We’ve had two days of rain and all of a sudden I am in FALL MODE. I just said to Mike, it’s time for all the fall recipes!
He reminded me that next week’s forecast is for the high 90s but heck, fall food is my favorite so I decided to do a fall recipe round up to get hype for fall. Fall is absolutely my all time favorite season. I love the crisp coldness in the air, I love the colors of leaves and I just love how everything you make and eat gives you a warm and cozy feeling. Here are my favorite fall recipes!
These 55 best fall dinners will satisfy your cravings for cozy comfort food. Let’s stay in tonight!
Fall chicken recipes
Chicken is fast and comforting, perfect for those days when you spend a little too long peeping leaves.
- Honey garlic chicken. This is the best 5 ingredient back pocket recipe. Sweet and sticky savory chicken in no time flat.
- Coconut chicken curry. This is the most authentic Malaysian curry you’ll get now that travel is a thing of the past. Slightly spicy, coconutty, and so comforting.
- Ruby chicken. If you’re looking to turn up the heat, this spicy, sweet, savory chicken curry is for you. The fresh ginger at the end is just *chef’s kiss* (pictured above)
- Creamy dijon mustard chicken. This is a one pan meal that is comforting, quick, and tasty. Mushrooms and kale for health and cream for that extra bit of warm comfort.
- 3 cup chicken. If you haven’t had 3 cup chicken this is a sign to do it! It’s saucy, savory and and so good, especially with fluffy rice. We use wings because it’s fast and easy.
- Chicken paprikash. This oven baked chicken paprikash is pure comfort food heaven, especially when served over egg noodles. Tomato-y, saucy, and full of so much flavor.
- Butter chicken. Butter chicken might be my ultimate fall meal: so saucy, creamy, and comforting, especially with basmati and homemade naan. Bonus: this guy is an instant pot recipe, super easy!
And pork recipes
There’s something very fall about pork as a protein. I think it’s because pork makes me think of apple sauce which makes me think of fall!
- Army stew. I just love making a huge pot of army stew and gathering around the table, eating and drinking the night away with my favorite people. Hearty, comforting, spicy, and just about the easiest meal to make.
- Piri piri meatballs. These meatballs have a spicy piri piri sauce with sour cream for a cooling, creamy contrast. They’re baked which makes them extra juicy and hands off.
- Pork chop adobo. Pork chops are the best dinner food: fast, tasty, and easy. These chops simmer adobo style in soy sauce, garlic, and lemon juice. Sweet and savory, low prep for high reward.
- Bourbon black bean pork belly. Braised pork belly is super a super comforting mix of meatiness and tender bits. Black bean sauce and bourbon add bold flavors making this a winner, winner, fall dinner.
- Pork tenderloin. Super juicy and soft and tender, this tenderloin only takes 30 minutes to whip up. The green sauce it’s served with is zingy and full of parmesan and fennel.
- Oven baked tonkatsu. Sometimes you just want crunch but don’t want to break out the deep fry oil. For those times, this oven baked tonkatsu is for you. Mostly hands off and super crunchy. Serve it with Japanese curry for a fall meal to remember. (pictured above)
- Soboro donburi. If you have had soboro donburi, you’re in for a treat. It’s a quick and comforting rice bowl topped off with sweet and savory pork and tiny fuffy scrambled eggs. Anything out of a bowl is better.
And of course, beef recipes
Is there anything more hearty or filling than beef? Super savory, super cozy flavors.
- Korean BBQ. The weather is getting chillier and that means more time at home eating. Why not throw a KBBQ feast? Sweet, savory, smoky meats and banchan all in the comfort of your own home. (pictured above)
- Super easy osso buco. This osso buco is beef shank instead of veal and is so incredibly luxurious and easy. Only 6 ingredients to a crave inducing Italian meal.
- Salisbury steak. Old school Salisbury steak for all the fall feels. Tender, juicy beef patties swimming in a rich mushroom gravy is the coziest.
