30 Comforting Fall Pasta Recipes

Leftover Turkey Casserole
Photo: Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Torie Cox Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

Autumn is the time of year to fully embrace Southern comfort food. And what could possibly be more comforting and delicious than fall pasta dishes? Whether you're in the mood for pasta topped with hearty Bolognese, creamy Alfredo, or nourishing fall vegetables, there's truly something for everyone to enjoy. These pasta recipes feature fresh fall produce like broccoli, greens, and butternut squash, along with ample helpings of beef, chicken, or bacon. We're a fan of these recipes because they are usually on the table and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. Overflowing with savory flavor, these dinnertime favorites are the key to an unforgettable fall season.

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Fusilli Pasta With Spinach, Tomato, And Bacon

Cheesy Sheet Pan Pasta
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

This dish combines the creaminess of Alfredo sauce with the freshness of burst tomatoes and baby spinach. Bacon is cooked on the sheet pan first to provide extra flavor from the drippings. The pasta bakes until the cheese melts to become super crisp and brown on top.

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Quick And Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese
Greg DuPree

With a full-bodied meat sauce and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese, this pasta recipe is blooming with flavor. You won't have to stir the pot for hours—we have simplified the technique so you can create a satisfying family-style sauce in under 30 minutes. For the best flavor, use a quality jarred pasta sauce, such as Barilla or Classico. 

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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Greg DuPree

Creamy chicken Alfredo is a classic dinnertime favorite. And store-bought sauce, rotisserie chicken, and pre-shredded cheese make this casserole a true superhero. We've added pesto and plenty of chopped spinach to brighten up the flavor.

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Winter Vegetables And Gnocchi

Winter Vegetables and Gnocchi
Greg DuPree

Pillowy potato gnocchi, roasted vegetables, and shredded Parmesan combine to make a warm, hearty supper that will nourish you on a cool evening. Use convenient packages of pre-chopped butternut squash, gnocchi, and frozen pearl onions to get this dish on the table in just 30 minutes. With a tossed green salad on the side, everyone will be satisfied.

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Cabbage, Mushroom, And Bacon Pasta

Simple Suppers Challenge: Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta
Greg DuPree

Bacon and wilted cabbage come together to create an incredible flavor profile in this recipe. And the sauce, made simply from cream cheese and reserved pasta water, is so easy to prepare. Fresh thyme adds just enough complexity to make this a dish you'll be thrilled to add to your weeknight meal rotation.

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One-Pan Pasta With Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, And Collards

One-Pan Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, and Collards
Greg DuPree

The combination of collard greens, mushrooms, chicken sausage, and pasta creates a hearty, one-dish meal you'll want to make again and again. Cooking the recipe in one pan allows the pasta starch to thicken the cooking liquid to a rich sauce without butter or cream. You can use penne or other thicker pastas such as ziti or fusilli.

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Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Served over wide egg noodles, this rich Mushroom Stroganoff deserves a spot on the table. Smoked paprika, sour cream, and chicken broth add depth and make the dish satisfying and filling. Substitute a vegetarian broth for a savory meatless dish.

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Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore

Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore
Stephen DeVries, Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

White wine and fresh herbs season this full-bodied pork dish, along with a mix of mushrooms, red onion, bell peppers, carrots, and tomatoes. A large cast-iron skillet sears the pork chops beautifully, and they're on the table and ready to enjoy in just 30 minutes.

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Gnocchi Gratin With Ham And Peas

Gnocchi Gratin with Ham and Peas
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

This gnocchi recipe features a meaty 1 lb. ham steak along with savory peas and nutty Gruyère. You can use other aged Swiss cheeses such as Comté, Appenzeller, and Emmenthaler to substitute. Bake it all in the oven until bubbly and golden brown—fortunately, you only have a 20-minute wait before you can dive in.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore With Spaghetti

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Hector Manuel Sanchez

No fall pasta roundup would be complete without a tried-and-true spaghetti recipe. This gorgeous, savory sauce will have you coming back for a second helping and maybe even a third.

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Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Hosting an Italian-style dinner party but can't decide on pasta or pizza? No problem. This genius recipe pairs two family favorites. You can make it as much as a month ahead of time and stick it in the freezer.

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Chicken-And-Artichoke Penne

Chicken-and-Artichoke Penne
Alison Miksch

Chicken, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, and baby spinach together create a pasta bursting with flavor. A simple Parmesan sauce is all this penne pasta dish requires. Top with more grated cheese.

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Chicken-And-Prosciutto Tortellini Soup

Chicken-and-Prosciutto Tortelloni Soup
Photo: Alison Miksch

Made with chicken tortellini, chopped vegetables, and a rich broth, this recipe is fall comfort food at its finest. The soup is quick to prepare, too, requiring only 20 minutes of sauteeing and simmering. Your family will never imagine how easy this dish was when you set colorful and steaming bowls on the table.

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Chicken And Broccoli Pasta Bake

Chicken-and-Broccoli Pasta Bake
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

When you are short on time but still want to prepare a comforting meal for your hungry family, this chicken, broccoli, and pasta bake is a great choice. Pepperoncini salad peppers add a bit of spice to the dish. Save yourself a pot by boiling the broccoli with the pasta.

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Creamy Kale And Pasta Bake

Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Even the doubters will love kale when it's baked in a creamy cheese sauce with tender pasta shells. A dash of hot sauce adds an unexpected kick. This dish can be served as a main or a side.

