As fall starts to approach, we patiently wait for the weather to cool down a bit, leaves to change beautiful colors, and football season to begin. Although this means that grilling season winds down for many of us, we start looking forward to heartier dishes that will keep us warm and cozy as the seasons change. While we say goodbye to timeless summer favorites like lobster rolls and gazpacho, we turn to oven-baked casserole, pot roast, and of course apple pie for comfort.
Fall is a magical time to spend at your local farmers markets. Corn, berries, and tomatoes are replaced with colorful root vegetables, tart cranberries, and sweet pears; and you can’t help but want to get in the kitchen and bake. We have had our fix of ice cream over the summer and now gravitate towards more stick-to-your-ribs desserts like warm streusel, bread pudding, and crostatas.
Because of love for fall and the delicious foods that come with it, we have rounded up our all-time favorite dishes that we are excited to cook. From butternut squash soup to chicken pot pie and even pumpkin risotto, here are 50 fall recipes we can’t wait to make.
Nothing says fall like butternut squash soup and it’s a guaranteed winner in everybody’s household. This recipe has a hint of ginger which gives it a nice kick. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, any slow cooker will work just fine to prepare this dish.
Click here to see this Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup recipe.
There’s nothing more comforting than a tasty roast chicken when the weather turns cool for fall. Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park and Made Nice shares the popular New York City eatery’s recipe so you can wow your family and friends by making it at home.
No season’s flavors are more comforting than those of autumn. Somewhere between an apple pie and streusel cake, this wonderfully spiced dessert will fulfill all your fall cravings. Pro tip: Use a nice tart variety of apples in this dish to help balance out the sweetness of the cake.
Click here to see this Apple Pie Streusel Cake recipe.
An unforgettable chicken pot pie recipe should be on every home chef's bucket list. Now you can cross this challenge off your list. This ultimate chicken pot pie features a buttery aromatic crust and a creamy roasted chicken filling.
Click here to see this The Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie recipe.
Citrus fruits come into season just when our bodies and souls need them most, and this lovely refreshing salad is the perfect dish to cheer up a dreary winter’s day. Here, we use a mixture of ruby grapefruit, oranges and mandarins, but when blood oranges are in season, we tend to make them the solo star.
Click here to see this Citrus Salad With Red Radicchio and Pomegranate Dressing recipe.
Sweet potato casserole is a favorite Thanksgiving side dish, but you don't have to wait until then for it. It teams well with turkey, but it's also perfect with roast pork or chicken.
Click here to see this Sweet Potato Casserole recipe.
The smell of a pork loin roasting in your oven will instantly put you at ease as the seasons begin to change. With a perfect balance of a crispy exterior and juicy yet tender interior, this pork roast is an ideal dish for your next fall dinner party.
Click here to see this Roast Pork Loin With Porcini Mushrooms recipe.
These beautiful browned potatoes combine with sweet butternut squash to make a colorful side that’s perfect for any weeknight dinner. Fresh sage is the key ingredient that adds an incredible aroma to this recipe.
Click here to see this Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes With Butternut Squash recipe.
If you’re not into the heaviness of a beef chili, chicken chili is a perfect option. This is a pretty straightforward recipe with a dash of heat. You can adjust the chili if you like things a little milder.
Click here to see this Instant Pot Chicken Chili recipe.
This soup is chock-full of fall. Fresh carrots, plump and flavorful dumplings, and a bright finishing note of lemon juice make it a comforting dish. If you don’t have time to make your own stock, just make sure to use a good quality store-bought brand, but try to find one that’s low in sodium so you can control the amount of salt in the soup.
Click here to see this Lemon Chicken Soup With Dumplings recipe.
Fall translates to sweet potato pie for many of us, and this recipe will satisfy that craving. This dessert is simple to prepare and can be made almost entirely out of common kitchen staples. Be careful though, it’s addictive.
In the mood for a Thanksgiving meal, but can't wait until the big day? Try making turkey tenderloins for dinner. This roasted turkey tenderloin recipe takes one-third of the time of a big Thanksgiving turkey, but promises to have all of the flavors. This savory dish is all you need for a mini Thanksgiving dinner.
Click here to see this Roasted Turkey Tenderloins recipe.
Your favorite dish without the carbs! This slow cooker chicken pot pie soup is truly a comfort food. It's thick and creamy and tastes like the original version of this without the crust.
Click here to see this Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup recipe.
An easy, delicious pasta dish is always welcome, and this recipe is great because it uses butternut squash as a thickener for the sauce as opposed to all cream.
Click here to see this Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta recipe.
