1. Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Lettuce Salad
You’ll have to ask your kids if they can guess the secret ingredient. (Pumpkin!). We swirled pumpkin purée into this tomato sauce for sweetness and a velvety texture. Baked in the oven with mozzarella until bubbly and golden and then topped with fresh basil, this pasta dish is a crowd-pleaser. Don’t forget the side of lettuce, lightly dressed with a lemon vinaigrette. Cook, relax and enjoy! Get the recipe here.
2. Baked Mushroom Pasta with Parmesan and Thyme
The first time we made this recipe it was 19°F outside. We were craving something warm, earthy and creamy and this baked pasta did the trick. The key to its rich mushroom flavor is the mushroom broth, made by soaking dried mushrooms in hot water until softened. You won’t need the lemon juice, just the zest, so feel free to slice it up to freshen your water glass. Cook, relax and enjoy! Get the recipe here.
3. Broccoli Rabe & Sausage Pasta with Raisins and Breadcrumbs
This is one of our all-time favorite weeknight pastas. It features a few key ingredients that perfectly marry into a sweet, hot and salty sauce. First, there’s the crunchy golden breadcrumbs for texture. Then the spicy Italian sausage, broken up into small pieces so it better catches in the rigatoni. Broccoli rabe has a great bitter bite, and plump golden raisins add bursts of sweetness to balance the meal. Cook, relax and enjoy! Get the recipe here.
4. Gluten-Free Goat Cheese Pasta with Green Beans, Sweet Corn and Mint
The beauty of this pasta dish is in its simplicity: goat cheese binds with starchy pasta water to create a creamy base and green beans and corn cook for just a few minutes until sweet and bright. We used our much loved Garofalo gluten-free penne, perfect for holding its shape when coated in a cheesy sauce. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.
5. Pan-Roasted Zucchini Pasta with Pecans, Parmesan & Mint
This pasta dish features one of our favorite toppings: crunchy pecans, fresh mint, and salty Parmesan. The trick to golden-brown zucchini is using a fair bit of oil over high heat so the slices soften in the skillet. It'll only take a few minutes, but resist the urge to instantly flip them so they have time to form a good sear. Would you believe it's even better the next day? You should have plenty leftover! Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.
6. Chicken and Pasta Soup with Spinach and Sweet Potatoes
Cold weather means hot soup—chicken soup, to be exact. While we've never met a chicken soup we didn't like, we particularly love how comforting and hearty this one is. And here's a tip—taking the time to brown the chicken and sweet potatoes before adding the remaining ingredients builds extra richness and flavor that you might not expect in such a quick-cooking meal. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.
7. Pan Roasted Carrot Pasta with Parsley & Pistachios
This festive vegetarian pasta dish looks like it’s topped with edible confetti, which puts us in a party mood every time we eat it. Carrots provide sweetness, lemon adds brightness, Parmesan is perfect for that salty bite, and chopped pistachios add the ultimate crunch against tender casarecce pasta. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.
8. Creamy Corn Pasta with Chives, Crispy Crumbs & Salad
For this decadent dish, we took lots of nostalgic inspiration from sweet, velvety creamed corn. We leave the corn kernels intact for bursts of sweetness and texture, so the creamy factor comes from a silky smooth combo of mascarpone and melted fontina. A sprinkling of fresh chives on top, and a side salad that includes marinated tomatoes really remind us that summer is here! Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.