65 Must-Make Warm & Cozy Fall Recipes

updated Aug 18, 2023
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Summer has given way to fall, and gone are the long days, trips to the beach, and perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market. But there are some pretty great things about fall as well — there’s pumpkin, for example, not to mention all the apples, hearty greens, and root vegetables that start showing up at the market.

While summer is all about quick and easy recipes that don’t require you to stand in front a hot stove while it’s sweltering outside, fall is the perfect timing for returning hearty, slow-cooked meals that are packed with flavor. To help make the seasonal transition a little easier, here are 50 of our favorite fall recipes that will get you excited about the season.

Fall Breakfasts

The arrival of fall has a special way of making breakfast a whole lot cozier. Ring in the new season with spiced muffins filled with pears or pumpkin, an apple-studded breakfast casserole, or totally irresistible sweet potato pancakes.

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Applesauce Muffins
These muffins are naturally sweetened and have the most incredible soft, tender texture.
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Pumpkin Pancakes
Fluffy pancakes loaded with real pumpkin and sweet spices.
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Cranberry Orange Scones
These tender and buttery scones - chock-full of juicy cranberries and zippy orange - will be the baked good you'll want to make all fall and winter long.
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Cheesy Kimchi Breakfast Skillet
Whether eaten from a bowl or wrapped as a burrito, this hearty potato dish is an all-around satisfying meal.
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Cinnamon Sugar Dutch Baby Casserole
This Dutch baby has a crackly cinnamon-sugar layer on the bottom and swirled throughout the batter, and it is nearly effortless to pull off.
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Spiced Pear Muffins
These pear muffins are solidly in the middle of the muffin spectrum, neither so sweet that they could pass for cupcakes nor so healthy that they stop tasting like a treat.
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Glazed Apple Fritters
There is no denying the light pillow-soft texture of a deep-fried donut — especially one that’s stuffed with fresh fall apples.
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Slow Cooker Applesauce
Turning apples into apple sauce is easier than you might think — especially when your slow cooker does most of the work for you!
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Apple Pie Granola Bars
These chewy, buttery granola bars are packed with grated apples, warming spices, and toothsome oats — perfect as a lunch-box treat or as breakfast.
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Apple, Sausage, and Smoked Cheddar Breakfast Casserole
This casserole is packed with thick chunks of breakfast sausage, sweet apples, and smoky cheddar, making it appropriate for holiday get-togethers and those evenings when you want a cozy breakfast for dinner.
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Sweet Potato Pancakes
What you get in these pancakes are all the things you love in buttermilk pancakes, like a light and fluffy texture with a crisp edge all around the outside from the hot butter in the pan. And most importantly, you get the warm spiced flavors that make you swoon over all things fall.
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Apple-Ginger Granola with Pecans
If your favorite part of granola is the big crunchy clusters of oats, there's an easy way to get them at home: Add egg white. This recipe does just that.
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Weekend Apple Pancake
This apple pancake has the caramelized apples of a tarte Tatin crossed with the eggy puff of a Dutch baby. Warm and tender on a snappy fall morning in apple season, this is one of our very favorite weekend breakfasts.
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Pumpkin Spice French Toast
This recipe is everything you love about Starbucks' iconic pumpkin spice latte transformed into a quick and easy French toast recipe. It comes together in less than 20 minutes and is seasoned with warm pumpkin pie spice and a dash of espresso powder to make it taste just like the real deal.
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Hearty Fall Salads

It’s time to swap your light summer salads for something a little heartier. Ingredients like nutty grains, roasted squash, apples, and pears will certainly do the trick.

