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22 Fall Pasta Recipes to Serve for Thanksgiving (or Any Old Weeknight Dinner)

We love eating pasta for dinner year-round, but there’s no doubt that we crave it even more come fall. As the weather crisps up, we yearn for its satisfying heartiness, whether it’s doused in butternut squash sauce, mixed with bacon or baked under a cozy blanket of cheese. So, we rounded up 22 fall pasta recipes that will hit the spot whenever you need a hug in a bowl. They’re simple enough to make on a weeknight, but seasonal and delicious enough to serve at Thanksgiving if you so choose.

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fall pasta recipes 3 cheese pumpkin pasta casserole recipe
Katherine Gillen

1. 3-Cheese Pumpkin Pasta Casserole with Spinach

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy

Come fall, it’s all about the five Cs: creamy, comforting, crowd-pleasing, casseroles and, most importantly, cheese. Canned pumpkin puree makes the sauce a breeze to prepare.

fall pasta recipes winter squash orzotto with rosemary and brown butter recipe
Katherine Gillen

2. Orzotto with Winter Squash and Rosemary

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pot, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

For the uninitiated, orzo is a rice-like Italian pasta. Here, it takes over for traditional Arborio rice to create a low-lift risotto for the books. Might we suggest bookmarking it for the holidays?

fall pasta recipes brussels sprouts and bacon orecchiette recipe
Katherine Gillen

3. 30-Minute Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Orecchiette

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients

Bring on the comfort food. This pasta is equal parts salty, savory and satiating, thanks to shallot, garlic and lots of crispy bacon. A dash of apple cider vinegar gives it the optimal dose of seasonal tang.

fall pasta recipes Butternut Squash And Goat Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, vegetarian, beginner-friendly

Have it for dinner on Thanksgiving Eve, then serve the leftovers at the big feast. Between the butternut squash, whole-grain mustard, pine nuts and fresh thyme, it’ll fit right in.

fall pasta recipes Carrot Gnocchi Pasta Recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

5. Carrot Pasta

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, beginner-friendly

Easy to make, yet even easier to devour. The carrot pasta is flavorful and cozy on its own, but just wait until you cook it in garlic-kissed sage butter.

fall pasta recipes Easy One Pan Baked Ziti Recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

6. Easy One-Pan Baked Ziti

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

Nothing beats curling up with a gooey, meaty bowl of baked ziti and a glass of red by the fireplace. Pancetta and Italian sausage keep things flavorful and savory, while grated Parm and fresh mozz seal the deal.

fall pasta recipes mac and cheese with crispy parmesan phyllo crust recipe
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

7. Mac and Cheese with Crispy Parmesan-Phyllo Crust

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

Consider this the motherload of mac and cheese. It’s oozing with white cheddar, Monterey Jack and Parmesan and topped with buttery, cheesy phyllo dough rosettes instead of breadcrumbs. (You could skip the rosettes if you’re looking to save time, but the presentation alone is worth it.)

fall pasta recipes sweet potato gnocchi herbed white wine sauce recipe
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8. Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Herbed White Wine Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

The definition of elegance, if you ask us. Mashed sweet potatoes give ricotta gnocchi an autumnal makeover that your guests will rave about. Don’t even get us started on the thyme-rosemary wine sauce.

fall pasta recipes Apple Grape And Pecan Pasta Salad Recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

9. Apple, Grape and Pecan Pasta Salad

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, make ahead, kid-friendly

This pasta salad is destined for a fall picnic, holiday dinner or a day at the apple orchard. Substitute candied walnuts, pistachios or macadamia nuts for pecans if you’d like—just don’t nix the citrusy mustard dressing.

fall pasta recipes Butternut Squash Carbonara Recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

10. Butternut Squash Carbonara

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, high protein

Who knew the secret to making the world’s most decadent carbonara is your favorite fall gourd? You won’t believe the sauce is totally free of butter and cream.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

