Lost your cooking mojo or just want to make dinner magic happen from the pantry? Here are 13 marvellous mid-week wonders using pasta and rice for you to add to the delicious dinner rotation. It’s a recipe roundup bonanza!
We all have those half-used bags of pasta or rice lurking in the pantry. Here’s how to use them all up in a not-at-all-boring-dinner kind of way. Presenting 13 pasta and rice recipes for the win!
1. One Pot Pasta!
Don’t want to muck around with a whole lot of steps or pans? This one-pot pasta recipe NAILS the quick-dinner brief.
2. Easy Mac and Cheese
An absolute pearler for the kids – it’s easy and mighty delicious – mac and cheese for the win!
3. Same Day Fried Rice
Forget that making fried rice is a two-day process – go straight in with this brilliant fried rice recipe! Leftovers are awesome in a Thermos container for kids lunches too!
4. Easy Lasagne
Lasagne can be a little time-intensive, but it’s ALWAYS worth it. Why not test the waters with this easy lasagne recipe? The fam-bam are sure to love it!
5. Capsicum and Chilli Linguini
Like it hot? Try this capsicum and chilli linguini pasta recipe on for size. The secret to MORE heat is in the chilli seeds – so if you like it REAL hot, seek out the seeds!
6. Easy Peasy Pesto Pasta
Pesto pasta is a firm favourite of mine and a great dish to also serve cold as a summer salad. Beef it up with shredded chicken and you have the lip-smacking seal of approval. Yum.
7. Hidden Veggie Bolognese
If your kids reel back in horror at the sight of veggies, see if this clever hidden veggie bolognese pasta recipe will past the kid-test. We bet they’re none the wiser, and you can be super smug knowing they just ate their veggies.
8. Tasty Mushroom Risotto
Risotto is SUPER easy as well as being SUPER tasty. The unsung hero of the pasta aisle, this mushroom risotto recipe is sure to be a smash hit with mushroom lovers.
9. Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta Bake
Who doesn’t love a tuna pasta bake? This one is super quick and easy PLUS you can cook it in individual ramekins for a real five-star effect. FANCY PANTS!
10. Spaghetti with Bacon Meatballs
Meatballs, YESSSSSSSS! Take your meatball recipe that little bit further with this epic spaghetti and bacon meatballs recipe.
11. Delicious Pastitsio Greek Pasta Bake
Pastitsio – if ever there was a pasta dish that was even BETTER the next day, it has to be this one. It’s a little like a quick lasagne, but in a different, pasta bake form. Deeeeeelicious!
12. Spaghetti Bolognese Cob Loaf
Let’s not forget our spaghetti bolognese cob loaf. It’s a show-stopper you need, this HAS GOT TO BE IT!
13. Creamy Vanilla Rice Pudding
Yep, rice for dessert is A THING! Try this vanilla rice pudding dessert recipe paired with fruit (or maybe a dollop of jam) and report back if it was a winner!
Yum, that’s a whole lot of pantry staple, mid-week wonders to add to the menu plan right there! Go forth and find your pasta and rice, happy cooking!