Recently I had this salivating craving for pasta dressed with oil. It's not over powered by a marinara or cream sauce. The oil acts as a saucy medium and helps intensify the natural flavors for the vegetables and herbs you use. Simplicity is key, it only takes a few good components to snazzily dress a dish.
Ingredients: pasta of your choice, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, mushrooms, cilantro, grated parmesan, meats/fish
Salt your boiling water. Grab a hand ful of pasta, makes 4-6 servings depending on your palm size.
Drain when al dente. Reserve some of that boiling liquid. About a cupful.