These incredibly cozy and hearty fall recipes are perfect for satisfying your cravings! From pumpkin to carrots, from fall soups to comforting pasta, these incredibly easy fall dinner ideas are ready in no time and will warm up your evenings. The perfect fall recipes for a cozy night in!
With autumn knocking on our doors, I am ready for hearty vegetables and intimate flavors to take over my kitchen.
Dinner is different in autumn. Days get shorter; you start noticing a distinctive color in the evening sky.
Leaves start turning yellow, then brown.
It’s a season of warmth and coziness, and we start looking for comforting autumn recipes to fill our plates and our soul.
From comforting soups to nourishing curries.
Plus, who doesn’t love a good old pumpkin pie?
What foods should we be eating in autumn?
Eating seasonally is as important as eating healthy food. Vegetables grown in the right season give your body more nutrients to fight the beginning of the cold season.
These foods are in season in fall and are the perfect addition to your diet:
- Root vegetables: Carrots, any type of squash, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes.
- Whole grains: Brown rice, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, and oats.
- Legumes: Lentils, beans, chickpeas, soybeans.
- Green vegetables: Broccoli, spinach, kale, and artichokes.
- Fruit: Apples, pomegranates, citrus fruits, and pears.
- Mushrooms: Cremini mushroom, shitake mushrooms, but also seasonal wild mushrooms!
- Spices: Ginger, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon.
- Herbs: Parsley, rosemary, dill.
Look for them at your local farmers’ market for the best fresh autumn produce.
45 Best Fall Recipes To Cook This Autumn
Here you'll find the most delicious fall recipes. Some easy recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less: so good if you need to make a quick dinner! Some will require a little more time, but they are worth the effort.
There are healthy recipes, vegetarian recipes, skillet dinners, and more.
All have one thing in common: they are made with the most delicious, wholesome ingredients autumn brings to our table!
Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Sage
If you are looking for past recipes, you'll love this!
An easy and creamy fall pasta dish made with butternut squash, onions, and plant-based milk and topped with crispy sage leaves.
Plus, this simple recipe is ready in just 30 minutes!
Tuscan Farro Soup with Beans and Kale
This Tuscan farro soup is healthy eating in a bowl!
Made with cannellini beans, kale, potatoes, carrots, and quick-cook farro.
It's so comforting and reminds me of the best slow-cooked soups from my childhood in Italy.
It's hard to believe that it comes together in less than 30 minutes! So good!
Butternut Squash Risotto
This butternut squash risotto is creamy and easy to make.
It's filled with butternut squash and fresh sage and topped with fluffy grated parmesan for the ultimate comfort dinner.
A popular recipe everyone will love!
Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut squash soup is one of those comfort food recipes that never gets old.
This easy vegan butternut squash soup is thick, creamy, and full of flavor. It’s so good and simple that you’ll end up making this over and over!
Serve it as a hearty appetizer or as the perfect weeknight dinner during the cold winter months!
Easy Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
This chicken stew has tender, fall-apart chicken and a slow-cooked taste without using your oven or stove!
It’s the perfect easy and simple, rustic Italian comfort recipe to cook for dinner.
Butternut Squash Curry with Chickpeas
Who doesn't love a warm curry when it's cold outside?
This butternut squash curry with chickpeas is the perfect Indian-inspired dish for colder days and makes great leftovers!
It's made with sweet butternut squash, chickpeas, and plenty of fragrant spices.
Creamy Mushroom Chicken
I mostly eat a plant-based diet, but this creamy chicken recipe caught my eye! It's made with tender pan-fried chicken dipped in a garlicky mushroom sauce that is to die for.
And it can be on your table in half an hour.
Perfect if you are craving some meaty autumnal flavors but don't have much time to cook!
Healthy Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chili
This comforting bowl of chili can be made in the slow cooker or instant pot (if you are short on time).
It's made with four kinds of beans, bell peppers, chipotle peppers, and served with comforting cheddar cheese.
Serve it with a slice of wholemeal bread for the perfect warming dinner!
Creamy Vegan Mushroom Pasta
Making this creamy and flavorful mushroom pasta couldn’t be easier. Sauté the mushrooms.
Blend the soaked cashews. Then toss everything with pasta and herbs.
Perfect for the first cold evenings when you crave some carbs and want something quick and easy to make.
Coconut Lentil Curry
One of my favorite dinners of all time!
This curry is quick and easy to prepare and made with simple ingredients.
You just need lentils, coconut milk, and some greens.
The perfect fall recipe if you have very little time to cook your dinner.
Tuscan Kale Pesto Pasta
This kale pesto recipe is so good you'll want to eat it every day.
There are only 6 ingredients. Plus, it's perfect for meal prep. You can make it ahead and store it in the freezer.
Just remember to take it out in the morning, and you'll have dinner ready in no time!
