The Best Pasta Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

Herbert M. Pickett

Pasta: It’s possibly the world’s most perfect comfort food. What could be more soothing and satisfying than a gooey bowl of mac and cheese or a plate of creamy spaghetti carbonara laced with chewy, smoky bits of pancetta?

It’s also possibly one of the world’s greatest convenience foods. Pasta is quick to cook and can serve as the base of a million and one quick and easy dinners. Just add a bit of protein (leftover chicken, diced ham, a can of chickpeas, or olive oil-packed tuna), some vegetables (frozen ones work great here), and a little bit of sauce (red sauce, pesto, cream, or the quick fresh tomato sauce with basil, garlic, and a few glugs of good olive oil that’s shown here) and dinner is done.

Of course, one of our other favorite things about pasta is that it’s such an excellent vehicle for cheese—fluffy piles of finely grated

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Sheet-Pan Dinners for Weeknight Meals

Herbert M. Pickett

If you love a one-pan dinner as much as we do, chances are you’ve already made a sheet-pan supper, a meal made on one sheet pan, a recipe where the oven does the work and where clean up is a breeze. There’s no need to stir or tend dinner, but we do suggest setting a timer to make sure nothing gets overcooked. And be sure to use a rimmed baking sheet or you might lose some of the meal!

When it comes to weeknight dinners, pretty much everyone is looking for something quick, delicious, and easy. Of course, we think “easy” is even better when it means simple to make and simple to clean up—that’s exactly the case with the meals we’re sharing ahead. Our sheet pan suppers call for prepping ingredients and preheating the oven, then combining everything on the sheet pan with seasonings and olive oil—it’s an essential

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Family-Friendly Weeknight Dinner Recipes for January

Herbert M. Pickett

Let’s face it: In the middle of winter, the most appealing dinner recipe is one that will be warm and hearty. We’ve got you covered with 22 spectacular, family-friendly dinner recipes that take less than one hour to prepare.

As always, Mondays are completely meatless so whether you’re vegetarian or just wanted to start the week off with a plant-based meal, our recipes will do the trick. The Roasted-Carrot Niçoise, pictured here, is the perfect example. The traditional version of this salad from the south of France is made with tuna but we swapped in roasted carrots; the rest of the accompaniments—haricot verts, hard-boiled eggs, and black olives—are total classics.

When temperatures are in the single digits for many parts of the country, stews are a staple. Our Black-Bean and Sweet-Potato Stew is packed with nutritious ingredients (and plenty of heat, too) including quinoa and garlic. If your New Year’s

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Weeknight Dinner Recipes to Make in February

Herbert M. Pickett

In many parts of the country, February often brings in some of the most frigid temperatures and the biggest snowfalls of the year. That’s why we want to cozy up with warm and comforting dinner recipes all month long. To help you craft your own menu for the month, we’re sharing a selection of family-friendly meals that go from pantry to plate in under one hour. And, as always, Monday dinners are meatless.

There’s plenty of comfort food to indulge in, such as our Test Kitchen’s Favorite Mac and Cheese. One big pot of this will keep the whole family warm—and there may even be leftovers for lunch! Looking for a pasta dish that’s a little more nutritious? Our recipe for Swiss-Chard and Feta Pasta lets the winter green take center stage, while tangy Greek feta, dried currants, and toasted pine nuts build texture and flavor.

If you’re trying to

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