Winter Pasta Recipes Guaranteed To Be Your Coziest Dinners Ever

Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta
Photo: Greg DuPree

We're not quite sure what it is about chilly weather that makes us reach for pasta—each and every night—but we're not mad about it. Thankfully we have plenty of pasta dinner ideas to keep it coming. What makes the ideal winter pasta recipe is largely up to preference, though we found the mixture of a hearty sauce, rustic ingredients, and seasonal veggies to be a winning equation. With all the flavor these dishes pack, don't assume they'll require an all-day slow cook (though we do have a few that fit the bill, if that's what you're after). If you're looking for easy pasta recipes for dinner, you've come to the right place. Each and every one of these recipes will provide that warm and comforting feeling that only a big bowl of pasta can deliver. Find inspiration in our collection of winter pasta recipes for your most delicious season yet.

01 of 20

One-Pan Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, and Collards

One-Pan Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, and Collards
Greg DuPree

Recipe: One-Pan Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, and Collards

This hearty pasta comes together in a snap with sweet Italian-style chicken sausage, cremini mushrooms, and collard greens taking the lead. The best part? You'll only be cleaning one skillet.

02 of 20

Buttermilk Alfredo Chicken Spinach Pasta

Buttermilk Alfredo Pasta with Chicken and Spinach
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Buttermilk Alfredo Chicken Spinach Pasta

On chilly nights, a rich and cheesy pasta dish is just what we need to cuddle up with. We threw in fresh baby spinach and convenient store-bought rotisserie chicken to make it a one-and-done meal. We also replaced the heavy cream with whole buttermilk for a velvety and satisfying cheese sauce with less fat than other cheese sauces.

03 of 20

Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta

Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Maggie Ruggiero

Recipe: Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta

Hearty squash, ground sirloin, collard greens, and a well-seasoned broth make one comforting bowl that might just convince you to go back for seconds. Chili powder gives the dish a subtle kick. The one-pan recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare.

04 of 20

Smoked-Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Smoked-Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Smoked-Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells

The new stuffed shells are a meaty, smoky riff that won't leaving you anything but completely satisfied. Use smoked pork from your favorite restaurant, or substitute with smoked chicken instead. Make a double batch so you can freeze one casserole for later following our prep-ahead instructions listed in step three.

05 of 20

Meatball Pasta Bake

Meatball Pasta Bake
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Meatball Pasta Bake

Dress up the frozen meatballs and a store-bought sauce with this recipe. We added flavor from basil, fennel, onion, garlic, and—surprise—orange juice. We recommend using a Dutch oven to sear in flavor on the stovetop and finish baking in the oven.

06 of 20

Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake

Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake

Take a tried-and-true pasta bake and mix it with a bit of heat and a couple handfuls of hearty kale. You'll be left with all that cheesy, creamy goodness you crave, but with a fresh and tasty spin that's just right for the chilliest winter nights. Use Panko breadcrumbs for the crispiest topping.

07 of 20

All-In-One Spaghetti

All In One Spaghetti Recipe
Photo: William Dickey

Recipe: All-In-One Spaghetti

What makes it all-in-one? This pasta and meat sauce come together in just one pot and with delicious results. Add the spaghetti right into a flavorful beef-and-tomato mixture and cook for 20 minutes or until just tender.

08 of 20

Lasagna Roll Ups

Tomato-Basil Lasagna Rolls
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Recipe: Lasagna Roll Ups

This beautiful, meatless dish looks impressive on the plate, with each individual roll packed with the same cheesy flavor as a traditional lasagna. Depending on your taste, you can substitute sautéed mushrooms or spinach for the recipe's canned artichokes. For easier assembly, be careful not to overcook the noodles.

09 of 20

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Chicken, olives, mushrooms, and a few other bright ingredients work wonders in this classic chicken dish. Just don't forget the fresh herb and Parmesan cheese garnish. Start this dish in the morning to have ready in time for dinner.

10 of 20

Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti Casserole
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole

Just because it's spaghetti night doesn't mean it can't be insanely easy. For this recipe, pull out your trusty slow cooker to make prep easier than ever. We topped our casserole with Parmesan and fresh parsley for the most delicious finish.

