On World Pasta Day 2015, we thank the Italians (and chefs, of course) for gifting the world different types of pasta and some pasta recipes.
It's easily one of the most famous comfort foods of all time. Layers of dough cut into thin strips or semi circles can leave you with ideas for a spaghetti dish or inspire you to make your version of Mac'n' Cheese.
And if creativity fails you, you can always stick to the basics: a creamy béchamel or a refreshing ariabiata sauce can provide you the kind of happiness that most people can't.
If you are too lazy to trawl the internet for recipes, take a look at our compilation from celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Mario Batali, popular blogger, Deborah Perelman from Smitten Kitchen and more.
Mushroom, Leek and Tarragon Pasta by Chef Ramsay
If you're left with absolutely nothing except Lasagne sheets and you don't want to bake a dish of lasanga, then dip it in boiling water and add it to a creamy mushroom sauce made with garlic, leeks, tarragon and herbs. You can recreate Chef Ramsay's magic in your kitchen by noting down his instructions from the video below:
Squash and ricotta pasta bake recipe by Chef Jamie Oliver
Pasta bakes are the go-to recipes for a university student. And Chef Oliver has created a dish that only requires penne, butternut squash and ricotta cheese. This pasta bake recipe is simple, fresh and serves as a wholesome family meal. Click here for the recipe.
Pasta alla Puttanesca by Nigella Lawson
On her blog, Lawson translates this dish as the "slut's spaghetti" and ventures to guess that this was made by those who couldn't get their hands on fresh ingredients and had to make do with anything found in a tin or a jar. Lawson's version of Pasta Puttanesca includes an addition of capers, anchovies, chilli flakes and herbs. You will find the recipe here or in the video below:
Baked Rigatoni with tiny meatballs by Deborah Perelman
Food blogger Deborah Perelman has saved many lives with her blog, Smitten Kitchen. Her pasta recipes are plenty, but we picked one that includes most peoples' favourite: meatballs and white sauce. Click here to find out how Deb does it.
Seafood Linguine by Chef Rick Stein
If you live near the coast or find yourself staring at fresh seafood, try celebrity chef Rick Stein's Seafood Linguine recipe. He adds prawns, squid and mussels to a tomato sauce that's seasoned with chilli flakes, black pepper and garnished with parsley. Click here to see his recipe.
Scotto Family Macaroni Pie by Chef Mario Batali
This is an upgrade to your average Mac'n'Cheese. Chef Batali's creation is made with linguine, chives, ricotta, parmesan cheese and burrata. Find out how he does it.