World Pasta Day!

So I wasn’t born in Italy. I grew up, although it's a cliche, on meat, potatoes and veg - the perfect Irish diet. Still to this day, I’m not a massive fan of rice. But OMG, I love my pasta, a pasta junkie if you will. 

I love it for so many reasons but mainly because it can be very simple to make and delicious. Speed is key, especially when you are making it for your little children (monsters). We love to keep our past dishes as simple, quick and easy as possible. Sometimes nothing more than pesto pasta will do. 

We have fantastic, easy and delicious pasta recipes by some fantastic chefs. 

First off, some delectable delights from Peta Leith. Peta is a professional pastry chef who trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York. Following an apprenticeship with Claire Ptak at Violet Cakes, she spent seven years as a pastry chef at the Ivy. She now works as a freelance recipe developer and food writer, with a monthly recipe column in Top Sante magazine.

Her first cookery book, entitled “The Vegetarian Kitchen” is a collaboration with her aunt, Prue Leith.

Fresh Watercress and Walnut Pesto Pasta - Plate Up || Pasta Recipes

This pesto was an obsession of Peta’s now it's an obsession of mine. The watercress brings a really welcome freshness to it, cutting through the richness of the nuts and oil with this bright and peppery flavour. This pesto pasta feels like a treat but it's whipped up in 20 minutes or less. This is the perfect recipe if you’re looking to batch cook for the entire family as it’s quick, easy and delicious to eat.

Vegan Red Pesto Pasta - Plate Up || Pasta Recipes

This red pesto uses nutritional yeast instead of cheese. Despite Peta not being vegan, she finds herself making this red pesto often because it's delicious! It’s so creamy and flavoursome, and nutritional yeast is full of vitamins. It's served with homemade orecchiette in the picture but to keep the recipes to 20 minutes you can serve it with any pasta dish.

Fresh Capunti al Sugo Finto - Plate Up || Pasta Recipes

Have you ever tried to make your own pasta dough? If you want to give it a go try Peta’s Fresh Capunti al Sugo Finto recipe and you’ll be sure to impress your all mates on social media . It takes a little longer to make your own pasta, but if you have the time it is totally worth it! This meatless ragu is cooked for a long time, and has a really rich hearty flavour. While the ragu cooks, follow along with the instructions to make your own pasta. It’s very therapeutic!

Next up is one of my favourite eateries, Maple & Co who feature in my top 8 Best Brunch Spots in London blog. Chef Adria Wu, has created a modern healthy twist to an American classic. I give you the simply delicious.

Maple & Co’s Mac N Greens - Plate Up || Pasta Recipes

This vegan Mac and Greens has a remarkably light sauce unlike traditional mac and cheese which can be a little heavy because it’s filled with cheese and milk. However, this recipe is a healthier alternative to Macaroni and cheese that tastes just as good. If you are looking for an easy healthy change this is it! We love popping into Maple & Co, but if you want to try some of their recipes at home, check them out on the Plate Up app. We have 18 Maple & Co recipes plus one of my favourite shots ever, not not that type of shot, ginger, lemon and turmeric shot! 

Sorry back to pasta, and an amazing creation from Jenny Tschiesche aka the Lunchbox Doctor. Jenny loves educating those working in schools, the workplace and elite sportspeople to adopt a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. She has also worked with Plate Up to bring you a host of Instant Pot recipes. 

Spaghetti, Bacon and Spinach Frittata - Plate Up || Pasta Recipes

Do you like Spaghetti? Do you like Eggs? Do you like Bacon? Do your Kids? This is why Jenny created such a wonderful recipe. It’s quick and easy, perfect for a school night as it can be made in under 30 minutes. To top it all off, as it’s all wonderfully created in a saucepan, washing up is limited (full disclosure: you will have one more pan to wash as you have to cook spaghetti). This is a brilliant recipe if you want to cook a meat and vegetable dish.

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