We never need an excuse to tuck into a satisfying bowl of pasta – and it seems we’re not alone. Dubai has been chosen as the host city for the 20th World Pasta Day on Thursday 25 October, offering a nod to the 300-plus Italian restaurants that call our city home, and our pasta-loving, multicultural society. To celebrate World Pasta Day, we’ve brought you six simple pasta recipes from good magazine, including a delicious prawn pasta that’s ideal for a romantic meal for two, a picnic-perfect pasta salad, and a speedy lasagne the kids will love.

Gremolata prawn pasta

Push the boat out with this easy recipe for Gremolata Prawn Pasta, from Julie Watson of Nourish. And the best part, this recipe is easily increased if you’re catering for a crowd.

Speedy lasagne

Speedy lasagne

We all love lasagne, but we don’t always love the amount of time it takes to make – enter Lynsday Bettles’ clever recipe for Speedy Lasagne, which uses a mascarpone sauce in place of the traditional bechamel to create a kid-friendly lasagne that’s ready in half the time.

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Linguine with pesto, tomato and mozzarella

Channelling the colours of the Italian flag, this classic recipe for Linguine with Pesto, Tomato and Mozzarella makes for a satisfying vegetarian dinner.

Tagliatelle with Coriander and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Tagliatelle with coriander & pumpkin seed pesto

For a novel twist on the traditional pasta and pesto combo, why not whip up this flavour-packed recipe for Tagliatelle with Coriander Leaves and Pumpkin Seeds?

Mussel Pot Tagliatelle

Mussel pot tagliatelle

Want a restaurant-quality dinner on the table in under 30 minutes? This easy Mussel Pot Tagliatelle is rich with tomato, garlic and chilli – just like your favourite pot of mussels.

Pesto pasta salad

Pesto pasta salad

Equally tasty served hot or cold, this Pesto Pasta Salad is perfect for packing in your picnic basket.

For more delicious recipes from good magazine, try these family-friendly feasts.