Is there anything more comforting than a humongous bowl of hearty pasta? And could anything possibly prep your stomach better for the feast ahead? We’ve rounded up a few of our most popular pasta dishes for a comforting, low-key dinner before the ham hits the oven. Just think of it in gift-giving terms: you give the ham a nice coat of glaze. You give your stomach more room to accomodate it. And in return, you recieve some seriously delicious holiday food. And if you’ve been a good boy, leftovers.

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