Comfort Food

31 Big, Fat Winter Pastas to Hunker Down With

February 22, 2016

When the 10-day weather report looks like an audition for storm cloud emojis, the snow on the ground is a hazy shade of brownish-yuck, and that puddle was just a little bit deeper than you'd anticipated, the answer is clear: pasta. Miles and piles of oozy, cheesy, gooey pasta. (Feel better yet?)

Get. In. My. Belly. Photo by Julia Gartland

Here are 31 baked, cheesy, and creamy pastas to dive into for when you just can't even (and even when you can):

Layers and Layers of Cheese

Ragu, We Love You

A Hint of Nuance

Get Your Greens

Cream de la Crème

Mac 'n' Cheese, Redux

Bake it 'Til You Make It

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What's your ultimate comforting pasta? Are you all mac 'n' cheese all the time? Tell us in the comments below!

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Kathy February 25, 2016
Spaghetti Carbonara is always my go to comfort pasta dish. I have been making it since I was 16 and now my daughter has learned to make it. Salty, creamy, cheesy yum.
edna February 24, 2016
spaghetti with meat sauce- whole wheat spaghetti with turkey sauce to be exact :)
Mary P. February 24, 2016
Our family's favorite pasta is fresh tagliarini (ribbon pasta) found in North Beach, San Francisco (or fresh organic noodles from our local market) with generous amounts of fresh, chopped garlic (5 cloves), butter (1/2 cube) and cream (1/4 - 1/2 cup)!!!! If there are leftovers, use the next morning and saute them until crispy, and top with two over easy eggs!!! OOHHH!!!
Mary P. February 24, 2016
Whoops, forgot to add 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese!!!
Karla W. February 24, 2016
That sounds divine!