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5 Tips for perfect pasta every single time (VIDEO)

Karen Miner is the Food & Home Editor for SheKnows. She is a freelance writer, recipe developer and is also the cook, author and photographer behind the food blog, Tasty Trials, a collection of original recipes and stories. She and her h...

Use these simple tips to make the best pasta, from spaghetti to mac and cheese

Attention, mac and cheese lovers: Your favorite dish is about to get a whole lot easier.

 

Did you know that you don't need to pre-boil your macaroni before combining it with all that glorious and gooey cheese sauce? That's one less pot to clean and about 20 minutes less prep time, which probably means I will now be making mac and cheese every night. (Note to self: Buy more stretchy pants.)

Watch the video to get more tips on making perfect pasta. You might be surprised at a few of them.

Once you're armed with all this new pasta knowledge, you'll need delicious recipes to try. I happen to have a few to recommend...

1. Red pepper and butternut squash pasta recipe

Use these simple tips to make the best pasta, from spaghetti to mac and cheese

No, this isn't super-cheesy pasta, but you won't be disappointed with the decadent and creamy butternut squash sauce.

2. 30-Minute cream cheese meatball fettuccine recipe

Use these simple tips to make the best pasta, from spaghetti to mac and cheese

Spaghetti and meatballs (with cream cheese!) in 30 minutes could be very bad for my waistline.

3. Spaghetti with seafood ragù recipe

Use these simple tips to make the best pasta, from spaghetti to mac and cheese

A lighter pasta dish for when you need a break from the above-mentioned cream cheese-infused spaghetti.

4. Creamy Greek yogurt mac 'n' cheese with spinach recipe

Use these simple tips to make the best pasta, from spaghetti to mac and cheese

This creamy, cheesy, one-pot mac and cheese comes together in 15 minutes — 15 minutes!

5. One-skillet 3-meat spaghetti recipe

Use these simple tips to make the best pasta, from spaghetti to mac and cheese

If this meaty spaghetti doesn't scream comfort food, I don't know what does.

6. Tagliatelle with eggplant cream, tomatoes and basil recipe

Use these simple tips to make the best pasta, from spaghetti to mac and cheese

If you can't travel to the Italian Riviera, at least you can indulge in pasta inspired by the flavors of the region.

7. Chili spaghetti recipe

Use these simple tips to make the best pasta, from spaghetti to mac and cheese

The perfect way to use up leftover chili.

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