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Butternut Squash Lasagna

Butternut Squash Lasagna
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

We've taken your favorite family-style pasta and amped up the fall flavor with creamy, sweet butternut squash. Ricotta cheese, chopped spinach, and fresh sage enhance the texture and taste. Use no-boil noodles to save on prep time.

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Chicken-And-Broccoli Skillet Pasta

Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

This dish comes together in one skillet, beginning with bacon, then progressing to the creamy, garlicky sauce, and finally ending with chicken and broccoli broiled to a crispy finish. We flavored it with Peppadew peppers, which is the brand name of the small, round piquanté pepper pickled in a sweet-and-spicy brine. You can buy them in a jar or find them on the olive bar in your grocery store's deli section.

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Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta

Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Maggie Ruggiero

Our Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta is full of both fall color and flavor. Sweet butternut squash, earthy collard greens, rich broth, and hearty ground sirloin make this pasta dinner delicious and filling. Plus, this one-pan recipe comes together in about 30 minutes.

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Sheet Pan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

Sheet Pan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Pureed butternut squash (you can use plain canned pumpkin as well) lends mac and cheese an incredibly creamy, slightly sweet flavor that you won't want to miss. Use whole milk and extra-sharp Cheddar to complement the squash's texture and flavor. Stir a teaspoon of minced rosemary into the breadcrumbs for a subtle herbal touch.

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One-Pot Pasta

Ground Beef Recipes: One-Pot Pasta

Southern Living

Perfect for a busy fall weeknight, One-Pot Pasta saves time on cooking and on washing dishes. Storebought ravioli cooks right in the delicious sauce beefed up with flavors of ground meat, mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Stir in mozzarella at the end for a meal you'll be eager to dig into.

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Skillet Cauliflower Mac And Cheese

Skillet Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Antonis Achilleos

If you love cheesy, roasted cauliflower, take the next obvious step and combine it with your favorite comfort food. They complement each other so well, your family won't even notice they're eating their vegetables.

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New Tuna Casserole With Potato Chips

New Tuna Casserole
Greg Dupree

Tuna casserole is the ultimate comfort food on a chilly night. But this recipe goes far beyond the typical, adding in green beans, leeks, fresh herbs, gourmet mushrooms, and heavy cream. As if that wasn't delicious enough, this recipe includes a crispy potato chip, bread crumb, and Parmesan topping.

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Pasta With Pancetta, Artichokes, And Roasted Red Peppers

Pasta with Pancetta, Artichokes, and Roasted Red Peppers
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Here's a weeknight pasta dish that looks beautiful on the table after just 30 minutes of effort. Rendered fat from the pancetta, briny artichoke heart juice, and a little pasta water combine to create a silky sauce that coats the bowtie pasta. Marinated artichoke hearts, arugula, and roasted red peppers spice up the flavor.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti And Meatballs

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

This Instant Pot recipe will have you eating tender meatballs and perfectly sauced spaghetti in under an hour. The meatballs are browned on the saute setting before you add the sauce and pasta—no boiling required. The pasta simmers directly in the marinara to absorb its flavor and cook until tender.

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New Turkey Tetrazzini

New Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe
Alison Miksch

If you're searching for a delicious pasta bake that uses up leftover turkey, look no further. We've lightened the standard turkey tetrazzini with loads of fresh spinach and mushrooms enhanced with a dry white wine, garlic, and onion mixture. This recipe will use up your extra box of Stovetop stuffing, too.

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Smoky Sausage-And-Collard Stuffed Shells

Smoky Sausage-and-Collard Stuffed Shells
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch

If you're tired of plain old ricotta and marinara, give these fall-flavored stuffed shells a try. We brown the turkey sausage and collards under the broiler for a hint of chargrilled smoke, then mix the filling with Alfredo sauce and smoked Gouda to deepen the flavor. This meal can easily be made with vegetarian or pork sausage instead.

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Leftover Turkey Casserole

Leftover Turkey Casserole
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Torie Cox Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

This dish gives your leftover turkey from Thanksgiving another chance to shine, but you can also use rotisserie chicken in its place. Penne pasta and shredded poultry absorb the juices of cremini mushrooms, peas, fresh thyme, and cream of mushroom soup. A mixture of panko breadcrumbs and parmesan add a buttery crunch on top.

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Spinach Ravioli Lasagna

Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna
SL Van Chaplin

This easy lasagna bake makes use of store-bought pesto sauce, jarred Alfredo sauce, and frozen cheese ravioli to create a delicious main dish in record time. We add plenty of fresh baby spinach to the pesto for fresh flavor. The result is a bubbly, creamy, cheesy dish you can't wait to sink your teeth into.

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Linguini With Parsley Pesto

Linguine with Parsley Pesto
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Scratch-made pesto brings out the best of this cool-weather herb. Though it looks fancy, parsley pesto is easy to make in a blender or food processor. Instead of pine nuts, we use pistachios to boost the green color of the sauce and make it taste rich and buttery.

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Slow Cooker Goulash

Slow Cooker Goulash
Jennifer Causey

A chuck roast stewed with tomatoes, carrots, onions, and paprika is sure to warm you on a chilly night. Our goulash recipe only requires browning the beef before tossing it into the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients. Serve this meaty dish over tender egg noodles with a sprinkle of parsley.

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