10 Winter Pastas

January 22, 2014

On days like these -- when cold snow creeps over the tops of our boots and we're glad to be packed into a crowded subway car simply for the heat -- very few things make us warm and happy. Hot chocolate is too fleeting, our favorite winter hats are weathered, and by the time we get home all we want to do is crawl under a blanket and put on every pair of long johns we own. Pasta, on a day like this, is like a hot shower -- very few things make us feel this warm and content. Only one rule applies: you have to have seconds. 

Edward Giobbi's Spaghetti alla Foriana by Genius Recipes 

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Grandma DiLaura's italian Ricotta Gnocchi by cdilaura 


Pasta e Ceci by Emiko


Diane Kochilas' Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions by Genius Recipes  


 Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream and Five Cheeses by Genius Recipes  


Birthday Lasagna by Merrill Stubbs


Rigatoni with Fennel and Veal Sausage by cristinasciarra


Rao's Meatballs by Genius Recipes 


Swiss Chard and Lemon Ricotta Pasta by TheWimpyVegetarian


Spaghetti Carbonara by Brette Warshaw 


Pasta Al Forno with Pumpkin and Pancetta by Merrill Stubbs

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Pisanella January 24, 2014
Patricia, try living with a vegetarian! Ye gods, it's a pain.
dymnyno January 22, 2014
These cold weather comfort foods look delicious, but here in the West we are "suffering" from a month of 70 to 80 degree days. There is no cold weather or rain in our forecast. Stop rubbing it in!!!
Joy B. January 23, 2014
I would happily switch places with you any day!
dymnyno January 23, 2014
No! We are having a terrible draught. Our vineyards are usually bright with tall bright yellow mustard this time of year or carpets of bright green, but this year all is brown, brown and in desperate need of water. The warm dry pattern has become depressing! This is a crisis for agriculture.
patricia January 22, 2014
These all sound great!

Alas, I live with the only man in the world who dislikes pasta. *weeps*
Joy B. January 22, 2014
Noooooo! Even if its baked in cheese and sprinkled with bacon?