- Crockpot Vietnamese beef stew. This is a little twist on your regular crockpot beef stew. Still tender and full of chunks of beef, carrots, and potatoes but with a ultra warm spice mix. The smell will drive you nuts in a good way.
- Steak Diane. If you love steak but you’re tired of just salt and pepper or steak spice, Steak Dianne is perfect. It’s like mushrooms and peppercorn sauce in one and it’s so good you’ll want to drink it.
- Swedish meatballs. I can’t think of anything cozier than a plate of meatballs smothered in gravy with creamy mashed potatoes. Swedish comfort food at its best.
Fall one pot recipes
One pot recipes because you don’t have time to cook, it’s fall!
- Hainanese chicken rice. The ultimate chicken and rice dish. So few ingredients, so much flavor. Everyone who makes this dish raves about it! (pictured above)
- Baked feta pasta. This has got to be the easiest pasta dish in the world. Fall might not be classic tomato season, but this is cheesy, comforting, warm, and SO good. Baked feta pasta is here to stay.
- Chinese sticky rice. Sweet and savory sticky rice studded with juicy pieces of chicken, Chinese sausage, and tender mushrooms. If you’re craving for a stick to your ribs meal that will warm you from the inside out this is the one to make. It’s a bit of a time investment but so worth it – the perfect weekend cooking project!
- Instant pot pasta and meatballs. I love the instant pot because you can pop everything in, set it and forget it. This meatball and pasta dish is perfect for for making when you get home from work. All the ingredients go right in the pot, including raw pasta. The instant pot does its thing and in no time you have saucy, savory pasta and meatballs.
Fall pasta recipes
Why fall is the best: because it means ALL THE CARBS. Fall pasta is the best pasta, am I right?
- Pumpkin sage lasagna roll ups. Pumpkin season is upon us and these pumpkin roll ups are always on the menu every fall. I love the sweetness of the pumpkin and the taste of sage together. It’s a great special fall meal.
- Velveeta mac and cheese. Could this be the best mac and cheese ever? Everyone who cooks it thinks so and I do too. It’s so incredibly creamy and flavorful. I feel like I could live on Velveeta mac and cheese forever and ever. (pictured above)
- Chicken spaghetti. This is a one pan meal full of tender chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions. It’s creamy, comforting and the best part are the leftovers.
- Bolognese. The ultimate pasta sauce for fall (or any time really). Our bolognese is slow simmered for a silky, smooth, deep, full bodied sauce, perfect with dried pasta, or if you’re going all out, freshly made egg pasta.
- Creamy chicken alfredo. Juicy pieces of chicken in a smooth and creamy, extra cheesy alfredo sauce. So incredibly easy to make because it’s an Instant Pot recipe!
- Honeynut garlicky pasta. Honeynut squash are the cutest fall squash around but they aren’t just a cute face, they taste excellent too, especially when paired with a creamy garlicky sauce, pasta, and hearty greens.
- Creamy pumpkin mac and cheese. Pumpkin mac and cheese just screams fall. It’s pumpkin spice and all things nice in a savory mac and cheese format. One pot, extra creamy stove top mac and cheese, no pasta draining needed.
Fall soup recipes
Is it even fall if you don’t soup? Soup is the best, meal prep it and you have instant comfort all week long.
- Secret ingredient cabbage soup. Cabbage soup isn’t always thought of as sexy but this cabbage soup sure is hot! It has a secret ingredient and it’s AMAZING. Make a big pot and enjoy it while it lasts.
- Creamy comforting potato soup. Like a baked potato but in a bowl and super creamy and comforting. Potato soup is stick to your ribs filling and this one has all the good stuff plus white miso for extra oomph and umami.
- Chicken tortilla soup. A warm and savory broth-y soup with chunks of chicken, crunchy strips of tortilla, cheese, sour cream, and avocado. It warms you up with a little bit of spice and it comes together in just 15 minutes. (pictured above)
- Chili. This chili has no beans because it’s Texan style, a chili con carne that’s hearty, spicy, and just perfect topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions. Two dumps of chili spices because that’s what makes it so flavorful!
