Winter

Recipe: Slow Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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I grew up eating my grandmother's split pea soup, and it's one of the first things I learned to cook when I moved away from home. For this version, I omitted one harder-to-find ingredient so I can make it without a trip to a specialty store!

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Recipe: Tomato Tortellini Soup — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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When it comes to comfort food, tortellini is a classic. What's not to love about bite-sized nuggets of pasta filled with cheese? Skip the usual sauce, though, in favor of cooking up a rich and creamy tomato soup that comes together in 20 minutes — perfect for busy weeknights!

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Recipe: Carbonara Orzotto — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Do you love pasta carbonara, but get a little intimidated by the step that calls for thickening — not scrambling! — the pasta with eggs? Love risotto, but don't want to spend all that time stirring at the stove?

Here's a much easier riff on both carbonara and risotto, made possible with the help of that teeny, tiny, rather magical orzo pasta. This is your 30-minute dinner tonight!

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Recipe: Carbonara Orzotto — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Do you love pasta carbonara, but get a little intimidated by the step that calls for thickening — not scrambling! — the pasta with eggs? Love risotto, but don't want to spend all that time stirring at the stove?

Here's a much easier riff on both carbonara and risotto, made possible with the help of that teeny, tiny, rather magical orzo pasta. This is your 30-minute dinner tonight!

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Recipe: Skillet Apple Crisp — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Apple crisp is an absolute must come fall. Requiring a fraction of the work of apple pie, apple crisp still delivers on autumnal delight: warm, fragrant apples bathed in sweet cinnamon, topped with a crisp, crumbly oat mixture that makes the perfect contrast in each bite. Want to make apple crisp even better? Build it in an oven-safe skillet and you can go straight from sautéing your apples to baking the whole thing in the oven without dirtying an extra pan.

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Dinner Recipe: Braised French Onion Chicken with Gruyère — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman/The Kitchn)

Here's a warm, incredibly tasty dish that suits fall perfectly. Take a mess of caramelized onions, soupy and rich, and add a touch of mustard and some chicken thighs. Braise in the oven, then broil with a handful of Gruyère cheese. It's rich without being heavy, and deeply flavorful without too much work. I'm having this for dinner tonight — care to join me?

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