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Easy, Last-Minute Pasta, Two Ways

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(Original story published on Friday October 17th, 2014 on FoodNetwork.ca.)

No matter how much I try to plan my meals and grocery shopping ahead of time, evenings spent looking inside an empty fridge seem to be inevitable.

And so, for the days when you feel like something new but only have a few ingredients on hand, I’ve come up with two easy and delicious pasta recipes that can be made in under 20 minutes.

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Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil & Goat Cheese

Ingredients:
(serves 2)

Spaghetti (about 1/2 box)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
3/4 cup torn, fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup goat cheese
Salt and pepper

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Directions:

1. Cook the pasta as advised on the package and prepare your ingredients.

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2. Heat the oil in a medium pan on medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes and cook until seads rise, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, stirring occasionally. Add basil and stir, then remove pan from heat.

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3. Once pasta has been drained, serve it onto plates, and top with tomato mixture. Then, add a dollop of goat cheese.

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4. Season with salt and pepper.

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Pasta with Parmesan & Herbs

Ingredients:
(serves 2)

Penne nooodles (about 1/2 bag)
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon, unsalted butter
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Parsley
Salt and Pepper

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Directions:

1. Cook pasta as advised on package. Meanwhile, prepare ingredients.

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2. Heat olive oil in medium pan on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir, then add the drained pasta. Add the butter and mix, then sprinkle on parmesan (leaving some to sprinkle on at the end) and mix until melted.

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3. Plate the pasta and sprinkle on parsley flakes.

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4. Season with salt and pepper.

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And there you have it! Two easy pasta recipes with simple ingredients, made in under 20 minutes.

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