Pasta is a generous, abundant sort of meal. The best pasta dishes feel lush, like you can't believe there's such a big bowl of deeply delicious food in front of you. You can sink a whole day into pasta — kneading, rolling, and cutting fresh dough into sheets so thin the light shines through; slowly cooking sauce redolent of garlic and browned meat; patiently layering it all together into a heavenly stack of noodles, sauce, and cheese.
But pasta can be generous in other ways, too. Pasta can feed you even when you're feeling stretched and tired.