What To Do With Noodles And No Sauce

2. Garlic, Peas, Basil, and Pecorino Bucatini with No Sauce Recipe Garlic Peas Basil and Pecorino Bucatini with No Sauce

Broccoli or perciatelli noodles, which are long noodles with a center hollow like macaroni elbows but resemble spaghetti, are what we’ll be using for our next pasta dish without sauce.

This isn’t your average “macaroni dish” because it includes homemade pesto basil. Note that pine nuts are a component of pesto, in case any family members have nut allergies.

Fresh basil leaves, olive oil, garlic, fresh lemon juice, pecorino cheese, pine nuts, salt, and pepper are needed to make the basil pesto. To assemble the dish, cook the peas (fresh or frozen), add the cooked noodles, and stir in the pesto.

Make sure to thaw frozen peas before using them to remove any excess moisture. To increase the amount of vegetables, add green beans, and add more flavor by seasoning with other Italian herbs.

Get the full recipe and directions here.

3. Buttery Spinach Fusilli with No Sauce Recipe Buttery Spinach Fusilli Pasta with No Sauce

This pasta dish without sauce is perfect for those who enjoy butter, garlic, and spinach. It can be served as an entrée or as a side dish. First, prepare your fusilli pasta (similar to a corkscrew noodle).

After that, sauté some garlic, season with salt, black pepper, and lemon juice, add spinach, and stir in the cooked noodles. Add some pine nuts, feta crumbles, or parmesan cheese as a garnish.

Before cooking frozen spinach leaves, make sure to thaw and squeeze out as much water as possible because they will be quite moist. Add some veggies, shrimp, or grilled chicken breast to make it heartier.

Get the full recipe and directions here.

5. Pasta with Zucchini Pasta with Zucchini

This pasta dish requires no sauce—a great way to encourage your family to eat more veggies. Try serving it for dinner this evening. Saute zucchini in olive oil along with garlic, until golden.

Any kind of noodle can be used for this dish, but according to the recipe notes, shorter noodles are easier to eat. When the noodles and zucchini are cooked, stir over medium-high heat and add the parmesan and cream cheese (or ricotta cheese).

There are a few different ways to chop zucchini, but as long as the pieces are roughly the same size, slicing or cubing them works well in this recipe.

Feel free to serve this with more vegetables than noodles, just be careful to cook the zucchini in a large pan to avoid them turning to steam.

Get the full recipe and directions from The Clever Meal.

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