Pasta three or four nights a week getting you down? Finding it hard to get the variety in there? Never fear, here are ten family-friendly pasta dishes you can whip up in no time.

If you have a super-fussy eater, keep one thing the same each time. It could be the type of pasta or the sauce. Either way, cook extra on the first night and you can save yourself lots of effort the following days.

1. Chilli Prawn Linguine
I used to make this back in the day BC before kids. The oil, chilli and garlic were off the hook. Now that I have children to feed too, I temper it with a pared-back approach to the strong flavours and add my favourite chilli and smoked garlic oil to my bowl of pasta at the table. I want it hot enough to bring me out in a sweat!


2. Tuna Arrabiata
This is also a little bit on the spicy side for the adults if you want it to be. Take an ordinary tuna pasta bake and jazz it up with garlic, lemon & cheese and Bob’s your bank manager, you have a really tasty tuna pasta with no need to bake. Put some chilli flakes on the table for spice-lovers and you have a tasty bowl of joy.

3. Creamy Bacon Pasta
A bit of a riff on carbonara, this creamy bacon pasta is easy to the point of lazy! I love serving it up with a tonne of fresh green veg.

4. Simple Sausage Pasta
You can do this dish either with sausages or pork mince. Either way, you are going to be astonished at how quickly you can serve up a tasty meal in the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta. I love adding chilli oil to my own plate to give it yet another dimension.

5. Oven-Baked Meatballs
Since making my own burgers and meatballs, I have found that shop-bought meatballs just can’t satisfy me. I’m clearly spoiled for life. Double everything up and make up a huge batch of these meatballs on several trays in the oven and freeze a load to save yourself the bother on one of your busier night. You can do the same with the sauce too.

6. Italian Broccoli & Salmon Bake
There’s nothing basic about this pasta bake from BBC Good Food. Bursting with gorgeous flavours – it’s more suitable for a dinner party than a family tea.

7. Supergreen pasta
Boost your vitamins with this fresh and easy dish from my favourite food magazine, Delicious.

8.Butternut Squash & Sage Macaroni
Sage is underrated in pasta. Fact. Keep some in your freezer for moments like this.

9. Creamy Salmon Pasta
I try to serve up salmon or an oily fish to my family once a week and this recipe from Olive magazine is just perfect. Hardly any prep and amazingly tasty.

10. Rainbow Pasta
Always a hit with the kids this recipe from Waitrose will get them munching on all that brilliant veg.

That’s my list done, but I asked my Feed the Brood family in my closed Facebook Group and they brainstormed a load more. Join the Group now to find out what their favourites were.

And if you like these, you can find more of my delicious recipes here.