11 of 20

Linguine With Parsley Pesto

Linguine with Parsley Pesto
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Linguine with Parsley Pesto

This quick and easy recipe substitutes parsley for basil for a wintery take on pesto. The herbs are blended with salty pistachios, Parmesan, lemon juice, and garlic for full flavor, then toss with linguini. A few sprinkles of cheese and red pepper flakes are the only garnish you need.

12 of 20

Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta

Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta

This cheesy cross between chicken spaghetti and broccoli casserole will keep you warm all season long. We added some bacon to the mix along with Peppadew peppers, which is the brand name of the piquanté pepper, small, round, and pickled in a sweet-and-spicy brine. Look for this type in the olive bar in your grocery store's deli section, or use jarred sweet cherry peppers instead.

13 of 20

Pasta with Pancetta, Artichokes, and Roasted Red Peppers

Pasta with Pancetta, Artichokes, and Roasted Red Peppers
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Pasta with Pancetta, Artichokes, and Roasted Red Peppers

Marinated artichoke hearts, a jar of roasted red bell peppers, and peppery arugula make this simple, five-ingredient dish sing. No sauce is needed outside of the flavorful vegetable mix and salty pancetta. This recipe is easy enough for a delicious weeknight meal and special enough for a dinner party.

14 of 20

Baked Tortellini Alfredo With Mushrooms

Baked Tortellini Alfredo with Mushrooms
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Tortellini Alfredo With Mushrooms

Put aside the jar of spaghetti sauce and whip up this rich and creamy tortellini bake. Earthy cremini mushrooms and garlic are sauteed in a homemade alfredo sauce, then tossed with pre-packaged cheese tortellini. Give your dish a quick broil in the oven for crispy brown edges and a bubbly sauce.

15 of 20

One-Pan Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Orzo

One-Pan Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Orzo
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

This rich and hearty pasta proves that seafood isn't just for beachy summer days. Our One-Pan Garlic-Butter Shrimp is served on orzo, a small pasta that looks like rice but cooks so much quicker. Succulent shellfish meet a garlicky, buttery sauce with layers of flavor from white wine, lemon, capers, and broth.

16 of 20

Chicken-Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Bacon and Ranch Casserole
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken-Bacon Ranch Casserole

A short ingredient list and quick prep make this recipe a winner for weeknight dinners. Ranch dressing adds a touch of zing to the cheesy penne pasta loaded with chicken and bacon. This comforting dinner is sure to land a spot in your family's rotation.

17 of 20

Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore

Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore
Stephen DeVries, Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore

Start by giving pork chops a good sear in your favorite cast-iron pan. Then throw in a rustic mix of carrots, onions, peppers, and olives, sauteed in a simmering tomato and wine sauce. This time of year, you'll get the best flavor from canned San Marzanos or other high-quality tomatoes.

18 of 20

Healthy Turkey Lasagna

Lean Lasagna
Hector M Sanchez

Recipe: Healthy Turkey Lasagna

So filling on cold winter nights, this healthier take on lasagna uses ground turkey instead of beef or sausage. The sauce is packed with flavorful ingredients, but frozen spinach and wonton wrappers reduce the necessary steps for assembly. If you're ready to make the switch to turkey, this lightened-up lasagna is the perfect recipe to try.

19 of 20

Chicken Tetrazzini With Prosciutto and Peas

Chicken Tetrazzini with Prosciutto and Peas
Jennifer R. Davick

Recipe: Chicken Tetrazzini With Prosciutto and Peas

We've updated the classic dish with prosciutto and Parmesan cheese. This recipe is full of shortcuts (canned cream of mushroom soup and Alfredo sauce) that make it easy to throw together, too. This one is certain to satisfy on a cold winter night.

20 of 20

Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta

Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta

You won't forget this dish any time soon. Shredded cabbage, baby portobello mushrooms, and plenty of bacon make it a winner. The addition of fresh thyme and a creamy sauce catapult it to a league of its own.

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