Fall Pasta Salad is a thing! And boy is it delicious. This Fall Harvest Pasta Salad combines all the flavors of fall for one epic and easy fall entertaining recipe.

This week IBC has been all about decorating, entertaining, and cooking for fall. We kicked off the week with my Fall Entertaining-Around-My-House Tour. Yesterday we baked pumpkin donuts, and today we’re mixing up a Fall Harvest Pasta Salad (Fall Pasta Salad).

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Channeling my inner Elle Woods, I’d like to say that, “Whoever said pasta salad was just for summer was seriously disturbed.” With roasted sweet potatoes, pine nuts, dried cranberries, broccoli, and goat cheese, this salad has quickly become a new fall favorite at my house. After whipping it up last week, I found myself snacking on it for three days in a row. I was sad when it was gone.

Fall Pasta Salad:

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

How to Make a Fall Pasta Salad Recipe:

My inspiration for this Fall Harvest Pasta Salad was this bag of colorful pasta from HomeGoods. The variety of colors made me think of autumn. I also love this type of pasta, known as Cellentani (corkscrew), because the curls and hollow centers hold lots of yummy sauce.

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

If you can’t find this specific type of pasta, don’t worry. Any tricolored or multi-colored pasta will work just fine.

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

All of the other ingredients in this salad are fall-inspired ones that work well together. The dried cranberries are great for adding just a touch of tart sweetness. This balances perfectly with the creamy goat cheese. Even if you’re skeptical of goat cheese, give it a try in this recipe. I think you’ll quickly become a fan.

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

I also love any excuse to use toasted pine nuts. They add a nutty crunch which is so good in any pasta salad.

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

Speaking of goat cheese, since it’s a softer cheese, you’ll want to mix it in last to keep the crumbles intact.

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

For the dressing, I opted for a store-bought poppy seed. You can use your favorite brand or mix up your own. With its slightly creamy quality, this dressing worked extremely well and tasted delicious.

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

Let’s whip up a big bowl of this fall deliciousness.

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad

serves 12-14

Here's what you will need:
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 pound multi-colored pasta
3 cups broccoli, chopped (about 1-inch pieces)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cup poppy seed dressing
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Place the sweet potato pieces on a large baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and then toss. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. You'll want the pasta to be al dente. Drain the pasta, allow it to cool, and place it in a large bowl.

To the bowl of pasta, add the roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli, dried cranberries, pine nuts, and red onions. Toss with the poppy seed dressing until evenly coated. Crumble in the goat cheese and gently stir again until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Stir before serving, adding more dressing if needed.


Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

This dish is pretty straightforward. It’s one of those simple and classic recipes we come to love and go back to time and again.

Fall Harvest Pasta Salad | inspiredbycharm.com

I hope you’ll give this salad a try this fall. And when you do, be sure to swing back and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

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  • Amy at

    Made this for a get together last night. Big hit! Many compliments and requests for the recipe. Thank you for another great recipe!

  • Kate Maleski at

    I had a butternut squash that I used instead of the sweet potatoes, and I’m not a fan of raw broccoli, so I roasted that too. I brought the dish to a fall baby shower and it was a huge hit! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Sounds delicious! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      xo Michael

  • Lisa at

    Thanks for a great recipe Michael! I made your pasta salad this past weekend for a gathering and it was well loved. There was a little bit left over and like you, I was sad when it was gone! I will be making this over and over again! Many thanks ! I just love IBC❤️

  • Stacy at

    I know this post is a few years old but I stumbled across it thanks to Pinterest & made it for a December baby shower. It’s FABULOUS & I just wanted to say thanks! Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes soon! Happy new year! 🎉

  • Shannon at

    Creative mixture of ingredients. I think it would taste amazing. Thanks for sharing

  • Abby at

    Do you think I can sub pine nuts for pumpkin seeds?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Sure! I love pine nuts!

      xo Michael

  • Megan at

    I just made this with the Trader Joe’s toasted sesame dressing and it was amazing! Love this recipe and would definitely recommend.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Ooooh! That sounds delish! Great idea!

      xo Michael

  • Brenda at

    I made this lovely salad for a potluck yesterday. The only thing that was a little difficult was getting the goat cheese into little cubes and adding to the pasta salad since it’s such a soft cheese. So I solved the problem by cutting/cubing and then placing in the freezer for a bit. Once it was hard it was easier to add and mix into the pasta. BTW, this was a great dish and it makes a lot.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I usually just use my fingers and crumble it in. But your solution was perfect too! Smart idea.

      xo Michael

  • Madeline at

    I made this today but subbed the sweet potato for roasted butternut squash and the broccoli for blanched green beans. Delicious!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Love that! Sounds delicious! Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

      xo Michael

    • kimber66.kj@gmail.com at

      You just answered my question, about the butternut squash thanks.was it better?

  • Mae at

    What is an alternative if you don’t like goat cheese?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Not really. But you could leave it out or opt for another cheese you like.

      xo Michael

  • katie at

    i swear i made this before and it was a big hit, but there was also a homemade creamy dressing that you had added to the directions too??????

  • Sue G at

    Just made this to bring to a party tomorrow. It’s so scrumptious..would never have thought to these fall ingredients into a pasta salas. Thank you for the recipie

  • Lexi at

    Hi I was wondering if I could make this the night before an event or is it best made same day? Thank you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yep, it would totally be okay to make the night before. Enjoy!
      xo Michael

  • Gale at

    Salad looks good! Am wondering what you would serve with it for a fall luncheon for ladies?

    • Shawna at

      Our neighborhood, end-of-the-summer party was this past weekend. The caterer served this with white chicken chili in a small bread bowl. It sounds really strange but it was delicious together!! Such different flavors but blends will with literally anything.

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace at

    Oh my, does this look good! I am pinning this right now and will be making this recipe very soon!

  • Kerry Masoner at

    Sorry, love the recipe but just got my HGTV mag and recognized your living room right away. Amazing!!!!!!!!

  • Colleen at

    This looks so delish with all the beautiful fall colors! Can’t wait to try it out!

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