If you’ve ever experienced a summer in New York City — where AC units dribble water on you as you walk down the street and you could actually fry an egg on the sidewalks — you can understand why FoodNetwork.com staffers have been itching for the first sign of fall. And it’s finally here; the calendar and the temperatures prove it. And now it’s time we started cooking like it. In the spirit of this cooler, crisper season, we’re sharing the dishes that FoodNetwork.com staffers simply can’t wait to make, ranging from comforting pasta dishes to in-season sweets.
“No matter the time or day, chances are good that I’m craving pasta. Spaghetti, rigatoni, casarecce or campanelle; carbonara, Bolognese, amatriciana or pesto — I’m into them all. While my go-to recipe for linguine pomodoro delivers on busy weeknights when I’m turning hangry and need to eat, like, right now, I tend to reserve the ‘special’ sauces for weekend cooking and one in particular for the first chilly weekend of fall. This Penne with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese from Giada De Laurentiis stars tender sweet onions and butternut squash, which is in season in autumn (though you can likely find it at the grocery store year-round). The beauty of this pasta is that there’s no true, proper sauce here. Instead, Giada simply roasts the veggies, then tosses them with the pasta and tangy goat cheese, which turns into a creamy, silky coating for the penne after it meets the hot noodles.”
— Maria Russo, Online Convergent Editor