Oh, the comfort of soft, filling pasta recipes. Why do we love it so? Pasta by itself doesn't have much flavor; it's kind of bland. It's the sauces that grab our senses, and give the flavors we love. So why not just sauce? Because the pasta tones down and helps to blend the strong flavors of onion, garlic and all the seasonings we love. The pasta also adds substance and gives you that full feeling. The pasta is what makes it comfort food.