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11 Delicious Winter Pastas

Quick, Easy, Tasty Winter Pastas


These pasta dishes are warming, easy, delicious, and make use of produce that is more or less available through winter.

1. Broccoli Olive Pasta

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This quick and easy pasta is a tasty way to eat your veggies. The broccoli in this recipe is cooked beyond the crisp-tender stage many health-conscious people have become used to. It still has plenty of vitamins in it, and the softer texture helps it become the "sauce" for the pasta. Try it to see the many flavors and uses of broccoli.

2. Brussels Sprouts Pasta

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Nutty Brussels sprouts, rich eggs, and flavorful pecorino cheese make a quick and delicious (not to mention healthful) pasta sauce that's ready in the time it takes to boil water and cook pasta.

3. Cauliflower Pasta

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Cooking cauliflower with garlic, a bit of red pepper, olives, and capers makes for a savory, irresistible pasta dish. Play around with the proportions, if you like, it's a flexible dish.

4. Creamy Spinach Pasta

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This Creamy Spinach Pasta is just a wee bit indulgent with a splash of cream in each serving and plenty of parmesan cheese, but it is also chock-full of spinach (or chard if you're feeling fancy) to keep you eating plenty of veggies. Use a whole grain pasta for even an even more healthful dinner. In any case, it's an easy one-dish dinner that can be served as traditional pasta or made ahead and baked as a casserole, creating a crispy, browned, irresistible crust. 

5. Fennel Pasta

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You can pull together this quick, yummy Fennel Pasta with little notice and minimal effort. The bit of chile warmed me right up and the browned garlic helped bring out the sweetness at the heart of fennel.

6. Gorgonzola Pasta

Gorgonzola Pasta
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The sauce for this pasta gets mixed in a bowl and melts as you toss the hot pasta with it. Talk about fast!


7. Ground Lamb Pasta

Ground Lamb Pasta
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This lamb pasta is inspired by tiny lamb-filled Turkish dumplings called mantí. They are traditionally served topped with a garlicky yogurt sauce and melted butter – so, too, is this simple and quick pasta.

8. Parsley Walnut Pasta

Parsley Walnut Pesto
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Parsley Walnut Pesto is a perfect fall and winter remedy to pesto withdrawal. Toss it with pasta, spread it on bread, use as a sauce for chicken, or dip veggies into it.

9. Pasta With Hearty Greens

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Use the same pot of water to blanch the greens before boiling the pasta and then cooking the whole dish in said pot. This Pasta With Hearty Greens is quick, easy, nutritious, deliciously tempting, and works with greens of all sorts.

10. Spaghetti Carbonara

Photo © Molly Watson

Spaghetti Carbonara is often made with cream in the U.S., but the authentic Italian version gets its saucy texture just from eggs and Parmesan – with a bit of bacon thrown in for good measure.

11. Tuna Tomato Pasta

Photo © Molly Watson

Grab a can of tomatoes out of the pantry for this simple Tuna Tomato Pasta - one of the quickest, most delicious weeknight recipes around.

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