Fall means a new school year, lots of after-school sports, a change in wardrobe, and a change in our eating habits. Cooler weather means our appetites increase. And pasta is a fabulous, inexpensive, and easy to fix food that will satisfy any appetite. And it combines with just about any other ingredient and any cuisine. I love pasta with pesto, with a rich tomato sauce, baked in casseroles, or enveloped in a creamy cheese sauce. Enjoy these top 10 best fall pasta recipes for the new season.
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This wonderful recipe is a riff on Pizza Spaghetti Style, one of my all time favorite recipes. But it uses tons of smoky and crisp bacon and tender pasta, all enveloped in a silky cheese sauce. It cuts beautifully into squares and is perfect for a family dinner or entertaining.
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I remember reading about this recipe in Dinah Shore's first cookbook when I was little. I thought it sounded so exotic and fascinating. But because my Mom was into healthy foods (read Adele Davis) at the time, and the recipe used butter, bacon, and cream, I wasn't allowed to make it. I've certainly made up for that! This easy recipe is fun to make and delicious too.
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Boy, people either love or hate this recipe. I myself don't understand why anyone would hate it: what could be bad about beef, pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese? Oh well, it takes all kinds. If you want to learn more about this delicious dish, take a look at my Sicilian Supper Step by Step photo instructions. Then dig in.
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This wonderful and super easy recipe is made with spaghetti, Parmesan cheese, and pasta sauce with some cream cheese melted into it. You won't believe how delicious and complex the flavor is with this simple addition.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Hmmm, I seem to be craving very rich and hearty recipes. Well, that's okay - the cooler weather works off the calories. Right? This is a classic recipe my mom made for us when I was small. It's very simple but you don't see it served often. You'll love it.
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This super easy recipe, from One Pot Pasta, is made in one skillet, so you don't have to bring a huge pot of water to a boil. Even on cool evenings, I still don't like that chore. And since the pasta cooks right in the sauce, it has tons of flavor and the best al dente texture.
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This classic recipe also cooks the pasta right in the sauce. Goulash should have lots of rich tomato flavor and paprika, and tender, perfectly cooked pasta to be just right. And this one is. Just right, that is!
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And finally, this super simple recipe tastes like so much more than the sum of its ingredients. This one is so easy my husband has actually made it! By himself! No, really!Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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This is the recipe I pull out when I need some serious comforting. The flavors and textures of this dish are just sublime. Typically, Pasta Alfredo is made just with cream and Parmesan. I add cream cheese to this recipe to put it over the top.
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And don't forget about pierogies! Those big stuffed pastas are perfect for cozy fall dinners, especially when paired with a creamy cheese sauce.