The moment it is declared "fall" I immediately begin to crave pasta—and only pasta—for every meal. There's something about the holy union of carbohydrates, creamy sauces, and earthy autumnal vegetables (hey squash, hello mushrooms, good to see you cauliflower) interspersed with zingy cheese and sausage and subtle threads of nutmeg that make fall the ideal season for pasta consumption.
Fall pasta dishes are just cozy, which I know is a much-overused term, but if the word "cozy" were ever to be manifested as a pasta it would for sure be an autumn one, full of bubbly cheeses and vegetables and a few woody herbs. Possibly a brassica or two. No matter what they contain, fall pasta dishes must be warm, they must be hearty, and, above all, they must be deeply satisfying. Here are 21 that check all of those boxes.
How do you fall pasta? Add some puréed pumpkin into your mac & cheese? Put a few sage leaves into your buttered noodles? Inspire us!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).