Put down your PSL and pick up a fancy fork, becauseis here. Much like the Tomato Girl, Vanilla Girl, and Lemon Girl before her, the Pasta Girl has a clearly defined aesthetic. Her kitchen is her own private restaurant on the Amalfi coast, complete with cloth napkins, nice stemware, and the kind of wide, shallow bowl you flip over to look for a makers’ mark at a restaurant. She pours a glass of wine and lights a nice candle before she starts making girl dinner, wears a chic apron to keep her Breton-striped sweater clean, and always salts her pasta water. Pasta Girl Fall is about cozy nights at home making comfort food and watching your favorite TV show for the tenth time. You could sit around scrolling through an endless social media feed of soothing ASMR TikTok videos and noodle pulls, or you could make pastacore happen. Here’s everything you need to do it:
The Perfect Pasta Pot
A central tenet of pastacore is cooking your meal in one big pan. We’ve already made a strong argument that the best pasta pot is actually a Dutch oven, and I am personally obsessed with making one-pot pasta recipes and pasta sauce in my bright blue Great Jones Dutch Baby. If a wider, shallower pan is more your style, the cult-favorite Tucci Pan is pretty much begging you to make bolognese in it.
Big, Shallow Bowls
The right dish is crucial if you want to properly admire and enjoy your bowl of pasta, and the best pasta bowls are wide and shallow, with flat bottoms and gently-sloped walls that prevent sauce from sloshing onto your date night loungewear. We tend to go for bowls in neutral colors so our favorite pestos and saffron-laced buttered noodles can really stand out.
A Nice Wine Glass
Whether you’re decanting the red you’ve been saving for a special occasion, mixing an N/A spritz, or just staying hydrated, you should be drinking from proper stemware on pasta night. You might be down to splurge on a $78 Zalto universal wine glass (they are really nice), but you could also spend just a tiny bit more and get a four-pack of glasses that will make your apartment feel like a cute little trattoria.
Italian Cookbooks and a Candle
If you’ve ever been caught in the gravitational pull of #pastatok, then you know there’s always an artfully composed still life of cookbooks and a candle in the background. Do you need these things to cook pasta at home? No. Will I be burning a pasta water-scented candle while making Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce and listening to a Louis Prima playlist this autumn? You bet.
Fancy Olive Oil
This goes right next to the cookbooks and candle, and is as much a decorative element as it is a key component in making everything from this vegetarian carbonara to a butternut squash and kale pasta that we’re pretty sure is the perfect fall recipe. Brightland and Graza are the most ubiquitous brands, but you could also get a chic ceramic or glass dispenser and fill it with your favorite grocery store olive oil brand.
Some Pastacore Accessories
Most importantly, the pasta lifestyle is not confined to the kitchen. To achieve peak Pasta Girl Fall, you’ll want to incorporate at least one pastacore accessory (pasta earrings, anyone?) into your wardrobe. You could try to get one of those, but you could also have an L.L. Bean Boat and Tote embroidered with “pesto” or “parmesan,” which would be way less expensive—and even more iconic.