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 endless political turmoil means you need to have a carb-loaded, super-soothing arsenal of recipes on hand at all times. 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 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.
Whether you’re desperate for some carb-y comfort food or just looking for dinner ideas, these pastas will hit the spot.