11. Macaroni and Cheese in Acorn Squash Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly, vegetarian

File this under No-Fuss Ways to Wow Your Dinner Guests. The acorn squash bowls will no doubt garner praise, but the fresh thyme and sage in the two-cheese mac still ensure compliments, even if you use a regular plate.

fall pasta recipes Skillet Gnocchi With Sausage And Broccoli Rabe Recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

12. Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, high protein, kid-friendly

This is one of our go-tos in the fall and winter, since the protein, carb and veggie all come together in a single pan in 30 minutes flat. Use kale or spinach in place of broccoli rabe if you’d like.

fall pasta recipes Butternut Squash Lasagna Recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

13. Butternut Squash Lasagna

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, <10 ingredients

Give the green bean casserole a rest this year. Your guests won’t mind wolfing down this rich combo of butternut squash ribbons, ricotta cheese and gooey mozzarella instead. (Roasted mushrooms or toasted walnuts would make it even tastier…just sayin’.)

fall pasta recipes Ultimate Rigatoni Pasta Pie Recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

14. The Ultimate Pasta Pie

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, high protein, <10 ingredients

A springform cake pan transforms this dinner staple into something spectacular. And since the recipe calls for jarred marinara sauce, the pie is ridiculously easy to put together.

fall pasta recipes smoked gouda mac and cheese recipe
Photo: Michael Marquand/Styling: Caroline Lange

15. 5-Ingredient Smoked Gouda-Thyme Mac and Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients, one pot

We’re immediately transported to a cozy couch in a secluded mountain cabin just looking at this fall pasta dish. Can you believe it’s only five (well, six if you count the salt) ingredients away?

fall pasta recipes caramelized mushroom pasta with crispy prosciutto recipe
Kristin Teig/Mediterranean Every Day

16. Caramelized Mushroom Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, special occasion-worthy, beginner-friendly

You only *think* you don’t like mushrooms. Trust us when we say this drool-worthy dinner will convert you for good. Use a dry white wine for the sauce, like pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc.

fall pasta recipes buckwheat gnocchi with cabbage potatoes and fontina recipe
Photo: Christine Han/Styling: Erin McDowell

17. Buckwheat Gnocchi with Cabbage, Potatoes and Fontina

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, beginner-friendly, special occasion-worthy

A twist on a traditional dish from Northern Italy made with buckwheat pasta, this recipe is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters at your table. Wash it down with mulled wine to drive the wintry comfort theme home.

fall pasta recipes easy 30 minute beef stroganoff recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

18. Easy 30-Minute Beef Stroganoff

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, high protein

Juicy beef tenderloin, button mushrooms and a decadent sour cream-Dijon cream sauce make this a cold-weather mainstay in our book. Bring on the fresh dill and delicate pappardelle.

fall pasta recipes Spicy Pumpkin and Pesto Cheese Shells
Half Baked Harvest

19. Spicy Pumpkin and Pesto Cheese-Stuffed Shells

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy

Did someone say spicy pumpkin vodka sauce? Sign us up. If that doesn’t convince you, perhaps the spicy Italian chicken sausage, fontina cheese and basil pesto will.

fall pasta recipes Brown Butter Mushroom Pasta
Damn Delicious

20. Brown Butter Mushroom Pasta

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, vegetarian

We’ll never turn down brown butter, also known as liquid gold. It imparts a pleasant nuttiness to the earthy cremini mushrooms and herbaceous fresh thyme.

fall pasta recipes Pappardelle with Roasted Butternut Squash Ragu
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21. Pappardelle with Roasted Butternut Squash and Tomato Ragu

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, high protein

This oven-roasted San Marzano tomato sauce is seriously impressive. As if it wasn’t Insta-worthy enough, each plate is crowned with a ball of burrata cheese.

fall pasta recipes pumpkin seed pesto
How Sweet Eats

22. Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta with Caramelized Delicata Squash

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, vegetarian, beginner-friendly

Rich, creamy and tastes like fall—what more can a sweater season-loving cook ask for? The delicata squash is sauteed in a sweet-and-spicy mix of chili powder, smoked paprika and brown sugar.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.