From decadent chocolate mousse to a savory serving of chilaquiles—not to mention kale, kale, and more kale—February’s most popular recipes are a hearty, no-punches-pulled group. How many of the month’s best dishes did you make?


Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Kale Tarts with Fennel and Olives

Kale and fennel lend a unique sweetness to these briny puff pastry tarts. They’re perfect as appetizers, savory breakfasts, or as an accompaniment to a bowl of warm, wintry soup.

Greek Pasta Salad

Tangy feta and crunchy veggies get extra body from rotini in this classic Greek-inspired pasta salad. Get the recipe for Greek Pasta Salad »
The recipe for this spiced rice dish from Pakistan’s Sindh province was given to us by Karachi home cook Najma Awan. Get the recipe for Spiced Goat and Rice Pilaf (Sindhi Biryani) »

Chilaquiles (Salsa-Simmered Tortillas)

Canned chipotle chiles and chorizo are two of the ingredients that distinguish this central Mexican version of chilaquiles from other regional styles of the dish.

Kale and Sweet Potato Gratin

Don’t limit traditional pie spices—clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg—to the dessert table. In this cheesy, rich gratin, the spices take a savory note alongside kale, sweet potatoes, and sharp white cheddar.

Pasta Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper Pasta)

Less is more in an elemental Roman pasta dish which takes its spiciness from cracked black pepper toasted in oil. Get the recipe for Pasta Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper Pasta) »

Chocolate Mousse

Simple yet sophisticated, airy yet intense, a classic chocolate mousse is the perfect dessert for any occasion. Get the recipe for Chocolate Mousse »

Café Maria Theresia

This Viennese kaffeehaus specialty, named in honor of a Hapsburg ruler, raises espresso to fragrant heights with the addition of orange in not one but two ways. The coffee gets a jigger of orange liqueur, while a fragrant finish of grated orange zest crowns the thick whipped cream topping.

Kale and Sausage Penne with Lemon Cream Sauce

This is a pasta dish of strong flavors: dark, earthy kale is offset by bright lemon cream and a warm, aromatic heat from crushed red chiles and garlic. See the recipe for Kale and Sausage Penne with Lemon Cream Sauce