If you were to check my kitchen cupboards, you'd find at least five kinds of pasta. It's one of my favorite foods, and an essential pantry item for anyone interested in quick cooking.
Today's pastas range from plain to fancy (some tiny works of art cost a small fortune). But though boutique pastas can be delicious, you don't need a gourmet variety for a great meal. I make my favorite pasta dish with spaghetti ― the kind that sells for less than $1 per pound. Although the ingredient combination may seem unusual, the flavor is amazing.
More quick pasta ideas
• Toss your choice of cooked pasta with the 20-minute Pasta Sauce above, crumbled cooked Italian turkey sausage, and slivered mustard greens.
• Combine cooked penne or linguine with chunks of creamy blue cheese, toasted walnuts, and enough chicken or beef broth to moisten.