When I was a kid, there was one thing that I could always count on:
There will always be pasta.
In any given situation, on any given holiday.
Especially at any of my grandparents’ houses.
There was always some kind of a pasta dish to be served.
And yes, this includes Thanksgiving dinner.
Don’t get me wrong, we always did the traditional pilgrim like Thanksgiving feast.
Roast turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and brussels sprouts, everything like that.
But whatever combination of dishes made it to our Thanksgiving meal, there was always the promise that a delicious pasta dish would be there too.
Our holiday table wouldn’t always look like your classic red pasta sauce and meatballs dish, however.
Instead, great recipes of Italian chicken noodle soup, macaroni made with a creamy sauce of butternut squash, baked macaroni and cheese and things of that nature would make their way onto our Thanksgiving menu time and time again.
That’s right, Thanksgiving pasta dishes can look like a lot of different things, especially when you’re a member of a classic Italian family.
And plus, the more Thanksgiving food you bring, the more Thanksgiving leftovers you have after the fact. Sounds like a win in my book.
Here are my three favorite Thanksgiving pasta recipes that you absolutely should be trying this season!
Italian Thanksgiving Chicken Noodle Soup
This was made by my uncle Bobby for years, and even now, he will still occasionally provide the noodles for it.
If you need a wonderful homemade noodle recipe for this soup, check out this homemade Italian pasta recipe.
Don’t get me wrong.
I love chicken noodle soup for its savory broth, wonderful ingredients, and everything like that.
But I truly believe that a chicken noodle soup is only as good as its noodles.
For that reason, I strongly recommend using homemade pasta noodles.
With that said, here’s how to make the rest of it!Print
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
When it’s Thanksgiving, I’m making this.
When it’s Friendsgiving, I’m making this.
When it’s any holiday under the sun, during any holiday season, if I’m going, I’m making this.
This has been my go-to baked macaroni and cheese recipe for about five years now, and every single person I bring this to loves it.
It’s less cheesy than you’d think.
Let me explain.
When you think of your traditional macaroni and cheese recipe, it more likely than not has a cheese sauce in it.
But not this one.
This baked macaroni and cheese is on the dryer side, but it’s still just as delicious.
This pasta bake has been a hit with everyone I know and love for years, and I guarantee you’ll love it just as much.Print
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
This is a perfect way to get a delicious pasta dish onto the holiday table, while simultaneously adding the fall flavors of your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes into the mix.
When someone brings up fall recipes, it wouldn’t be uncommon to dig up the pumpkin puree. But if you wanted my honest opinion, butternut squash is even better.
It has such a versatile taste, and combines so well with all of your savory favorites.
When prepared properly, it’s super creamy, smooth, and mimics all of your favorite flavors of a proper cheese sauce.
Only the best part?It’s all vegetables.
That’s right, no heavy cream, heavy dairy, or really anything like that is needed in this.
It’s one of my favorite mac and cheese recipes, and absolutely belongs on your Thanksgiving table.
Here’s how you make it!Print
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Other Pasta Recipes To Try:
- For something light and tasty, try your hand at this Pasta al Limone!
- Making pasta with nduja and ricotta cheese has never been easier!
- Love a lighter pasta dish? You’ll love this pasta alla gricia with pecorino romano cheese and guanciale!
- Baked ziti might as well be a Thanksgiving staple at this point. Try it out!
- All meals taste better with soup. And Pasta e Fagioli does the trick just perfectly.