One of the best parts of welcoming fall is the rich, seasonal flavors that come with it. From winter squash like pumpkin and butternut to hearty root vegetables like beets and sweet potatoes, autumn’s bounty of seasonal produce makes for some seriously delicious comfort meals. In celebration of the dropping temperatures, we’ve rounded up four cozy, fall-inspired baked pasta recipes to get you in the spirit — and keep you warm all season long.

4 Autumn-Inspired Baked Pasta Recipes

Butternut Squash Baked Pasta

Butternut squash is abundant during the cooler months, and its mellow sweetness makes it incredibly versatile. Make the most of its availability with this baked pasta from professional cook and food stylist Amanda Frederickson. The unique combination of flavors and textures is what makes this dish extra crave-worthy. Goat cheese adds a tangy creaminess, while walnuts provide a satisfying crunch. This recipe makes for the ultimate comfort meal on cool autumn nights.

Butternut Squash Baked Pasta

Whip up this butternut squash baked pasta on a cool evening for the perfect comfort meal. Image: Amanda Frederickson

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Butternut Squash Baked Pasta

Amanda Frederickson
This butternut squash baked pasta is hearty and delicious.
4.63 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 38 mins
Course Main Course, Entrée
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 143 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 16-oz. box dried pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 small butternut squash about 1½ lbs. or 6 cups diced
  • cups vegetable stock, plus more as needed to reach desired consistency
  • 4 oz goat cheese crumbled
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts
  • Parsley to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta according to packing instructions. Strain and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add the olive oil and warm over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 4-6 minutes, or until translucent and soft. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the butternut squash, stock, and a large pinch of salt and cook for about 15-17 minutes, or until butternut squash is very soft.
  • Transfer mixture to blender and blend until smooth, adding more stock if needed to smooth out the sauce. Taste for salt and pepper.
  • Toss the pasta with the sauce then place in an oven-proof baking dish, about 8x10 inches. Top with goat cheese and walnuts. Bake covered for 15 minutes, then uncover and continue baking until cheese is golden brown. Top with parsley and serve warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 233mgPotassium: 373mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 10207IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 1mg
Keyword pasta, butternut squash, comfort food
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Fall Baked Pasta with Pumpkin, Kale, and Mushrooms

If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, this recipe from Mahy Elamin of Two Purple Figs combines essential fall flavors. While you can certainly use canned pumpkin for this recipe, Mahy recommends roasting your own small pumpkin to give your pasta additional sweetness. She then balances out the pumpkin’s creaminess with hearty kale and mushrooms. To make your pasta extra indulgent, Mahy recommends topping it with brie.

Fall Baked Pasta with Pumpkin, Kale, and Mushrooms

One of the main ingredients in this baked pasta is one of fall’s most quintessential flavors: pumpkin! Image: Two Purple Figs

Fall Baked Pasta with Pumpkin, Kale, and Mushrooms

Mahy Elamin
This baked pasta combines some of fall's best flavors.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Entrée
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 287 kcal

Ingredients
  

For Roasted Pumpkin

  • 1 small pumpkin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups mushrooms quartered
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

For Pasta

  • 1 box of your preferred pasta, cooked according to package directions undercooked by 3 minutes

For Pasta Bake

  • 1 roasted pumpkin from above
  • 3 cups mushrooms from above
  • 2 cups kale sliced
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Sliced brie cheese optional
  • Parmesan for sprinkling optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds.
  • Place the pumpkin cut side down on a cutting board and use a veggie peeler to peel the skin off while holding the pumpkin with your other hand firmly. Turn the pumpkin as you go, peeling it.
  • Cut up the pumpkin into slices and then cut each slice into inch cube pieces.
  • On a parchment-lined baking sheet, add the pumpkin cubes and quartered mushrooms and season them with salt, fresh thyme, and olive oil. Toss and roast them for 20-25 minutes until the pumpkin is tender.
  • In the meantime, cook the pasta according to package instructions, making sure to remove it 3 minutes earlier as it will bake in the oven.
  • In an oven-safe plate, about 9x1x2 inches, add the fresh kale, roasted pumpkin and mushrooms, cooked pasta, cream, and seasoning, and toss well. Top the pasta with some brie cheese (optional) and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the baked pasta from the oven, sprinkle some parmesan cheese if desired, extra fresh thyme leaves, chili flakes if you’d like, and serve right away.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 8gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 613mgPotassium: 1263mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 22389IUVitamin C: 59mgCalcium: 136mgIron: 4mg
Keyword pasta, comfort food, Baked pasta
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Fall Baked Mac & Cheese

