Almost everyone loves pasta, making it the perfect food for both family and friends. It’s not only adaptable to the seasons, with cool pasta salads taking center stage in summer and hearty lasagne in the colder months, but it’s also versatile and doesn’t usually break the family budget. From a simple penne with cherry tomatoes to the more elaborate pappardelle with duck, pasta always makes for an enticing, satisfying meal. Starting with simple step-by-step instructions for making fresh pasta at home, Pasta provides more than 40 mouthwatering sauce recipes, followed by more than 100 ideas for dishes using dried, commercially made pasta shapes. So there’s something for everyone, including beginners, in this beautiful full-color book: Classics such as Spaghetti with Meatballs and “Linguini with Pesto” Tantalizing new dishes, such as spaghetti with Kiwi Fruit and “Macaroni with Chocolate Nut Sauce” Pasta salads for cool summer dining Healthy choices, such as whole-wheat spaghetti with summer vegetables Budget-conscious recipes that call for just a few ingredients A quick-and-easy section to get you out of the kitchen fast A key dish in the super-healthy Mediterranean diet, these recipes pack as much goodness as they do flavor and energy.