Step your mashed potato game up with this simple recipe that adds a little roasted garlic for some extra flavor. Pro tip: Always make sure your milk and cream are warm when adding to the cooked potatoes before mashing to ensure a smooth and creamy texture.
Click here to see this Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe.
A holiday favorite tastes even better when you use savory canned mushroom soup. It adds fantastic flavor to this creamy and delicious side. Don’t forget the fried onions though; they add both flavor and a crunchy texture to break through this rich dish.
Click here to see this Easy Green Bean Casserole recipe.
Spicy curry powder and tart apples pair perfectly with sweet potatoes in this warm and comforting soup. Pair this with a light salad and you have a perfectly balanced and healthy meal.
Click here to see this Curried Sweet Potato and Apple Soup recipe.
This simple spice rub of toasted fennel seeds, red chili flake, and sea salt accentuates the natural flavor of the pork, but really lets the meat speak for itself. Serve this with a side of apple sauce for an incredible home dinner that will satisfy the whole family.
Click here to see this Fennel and Chili-Rubbed Pork Roast recipe.
Brussels sprouts become tender and sweet when roasted. Combined with the flavors of apple and pecans, this vegetable dish will have you falling in love with Brussels (if you haven’t already). This recipe is good enough to be eaten alone, but also act a nice side to any main.
Click here to see this Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Apples and Pecans recipe.
This chicken chili recipe is a fan favorite and perfect for those fall weekends filled with game days. Easy to prepare, this dish is all made in a slow cooker. With minimal effort required, we love how much flavor develops in this chili. Top with avocado and cilantro for a nice bright finish to cut through the richness.
Click here to see this Game Day White Chicken Chili recipe.
Blue cheese adds a sweet, tangy flavor, and walnuts are an earthy, crunchy addition to a delicious autumn dish. Risotto is labor of love, and requires some serious stirring, but is easy enough for any home cook to prepare. Pro tip: Make sure your stock is warm before adding to the risotto; this will speed up the cooking time a bit.
Click here to see this Pumpkin Risotto With Gorgonzola and Walnuts recipe.
These beautiful, gluten-free tartlets are a lovely embodiment of the warmth and sweetness of the fall season. The crust is made with almond flour, so you don’t have to feel so guilty asking for seconds.
Click here to see this Ricotta, Cranberry and Pear Mini Tarts recipe.
Perfect for when you’re craving oven-baked lasagna but don’t want to turn on the oven to cook, our Instant Pot recipe is a delicious take on this Italian classic. This version is layered with a quick and simple homemade ragù, which combines ground beef and sausage, making it easy on your wallet.
Click here to see this Instant Pot Ground Beef and Sausage Lasagna recipe.
Roasted chicken and root vegetables always seem comforting on a cool fall night. This recipe takes minimal effort and has huge payoffs. Pro tip: Make chicken pot pie with all the leftover chicken and veggies.
Click here to see this Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables recipe.
Soup season is approaching and nothing’s more comforting on a cold night, nor is easier to prepare. This soup combines two squashes, acorn and butternut, in a dish that’s satisfying and also super healthy.
Click here to see this Acorn and Butternut Squash Soup recipe.
This is simply a really good apple pie, the kind of apple pie you could eat every day. Use a blend of sweet apples and tart apples (an easy combination is Granny Smith with Golden Delicious); however, if you are sourcing from your local orchard, ask them to recommend a sweet softer apple and a tart firmer apple.
Click here to see this Salted Caramel Apple Pie recipe.
Lighten up the traditional potato gratin while retaining flavor by using oil and chicken stock rather than butter and cream. This effortless recipe is so versatile that it tastes great with just about anything, making the prefect side dish.
Click here to see this Sweet Potato Gratin recipe.
This meatloaf recipe is so flavorful and easy. The sweet and salty glaze makes it deliciously tender. This recipe utilizes the “Pressure Cook” function in the Instant Pot, but it's also possible to use another multi-cooker that has the pressure cook function.
Click here to see this Instant Pot Meatloaf recipe.
Don’t worry about this pie turning out too sour, the sweet, smooth filling has just the right amount of cranberry kick. You can make this pie using store-bought pie dough or pre-baked pie shells — or just use this recipe to make your own perfect pie crust!
Click here to see this Cranberry Pie recipe.
This riff on a French classic is easy to prepare and purely delicious. The onions soak up all the juices from the sausage as they cook and transform into something magical. Serve this dish over rice or butter noodles for a complete meal.
This easy pasta recipe showcases fall pumpkin by pairing it with sage and brown butter for a match made in heaven. Be careful when browning butter, as it goes from nice and toasty to burnt very quickly.
