Pasta might just be the ultimate comfort food. It's always there for you, ready in a matter of minutes and perfect with whatever sauce or topping you happen to be craving, be it a rich ragu or simple dressing of garlic and olive oil. Read on for 20 of our all-time favourite pasta recipes from vegan jackfruit spaghetti to classic mac and cheese.
A vegetarian bolognese from the Table Manners podcast team, this dish has it all: silky aubergines, nutty lentils, and strands of spaghetti coated in a rich, wine-infused sauce.
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Denise Smart brings us 3 lipsmacking vegan pasta recipes, one with spinach and cashew pesto, one with fresh tomato sauce, and another with lemon and courgette.
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Rick Stein's Croatian-inspired recipe is a great way to make the most out of lean cuts of beef – the meat is cooked slowly to create a rich sauce for the penne.
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An easy and deeply comforting one-tin recipe from Rukmini Iyer, this pasta bake uses Boursin cheese to add that addictive garlic-and-herb flavour without having to actually chop any garlic and herbs!
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A green, fresh tasting orecchiette recipe with basil, lemon, anchovies, and pine nuts, this tasty dish from Jamie Oliver can be on the table in just 15 minutes.
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Nadiya Hussain's indulgent, mustard kale mac and cheese is a great way of upping your intake of leafy green vegetables while also satisfying your comfort food cravings.
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This linguine recipe from Deb Perelman, made with cauliflower, almonds, capers, and sun-dried tomatoes, makes for a quick, nourishing, and tasty vegetarian dinner.
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Tinned jackfruit is the perfect thing to liven up your store cupboard, and this recipe from Rachel Ama makes an excellent vegan alternative to that comfort food classic – cheesy pasta with tuna.
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A delicious alternative to traditional basil pesto, this sauce is made with frozen peas, meaning it's ideal for a quick midweek supper. Peas are packed with protein, too, which makes this a filling and nutritious dish.
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This Swedish comfort food classic is usually made with falukorv, but any kind of smoked sausage would work well with the creamy sauce, salty capers and strands of tagliatelle or pappardelle.
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Spaghetti Pomodori e Olio from Vegan on the Go: Fast, Easy, Affordable – Anytime, Anywhere by Jérôme Eckmeier & Daniela Lais
A simple pasta dish of tomatoes, pine nuts, and garlic, which makes for a quick and easy vegan meal.
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This is quite possibly the ultimate mac and cheese recipe; with three types of cheese and a gooey, fondue-like consistency, it's comfort food at its very finest.
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Avocado with pasta might seem like an odd concept, but once you've tried it you'll never look back!
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Georgie Hayden uses an unconventional method to achieve this silky pasta sauce, cooking the pasta, vegetables, and sauce all together in a single pot.
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Another delicious one-pan pasta recipe, this linguine dish has a fresh, lemony flavour and an irresistably creamy texture.
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A super-speedy pasta standby, this Mary Berry recipe uses Parma ham, though Black Forest ham or Serrano ham would be equally tasty.
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A classic Roman dish, cacio e pepe is essentially Italian mac and cheese, and is a failsafe weeknight comfort meal.
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In this recipe, Nigella Lawson uses robust spelt spaghetti as a substitute for noodles to create a spicy, Asian-influenced dish. Any leftovers can be eaten cold, as a tasty salad.
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Felicity Cloake talks us through the Perfect Spaghetti Carbonara – trust us, it more than lives up to the title!
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Transform leftover cooked pasta into a delicious frittata with this flexible, adaptable recipe. Customise your frittata by adding cherry tomatoes, peas, herbs, pancetta, cheese – or any tasty bits and pieces you might have lying around.