How to Make a Sweet & Savory Fall Pasta Salad

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My favorite sweet & savory Fall pasta salad recipe!

I am a fan of seasonal eating, but every now and again I crave a dish that just doesn’t fit with the season we are in. This fall, I found myself itching for a pasta salad.


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Savory & Sweet Fall Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta salad is typically thought of as a summer treat with cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes, olives and maybe even berries and pecans tossed with olive oil or Ranch. With a few adjustments and a homemade poppyseed dressing, I was able to convert this summer dish to a Sweet and Savory Fall Pasta Salad.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz Bowtie Pasta
  • 1 cup Brussel Sprouts (halved or quartered)
  • 1 cup Sweet Potato (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Mushrooms (sliced or diced)
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

Directions:

 1. Preheat the Oven & Gather Ingredients and Supplies

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Gather all of your ingredients to be sure that you aren’t missing anything. You will also need a cutting board, a sharp knife, a baking sheet, a basting brush, a large mixing bowl and a cooking spoon.

 2. Prepare the Vegetables

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Prepare the vegetables by dicing the mushrooms & sweet potatoes and cutting the brussel sprouts in half. Spread the veggies in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet. Use the basting brush to brush them with olive oil and then top with salt and pepper.

Feel free to add or substitute other vegetables here. Broccoli, butternut squash, pine nuts, and chickpeas are a few other foods that would work well in this fall pasta salad.

 3. Roast the Vegetables

Place the prepared veggies in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. The finished vegetables should be soft, but not mushy.

 4. Cook the Pasta

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. You will want the noodles to be al dente when removed from the heat.

 5. Make the Sweet & Tangy Poppyseed Dressing

While the pasta is cooking, make your poppyseed dressing. This is a very simple recipe that you can make in about five minutes. You can use a store-bought dressing instead if you prefer.

 6. Combine and Toss

Combine the cooked and drained pasta with the roasted veggies, and cranberries. Toss them all together with the poppyseed dressing and…

 7. Enjoy!

Snack on this fall pasta salad between meals, use it as a side dish, bring it to a potluck, or add some chicken to make a meal out of it!

Savory & Sweet Fall Pasta Salad

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz Bowtie Pasta
  • 1 cup Brussel Sprouts halved or quartered
  • 1 cup Sweet Potato diced
  • 1/2 cup Mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Poppyseed Dressing homemade recipe

Instructions
 

  • ┬áPreheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Gather all of your ingredients and tools/supplies. You will need a cutting board, a sharp knife, a baking sheet, a basting brush, a large mixing bowl and a cooking spoon.
  • Prepare the vegetables by dicing the mushrooms and sweet potatoes & cutting the Brussel sprouts in half. Spread the veggies in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush them with olive oil and top with salt and pepper.
    Feel free to add or substitute vegetables here. Broccoli, butternut squash, pine nuts, and chickpeas are a few other foods that would work well in this fall pasta salad.
  • Place the prepared veggies in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. You will want the noodles to be al dente when removed from the heat.
  • While the pasta is cooking, make your poppyseed dressing. See the recipe linked in the post or use a store-bought dressing.
  • Combine the cooked & drained pasta with the roasted veggies, cranberries, and poppyseed dressing.
  • Enjoy!

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