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15 Winter Pastas that Aren't Bathed in Cheese

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When you hear "winter" and "pasta," do you think of cheese? Rich and baked and bubbly dishes, so creamy and indulgent you're satiated after two bites (but when has that ever stopped you before)?

This is not that roundup. Of course, I love a good cheesy pasta as much as any person who tolerates dairy, but I think we might be limiting ourselves. Yes, winter means that fresh tomatoes are out, basil is out, zucchini and other delicate summer vegetables are out. But instead of mourning their loss with gallons of béchamel, we should evaluate all of our options. Consider veg like beets, kale, and onions; dried fruits and citrus; underutilized ingredients like nuts and chickpeas; and interesting takes on proteins like speck, swordfish, and chicken livers. Cook your colors this winter, and those tomatoes will be here before you know it!

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Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Mint Filling
Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Mint Filling
Bucatini Pasta with Pork Ragu
Bucatini Pasta with Pork Ragu
Edward Giobbi's Spaghetti alla Foriana
Edward Giobbi's Spaghetti alla Foriana
Paccheri with Swordfish Ragu
Paccheri with Swordfish Ragu
Chickpea Fettuccine with Harissa, Kale, and Olives
Chickpea Fettuccine with Harissa, Kale, and Olives
Penne with Creamed Greens and Pancetta
Penne with Creamed Greens and Pancetta
Rigatoni with Fennel and Veal Sausage
Rigatoni with Fennel and Veal Sausage
The Splendid Table's Pasta with Two Broccolis and Raisin-Pine Nut Sauce
The Splendid Table's Pasta with Two Broccolis and Raisin-Pine Nut Sauce
Orange and Ricotta Ravioli
Orange and Ricotta Ravioli
Jen’s “Improved” Chicken Liver Ragu
Jen’s “Improved” Chicken Liver Ragu
Buckwheat Pasta with Charred Cabbage, Speck, and Provolone
Buckwheat Pasta with Charred Cabbage, Speck, and Provolone
Kale Pesto Orecchiette
Kale Pesto Orecchiette
Braised Onion Sauce
Braised Onion Sauce
Broccoli Aglio e Olio with Gremolata Breadcrumbs
Broccoli Aglio e Olio with Gremolata Breadcrumbs
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)

What winter pastas make you happiest? Tell us in the comments!

Tags: beets, kale, swordfish, pork