Cozy Pasta Dishes for Fall: 5 Luscious, Melty Baked Pastas and Casseroles You'll Make All Season Long

Cooler weather is kicking in: Time to boost your repertoire of hearty, soul-warming pasta dishes.

No doubt about it: We devour pasta year-round, but come fall we’re looking for some extra-hearty variations on our favorite carb -- and we're ready to work some new recipes into our repertoire. Enter these baked pastas and casseroles: luscious, melty, and livened up with delicious twists. Just one tip: Make enough for everyone to have seconds.

Spinach and Goat Cheese Baked Pasta

Spinach and Goat Cheese Baked Pasta

Katie Workman

This creamy pasta dish gets a nice tang from goat cheese, and a crunch from sunflower seeds -- which toast on top of the casserole, so there’s no need to crisp them up ahead of time. You can also use hulled pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, or pine nuts instead—and substitute whole-wheat pasta if you like.

Get the recipe: Spinach and Goat Cheese Baked Pasta 

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Orzo Gratin

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Orzo Gratin

Katie Workman

In this gorgeous gratin, the sweetness of the potatoes plays off the earthiness of the baked beans – and orzo, the pleasantly firm, rice-shaped pasta, adds a surprising twist. Passing lime wedges on the side to squirt over each portion gives the dish a bright, citrusy finish.

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Orzo Gratin 

Individual Pork or Chicken Penne Casseroles with Tomatillo

Individual Tomatillo Pork or Chicken Penne Casseroles

Katie Workman

Sure, you can bake this dish in a 2-quart casserole, but sometimes individual casseroles are more fun. This recipe gets a punch from Mexican flavors like tomatillos and jalapenos.

Get the recipe: Individual Tomatillo Pork or Chicken Penne Casseroles 

Indonesian Chicken and Noodle Casserole

Indonesian Chicken and Noodle Casserole

Katie Workman

This Indonesian-inspired noodle dish relies on kejap manis, a soy sauce sweetened with palm sugar. The sauce is very thick (like molasses) and dark in color and is used in a variety of Indonesian dishes, as a condiment or marinade. It’s available online and in Asian and specialty food stores.

Get the recipe: Indonesian Chicken and Noodle Casserole 

Campenelle with Chicken Sausage, Kale and Olives

Campenelle with Chicken Sausage, Kale and Olives

Katie Workman

This pasta dish is super-hearty, but it’s not as heavy as it sounds since the recipe calls for chicken sausage instead of pork. Everyone loves kale lately—and rightfully so — and it’s absolutely perfect in this pasta (not to mention nutritious).

Get the recipe: Campenelle with Chicken Sausage, Kale and Olives

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