Here’s The Pasta Dish You Need To Make Next

Stuck for something to eat? Deciding what to eat is far more annoying than the actual cooking. So we thought we’d give you a nudge in the right direction. Here are four easy ideas for your next pasta night — plus the full recipes.

1. Garlic Chicken Primavera Penne

1. Garlic Chicken Primavera Penne
Andrew Richard / Alvin Zhou / BuzzFeed

Servings: 3-4

INGREDIENTS
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
2 cups asparagus, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
4 cups cooked penne
1 cup Parmesan

PREPARATION
Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Cook garlic and chicken until no pink is showing. Add asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, salt, and pepper, cooking for about 2 minutes. Add pasta and Parmesan, stirring until cheese is melted and evenly distributed. Serve!

2. Penne Alla Vodka

2. Penne Alla Vodka
Andrew Richard / Alvin Zhou / BuzzFeed
Servings: 3-4

INGREDIENTS
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
½ cup vodka
½ tsp red chili flakes
½ cup heavy cream
4 cups cooked penne
Parsley and Parmesan to garnish

PREPARATION
Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Cook onion until translucent. Add beef, salt, and pepper, cooking until all the moisture has evaporated and the beef is browned. Add crushed tomatoes, vodka, and chili flakes, stirring and cooking until half of the liquid has evaporated and the sauce has reduced. Add cream, stirring until evenly incorporated. Stir in pasta until evenly coated. Serve with parsley and Parmesan.

3. Spinach Artichoke Penne

3. Spinach Artichoke Penne
Andrew Richard / Alvin Zhou / BuzzFeed

Servings: 3-4

INGREDIENTS
2 Tbsp. olive oil
5 oz spinach
1 cup artichoke hearts, drained
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups milk
4 cups cooked penne

PREPARATION
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add spinach, cooking until wilted, then add artichoke hearts, cooking for 1 minute. Next, add cream cheese until melted, stirring until there are no lumps. Sprinkle in garlic powder, salt, pepper, and milk, stirring until smooth. Add pasta and mix until pasta is evenly coated. Serve!

4. Cajun Chicken Alfredo Penne:

4. Cajun Chicken Alfredo Penne:

Andrew Richard / Alvin Zhou / BuzzFeed

Servings: 3-4

INGREDIENTS
3 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup cooked sausage, sliced
2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
2 cups heavy cream
4 cups cooked penne
1 cup Parmesan
¼ cup parsley

PREPARATION
Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Cook the garlic, sausage, and chicken until garlic starts to brown and the chicken is no longer pink. Sprinkle over the Cajun seasoning and stir to evenly coat the sausage and chicken. Add the cream, and bring to a boil. Add the pasta, stirring until evenly mixed. To finish, add Parmesan and parsley, stirring until cheese melts and pasta is coated with a thick sauce. Serve!

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