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Just 6 viral pasta recipes because no one can decide what to cook in lockdown.

It's pasta season.

With various Australian cities currently in lockdown and grim weather outside, it's the perfect time to put on a pot of hot water and create a delicious Italian dinner (or lunch or breakfast - you do you!)

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We rounded up the top five viral pasta recipes (and a noodle dish that's too good not to include) from the last year so you don't have to scour the internet looking for one. 

Happy cooking!

The Baked Feta Pasta. 

Image: Supplied. 

Ingredients

  • 500g of pasta of your choice
  • 2 packets of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 block of feta cheese
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Chilli flakes, to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 handful of basil leaves

Method

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1. Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. 

2. Pour the olive oil on top of the tomatoes. 

3. Place the block of feta in the middle of the tomatoes. Make sure it’s nestled in there and all the tomatoes are closely packed - this will make sure they get really saucy. 

4. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes until the tomatoes are soft and the feta has expanded and melted.

5. Add the finely chopped basil and crushed garlic and get ready for the fun part. It’s time to smoosh it all together! The residual heat ‘cooks the garlic’ so don’t worry about that raw garlic taste.

6. Then add in your cooked and drained pasta on top of the sauce and stir. 

7. Enjoy!

Read our article trialling this pasta here.

The Pasta Chips. 

@cookingwithayeh

Pasta Chips should be illegal but they taste so good! ##fyp ##pastachips ##foodtiktok ##crunch

♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys - Kevin MacLeod

Ingredients

  • Pasta of your choice
  • Olive oil
  • Oregano
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chilli flakes (optional)

Method

1. Boil a large pot of water and cook the pasta as instructed.

2. Remove pasta from water and season with olive oil, oregano, chilli flakes and parmesan cheese. 

3. Mix together.

4. Pop the pasta mix in your air fryer at 180 degrees Celcius for 10-12 minutes or in the oven at 200 degrees Celcius for 17-20 minutes.

5. Plate the pasta alongside your favourite pasta sauce.

6. Enjoy!

Mayo Ramen.

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Mayo ramen hack video that went viral on Instagram ##2minnoodles ##mayoramenhack ##mayonnaise ##ramen ##fyp ##viral ##shinramyun ##ramyeon ##garlic

♬ original sound - Connie Yan

Ingredients

  • Your choice of packet ramen noodles
  • One clove of garlic, minced
  • A handful of spring onion, diced 
  • One egg
  • Kewpie mayo

Method

1. In a bowl mix the ramen seasoning, egg, minced garlic, spring onion and kewpie mayo (as much as you like).

2. Mix together.

3. In a boiling pot of water, cook the noodles as instructed.

4. Add a splash of cooking water to your sauce mixture and mix again. 

5. Remove noodles from the water.

6. Place noodles in the sauce mixture.

7. Enjoy!

Chrissy Teigen’s Spicy Miso Carbonara.

We didn't say it was pretty. Image: Instagram.
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Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 115 grams thick-cut or regular bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoons chilli garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 3 eggs
  • 340 grams spaghetti
  • 56 grams finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus more to serve
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup spring onion, sliced

Method

1. Boil a large pot of salted water and keep on the stove on low heat.

2. Cook the pasta for eight minutes.

3. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan and add the bacon. Cook for 10 minutes or until it's crispy.

4. Remove from the heat and place it in a bowl.

5. Combine the chilli garlic sauce, miso, a tablespoon of your pasta water until smooth. Then, add the eggs and combine.

6. Drain the pasta water and save 1/2 a cup of water.

7. Dice the bacon into small bite-size pieces.

8. Add the pasta to the same pan that the bacon was in and add the bacon. Heat everything over medium heat until it is hot.

9. Add the sauce.

10. Add the cheese, pepper and pasta water and let it simmer until it thickens.

11. Season with more chilli, garlic, salt or pepper if desired.

12. Toss in the green onion.

13. Divide among bowls and top with cheese and green onion.

14. Enjoy!

Gigi Hadid's Vodka Pasta.

Image: Instagram.
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Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 60ml tomato paste
  • 120ml full cream
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 15ml vodka
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 30 grams parmesan cheese
  • Chopped basil, to serve

Method

1. In a large saucepan heat the olive oil.

2. Once hot, add the onion and garlic and cook until soft.

3. Add the tomato paste and cook until the onion looks caramelised.

4. Add the vodka.

5. Cook your pasta for eight minutes in salted boiling water.

6. Then, add the cream and chilli flakes.

7. Keep stirring until everything is combined.

8. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

9. Add the pasta and 1 tablespoon of butter. Stir.

10. Add the parmesan cheese and stir. Season more if needed.

11. Serve with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

12. Enjoy!

Jimmy Kimmel's 'Pasta Tina'. 




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Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • Any small-sized pasta. Jimmy used cavatappi.
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Chicken or vegetable stock concentrate
  • Parmesan cheese

Method

1. Boil a pot of water.

2. Add the pasta to the water once it's boiled for roughly eight minutes.

3. Add salt to the water.

4. Open the can of cannellini beans and drain some of the liquid.

5. Using a handheld blender, blend the beans with the liquid. This can be done inside the tin (if your blender fits).

6. Peel the garlic cloves.

7. Place a pan on the stove at medium-low temperature. Add olive oil. Once it's hot, add the whole garlic cloves.

8. If you want to be fancy, tilt pan to cook the garlic gloves in a pool of olive oil.

9. After 3-4 minutes, when the garlic gloves look golden, take them out of the pan.

10. Add the cannellini beans and one tablespoon of chicken stock concentrate.

11. Mix together.

12. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce.

13. Serve with parmesan cheese on top.

14. Enjoy!

Which one will you be making this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

Feature image: Instagram/@cravingsbychrissyteigen and Supplied/Eleanor Katelaris