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Pasta Perfection: The Cozy Pastas to Make this December

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In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of perfectly crafted pasta to bring joy to the table. Whether you’re seeking a quick weeknight dinner or planning a festive gathering, you’ll love this variety of recipes that includes a little bit of everything.

1. One-Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

Bowl of creamy tomato pasta with fresh parmesan.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

This creamy tomato pasta dish is made with a secret ingredient that gives it a protein boost. Pair it with a salad or a simple side dish and dinner is ready!

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2. Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

Bowl of orecchiette with sausage and broccoli
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

This pasta dish is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, because it’s on the table in just 30 minutes and you only need five ingredients to make it. It’s rated five starts for a reason!

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3. Chicken Broccoli Ziti with Crunchy Bread Crumbs

Bowl of chicken broccoli ziti pasta with spoon
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Tender, juicy chicken, chewy pasta, and crunchy bread crumbs all come together to make this simple meal really shine! It’s inspired by the simple, yet delicious pastas I had in Italy. Serve it with a quick side dish and you’ll have a delicious diner that the whole family will love. 

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4. Bucatini Cacio e Pepe

Plate of cacio e pepe pasta
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

This 20 minute meal is sure to quickly become one of your favorite meals. Pasta with a creamy cheese sauce and lots of spicy ground pepper. It’s kind of like macaroni and cheese for grown-ups, but the kids will like it too!

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5. Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Garlic Breadcrumbs

Pasta bowl with shrimp linguine and a fork twirling pasta.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Buttery garlic shrimp, over a chewy linguine base and topped with garlic breadcrumbs… on a weeknight? It’s completely possible with this simple recipe that is prepped on the table in under 30 minutes. Also great for a date night meal.

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6. Easy Udon Stir Fry Noodles with Vegetables

Easy Udon Noodle Stir Fry comes together in less than 20 minutes, tastes like take-out, and is packed with fresh produce! #20minutedinner #stirfry #stirfrynoodles
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

This 30 minute meal is made with pantry staples so you always have the basic ingredients for it on hand. Toss in whatever fresh veggies you have on hand and enjoy this simple dish that is big on flavor. It’s better than takeout!

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7. Lentil Bolognese

Photo Credit: Broke Bank Vegan.

Lentils replace the meat in this hearty bolognese recipe but it’s so hearty and delicious you may not even notice it. Cremini mushrooms, lentils, and a rich and hearty tomato sauce bring lots of flavor to this classic Italian dish. 

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8. Mushroom Ragu Vegan Pasta Sauce

Photo Credit: XoXo Bella

This mushroom ragu features two different types of mushrooms and lots of fresh flavors. Serve it over piping hot pasta noodles and enjoy! You are going to love this delightful vegan pasta sauce. 

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9. Spicy Shrimp Pasta with Bloody Mary Vodka Sauce

Photo Credit: XoXo Bella.

If you are looking for spice this dish won’t disappoint. Don’t worry though, you adjust the spiciness of the Bloody Mary vodka sauce to your liking . Serve the sauce and shrimp over your favorite pasta, and dinner is done!

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10. Chicken Ragu Pasta

Photo Credit: Lavender and Macarons.

The secret to a tasty ragu sauce is letting all of those amazing flavors cook down together for a bit, but it is so worth it, and you’ll see when you make this pasta dish. Pair this delicious sauce with your favorite pasta shape and just wait to see how quickly your family devours it!

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11. One Pot Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta

Photo Credit: Pass Me Some Tasty.

One pot meals can be so helpful on busy weeknights, and this one pot meal is full of flavor the whole family will enjoy. This creamy pasta dish will taste as though you’ve been in the kitchen for hours, but it’s ready in just 30 minutes. 

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12. Easy Creamy Vegan Pasta

Photo Credit: Lavender and Macarons.

This pasta dish is vegetarian but it’s hearty enough for the most carnivorous of mouths to enjoy it. Chickpeas, and penne pasta are coated in a rich and creamy coconut sauce with spinach for a comforting hearty dinner with no meat required. 

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13. Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

Photo Credit: The Gourmet Bon Vivant.

This classic Italian dinner features potato dumplings with tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese that have all been baked together. Make it in an oven safe skillet and it’s also a delicious one pot meal! 

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14.  Chili Mac

Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

Chili mac is a great comfort food dinner, and this recipe is perfect even for a busy weeknight. This is a meal the whole family will love, and you can pair it with a quick vegetable or a salad and dinner is ready to enjoy. 

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15. French Onion Pasta

Photo Caption: Food Plus Words.

If you like French onion soup you need to try this recipe for French onion pasta. It is all of the savory soup flavors that you love combined with pasta and rich creamy sauce. This dish has all the comfort you want from a bowl of French onion soup while being heartier with the addition of pasta. 

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