For condo dwellers and early nesters, pasta is one of the most versatile ingredients you can have in your kitchen. It’s easy to cook and can be used in numerous dishes, whether it’s for soups, salads or entrees.

A tip from experienced homemakers: keep a pack of uncooked pasta in your pantry. For any of those lazy afternoons when you’re looking to cook something in a jiffy, you can just throw pasta into a boiling pot, and serve it with any sauce. It’s literally a meal in just 10 minutes. Here are some delicious pasta recipes that have been tried and tested, and have gotten our seal of approval. Enjoy!

NO FUSS CHICKEN BAKED MAC

Make ‘em like how your mother used to make them. This no-fuss Chicken Baked Mac delivers straightforward comfort food, and makes you feel like a you’re a kid again. Bake it with grated Magnolia Quickmelt Cheese to get that beautiful toasted “crust”.

PENNE IN TOMATO CREAM SAUCE FIESTA

Fresh and light, the Penne in Tomato Cream Sauce Fiesta hits all the right notes. Made with anchovies, basil, and mushrooms, and simmered in Italian style spaghetti sauce, this a great dish for those who are looking for something lighter to eat. To make it creamier, this recipe uses a generous amount of Dari Creme Classic and Magnolia All-Purpose Cream.

ROAST BEEF PASTA

If you had roast beef the night before and don’t know what to do with the leftovers, this is a delicious way to rework them into a new dish. This recipe uses Monterey Beef Sukiyaki cuts, which are incredibly tender and flavourful, as well as Magnolia Butter-licious, to help create that rich, buttery gravy.

PASTA ARRABIATA ALA PUTTANESCA

Made with Purefoods Thick Cut Bacon and Purefoods Sexy Chix Arrabiata, this dish will surely make your mouth water. It offers the perfect balance of sweet and salty, and is a great ode to Italian tradition. The pitted black olives and capers give you unexpected bites of freshness and flavor. You’ll surely be coming back for more.

TRI-COLOR SEXY ARRABIATA PASTA WITH HUNGARIAN SAUSAGE

This recipe is another rendition of Pasta Arrabiata but with a bit more kick. Purefoods Deli Hungarian Sausage gives it that nice peppery spice and heat, which will awaken your taste buds. Serve it with tri-color fusili or rotini pasta for that fun, unique texture.