Dive Into Fall With These 10 Comforting Recipes

Posted: September 18, 2022 3:00 am

The mercury is falling and the smell of fall is in the air. One of the best parts of the season is leaning into the weather and cooking up cozy meals for the family to enjoy together. Here are 10 of the best fall recipes to add to your meal rotation in the coming months.

Creamy Chicken Orzo

Nothing will warm you up faster than a bowl of this creamy chicken orzo. Because of the neutral taste of orzo, it will take on the flavor of the other ingredients in this dish, including chicken, parmesan, onion, and garlic. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice elevates this dish into something special. The half & half contributes to the creamy texture that will make you reach for another helping. Be sure to serve this orzo dish with a loaf of warm bread to scoop up all the goodness.

Slow Cooker Chicken Pumpkin Curry

There is no flavor more reminiscent of fall than pumpkin, making this slow cooker chicken pumpkin curry a natural fit for your fall dinner routine. This recipe includes fresh cubed pumpkin, chicken breast, red curry paste, and coconut milk. The ingredients combine to form an explosion of flavors with every bite. Red bell pepper and fresh spinach leaves add a dose of heart-healthy vegetables to the meal. This curry tastes great served over rice and garnished with cilantro, lime wedges, and toasted cashews. As an alternative to rice, consider serving the curry on top of naan bread for an authentic Indian taste.

Italian Pot Roast

This delectable Italian pot roast makes a great dinner idea on a Sunday game day when you have time to babysit the oven. The roast will cook up in about three hours. Carrots, celery, and onions combine with a glaze made with red wine. The Italian flavors come from the inclusion of sun-dried tomatoes, thyme, oregano, basil, and garlic. This roast pairs beautifully with mashed potatoes or creamy polenta. Serve this meal with your favorite red wine to complement the earthy flavors that shine through.

Baked Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese

This baked jalapeño popper mac and cheese is a fun twist on a fall classic. This recipe is highly customizable. For instance, leave the seeds in the jalapeños or add in a Serrano pepper if you want a greater kick. You can also use American or mozzarella cheese in addition to the pepper jack. The panko bread crumbs provide another layer of texture and crunch. You can also omit the bacon if you want to make this dish vegetarian-friendly. This recipe will surely become a favorite in your fall meal rotation.

Meatball Shakshuka

If you have never made a shakshuka dish before, you are missing out. While the concept is typically a breakfast dish, this meatball shakshuka recipe is suitable for dinner thanks to the addition of the hearty meat. Although the recipe calls for homemade meatballs, you can also buy them already prepared for a faster preparation. You will want to serve the entrée with bread so that you can mop up what is left on your plate. A simple green salad will round out the meal.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

If you are like most people, you begin craving a bowl of chili once the mercury starts to drop. This turkey pumpkin chili is easy, nutritious, and delicious, making it the perfect fall treat. Unlike some recipes that call for fresh pumpkin, this recipe uses canned puree, making it easier to pull together when you need a quick weeknight dinner. As a bonus, the pumpkin adds a load of nutritious vitamin A. Good topping ideas for this chili include fresh avocado, cilantro, sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips. The chili also goes well with a big hunk of cornbread smothered in butter.

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Herbed Biscuits

This skillet chicken pot pie with herbed biscuits is total comfort food. The homemade pot pie starts with a creamy filling that is bursting with shredded chicken, carrots, potatoes, and all of your favorite spices. Canned biscuits finished with herbed garlic butter are the crowning on touch on top of the savory filling. This meal goes well with a bowl of fresh fruit or a salad. Clean-up is also a breeze since it comes together in one skillet.

Garlic Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

These flavorful garlic pork chops in creamy mushroom sauce will become an instant favorite at your house. This recipe features seared pork chops simmered in creamy sauce made with garlic, mushrooms, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, heavy cream, and parsley. Serve these pork chops over mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice. Or go with cauliflower rice if you are wanting to follow a low-carb or keto diet.

Pecan-Crusted Pork Chops with Apple Chutney

Combine some of the best flavors of fall with these pecan-crusted pork chops with apple chutney. The pecans add a crunch and interesting texture to your standard pork chops while the apple chutney contributes a bit of sweetness to the savory dish. This recipe goes perfectly with wild rice or scalloped potatoes. Despite being super easy to prepare, this dish also is fancy enough to serve to guests. Garnish your platter with a few twigs of fresh thyme for an elegant presentation.

Classic Stuffed Peppers

You cannot go wrong with this classic stuffed peppers recipe. Roasting the peppers prior to stuffing them will bring out the natural flavor. This recipe is extremely versatile, allowing you to swap out the grains and meat. Want something healthier? Use quinoa and ground turkey instead of beef and rice. It is easy to customize this recipe to fit the dietary needs and personal tastes of your family.

Go ahead and light that fall-scented candle and get cozy with any of these 10 recipes that are perfect for this time of the year.

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