- Lasagna soup. It’s lasagna, but in soup form! It has all the best parts of lasagna: noodles, cheese, meat, and a tangy tomato based soup. It’s way faster than layering a lasagna but you get all the flavor.
- Chicken congee. Chicken congee is the best base – it’s so creamy and comforting and it goes with anything. Make a huge pot and enjoy it with side dishes or on it’s own, it’s a simple dish that will fill you right up.
- Coconut curry chickpea stew. Super fast, fresh, and easy with a ton of flavor and protein from the chickpeas and kale. Plus, it’s a beautiful golden fall forward bowl of prettiness that tastes good too!
- Spicy kimchi soft tofu stew. Super soft and tender tofu with slices of pork belly in a spicy heart warming stew. The perfect fall food.
Fall Noodle Soups
Fall was made for slurping up steaming hot bowls of noodles. Double these recipes and you’ll be warm all season long.
- Pho. Full of comforting spices, slippery noodles, tender beef, and a rich, yet light broth, pho is perfect for warming up. It’s easier to make than you think, you just need to follow a few key steps! Read all about the most authentic pho you can make at home right here.
- Mayo ramen. This mayo ramen is here to stay: it’s easy, it’s rich, it’s almost just as good as heading out to a tonkotsu ramen shop. Let’s face it, it’s not 100% the same, but when it’s 4 in the morning and you’re craving ramen, mayo ramen is here for you. (pictured above)
- Wonton soup. If you’re looking for a bowl of fall comfort, you’ll find it in this wonton soup. Tender little pork meatballs wrapped in wonton wrappers floating in a light and tasty broth is my idea of heaven. Make big batch of wonton, freeze them, and have wonton soup anytime a craving hits.
- Hot pot at home. The best way to hang out in the fall is to gather your core people around you and have a little hot pot party. Mike and I do this all the time. We set up a little pot in the middle of the table, get all the Chinese hot pot materials and cook and chat the night away. It’s the best!
- Khao soi. A warm coconut curry noodle soup that will fill you up quick. The key to this recipe is using red curry paste – it’s a little cheat that makes your khao soi taste amazing and come together quickly.
- Sesame noodles. A fast and easy noodle dish that is way better than takeout and a little more grown up than peanut butter noodles. You only need 7 ingredients and about 5 minutes for these super slurpable noodles.
Fall vegetarian recipes
These cozy fall vegetarian recipes will fill you up and make you feel good.
- Tteokbokki. These spicy korean rice cakes are just what I want to eat when the weather starts getting a little chilly: spicy carb-y, saucy food. The cook up quick and are so snacky. I love them with melted cheese on top too! (pictured above)
- Risotto. The creamiest of all the rices! Risotto is best in fall when you can hang out by the stove, stir, and breathe in all the delicious smells as your cooking. This risotto is so incredibly rich and flavorful, thanks to wild mushrooms and garlic.
- The best baked potatoes. Who says baked potatoes aren’t a meal? If you’ve had an excellent baked potato, you know, it’s even better than steak! Crispy, salty skins, fluffy insides, and piping hot so the butter melts right in to all the nooks and crannies. My favorite topping is broccoli and cheese 🙂
- Honeynut squash. Is it even fall if you don’t roast some squash? Honeynut squash is better than butternut – it’s just the right size, the skins are edible, and it is super sweet and tasty. Roast some up and serve them with pickled shallots, honey roasted walnuts, and a cooling cucumber yogurt sauce.
- Umami bomb tomato pasta. All you need are four pantry ingredients and a package of noodles for the coziest plate of pasta. This sauce is amazing – it’s crazy how much flavor you get.
- Spicy Korean ramen with tofu. If you love spice, this Korean ramen with tofu is for you. It’s a quick vegetarian kimchi stew recipe with noodles, tofu, and all the veggies so you can clean out your fridge. Super comforting and cozy.
Happy not-quite-fall! I hope you’re inspired. I can’t wait!