9 Fall Pastas You’ll Love

Cook, Fall, In Season, Italy, Recipe Roundup

When cold, wet weather hits, there’s nothing more satisfying than sitting down to a generous bowl of pasta that’s warm, filling and packed with flavor. From soups (minestrone!) to baked pastas (lasagna!), we have a fall pasta recipe for every noodle lover—even the vegetarian and gluten free ones!


Pappardelle with Pork Ragù and Burrata


In this recipe, a sauce made from slow-cooked pork is topped with burrata, a ball of fresh mozzarella with a creamy center, for an especially impressive pasta dinner. Fresh pappardelle can be found at many grocery stores and Italian delis, or you can make your own.

Tortellini in BrothTortellini in Broth


When you’re craving a comforting bowl of soup on a cold winter night but have little time to spare, try this flavorful soup that comes together in minutes, thanks to the use of purchased tortellini, which can be found in the refrigerated section or pasta aisle of most grocery stores. Infusing purchased beef broth with aromatics such as garlic and fresh thyme is an easy way to get maximum flavor with a minimum of fuss.

Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs


A bowl of marinara-tossed spaghetti topped with plump meatballs is a family dinner favorite. These meatballs call for a combination of beef and pork for extra flavor, but you can also make them with ground chicken, turkey or veal. Make a double batch of meatballs and freeze half of them for another meal.

Baked Rigatoni with Gorgonzola and Radicchio



Radicchio is a type of bitter red chicory, whose color and flavor mellows when it’s sautéed. It’s a delicious accompaniment with the salty richness of Gorgonzola in this hearty meatless meal. 



There are countless ways to make minestrone, but all successful versions use fresh vegetables, good extra-virgin olive oil, and authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. This rendition gets extra heft from ham. Serve with crusty bread and pass extra-virgin olive oil at the table for drizzling on top.

Gluten-Free Spicy Cauliflower Pasta


If you’re not in the mood to make your pasta from scratch, you can also make this recipe with dried gluten-free (or regular) pasta. Bold-flavored lemon, parsley, capers, chiles, bread crumbs and Parmesan add tons of umami to mellow cauliflower.


Spaghetti Carbonara with Black Kale


Spaghetti carbonara, the egg-rich pasta dish from Rome, is a beloved, comforting dinner. This creative take includes healthful and tasty greens. For a meatless option, omit the pancetta and saute the shallot in olive oil instead.

Fresh Fettuccine with Mushrooms, Walnuts and Thyme


Use your favorite combination of wild mushrooms for earthy fall flavor, though cultivated mushrooms would also be delicious.


Pancetta and Chard Skillet Lasagna with Sage
Using no-cook lasagna noodles streamlines the process of putting together this gorgeous skillet lasagna; soaking them in hot water for 10 minutes will ensure that they turn out tender rather than chewy. If you prefer, you can garnish the finished dish with chopped fresh sage instead of fried sage leaves.


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