I can’t lie and say pasta isn’t one of my core food groups all the time. However, I can definitely say that cold weather and the current state of our country exacerbates the need to have a carb-loaded, super-soothing arsenal of recipes on hand at all times. When Trump was elected last week, and our nation was launched into fear and disarray, my boyfriend and I forced ourselves to eat our favorite comfort pasta (rotini with spinach, tomatoes, and mozzarella—recipe here), and you know what? I actually did start to feel a little calmer. Seriously: Serotonin is your brain’s natural antidepressant, and carbs are proven to be a quick ticket to a serotonin surge. Also, they taste incredible, and that in itself is also a natural antidepressant (though I speak from personal experience, not scientific evidence).
While I do condone eating well in the face of stressful circumstances, I also believe it’s important to give your body the nutrients it needs. That’s why these 23 awesome pastas all feature super-flavorful and healthy toppings, like squash, broccoli, pumpkin, spinach, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, kale, and more. Oh—and cheese. Never forget the cheese.