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Why does the shortest month of the year always feel so unbearably long? February gets a bad rap for being dreary, cold and causing way too much anxiety on the 14th. But it's also the best time to stay in and cook hearty, soul-warming dishes that will make you legitimately grateful for winter weather. Get your groceries delivered, throw on your favorite sweats and cozy up to 28 February dinner ideas to cook every night this month.

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February 1: The Ultimate Pasta Pie

Found: Your kids' new favorite dinner. It's as easy as layering marinara-kissed rigatoni, crumbled Italian sausage and mozzarella cheese in a springform pan.

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February 2: Rotisserie Chicken Ramen

Rotisserie chicken is our favorite cheat in the book. It makes this 35-minute recipe just as easy to pull off as the microwave ramen you lived on in college.

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February 3: Tomato and White Bean Stew on Toast

Toast adds a nice layer of crunch to this intentionally mushy meal, which is even more flavorful the second day.

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February 4: Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms and Bacon

It’s soft, it’s crisp, it’s hearty and it’s as comforting as can be. This polenta packed with umami-rich toppers is the ideal winter dinner.

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February 5: Cacio e Pepe

Once you’ve mastered cacio e pepe, it’s really hard to ever want to eat anything else in the world for dinner (especially when it only takes you 20 minutes to make).

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February 6: Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Trust us: One bite and this skillet gem will land a permanent spot in your weekly rotation.

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February 7: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Chicken meatballs are so much easier to tackle than wings. Stick them with toothpicks for easy noshing during the game (or halftime show, we get it).

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February 8: Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes

Consider this a preview of the greens you’ll eat this spring, but in a dish that’s easy to make in any cold month. We dare you not to devour the entire thing in one sitting.

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February 9: Mac and Cheese with Crispy Parmesan-Phyllo Crust

We don’t know about you, but we’d much rather have these phyllo roses for Valentine's Day than a bouquet of real ones.

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February 10: Slow-Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup

We can picture it now: You sliding into your fuzziest socks, serving yourself a bowl of the slow-cooker soup you threw together this morning and slurping it down on the couch, perfectly content.

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February 11: Mini Mason Jar Chicken Potpies

It's basically a cold weather twist on meal prep. (You’ll want to start collecting mason jars ASAP, trust us.)

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February 12: Crock-Pot Corn Chowder

Happy Friday! The best day of the week calls for a slow-cooker recipe, because you deserve a warm dinner that requires minimal effort.

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February 13: Cheater’s Sicilian-Style Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey

Warm up with hot peppers and honey, the best pizza topping. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

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February 14: Lobster Risotto

Happy Valentine’s Day! No matter who you’re cooking for or with, this indulgent lobster risotto is worth staying in for.

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February 15: Lasagna Soup

Lasagna can be time-consuming to layer and bake. Skip the work *and* satisfy your cravings, all with a single bowl of soup.

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February 16: White Wine Coq au Vin

This French essential usually requires a ton of time and patience. But our updated version will take you from zero to Julia Child in just under an hour.

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February 17: Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

You can never have too many one-pan dinners up your sleeve. Just don't let the steak intimidate you: Your cast-iron skillet makes this recipe pretty darn foolproof.

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February 18: Roasted Squash Salad with White Beans, Bread Crumbs and Preserved Lemon

Who said salads can’t be cozy? This warm dish is packed with lots of comforting seasonal ingredients.

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February 19: Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches

Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea. Especially when it’s as decadent as these cheesy waffles topped with fried chicken. Now, would you like hot sauce or syrup?

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February 20: Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

There's no such thing as too many noodle soup leftovers. Ward off any pending winter sickness with this feel-good classic.

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February 21: Tomato Soup in Grilled Cheese Bread Bowls

It’s fast and casual, but you made it yourself. Oh, and the bread bowls have a little extra something. (Hint: They're lined with cheese and topped with a mini sammy!)

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February 22: Moules-Frites

Wait, is that your dining room or a Parisian bistro? Either way, you’re about to get super cozy with this fabulously easy, fabulously chic meal.

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February 23: Whole Roasted Chipotle Chicken

Winner, winner, the coziest, soul-warming, chipotle-seasoned chicken dinner.

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February 24: 30-Minute Cheater’s Beef Stroganoff

Buttery noodles. Succulent beef tenderloin. Tangy Dijon-sour cream sauce. All that's missing is a glass of red wine.

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February 25: Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

Sure, you could order takeout from your favorite Thai spot (again). Or you could whip up this vegetarian dish instead, which will take you less time than waiting for delivery.

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February 26: 30-Minute One-Pot Cheater’s Bouillabaisse

Oh, you thought this Provençal seafood stew takes hours to cook? Au contraire, mon cheri. Our take pulls it off in 30 minutes, mussels and all.

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February 27: Swedish Meatballs

Sorry, IKEA. We've got it covered. Might we suggest serving these savory, creamy meatballs over 20-minute mashed potatoes?

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February 28: Spiralized Winter Vegetable Gratin

Sweet potatoes, butternut squash and two types of cheese? How fast can we get to the grocery store?

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