Few meals epitomize "comfort food" more than a bowl of fresh, steaming pasta drizzled in homemade sauce and topped with shavings of Parmesan. While it's one of the quickest meals to whip up at home, it's also one of the easiest to fall into a routine with: Once you know you love a certain pasta recipe, it becomes your midweek go-to when you're too busy/tired/lazy to try something new.
If you've been searching for some new, easy pasta recipes to add to your repertoire this fall, start with these four foodie-approved options. We turned to the talented recipe creators behind Sunday Suppers, What's Gaby Cooking, Rose & Ivy Journal, and Spoon Fork Bacon to find out which pasta recipe they swear by for a quick, easy, and delicious meal. From hearty lasagna to decadent browned butter fettuccine alfredo, these are the recipes food bloggers make on repeat.
Lemon Chicken Pasta
The Recipe: Lemon Chicken Pasta by What's Gaby Cooking.
The Sell: "Lemon Chicken pasta is everything you've ever wanted in under 20 minutes," says Gaby Dalkin. "There's protein, carbs, cheese, and tons of lemon to give it a nice brightness and kick."
The Pro Tip: "If you've got mushrooms on hand, use them for sure. But if not, you could stir in some spinach, kale, or whatever else is sitting in your fridge that needs to be cooked."
Lasagna Alla Norma
The Recipe: Lasagna Alla Norma by Rose & Ivy Journal.
The Sell: "One bite of this lasagna transports me back to wonderful Ortigia, Sicily, where I indulged in the most memorable slice of lasagna prepared by a husband-and-wife duo in the Piazza Duomo," says Alison Dulaney-Engstrom. "This recipe combines smoked mozzarella and hearty eggplant smothered in tomato sauce—ingredients that captivate the comforting flavors of that wonderful place."
The Pro Tip: "Since the oven does all of the work, it is best to invest in the highest-quality ingredients like homemade smoked mozzarella, if possible, and local eggplant," she recommends. "Your taste buds will thank you."
Browned Butter Fettuccine Alfredo
The Recipe: Browned Butter Fettuccine Alfredo by Spoon Fork Bacon.
The Sell: "I love this Browned Butter Fettuccine Alfredo because it's simple and decadent with a nice nutty flavor from the browned butter," says Jenny Park, one half of the blogger duo. "I also love the sweet peas that pop in your mouth that slightly balance out the rich and creamy sauce. It also doesn't hurt that it only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to throw together."
The Pro Tip: "I like to brown butter ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator," she says. "That way, when you're ready to use it you can begin making your sauce right away once the butter melts, without having to wait for the butter to cook up and brown."
Classic Pasta With Tomato Confit
The Recipe: Classic Pasta With Tomato Confit by Sunday Suppers.
The Sell: "Not much is better than a warm bowl of homemade pasta. It is our go-to meal when we are cooking for two or for a group of friends," says Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers. "It is always easy to build upon and add simple elements to create a full feast."
The Pro Tip: "Make tomato confit in advance, and keep it in your refrigerator—it's way better than any store-bought jar of sauce."
What's your go-to easy pasta recipe? Share it with us in the comments below.