Click here to see this Penne With Caramelized Pumpkin, Onion, Sage and Brown Butter recipe.
Are you looking for a coffeecake recipe that is paleo and gluten-free? Coconut is the secret ingredient that makes this sweet treat shine. And since it’s gluten-free, you can splurge and enjoy two servings.
Add some pumpkin and pumpkin spice to your chili for a wonderfully autumnal take on this classic dish. A bowlful of chili with a hint of sweet pumpkin will make this fall meal even more comforting.
Click here to see this Savory Pumpkin Spice Chili recipe.
This is a perfect traditional pot roast recipe that will make you long for Sundays. We’ve designed this recipe to be made in an Instant Pot, but you can use any brand of multi-cooker.
Click here to see this Instant Pot Brisket Pot Roast recipe.
This bread pudding is packed full of all our favorite fall flavors. Warm and comforting, this recipe is easy enough for any home cook to prepare and will wow your family and friends.
Click here to see this Apple Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding recipe.
A perfect weeknight dinner option, this recipe is super simple, but very tasty. All you need for this dish is some good quality pork and a variety of fresh herbs.
Click here to see this Herb Crusted Pork Roast recipe.
These perfectly shaped petit cabbages are irresistible when pan-roasted. Sweet, nutty, and slightly crunchy, they’re intensely flavorful tiny packages. When you add a drop of maple syrup to the pan, their sweetness gets intensified, making them even more delectable.
Click here to see this Maple-Glazed Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts recipe.
This is a wonderful and warming fall recipe that is filled with squash and cheese. A lighter take on the Italian classic, this dish is perfect for fall when you’re craving something cheesy, but not too heavy.
Click here to see this Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe.
Using apple, beet, and ginger juice makes an unusual and delicious dressing. Combined with roasted beets this healthy salad is full of surprising flavor.
Click here to see this Apple Beet Ginger Salad recipe.
Delicious Greek pastries with the flavors of rosewater, cinnamon and more set this treat apart from others. In the past, these delicious coiled pastries from Thessaloniki were made with homemade pastry, but commercial filo makes them much quicker and easier to prepare.
Click here to see this Sweet Pumpkin Coils recipe.
These pies are not difficult, but it is imperative to accomplish more than one thing at a time. For this recipe, you must cook the chicken before it goes in the pie. You also cook the vegetables and make the gravy. Organize your tasks well and you can accomplish these things at the same time.
Click here to see this Best Chicken Pot Pie recipe.
Warm fall spices and slightly sweet sherry vinegar coat this delicious mixture of cubed sweet potatoes and pears. The flavors of this healthy side dish will complement any holiday roast.
Frangipane, an almond-flavored pastry cream, is matched with pears in this classic French tart. Make this for your next dinner party and it’s guaranteed to impress your guests.
Click here to see this Pear and Almond Tart recipe.
Pumpkin pie is an old-school classic dessert that will never go out of style. This recipe uses canned pumpkin, which makes it very easy to assemble. Make sure to serve this with whipped cream to complete the eating experience.
Click here to see this Signature Pumpkin Pie recipe.
Braised leg of lamb is so tender and succulent that it can be eaten with just a fork. Anchovies and olives add a salty and briny flavor to this dish that works well with the rich meat.
Click here to see this Braised Leg of Lamb With Garlicky Root Vegetable Purée recipe.
Brown butter is the easiest sauce to make and it really allows fresh butternut squash ravioli to shine in this five-ingredient, 15-minute meal.
Click here to see this Butternut Squash Ravioli in Thyme Brown Butter Sauce recipe.
This rustic version of apple pie is only made with a bottom crust, allowing you to be able to peak into the center and see what’s inside. Walnuts add a crunchy texture that works well with the soft apples.
Click here to see this Apple Walnut Crostata recipe.
Make a big batch of soup on the weekend and eat it throughout the week. This soup comes alive with the lovely rich pumpkin, the sweetness of the carrot and a kick of ginger. Enjoy with some crostini.
Click here to see this Carrot, Pumpkin and Ginger Soup recipe.
Bright colors and fragrant spice make these cookies particularly delicious. Mix up the nut and fruit combination if you like: Dried cherries and walnuts or pecans would be a great pair.
Click here to see this Cranberry-Pistachio Oatmeal Lace Cookies recipe.
This soup is the ultimate cure to any fall illnesses and comfort you in no time at all. For more soup inspiration, check out these 101 soups for all seasons.
Click here to see this Mom's Turkey Soup recipe.
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