What's for dinner tonight? Look no further than these 5 quick, simple and deliciously diverse pasta recipes. They're veggie-friendly and each use just a handful of ingredients you might have sitting in the back of your cupboards or fridge. Simplicity is key say our Italian friends.

1) Roast squash, sage and hazelnut pasta sauce 

This dish is inspired by autumn veg and will leave you feeling cosy. Using just a few ingredients this is a super easy meal to put together. 

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2) Rustic passata with leftover basil stalks 

Basil and other herb stalks often end up being wasted after we’ve used the leaves. There is lots of flavour in the stalks, so it would be a shame not to use them. Use this passata on pizzas or as a pasta sauce 

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3) Zesty broccoli pesto  

Broccoli is in season in the UK throughout March, April, May. In this recipe it provides a mouth-watering alternative in pesto to herbs such as basil. 

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4) Lemon, capers and parmesan 

You don’t have to be a caper-ble cook to make this zingy pasta dressing. Capers are great to have on hand as a store cupboard essential and give extra edge to a plate of food. 

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5) Sage and white bean

Aromatic sage is used in Italian cooking with pasta dishes such as gnocchi and risotto. We have paired it with white beans in this delicious pasta. It is known as a ‘miracle herb,’ for it’s healing properties, Italian’s even used to use it to clean their teeth.  

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