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Quick & Easy Pasta & Noodles

See also: Italian Food & Cooking and Pizza.

What could be easier than boiling a pot of spaghetti and opening up a jar of spaghetti sauce? Well, maybe cooking a box of macaroni and cheese. If you want a little more variety and something a bit more sophisticated, try these cookbooks.


Selected Books

For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subject heading: Cooking (Pasta) and Noodles.

Chen, Helen
Helen's Asian Kitchen: Easy Asian Noodles
TX724.5.A1 C46 2010
Helen Chen (the daughter of Joyce Chen) offers a fast and tasty recipes from all the major Asian cuisines, including Vietnamese Quick Chicken Pho, Ants Climbing A Tree, and Cold Sesame Noodles.
Davies, Joy
Noodles and Pasta
TX809.M17 D38 1999
This book covers classic pasta dishes from around the world and each is introduced and photographed. One can never be too busy to read about the culture surrounding a dish, can one?
De Laurentiis, Giada
Everyday Pasta: Favorite Pasta Recipes for Every Occasion
TX809.M17 L367 2007
"In Everyday Pasta, Giada shows you how, with a few basic ingredients from the fridge and the pantry, you’re never more than minutes away from a delicious pasta dinner."
Della Croce, Julia
Food Made Fast: Pasta
TX809.M17 D42688 2006x
Creamy Spaghetti alla Carbonara, hearty Rigatoni with Mushroom Rag, summery Fusilli with Zucchini and Goat Cheese--in this book, Italian food expert Julia Croce showcases classic recipes that will inspire cooks on even the most hectic of days. Part of the Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series.
Ferrigno, Ursula
Truly, Madly Pasta: The Ultimate Book for Pasta Lovers
TX809.M17 F473 2003x
Ferrigno has a chapter called "all' istante" and says "Pasta is one of the easiest of foods to cook in a hurry. In the 10 minutes or so it takes to cook most dried pastas, lots of wonderful, tasty sauces can be made."
Hazan, Giuliano
Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta: 100 Quick and Easy Recipes
TX809.M17 H32 2009
Here we have Marcella Hazan's son showing us how to cook spaghetti fast, but in interesting ways that go beyond the jar of Ragu on the shelf. Read more about Giuliano.
Keahey, Deanna
More, Please! Macaroni and Cheese: 111 Fun and Delicious Dishes to Keep You and Your Family Smiling
TX809.M17 K43 2004
Includes the chapters: "When You've Got the Time Think Outside the Box: Homemade Mac & Cheese" and "They're Hungry and You've Got No Time: Mac & Cheese Packages and Quick Hits
Killeen, Johanne
On Top of Spaghetti... : Macaroni, Linguine, Penne, and Pasta of Every Kind
TX809.M17 K47 2006
"Pasta is the culinary equivalent of the little black dress. It's simple and elegant, you can dress it up or down, and it never goes out of style."
Schloss, Andrew
While the Pasta Cooks
TX809.M17 S25 1996
The subtitle says it all: "100 sauces so easy, you can prepare the sauce in the time it takes to cook the pasta."
Schwartz, Joan
Macaroni and Cheese: 52 Recipes, from Simple to Sublime
TX809.M17 S27 2001
In this collection, well-known chefs, including Bobby Flay, Rocco DiSpirito, Charlie Palmer, David Burke, Matthew Kenney, Katy Sparks, and Rick Bayless, share favorite recipes for the ultimate comfort food. And make an often bland comfort food into something sublime.
Tornabene, Wanda and Giovanna Tornabene
100 Ways to Be Pasta: Perfect Pasta Recipes from Gangivecchio
TX809.M17 T6 2005
The only problem with this book is that it is one of those cookbooks that you have to read, written by a mother and daughter who have pasta running through their blood.
Yagihashi, Takashi
Takashi's Noodles
TX809.M17 Y34 2009
A collection of 75 recipes from James Beard Award-winning chef Takashi Yagihashi for both traditional and inventive hot and cold Japanese noodle dishes. Emphasizing quick-to-the-table shortcuts, the use of fresh and dried packaged noodles, and kid-friendly dishes, Takashi explains noodle nuances and explores each style's distinct regional identity.


For more cooking videos, browse the Food Network Takeout Collection.

30 Minute Meals: Fasta Pasta 2
Rachael Ray shows viewers how to prepare healthy pasta dishes in a half hour or less, using easily-found ingredients and simple techniques. Four programs originally broadcast on the television program "30-Minute Meals" in 2001 and 2002.
Everyday Italian. Pasta and Sauces
Giada De Laurentiis shows how to prepare pasta and risotto with accompanying sauces using updated versions of recipes from her Italian roots. More Everyday Italian videos.

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Web Sites

  • CBC Radio: Pasta: The Long and Short of It
    From Rome, Megan Williams explains how and when pasta was invented, where it got its shapes, and why it is so beloved, with help from Italian pasta scholar Oretta Zanini De Vita.
  • SlashFood: Pasta Shape Identification Quiz
    Test your knowledge of pasta shapes and learn a lot!
  • Barilla US
    The website of this Italian manufacturer of pasta offers a database of recipes that you can search and browse by type of pasta, by season or by region. It also contains a glossary.
  • Epicurious Search: Pasta
    A search on epicurious for "pasta" will return 1421 recipes. You just have to click on the "quick and easy" link on the left sidemenu to sort out the pastas from scratch.
  • Food Network search: Pasta
    Lotsa pasta here (3254 results) but your can sort by "Total Time" or "Difficulty" to narrow it down.
  • National Pasta Organization
    Who would have thought there was a national organization for pasta with the url ""? Go to their recipe section, choose the category you want (for instance, vegetarian) and from that page you can click on the clock to get the "quick" recipes.