The season is in full swing-let's keep the momentum going, shall we? These 14 fall pasta recipes are an artful ode to all things autumn.
We need to make one thing perfectly clear. The flavor profile of cool-weather squash varieties like pumpkin and butternut squash pairs PERFECTLY with the rich, earthy notes of browned butter and sage. It's a combo you'll be seeing more of in the following slides, but we'll start with a favoriteu2013Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter.
Sausage, pancetta and roast beef are the key savory elements of this pasta dish, nicely balanced by the sweetness of pears, golden raisins and a surprise crumble of amaretti cookies.
Get the Recipe: Meat and Pear Open Ravioli
Fresh beet greens add an earthy element to this pasta combo, perfectly finished by salty bacon, shallots, capers and plenty of Parmesan cheese.
Get the Recipe: Fettuccine with Bacon, Beet Greens, and Capers
This autumnal dish stars orzo pasta, combined with fresh butternut squash, leeks and kale. The entire thing is immersed in a rich blue cheese sauce and topped with crunchy pistachios. Talk about comfort food.
Get the Recipe: Orzo and Butternut Squash Skillet
Perhaps the most iconic of all fall ingredients, pumpkin lends extra richness to the traditional flavors we love in macaroni and cheese. The blend of Monterey Jack, Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses makes this rendition extra creamy.
Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
Classic gnocchi gets an autumnal upgrade with the addition of roasted butternut squash, rich Parmesan cheese and a fresh pumpkin seed pesto.
Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Seed Pesto and Butternut Squash Gnocchi
Half Baked Harvest
Cool-weather mushrooms are a seasonal delicacy, so make the most of them by pairing with tender pappardelle pasta, browned sage butter and a generous serving of protein-packed chicken.
Get the Recipe: Browned Sage Butter Chicken Piccata with Mushroom Pasta
Lean Green Nutrition Fiend
Hard winter squash varieties easily pull double-duty as both hearty ingredient and convenient serving dish. Here, delicata squash is stuffed with farro, sauteed kale, crunchy pecans and sweet cranberries for a meal that's as healthy as it is delicious.
Get the Recipe: Farro Stuffed Delicata Squash with Pecans, Cranberries and Kale
The richness of butternut squash is amplified in this decadent pasta, which features hearty kale, a creamy cheese sauce and a hint of spicy nutmeg.
Get the Recipe: Butternut Squash Linguine with Kale
This lasagna harnesses the goodness of autumn farmers' market staples: apple, pumpkin and brussels sprouts. Don't let the eclectic ingredient list fool you-the flavor profile for this pasta is out-of-this world.
Get the Recipe: Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna
Amuse Your Bouche
Not all fall pasta dishes have to be heavy. Lemon juice and rocket keep this pasta dish bright and fresh, while walnuts and browned butter evoke rich notes of the season.
Get the Recipe: Brown Butter Lemon and Walnut Pasta
F For Food
Making your own ravioli allows you to capture any flavor combo that strikes your fancy-in this case, an acorn squash filling and a drizzle of browned butter sage sauce.
Get the Recipe: Acorn Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter
Roasted butternut squash combines with creamy ricotta cheese to make a sinfully rich, creamy binder for this baked pasta. When you throw in a hearty tomato sauce and rigatoni noodles, you've got yourself a delightful departure from standard pasta fare.
Get the Recipe: Butternut Sage Pasta Al Forno
Another autumnal nod to gnocchi, this rendition takes advantage of the sweet earthiness-and stunning hue-of fresh sweet potatoes. Finished off with plenty of sage and a sprinkling of salty Parmesan, this dish is one for the books.
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