18 Pastas You Can MacGyver Out of Anything in Your Kitchen

Easy weeknight pasta doesn’t have to mean a jar of marinara. (Though, don’t get me wrong, I love that, too.) I’m just confident—nay, convinced—that no matter how bare your fridge and pantry, if you have a box of pasta, you have dinner.

Italian food is all about simplicity. You know, less-is-more ingredient lists, fuss-free techniques. That’s what makes pasta such a got-home-from-work-late champ. Put a pot of water on the stove. Figure the rest out between then and when the timer strikes al dente.