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Dishes You’ll Only Find in the Midwest

Dishes You’ll Only Find in the Midwest

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Food you'll only find in the Midwest is the best food.

Midwesterners will be the first to tell you that they’re friendly and hardworking, so while food is important to them, the more important thing is the community that comes together at mealtime. So in Midwestern cuisine, you’ll find a lot of casseroles (or hotdishes), shareable but easy appetizers, and hearty party foods that are best enjoyed together. And while these foods are associated incredibly closely with the American heartland, you won’t be able to find them (or at least find them done right) outside of the region.

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If the Midwest had to break down its major food groups, you’d probably find beer, cheese, casseroles, and desserts inspired by Midwesterners’ ethnic backgrounds and forefathers. So if you’re cooking your way through a Midwestern menu, you’re going to find a lot of those items mixed in. And when it comes to entertaining in the Midwest, it’s all about convenience and flavors that will satisfy the whole family. Let’s be real here, no gathering would be complete without pigs in a blanket and a Jell-O mold.

While the South has its own distinctive cuisine, we think there’s no finer fare in the U.S. than Midwestern food. Don’t believe us? Check out these 25 dishes you’ll only find in the Midwest.


16 pasta recipes, perfect from starch to finish

As much as pasta can be a cheap and easy crowd-pleaser, it’s just as easy to fall into a pasta rut. In those moments, you need a recipe that varies your routine, even if it’s a dish that can be cobbled together with minimal effort using only the dwindling contents of your fridge. So here’s a wide-ranging roundup of great pasta recipes, all in one place. You can bookmark it for the next time you’re staring down a box of fettuccine noodles in the cabinet, wondering if you’ve got the supplies to make them pop. You do, and they will.

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16 pasta recipes, perfect from starch to finish

As much as pasta can be a cheap and easy crowd-pleaser, it’s just as easy to fall into a pasta rut. In those moments, you need a recipe that varies your routine, even if it’s a dish that can be cobbled together with minimal effort using only the dwindling contents of your fridge. So here’s a wide-ranging roundup of great pasta recipes, all in one place. You can bookmark it for the next time you’re staring down a box of fettuccine noodles in the cabinet, wondering if you’ve got the supplies to make them pop. You do, and they will.

Note to desktop users: If you’d like to view this story in a scrolling layout, you can narrow your browser window. You can also click “List Slides” at any time to see the full list and navigate to particular recipes.


16 pasta recipes, perfect from starch to finish

As much as pasta can be a cheap and easy crowd-pleaser, it’s just as easy to fall into a pasta rut. In those moments, you need a recipe that varies your routine, even if it’s a dish that can be cobbled together with minimal effort using only the dwindling contents of your fridge. So here’s a wide-ranging roundup of great pasta recipes, all in one place. You can bookmark it for the next time you’re staring down a box of fettuccine noodles in the cabinet, wondering if you’ve got the supplies to make them pop. You do, and they will.

Note to desktop users: If you’d like to view this story in a scrolling layout, you can narrow your browser window. You can also click “List Slides” at any time to see the full list and navigate to particular recipes.


16 pasta recipes, perfect from starch to finish

As much as pasta can be a cheap and easy crowd-pleaser, it’s just as easy to fall into a pasta rut. In those moments, you need a recipe that varies your routine, even if it’s a dish that can be cobbled together with minimal effort using only the dwindling contents of your fridge. So here’s a wide-ranging roundup of great pasta recipes, all in one place. You can bookmark it for the next time you’re staring down a box of fettuccine noodles in the cabinet, wondering if you’ve got the supplies to make them pop. You do, and they will.

Note to desktop users: If you’d like to view this story in a scrolling layout, you can narrow your browser window. You can also click “List Slides” at any time to see the full list and navigate to particular recipes.


