Stay home and cozy up with your favorite winter recipes
“Six more weeks of winter,” says our local groundhog celebrity, Punxatawney Phil. As Pennsylvania tradition has it, February 2nd (or Groundhog Day) is a day we call on the famous future-telling Phil to gain insight on the upcoming weather. The joke is on us, though, as he always seems to be forecasting only more winter. Groundhog Day ends up being a fun way to remind us of what we already know: winter isn’t going anywhere.
But why not celebrate? The way we see it, the cold is a great reason to stay in and cook up some of your favorite winter time comfort foods: hearty soups like Pasta Fagioli, gnocchi dishes, creamy risottos, lasagna and other baked pasta dishes, classic polenta… you get the idea.
So if winter has you down, we’ve got the cure. What better way to fight off the cold-weather blues than with a hearty lineup of Italian-style comfort food classics?
Here are a few of our favorites to fend off the chill:
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Nothing compliments the earthy, rich flavor of fresh mushrooms like a dish of creamy, cheesy risotto. The Northern Italian tradition of hearty starches is perfect for cold-weather meals like Wild Mushroom Risotto.
Northern Italy’s famed hearty cornmeal dish—polenta—makes for a delicious presentation in this layered Italian recipe. Loaded with mozzarella and provolone, then topped with Italian sausage, our tasty Tomato-Basil pasta sauce and fresh basil.
Pappa al Pomodoro is a peasant dish, designed to fill empty tummies and comfort the soul. It is thick and chunky, with a silky base, created by simmering day-old bread into the soup until it dissolves.
Cheese Tortellini with Creamy Butternut Squash & Sage Sauce
This creamy, decadent butternut squash sauce is the perfect way to dress tender egg pasta pinched with vibrant Italian cheeses. A hint of sage along with crunchy hazelnuts, give this hearty pasta dish a colorful contrast of flavors and texture.