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Here's What To Make For Your Next Pasta Night

Penne all day.

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Let's be real: Is there anything better than pasta?

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(NOOOPE. There is not.)

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Here are four easy ideas for your next pasta night — plus the full recipes and a how-to video, below.

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1. Garlic Chicken Primavera Penne

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2. Penne Alla Vodka

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3. Spinach Artichoke Penne

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4. Cajun Chicken Alfredo Penne:

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Here are the full recipes:

Recipes by Alvin Zhou for BuzzFeed Tasty

1. Garlic Chicken Primavera

Servings: 3-4

INGREDIENTS

2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced

2 cups asparagus, chopped

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup carrots, sliced

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

4 cups cooked penne

1 cup Parmesan

PREPARATION

Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Cook garlic and chicken until no pink is showing. Add asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, salt, and pepper, cooking for about 2 minutes. Add pasta and Parmesan, stirring until cheese is melted and evenly distributed. Serve!

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2. Penne Alla Vodka

Servings: 3-4

INGREDIENTS

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 lb ground beef

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

½ cup vodka

½ tsp red chili flakes

½ cup heavy cream

4 cups cooked penne

Parsley and Parmesan to garnish

PREPARATION

Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Cook onion until translucent. Add beef, salt, and pepper, cooking until all the moisture has evaporated and the beef is browned. Add crushed tomatoes, vodka, and chili flakes, stirring and cooking until half of the liquid has evaporated and the sauce has reduced. Add cream, stirring until evenly incorporated. Stir in pasta until evenly coated. Serve with parsley and Parmesan.

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3. Spinach Artichoke Penne

Servings: 3-4

INGREDIENTS

2 Tbsp. olive oil

5 oz spinach

1 cup artichoke hearts, drained

16 oz cream cheese, softened

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 cups milk

4 cups cooked penne

PREPARATION

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add spinach, cooking until wilted, then add artichoke hearts, cooking for 1 minute. Next, add cream cheese until melted, stirring until there are no lumps. Sprinkle in garlic powder, salt, pepper, and milk, stirring until smooth. Add pasta and mix until pasta is evenly coated. Serve!

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4. Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Servings: 3-4

INGREDIENTS

3 Tbsp. olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup cooked sausage, sliced

2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced

1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning

2 cups heavy cream

4 cups cooked penne

1 cup Parmesan

¼ cup parsley

PREPARATION

Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Cook the garlic, sausage, and chicken until garlic starts to brown and the chicken is no longer pink. Sprinkle over the Cajun seasoning and stir to evenly coat the sausage and chicken. Add the cream, and bring to a boil. Add the pasta, stirring until evenly mixed. To finish, add Parmesan and parsley, stirring until cheese melts and pasta is coated with a thick sauce. Serve!

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