If I was pushed, I think I would have to say that pasta is my favourite food. I feel genuine pain at how the bad reputation pasta has seemed to accumulate over the past few ‘clean eating’ years, when it is the purest and most delicious of foods. Always there for you when you need it most, nestled in the back of the cupboard waiting to be brought to life, it’s the ultimate in comfort food. I like mine with cream and tomato and cheese and garlic and the more the better, but it is just as good with seafood or ragu or just a simple drizzle of oil and a scattering of herbs. As today is World Pasta Day, I wanted to dig through my archives and find my favourite pasta recipes so you can remember your own favourite dishes and treat yourself to a dish of the good stuff today. Don’t let the pasta haters bring you down – pasta will nourish your body and your soul. It’s just that good.