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
This hearty roasted butternut squash salad is loaded with cranberries, pumpkin seeds, pecans, chickpeas, and caramelized squash with a hint of spices!
Plus, an exciting maple dressing to blend all the flavors. Perfect on its own as a light meal, this salad is excellent as a side for a special occasion.
Chickpea And Potato Curry
You might have noticed that I love curries!
They are the perfect comfort food to cook for fall dinners.
And this chickpea and potato curry is filled with flavor, and you can make it in just 30 minutes.
Serve it with warm naan or fluffy basmati rice!
Turmeric Chickpea Soup
If you are looking for a creamy soup that is filling and quick, you are in the right place.
This turmeric chickpea soup is simple, delicious, and easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.
Pumpkin, Mushroom, and Spinach Pasta
What is more autumnal than pumpkins? Mushrooms!
And what if we combine both?
This pumpkin, mushroom, and spinach pasta are a healthy, comforting, and filling vegetarian fall dish, perfect for filling you up on a weeknight.
Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl
This simple and hearty fall Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl is filled with seasonal products, including roasted butternut squash, sautéed mushrooms, kale, lentils, and whole grains.
Serve it with this simple but incredibly flavorful turmeric tahini dressing for an explosion of flavors.
This lunch bowl is perfect for a quick lunch and dinner!
Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup
The bright warm yellow color of this soup screams fall everywhere. It combines the sweetness of carrots with the spiciness of ginger.
And to fill you up, I added some red split lentils, full of fiber and good protein. Yummy! One of my favorite fall soup recipes.
Caramelised cauliflower pasta with caper 'butter'
This caramelized cauliflower pasta is easy to make and a pleasure to eat!
It features a combination of cauliflower garnished with crispy breadcrumbs.
Creamy Parmesan Orecchiette with Butternut Squash and Broccolini
Creamy Parmesan Orecchiette, anyone?
Made with roasted butternut squash and broccolini.
Then tossed with light Parmesan cream, thyme, and a garlic sauce. All sprinkled with pumpkin seeds.
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie is comforting food at its best!
This veggie version has saucy mushrooms, carrots, and peas topped with creamy mashed potatoes.
Vegan beetroot risotto
Sometimes I struggle to find the perfect beetroot recipe.
I love the color that beetroots can give to food, but I find that they can be a bit too sweet.
This risotto has a good balance of sweetness and acidity thanks to the addition of balsamic vinegar.
Plus, it looks amazing!
Butternut Squash Gnocchi (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Gnocchi is one of my favorite dinners! It takes a bit of time to master, but they are incredibly delicious.
This version is made with butternut squash and potato in a butter sage sauce topped with plenty of fresh sage leaves, chili flakes, and vegan parmesan cheese for a delicious gluten-free dinner!
Pumpkin Soup With Sautéed Mushrooms
Nothing screams fall like a warm and cozy pumpkin soup!
And this version is smooth, creamy, and incredibly moreish.
You’ll get the comforting sweet flavors from the pumpkin and a kick of umami from the mushrooms.
This is autumn on a plate!
Roasted Stuffed Butternut Squash
This roasted squash is stuffed with quinoa, kale, and mushrooms.
It requires only 10 ingredients, and it’s incredibly flavorful! It's the perfect roast for special occasions!
Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese
This delicious one-pan brussels sprouts mac-and-cheese is made with a lightened cheese sauce.
It makes the perfect 30-minute dinner! Perfect for getting extra veggies in your dinner without anyone noticing!
Even your kids!
Butternut Baked Ziti
Butternut squash-baked ziti is the ultimate comfort food to cook for dinner during the colder months.
It's made with creamy squash, fire-roasted tomatoes, plenty of parmesan, and mozzarella. Incredibly delicious!
One Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce
These creamy chicken meatballs are loaded with veggies and protein.
This is a great weeknight dinner dipped in a Thai-inspired peanut sauce that is perfect for meal prep!
You can serve it with brown rice, quinoa, or your favorite veggie noodles.
Mediterranean White Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes are filled with a zesty white bean salad for an easy, no-fuss dinner perfect for the whole family.
They are easy to make and reheat for a quick meal.
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup
This cozy, healthy chicken pot pie soup is creamy, even without dairy!
Instead, cauliflower and potatoes are pureed into the broth to achieve a rich, creamy thickness.
The perfect lightened-up comfort food for fall!
Butternut Squash Tacos
Of course, we need a special tacos recipe for fall!
These tacos are made with roasted butternut squash and black beans, loaded in a tortilla with a delicious sauce.
A vegetarian recipe that everyone will love.
Vegetarian Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna
This healthy lasagna is made with lots of melty cheese and pumpkin layers.
Plus, it has a full bag of spinach for extra veggies, and it’s easy to make ahead and freeze, so it can be ready in no time!
