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Salads have a time and a place. But these days, we’re in the mood for hot, comforting pasta dishes--sometimes made lighter, sometimes not. Here are our nine go-to recipes to cure a midweek craving.

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Erin McDowell

Mixed Greens Lasagna

Who says lasagna’s not healthy? Our green version even has kale.

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Erin McDowell

Shrimp and Pasta Stew

A wintertime staple, this seafood dish simmers for only 30 minutes (not hours).

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Erin McDowell

Fettuccine with Mushroom Alfredo

We cut the cream and upped the earthiness in our lighter Alfredo.

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Erin McDowell

Lemon and Spinach Orzotto

This tangy weeknight dish is like risotto, but without the arm workout.

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Erin McDowell

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Flash back to summer with this easy, breezy, basil-laced wonder. To winterize, top with crispy pancetta.

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Erin McDowell

Spaghetti with Peas

If you can’t find fresh peas for this veggie-packed one-pot meal, grab a bag of frozen. We’ll never tell.

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Erin McDowell

One-Pot Mac and Cheese

The creamy comfort you desire, all made on the stovetop.

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Erin McDowell

Ricotta Gnocchi

You don’t need any special equipment to make this pasta home--just ricotta, egg and Parmesan (plus a little bit of love).

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Pasta with Chickpeas

The sauce in this dish from Spry Living gets a little help from pureed chickpeas.

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