. This 3-minute recipe consists of very basic ingredients you can find in your cupboard and does not require you to be a pasta-making connoisseur to produce a delicious week-night meal.
2. Voluptuous Vegetable
One way to bulk up your pasta while also bulking up on nutrients is simply to add vegetables. This student-friendly recipe creates such a dinner in just 10-minutes and is perfect for anyone looking to make a tasty dinner without the hassle of using multiple complex ingredients.
3. Mushroom Madness
Not keen on these little fungi? You will be when you delve into the world of creamy mushroom sauces! Mushrooms contain over a dozen vitamins and minerals making them among the best additions to your pasta meal when on a budget. A rich, mushroom sauce paired with a fresh bundle of pasta makes for a mouthwatering meal you can eat and enjoy over and over again.
4. Lovely Lentils
Where do we begin with discussing how wonderful lentils are? Full of vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, lentils are the perfect way to add nutrients to your pasta dishes. They are a great source of plant protein and fibre, making them a fantastic vegan or vegetarian alternative to your typical meat-based pasta dishes such as bolognese.
5. Perfect Pesto
If you are looking for a fail safe pasta dish perfect for any occasion, then pesto pasta is sure to steal the spotlight. Pesto is one of the most versatile pasta sauces around; full of antioxidants and bursting with a rich, salty flavour, you can pick up a jar from the supermarket (or make your own) which provides around 4-6 hearty servings for typically around £2-3!
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