Just warm it up in the oven, and you are ready to go.
Healthy Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce
These healthy turkey meatballs are ready in just 40 minutes and come together in one pan.
They are cooked in a homemade tomato basil sauce and are topped with delicious burrata cheese.
You can serve them with a slice of bread, pasta, zoodles, or spaghetti squash.
Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken
You can make this simple chicken recipe in one pan with just 6 simple ingredients.
Just remember to marinate the chicken 24 hours in advance for the best flavor.
I love serving this with roasted veggies or these delicious baked polenta fries.
Baked Vegan Mac & Cheese
Comfort food can be scrumptious and healthy too!
This vegan mac-and-cheese is creamy and cheesy with an irresistible breadcrumb topping.
And if you manage to have any leftovers, it tastes delicious reheated too.
Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Apples & Walnuts
This sweet potato casserole is a vegan, healthier version of the classic side dish topped with marshmallows.
Here, sweet potatoes are whipped up with roasted apples and crunchy walnuts flavored with rosemary.
If fall is your favorite season, you need to try this salad.
This roasted root vegetable salad will bring color and deliciousness to your dinner table.
It bursts with color and texture, and the honey mustard dressing made with maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard brings all the flavors together.
Butternut Squash Veggie Pizza
This is the perfect easy pizza recipe for fall.
This butternut squash pizza uses a sweet and creamy butternut squash sauce instead of the classic tomato.
It's then topped with broccolini, chickpeas, and onions.
Stuffed Acorn Squash + Wild Rice Medley
This pretty stuffed Acorn Squash features tender roasted squash stuffed with wild rice, mushrooms, red bell pepper, white beans, and spinach.
It's hearty and filling and pretty fun to make too. Everyone at the dinner table will be impressed.
Lentil Mushroom Stew Over Mashed Potatoes
Who needs pork chops with mashed potatoes when you can have the crazy delicious mushroom lentil stew gravy on top of it?
This is my kind of dinner! And it’s ready in only 40 minutes.
Carrot and harissa salad
This middle east inspired salad is packed full of flavor.
It’s made with kale, chickpeas, peppers, carrots, pomegranates, and olives.
Quinoa adds some carbs and protein to fill you up, and harissa gives it a spicy kick.
Butternut Squash Spinach Pasta
This butternut squash and spinach pasta are flavorful and incredibly easy to make.
It’s the perfect fall recipe if you are short on time but crave something sweet and more comforting.
For extra ease and to save on time, you could dice the butternut squash on Sunday when you’re meal planning for the week ahead.
White Bean and Kale Soup
This white bean and kale soup are hearty and incredibly easy to make.
You just turn on your slow cooker, add all the ingredients, and you’ll have a soup loaded with texture and flavor in a few hours.
Vegan Burst Cherry Tomato Polenta
This is when the end of summer meets fall on a dinner plate.
A rich polenta is served with a topping of sweet and garlic-rich cherry tomatoes.
And it’s ready in only 30 minutes.
The perfect weeknight staple.
Vegan minestrone soup
This is my take on an Italian classic – a minestrone soup. Minestrone is an Italian soup made with ‘whatever seasonal produce you have on hand’ hence there is such a big variation in takes on it.
Vegan Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala
This vegan slow cooker tofu tikka masala is filled with plenty of veggies like carrots, cauliflower, bell peppers, and potatoes!
It's warming and nourishing, perfect for the colder weather.
More Healthy Fall Recipes
Have you tried any of these easy fall recipes? Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!
Also, check these 35 Light Dinner Ideas That Are Quick And Easy To Make.
Ready to cook a comforting, hearty dinner?
I hope these easy fall recipes helped you decide what you will cook tonight!
Let me know in the comment what’s your favorite dinner to cook this fall!
Fall Recipes: Tuscan Farro Soup
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion - chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic - minced
- 2 carrots - diced
- 1 celery stalk - diced
- 2 medium potatoes - chopped
- 1 can cannellini beans - 15oz, rinsed
- 1 cup quick cook farro - (see note 1)
- 1 can tomato sauce - 15oz
- 4-5 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups cavolo nero or kale - chopped thick stalks removed
- 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper - to taste
- Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is tender and translucent. Then add the minced garlic and sauté for a minute.
- Add the chopped carrot, celery, potatoes, tomato sauce, farro, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes.
- Add the cavolo nero and cannellini beans and cook on low heat for another 5-8 minutes, until the greens are tender (see note 2).
- If the soup is too thick for your liking, add more broth or a bit of water to thin it down. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove from the heat, add the chopped parsley, mix well and serve hot.
I can’t wait to try these fall recipes! They look so yummy! Thanks for sharing!
Sara @ Gathering Dreams says
Thanks so much Nat!
Let me know if you try any of them 🙂