If fall is your favorite time of year, then you’ll love these recipes! In this post, we’ll walk you through some of our favorite autumn recipes step-by-step. After reading, you’ll have all the inspiration you need for a full menu of delicious fall meals.
1. Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Tart
This recipe for the perfect savory fall tart is a blast to make, and it’s remarkably simple. Follow these steps to make it yours! If you’re feeling bold, you can make your own crust for this tart instead. However, using homemade crust is not necessary if you’re not super confident in your baking abilities.
Pro Tip: Poke the bottom of the crust several times with a fork to let it aerate for a better bake. The cheese should have a bit of a charred look, and the squash should be thoroughly roasted and golden brown. If your tart matches that description, it's ready to eat!
2. Sauteed Rice With Turmeric & Cashews
This recipe for sauteed rice with turmeric and cashews is warm, inviting, and entirely plant-based. It’s an ideal meal for evenings when you want something simple and comforting to eat. The curry powder and turmeric make this dish reminiscent of Indian cuisine, as do ingredients like cashews, cumin seeds, and fresh cilantro.
For the full ingredient list and the precise amounts for each ingredient, visit our main page for this delicious rice recipe. When it comes to rice, you can use white, brown, or jasmine for this recipe. White and jasmine tend to cook faster, so opt for one of those varieties of rice if you’re short on time.
3. Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup
This recipe for lentil and sweet potato soup is perfect for fall and winter nights. It’s full of colorful, healthy ingredients that provide you with plenty of vitamins and minerals, and you can easily cook it in large batches to enjoy throughout the week. We also highly recommend freezing the soup and reheating it later as part of your meal prepping strategy.
For this recipe, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients: lentils, sweet potatoes, fresh carrots, yellow onion, and, if you want, a bouquet garni.
4. Gnocchi With Mushrooms & Feta
This recipe for gnocchi with mushrooms and feta cheese is a perfect fusion of Italian and Greek cuisine. Packed with savory, rich ingredients, it’s one of our favorite meals for the fall and winter months.
For this delicious pasta dish, you’ll need gnocchi, white mushrooms, minced garlic, feta cheese, heavy cream, fresh garlic, and a little white wine. You can also add fresh mint leaves as a garnish if you want.
5. Chicken, Chorizo, and Roasted Veggies
This recipe for chicken, chorizo, and roasted vegetables is absolutely to die for. It’s a one-pan meal, which means you can minimize your cleanup, and all you need to make it is your oven, a grater, and a large oven-safe dish. This is a low-mess recipe, so it shouldn’t take you too long to get everything squared away.
For this savory autumn meal, you’ll need chicken breast, small potatoes, fresh garlic, red bell pepper, and chorizo. We think the ingredients in this recipe pair perfectly with thyme, garlic, and sage.
Pro Tip: When you’re slicing your chorizo, poke holes in each one to avoid any oven accidents.
6. Couscous With Olives and Pine Nuts
If you’re looking for an incredible recipe that’s reminiscent of the fall season, this couscous dish is the way to go. The toasted pine nuts will fill your home with a comforting, warm scent, and the olives provide the perfect salty kick. A pop of lemon ties together the whole dish.
Life gets busy, especially if you’re running back and forth from football practice to the fall fling. Sometimes it pays to have a dish you know you can make in a jiffy that your whole family will love. That’s the best part of this recipe—you can have it done and on the table in no time at all.
7. Roasted Salmon With Butternut Squash
While the idea of having seafood for dinner might seem more suited to the summer season, salmon can absolutely be at home on your table in the colder weather. The addition of a true autumnal favorite, butternut squash, as well as a simple creamy sauce seasoned with a splash of maple syrup, makes this dish one to remember.
If you’re looking for ways to mix it up a bit, we think this dish would also be delicious with rosemary or dill. It’s totally up to you and your preferences. Either way, you’ll have the perfect sweet and savory dish that’s perfect for a chilly fall evening.
8. Scrambled Eggs With Mushrooms
Nothing says autumn quite like mushrooms, even if you’re not foraging for them yourself (and we don’t blame you). This quick, simple egg dish can be whipped up at a moment’s notice, whether you have unexpected guests in the wee hours of the morning or you’re simply in the mood for breakfast for dinner.
The silken creaminess of the eggs is perfectly complemented by the meaty, umami flavors of the mushrooms and the crispness of the greens. And, of course, where would any breakfast dish be without a side of perfectly toasted bread?
9. Pork Meatballs With Mashed Squash
Pumpkin: the unofficial mascot of fall. Get your fill of this brilliant orange squash this year with this easy-to-put-together meatball and mashed squash dish.
Making your own meatballs might sound tricky, but it’s actually much easier than you might think. There truly is nothing like homemade because you can add whatever spices and seasonings you’d like to make the dish your own. To add a bit of crunch to your meal, serve this alongside a salad of mixed greens complemented by candied pecans and cranberries. You won’t regret it.
10. Broccoli Cheddar Soup
You might not have expected broccoli cheddar soup to show up on a list of healthy recipes, but everything is okay in moderation. Plus, by swapping out cream for milk and adding carrots, you’re in for a veggie-packed soup that really isn’t too bad for you, unlike the version you might find at a certain fast-food restaurant.
A creamy bowl of soup and a crusty piece of sourdough bread is exactly what you need when you’re dealing with a cold snap, so keep this recipe in your back pocket.
11. Honey Soy Shrimp, and Mashed Sweet Potato
As if the warming combination of fresh ginger, honey, and soy sauce wasn’t enough to get you in the autumnal mood, this entire dish sits atop a base of creamy mashed sweet potatoes. Brightly flavored and vibrantly colored, you’ll feel like you’re enjoying a harvest festival as you dig into this dish. It’s sweet and just a little salty, and you’ll want to make it again and again.
12. Golden Veggie Soup
You’ve heard of golden milk lattes, but have you heard of golden veggie soup? It’s the inclusion of turmeric that lends this cozy bowl of soup its signature yellow color. The freshness of cilantro and the heartiness of the cauliflower and chickpeas lead to a flavor that’s rich, complex, and warming from the inside out.
Oh, and did we mention that this is the perfect soup for if you’re feeling under the weather? People swear by the benefits of including turmeric in their diets.
13. Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche
For a cheesy, delightful dish that you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, check out this spinach and goat cheese quiche. Any guests you serve it to will be impressed by how beautiful it looks, and they’ll be even more impressed when you tell them just how easy it was to make.
Spinach and goat cheese are an age-old combination, and this quiche is no different. Get ready to enjoy this savory combination in a gorgeous, crispy pie crust shell.
Fall Is the Perfect Season to Get in the Kitchen!
If you’re still not 100% confident in your home cooking skills, this fall is the perfect time to step up your game. At JOW, we believe anyone can become an excellent cook with some time, practice, and trial and error. Anytime you need inspiration, recipes, or tips for your cooking this fall, make sure to head over to our recipe page. There, you’ll find countless dishes to try for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between.
In addition to our recipe page, you’ll find even more helpful info on our blog, where we highlight our favorite recipes, offer cooking advice, and much more.