When the temperatures start to dip, our cravings for cozy carbs heat up. This time of year, we love pasta for after the kids’ football games, weekend leaf-peeping excursions, or for bringing the whole family together over one of the most traditional comfort foods around. Whatever your tastes, you’re sure to find a new favorite.
Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake
This easy baked dish features all of the bacon, egg, and cheesy goodness of a classic Carbonara, without standing over the stove. Because it uses cream cheese in the sauce, you’ll find this version even richer. Serve it with a glass of white wine or sparkling grape juice, to really kick up the class.
Easy Creamy Tomato Sauce Spaghetti
If you usually just open a jar of red sauce over your spaghetti, get ready to level up. This simple recipe adds cream cheese and onions for extra flavor and velvety texture, without getting complicated. Put your own spin on it by adding sliced mushrooms, spinach, ground beef or sausage, or other meat and veggies for extra oomph.
Tortellini and Meatball Casserole
It just doesn’t get any easier than this. When you’re pressed for time, too tired to cook, or need a casserole the kids can make themselves, turn to this one. Just defrost a package of ravioli or tortellini and one of the frozen meatballs, then add a jar each of Alfredo and red sauce and a little milk. Top that with a little shredded cheese, bake, and you’re done!
The Creamiest Pasta Alfredo
If you’re still using jarred Alfredo sauce for your pasta, you obviously haven’t tried this version. You won’t find a silkier, creamier, heartier version anywhere. Eat this stick-to-your-ribs dish right away, because the sauce continues to thicken as it stands. Feel free to make it with spaghetti or any other long pasta.
Spaghetti Squash Alfredo
Swap out squash for pasta in this gluten-free spaghetti squash alfredo dish. Cheesy, rich, and creamy as an alfredo should be, this dish is studded with broccoli, while the squash provides an extra boost of wholesome vegetable goodness.
Lemony Chicken Pesto Pasta
Don’t relegate fresh flavors to spring and summer. Just add lemon zest and juice to packaged pesto and cream, then toss it with this pasta and chicken for a quick dinner that’s impressive enough for dinner guests. Add peas or your favorite frozen vegetables to round it out, and serve alongside a green salad for a simple, beautiful meal.
Remember, .any packages indicate a time frame (by a minute or two), so you should taste test a piece toward the end of cooking time to see if it is to your liking. You don’t want the noodle to be mushy, but also not hard inside. If you can see a white center, it needs to cook longer.