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Top 10 Winter Pasta Recipes


Winter is pasta time! You need lots of energy to keep warm and get through your day in the colder months. And pasta fits the bill perfectly. These quick and easy recipes are fun to make, delicious to eat, and healthy too. They're also inexpensive, which is a boon after the holidays. There are so many different types of pasta, so many ways to cook it, and so many foods it combines with perfectly. From a simple beef spaghetti recipe to a complex (but still easy!) tortellini recipe with three sauces, your family will love these dishes.

1. Baked Tortellini with Three Sauces

Baked Tortellini with Three Sauces
Linda Larsen

This gorgeous recipe is easy to make and special enough for company. The three sauces include a traditional tomato pasta sauce, a rich Alfredo sauce, and pesto. And because you just fold the frozen tortellini into the sauce mixture and bake it, it's simple too!

2. Creamy Stuffed Shells

Creamy Stuffed Shells
Linda Larsen

Five different kinds of cheese make this recipe special and rich. It's fun to make as well, since the large shells are easy to stuff. And it's so pretty!

3. Fettucine with Sausage and Peppers

Fettuccine with Sausage and Peppers
Linda Larsen

This easy recipe is a variation on the classic Italian Sausage and Peppers. Four different types of tomatoes make the sauce very flavorful and thick. Serve this one over spaghetti or linguine if you prefer.

4. Completely Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Completely Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs
Linda Larsen

I love this recipe. It was an experiment because I wasn't sure how the pasta would cook in the crockpot. Added at the end, it was simply perfect; tender but still al dente, with a fabulous flavor because it cooked right in the sauce. Yum.

5. Cheesy Pasta Frittata

Cheesy Pasta Frittata
Linda Larsen

This recipe uses any kind of leftover pasta you have in the house. It's very versatile, easy to make, and delicious. You can vary it by using your own favorite veggies and cheese.

6. Mac and Cheese Casserole

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
Linda Larsen

This recipe is great for several reasons: it tastes wonderful, it has the best texture, and it only uses five ingredients. If you come home in need of serious comfort food but with no energy to cook, this is the recipe for you.

7. Pizza Spaghetti Style

Pizza Spaghetti Style
Linda Larsen

This is one of the oldest recipes in my repertoire, and it's lasted for decades just because it's so good. It's the perfect recipe for a casual party, because you make it ahead of time. And it serves a crowd!

8. Tex Mex Skillet Lasagna

Tex Mex Skillet Lasagna
Linda Larsen

Let's spice things up with a Tex Mex recipe. I love this one because it's spicy, has fabulous texture and flavor, and because the pasta cooks right in the skillet. What more could you want?

9. Tomato Tortellini Soup

Tomato Tortellini Soup
Linda Larsen

Everybody craves soup in the winter. And nothing adds flavor and body to soup more than pasta, especially stuffed pasta. And this recipe only uses four ingredients! You'll be feeling warmer in minutes.

10. Beefy Spaghetti

Beefy Spaghetti
Linda Larsen

And finally, to round out the list, one of the easiest pasta dishes ever. All you need is a pound of ground beef and some pantry staples for a warming, delicious, and satisfying meal. Pair it with some toasted garlic bread and a green salad and eat well.

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