Cool air, brightly colored leaves, autumn sunshine, warm soups, soft sweaters, cozy evenings, there is so much to love about fall. With the end of summer and the beginning of autumn in sight, it is time to get excited about new ingredients and the ability to actually cook inside without melting into a pool of sweat and exasperation.
Braising, stews, spiced baked loaves and deep earthy flavors are what fall is all about. From baking cobblers and rice pudding to lasagna and crispy Brussels sprouts, it’s time to get excited about a new range of recipes.
Whether you prefer sweet or savory, vegetarian or not, we collected a delicious variety of recipes that will get you excited for fall food.
Who doesn’t love a warm and comforting classic like a cobbler? Bursting with blackberries and topped with a lemon-rosemary biscuit, this recipe is a wonderful way to welcome the crisp fall weather.
Bourbon-soaked brioche bread with cinnamon, dark brown sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg will make your home smell divine. You will be thankful for the cooler weather — an excellent excuse to make this rich and cozy dessert.
Break out your Dutch oven and dust it off — it’s time for some autumnal braising! Served over soft, creamy, and cheesy polenta, this braised pork will create effortless happy home vibes as soon as you start cooking.
This salad is a crisp, fresh, and light salad similar to coleslaw. A French salad traditionally prepared in the autumn, it’s a great dish to make on those milder fall days when you want something a little heartier but still refreshing.
An intense sauce brings this fast tagine together quickly. Served over couscous, it is a warming dish that is full of bright, clean flavors.
A delicious maple mustard sauce is a quick and easy side dish to make for any fall dinner parties you throw. Ready in just 30 minutes, this is a nutritious side everyone will love.
If you need a wonderful cooking project to undertake this fall, make a delicious, slow-cooked bolognese and enjoy the smells of comfort that waft through your home as the flavor develop and deepen before boiling up some spaghetti and enjoying a simple and comforting meal.
With the weather cooling, it’s finally safe to turn your oven on without turning your kitchen into an inferno. Celebrate the changing weather with this cheesy eggplant parmesan recipe.
Sweet potato, earthy spices, sweet raisins, and crunchy walnuts make for a satisfying fall salad that can easily be a main course or a side depending on your mood.
Enjoy the flavors of fall in this cheesy, butternut squash-filled lasagna. A great vegetarian option that, with a creamy béchamel sauce, is just as indulgent and delicious as a traditional meat-filled lasagna.
Bring the tried and true combination of apple pie and Cheddar cheese into this easy sandwich. A bit sweet and a bit savory, this warm and filling, melty cheese sandwich is perfect for those autumn afternoons when you aren’t sure what to eat but crave something simple and delicious.
This take on the Milanese dish uses cubes of stewing beef in place of veal shanks but is no less satisfying than the traditional version. Fall weather is perfect for cooking things low and slow, and this dish is perfect for just that.
Who doesn’t love a good fruit loaf? This one is full of sweet persimmons, and it’s dense, rich and perfectly moist. One slice is the perfect accompaniment to a warm cup of coffee on a cool afternoon.
Nutrient-rich and easy to throw together, this hearty salad with a tasty maple dressing is perfect for fall.
Spicy chorizo, sweet caramelized onions, and tangy goat cheese pair with earthy squash in this simple casserole.
This lovely savory bread pudding — loaded with eggs, scallions, and cheese — is an easy, filling dish that can prepared ahead of time. You can add any ingredients you like to make it even more delicious; think bacon, peppers, caramelized onions, and so much more!
Here’s a quick dish that is perfect for feeding a crowd. Polenta is a divine texture to enjoy when the weather is grey.
Slow cooking is for days when you can really enjoy and savor the process of cooking. Get everything going and enjoy many mugs of tea or coffee, an afternoon walk among changing leaves and a warm dinner at the end of the day.
Equally delish as a main course or a side, this slow cooker chicken will add color as well as flavor to your dinner table with ease.
Who doesn’t love the creamy, rich texture of rice pudding? This recipe, with brown rice, coconut milk and maple syrup is healthy enough for breakfast and satisfying enough to have for dessert.
Warm your body from the inside out with this fragrant, spiced curried cauliflower coconut soup.
Lasagna is a great meal to make for Sunday dinner. It’s rich, comforting and absolutely delicious. Now that the weather is cooler, spending a large chunk of time in the kitchen is not such an unpleasant way to spend an afternoon.
Smoky Gouda and sweet butternut squash pair together wonderfully in this vegetarian pie that is perfect to make for a fall brunch or light dinner.
Shepherd’s pie, whether vegetarian or not, is a delightful meal to have. Fluffy mashed potatoes atop a rich filling leave little else to be desired upon the plate.
Nobody wants to spend time stirring anything over a hot stove in the middle of summer. Thankfully once autumn is well and truly here, laboring over a warm risotto can be a lovely, comforting experience.