16 pasta recipes, perfect from starch to finish

As much as pasta can be a cheap and easy crowd-pleaser, it’s just as easy to fall into a pasta rut. In those moments, you need a recipe that varies your routine, even if it’s a dish that can be cobbled together with minimal effort using only the dwindling contents of your fridge. So here’s a wide-ranging roundup of great pasta recipes, all in one place. You can bookmark it for the next time you’re staring down a box of fettuccine noodles in the cabinet, wondering if you’ve got the supplies to make them pop. You do, and they will.

Note to desktop users: If you’d like to view this story in a scrolling layout, you can narrow your browser window. You can also click “List Slides” at any time to see the full list and navigate to particular recipes.


16 pasta recipes, perfect from starch to finish

As much as pasta can be a cheap and easy crowd-pleaser, it’s just as easy to fall into a pasta rut. In those moments, you need a recipe that varies your routine, even if it’s a dish that can be cobbled together with minimal effort using only the dwindling contents of your fridge. So here’s a wide-ranging roundup of great pasta recipes, all in one place. You can bookmark it for the next time you’re staring down a box of fettuccine noodles in the cabinet, wondering if you’ve got the supplies to make them pop. You do, and they will.

Note to desktop users: If you’d like to view this story in a scrolling layout, you can narrow your browser window. You can also click “List Slides” at any time to see the full list and navigate to particular recipes.


16 pasta recipes, perfect from starch to finish

As much as pasta can be a cheap and easy crowd-pleaser, it’s just as easy to fall into a pasta rut. In those moments, you need a recipe that varies your routine, even if it’s a dish that can be cobbled together with minimal effort using only the dwindling contents of your fridge. So here’s a wide-ranging roundup of great pasta recipes, all in one place. You can bookmark it for the next time you’re staring down a box of fettuccine noodles in the cabinet, wondering if you’ve got the supplies to make them pop. You do, and they will.

Note to desktop users: If you’d like to view this story in a scrolling layout, you can narrow your browser window. You can also click “List Slides” at any time to see the full list and navigate to particular recipes.


16 pasta recipes, perfect from starch to finish

As much as pasta can be a cheap and easy crowd-pleaser, it’s just as easy to fall into a pasta rut. In those moments, you need a recipe that varies your routine, even if it’s a dish that can be cobbled together with minimal effort using only the dwindling contents of your fridge. So here’s a wide-ranging roundup of great pasta recipes, all in one place. You can bookmark it for the next time you’re staring down a box of fettuccine noodles in the cabinet, wondering if you’ve got the supplies to make them pop. You do, and they will.

Note to desktop users: If you’d like to view this story in a scrolling layout, you can narrow your browser window. You can also click “List Slides” at any time to see the full list and navigate to particular recipes.


16 pasta recipes, perfect from starch to finish

As much as pasta can be a cheap and easy crowd-pleaser, it’s just as easy to fall into a pasta rut. In those moments, you need a recipe that varies your routine, even if it’s a dish that can be cobbled together with minimal effort using only the dwindling contents of your fridge. So here’s a wide-ranging roundup of great pasta recipes, all in one place. You can bookmark it for the next time you’re staring down a box of fettuccine noodles in the cabinet, wondering if you’ve got the supplies to make them pop. You do, and they will.

Note to desktop users: If you’d like to view this story in a scrolling layout, you can narrow your browser window. You can also click “List Slides” at any time to see the full list and navigate to particular recipes.


16 pasta recipes, perfect from starch to finish

As much as pasta can be a cheap and easy crowd-pleaser, it’s just as easy to fall into a pasta rut. In those moments, you need a recipe that varies your routine, even if it’s a dish that can be cobbled together with minimal effort using only the dwindling contents of your fridge. So here’s a wide-ranging roundup of great pasta recipes, all in one place. You can bookmark it for the next time you’re staring down a box of fettuccine noodles in the cabinet, wondering if you’ve got the supplies to make them pop. You do, and they will.

Note to desktop users: If you’d like to view this story in a scrolling layout, you can narrow your browser window. You can also click “List Slides” at any time to see the full list and navigate to particular recipes.