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21 of Our Coziest Fall Pasta Recipes

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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.

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Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese and Sage Pasta Pile-up
Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese and Sage Pasta Pile-up
Pasta with Nduja & Bitter Greens
Pasta with Nduja & Bitter Greens
Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Creamy Mushroom Pasta by Kendra Vaculin

Mushroom Stuffed Giant Shell Pasta

Mushroom Stuffed Giant Shell Pasta by MademoiselleGourmande

Orecchiette with Cauliflower, Breadcrumbs, Pancetta, and Pepitas
Orecchiette with Cauliflower, Breadcrumbs, Pancetta, and Pepitas
Jen’s “Improved” Chicken Liver Ragu
Jen’s “Improved” Chicken Liver Ragu
Kale and Italian Sausage Lasagna with Pumpkin Béchamel
Kale and Italian Sausage Lasagna with Pumpkin Béchamel
Spätzle with Sage Butter, Parmesan, and Toasted Hazelnuts
Spätzle with Sage Butter, Parmesan, and Toasted Hazelnuts
Baked Penne with Butternut-Sage Sauce
Baked Penne with Butternut-Sage Sauce
Orecchiette with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale, and Caramelized Red Onion

Orecchiette with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale, and Cara... by Plum Pie

Kale Pesto Orecchiette

Kale Pesto Orecchiette by Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

Braised Onion Sauce
Braised Onion Sauce
Pasta and Bean Soup with Kale, Revisited
Pasta and Bean Soup with Kale, Revisited
Baked Ricotta Gnudi with Vodka Sauce
Baked Ricotta Gnudi with Vodka Sauce
Pasta Al Forno with Pumpkin and Pancetta

Pasta Al Forno with Pumpkin and Pancetta by Merrill Stubbs

Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream, and Five Cheeses

Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream, and Five Cheeses by Genius Recipes

Mezzi Rigatoni with Broccoli Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella
Mezzi Rigatoni with Broccoli Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella
Pasta with Slow-Cooked Cauliflower, Anchovies, and Garlic
Pasta with Slow-Cooked Cauliflower, Anchovies, and Garlic
Bucatini Pasta with Pork Ragu
Bucatini Pasta with Pork Ragu
Pepper-Crusted Filets with Ricotta Gnocchi, Shiitakes & Brown Butter-Sage Sauce
Pepper-Crusted Filets with Ricotta Gnocchi, Shiitakes & Brown Butter-Sage Sauce
Buckwheat Pasta with Charred Cabbage, Speck, and Provolone
Buckwheat Pasta with Charred Cabbage, Speck, and Provolone

How do you fall pasta? Add some puréed pumpkin into your mac & cheese? Put a few sage leaves into your buttered noodles? Inspire us!


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