I am a wimp with cold weather. As soon as I feel a chill in the air, I find myself walking around the house clad head-to-toe in winter gear: hat, fleece-lined leggings, slippers, and all. I also find myself craving pasta. Here are a few of my seasonal favorites. And while I love all of them, if you’re looking for a template you can tweak to your liking, I highly recommend the carbonara, which can be made with bacon or without and with any number of vegetables from asparagus to Swiss chard. Happy Noodling, Friends.

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PPS: 12 Favorite Vegetarian Recipes

1. Bucatini carbonara with leeks and lemon:

2. Rotini with butternut-sage sauce — so good; from an old Gourmet

3. Orecchiette with brown butter, Swiss chard, and toasted walnuts.

4. The New Basics Puttanesca: This one requires an hour of simmering, but the hardest part about the recipe is opening the many cans and boxes: anchovies, capers, crushed tomatoes, etc.

5. My favorite carbonara recipe adapted to accommodate all of my CSA greens with the bacon omitted:

6. Sheet pan pasta gratin with kale:

7. Not the famous Marcella Hazan tomato sauce — another one with white wine, parsley and garlic. Yum.

8. From Colu Henry’s Back Pocket Pasta (such a good one!), pasta with radicchio, orange, and blue cheese. 

9. Pasta with bread crumbs, anchovies, and garlic: