Every home cook needs a go-to pasta recipe up his or her sleeve, and if you’re feeling a little fancier than the regular olive oil-based toss-up, throw in a few key ingredients like mushrooms, bacon, and cream.

Remember to boil your pasta at the same time you start putting the sauce together, then mix in the noodles immediately after they reach the al dente stage. The pasta water that comes with it is the key to binding everything together.

Cat Altomonte
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