As we head into the last part of winter, many might be craving comforting and hearty foods to warm them up at the end of a long, chilly day. Adding some spice into your meals is an additionally great way to stay warm while also having a delicious dinner! These 10 spicy Italian recipes from our Food Monster App are sure to be your new go-to winter dinner recipes!

1. Spicy Mushroom and Walnut Bolognese

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Sliced Cremini mushrooms and chopped walnuts alone provide all the texture this hearty Spicy Mushroom and Walnut Bolognese from Rita Parente and Andre Nogueira needs. The sauce is packed full of flavor, thanks to the balanced mix of herbs, spices, and condiments. Apart from being really quick to make, it is also a great freezer-friendly recipe that’s a life-saver when you work late or don’t feel like cooking.

2. Chipotle Cauliflower Penne

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Chipotle peppers, roasted cauliflower, garlic, lemon, and capers… this Chipotle Cauliflower Penne from Annabelle Randles is so flavorful, you won’t even miss the cheese! Simple and easy to throw together, this pasta dish is a great midweek dinner that is easily packed for lunch the next day. Quick, wholesome, and flavorful – sounds like a winner to us!

3. Italian Sausage on Baguette

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This Italian Sausage on Baguette from Lori Hirsch Stokoe is a plant-based take on a classic Italian sausage sandwich with sauce, veggies, and all the goodness that you could ask for from a sausage sandwich!

4. Spicy Kale Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

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The pesto in this Spicy Kale Pesto With Zucchini Noodles from Julie West pairs great with the zucchini noodles, especially with a nice dusting of almond parmesan. This is a simple meal and comes together fairly quickly. Also makes for great to-go lunches!

5. Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta With Shiitake Bacon

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This Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta With Shiitake Bacon from Gabrielle St. Claire is out of this world. The sauce is comprised of cashews, giving it a creamy flavor profile, chilis in adobo sauce add a hint of smoke and fire, sun-dried tomatoes a rich tomato flavor, Shiitake bacon adds an additional texture and smokiness, and the kale gives it some green. It’s easy, cheesy, and will likely become a staple in your weeknight recipe rotation.

6. Baked Penne With Spicy Rose Sauce

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This Baked Penne With Spicy Rose Sauce from Karielyn Tillman is the perfect pasta dish if you like a little spice. It’s a pretty versatile meal and if you make it in bulk, it can be changed up very easily just by using different sauces and toppings. This version has lots of fresh vegetables, a creamy sauce, and minimally processed ingredients. The sauce is a little spicy, which you can adjust to your preference, and can be made in a matter of minutes with a blender!

7. Homemade Spicy Italian Sausage

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These Homemade Spicy Italian Sausages from Rhea Parsons are firm enough to hold up on the grill. When you cook them, they are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside but not mushy, and filled with spicy, Italian flavor. The same recipe can be used with different spice mixes to make breakfast sausages, chorizo sausages, or apple sage sausages. They can be sliced up to use in other recipes or eaten whole on a sandwich with sauteed peppers and onions. You can shape them into links or patties!

8. Perfect Arrabbiata Sauce

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Arrabbiata is a classic Italian sauce made from tomatoes, chili peppers, and garlic cooked in olive oil. In this Perfect Arrabbiata Sauce from Danya Dhanak, a carrot is added to combat the acidity of the tomatoes. This classic tomato-based pasta sauce makes a great weeknight dinner with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, fresh herbs, and sliced olives on top.

9. Spicy Lentil Mushroom Sauce Over Zucchini Noodles

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Who said it should be complicated or expensive to eat delicious, healthy, and tummy-friendly food ? This recipe for Spicy Lentil Mushroom Sauce Over Zucchini Noodles from Jenny Mustard has only seven ingredients and it’s super quick to throw together. It’s the perfect dish for during the week when you’re pressed for time, but it’s super-delicious in all its simplicity.

10. Smoky Tomato Almond Pasta Sauce

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Smoked paprika is a total game-changer in this spicy, creamy pasta sauce. It makes more than enough for two, so you can pile on the sauce without fear of not leaving enough for your dining companion. For a chunkier, pesto-like sauce, opt for whole almonds over almond meal. Either way, this Smoky Tomato Almond Pasta Sauce from Jodi Kay is a recipe that you’ll want to return to.

Need more delicious recipes? We highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!