‘Savory-sweet’ lovers, this one’s for you. This baked mac and cheese recipe from Laura Nockett of Sprinkles & Sea Salt combines nostalgia and comfort. The recipe calls for chopped apple and pear bits, and while the idea of fruit in pasta may seem odd at first, Laura says it adds a delicious hint of sweetness. The bacon bits then balance out the dish with their salty crunch. Laura also notes the importance of taking your time when making the roux, ensuring it doesn’t become too thick or overcooked. A little patience with this step leads to a decadent, creamy cheese sauce.

Fall baked mac & cheese from Laura Nockett of Sprinkles & Sea Salt

Serve this baked mac and cheese for a casual dinner, or bring it along to your next football watch party for a delicious side! Image: Sprinkles & Sea Salt

Fall Baked Mac & Cheese

Laura Nockett
This baked mac and cheese is equal parts sweet and salty.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 18 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish, Entrée
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup sweet onion chopped
  • 1 cup apple cored and chopped
  • 1 cup pear cored and chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded or cut in small cubes
  • 8 oz Gruyère cheese shredded or cut in small cubes
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 lb rigatoni cooked al dente
  • ½ lb bacon cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat 2 tbs butter over medium heat.
  • Add onions, sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add chopped apple and pear, sauté 5-7 more minutes until soft, remove from heat, set aside.
  • In the same frying pan, heat 3 more tbs butter over low heat.
  • Slowly add the flour and whisk vigorously until roux is formed (butter and flour should form a smooth, thick mixture).
  • Continuing to whisk, slowly pour the milk into the frying pan, keep whisking until milk has combined with roux and mixture is thick and smooth.
  • Add the cheese in batches until all the cheese has melted into the sauce.
  • Stir in Dijon mustard.
  • Season with sea salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, pour cheese mixture over pasta, stir.
  • Mix in the onion/apple/pear mixture and crumbled bacon.
  • Grease a large baking dish, pour mac & cheese into dish.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until top is golden brown.

Notes

Note: Best served hot out of the oven.
Keyword pasta, mac & cheese, comfort food
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Fall Baked Rigatoni Pasta

Does anyone else wait all year for the limited edition fall selection at Trader Joe’s? From Nancy Nguyen of Happily Ever Nancy, this super simple baked rigatoni is packed with Trader Joe’s garlic chicken sausage (available year-round) and their autumnal creamy pasta sauce (only available this time of year). This one is sure to please the whole family. The best part? This recipe bakes up in just 30 minutes! Nancy also has a step-by-step YouTube video where you can follow along as she makes this yummy meal.

Fall Baked Rigatoni Pasta from Happily Ever Nancy

This fall baked rigatoni pasta will leave you feeling full and cozy. Image: Happily Ever Nancy

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Fall Baked Rigatoni Pasta

Nancy Nguyen
This low-maintenance fall pasta bake is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
3.93 from 27 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Entrée
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 packet Trader Joe's garlic chicken sausage
  • 1 jar Trader Joe's autumnal harvest creamy pasta sauce
  • 1 bag rigatoni 1 lb
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut up the chicken garlic sausages into small-sized bites.
  • Boil up water to cook the pasta.
  • In a saucepan, heat up pasta sauce and chicken sausages for 2 minutes. Add in cooked pasta and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  • Transfer pasta into a 9×13 baking dish and add parmesan cheese on top.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees in the middle rack.
Keyword pasta, comfort food, Baked pasta
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