16 Cozy Past Recipes For Cold Winter Nights

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Nothing beats a warm and comforting bowl of pasta when nights get cold. It’s warming food that fills you up, both body and soul. These sixteen recipes are perfect for a hearty winter’s dinner, and they are recipes the whole family will love. Fire up the stove and pull out a box of pasta for a night of deliciousness.

1. Fall Harvest Pasta Salad

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This fall harvest pasta salad is perfect for the fall and winter seasons. It can be prepared several hours ahead of time. With feta cheese and vegetables, it’s a hearty, delicious pasta salad you’ll make again and again.

2. Homemade Mac And Cheese

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This homemade mac and cheese recipe is a great way to give the kids what they want and still feel good about the quality of what they (or you!) are eating.

3. Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Tuna Noodle Casserole is among one of the top comfort foods. Everyone loves it, and everyone feels happier because of it.

4. Orzo Salad With Pesto

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Everyone loves pesto. Basil is a beloved herb, and for good reason. It’s hard to beat that summer-fresh flavor. This Orzo Salad With Pesto celebrates that.

5. Cavatappi Pasta Salad

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If you love sausage, this is the pasta salad for you. Filled with complimentary fresh veggies, herbs, and sausage, this Cavatappi Pasta salad is hearty, filling, and delicious.

6. Turkey Vegetable Pasta Salad

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This Turkey Vegetable Pasta Salad is a full meal all on its own. It has carbs, proteins, and veggies all mixed in one bowl. The only thing that would make it better is a crusty piece of garlic bread.

7. Rustic Italian Pasta Salad

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If you love a heartier pasta salad, this Rustic Italian Pasta Salad is a great option for dinner tonight. Filling, delicious, and definitely a toothsome salad.

8. Chickpea Orzo Salad

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Orzo is a wonderful pasta that is similar in shape to rice. It makes wonderful pasta salads, and this Chickpea Orzo Salad is no exception.

9. BLT Pasta Salad

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If you are a fan of the sandwich, you will love this BLT Pasta Salad. All the flavors of this classic sandwich are found in this delicious dish.

10. Tuna Pasta Salad

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This is a great summer dinner. Cook the pasta in the morning while it’s still cool, and toss everything together when you get home. Dinner will be ready in minutes if you pre-cook the pasta. If you love tuna fish sandwiches, you’ll love this Tuna Pasta Salad.

11. Bow Tie Pasta Salad

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Having a lighter dinner is often preferred in the hot summer months. This Bow Tie Pasta Salad comes together easily and is a great Meatless Monday dinner.

12. Mexican Pasta Salad

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If you love a little Mexican flare at your evening meal, this Mexican Pasta Salad is a delicious choice. The whole family will love it!

13. Greek Pasta Salad

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Love Greek flavors? This Greek Pasta Salad does not disappoint. Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and all the classic Greek flavors you love show up front and center in this dish.

14. Tuscan Pasta Salad

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If you love Italian flavors, this Tuscan Pasta Salad is a nice spin on the old classics. It’s hearty and makes either a great main course or a delicious side dish to other foods. It’s also great with barbecue!

15. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

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If you love a good Buffalo chicken sandwich, then this is the perfect dinner for you. Made with a delicious, traditional Buffalo sauce, this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is a little bit spicy and a whole lot of delicious.

16. Vegetable Pasta Salad

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This is a tried and true, classic Vegetable Pasta Salad. It has traditional flavors that make a great main meal but also a fantastic side dish. Pair it with barbecue or something from your oven for a tantalizing dinner.

Prefer To Have Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

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Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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