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Fall Panzanella with Crispy Leeks
This hearty, crisp-weather riff on traditional panzanella leans into the very best of fall produce.
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The Ultimate Fall Salad
This roasty, toasty salad celebrates everything you love about autumn. It's packed with squash, apples, and chewy farro, and tossed in a bright lemon vinaigrette.
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Fall Harvest Freekeh Salad
This salad is part dark leafy green salad and part whole-grain salad — plus it's full of seasonal goodies like crisp apples and roasted butternut squash.
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Roasted Delicata Salad with Warm Pickled Onion Dressing
This roasted delicata squash salad is a superfood extravaganza! It's tossed together with walnuts, apple, cabbage, and quick-pickled red onion dressing.
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Easy Spinach Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Feta
This spinach salad is one to memorize. Chopped apple adds tart crunch, toasted walnuts lend heft, feta provides salty intrigue, and it’s all tied together with a quick honey-sweetened apple cider vinaigrette.
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Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Squash, Persimmons & Pecans
This salad has nutty, sweet, and savory flavors, and nice contrasting textures. Serve it warm with roasted chicken or pork, or at room temperature for lunch.
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Quick and Easy Roasted Vegetable Salad
A warm, entree-friendly salad that's filled with roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and shallots and tossed in a tangy balsamic mustard vinaigrette.
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Schnitzel and Pear Salad with Wheat Beer Vinaigrette
Skip the bacon crumbles, dry chicken, and chopped ham, and let schnitzel be the meat that makes your salad a meal. Tucked into a green salad topped with sweet red pears, blue cheese, and a honey-beer dressing, crispy, juicy schnitzel brings some Oktoberfest flair to the dinner table.
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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas, Feta, and Herbs
The smoky, caramelized cauliflower and crunchy chickpeas in this salad play off of the bright, crisp apple and fresh herb salad, which are then both tied together with briny, salty feta cheese crumbles.
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Raw and Roasted Radicchio Salad with Sweet Potato, Manchego, and Crunchy Seeds
This topping-heavy salad is designed so that there's no digging around for the good parts; it's all good parts. Roasted sweet potato keeps the raddcchio's bitterness in check, and toasted sunflower seeds add crunch.
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Kale & Quinoa Salad with Roasted Squash and Sweet Potatoes Recipe
This hearty kale salad, packed with quinoa, roasted veggies, and a creamy tahini dressing, is absolutely perfect for fall.
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Soups, Stews, and Chilis

The chill in the air will be here soon enough, which means you’ll need a solid roster of soups, stews, and chilis to warm you up at dinner.

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Stuffed Pepper Soup
From the tender bell pepper to the ground beef, rice, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning, this is everything you love about stuffed peppers, in soup form.
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Bean, Bacon and Butternut Squash Soup with Swiss Chard
In this rendition of bean and bacon soup, soft cubes of butternut squash and silky shreds of chard add a little freshness, transforming this soup into a comforting and nutritious one-pot meal.
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Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder
This vegan sweet potato chowder delivers everything you want in a warm fall soup. It has a velvety broth laced with seasonal spices, like sage and paprika, and chunks of tender root vegetables.
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Chicken Taco Chili
This chili is a chicken taco reimagined. It's got tender bite-sized pieces of boneless chicken thighs and a duo of beans, all topped with shower of cheddar and scallions. Just don’t forget the crunchy tortilla chips for dipping!
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Leek, Potato, and Fennel Soup with Bacon
Thick, creamy, and fragrant — with the deliciously salty crunch of bacon — this unusual leek, potato, and fennel soup is equally at home at an everyday dinner or an elegant dinner party.
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Roasted Fall Vegetable Soup
Imagine a recipe that combines the two things we love about cold-weather cooking: the toasty, caramelized notes of roasted vegetables and a steaming vegetable broth.
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Pumpkin Chili
Pumpkin chili is the epitome of a hearty, vegetarian-friendly weeknight meal. Your meat-eating friends won't even notice the lack of animal protein in this dish.
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Chunky Pork and Apple Stew
This stew is hearty because of the delicious bacon and pork, but it still feels prudent because of all the nutrient- and fiber-rich apples and sweet potatoes. It delivers the classic flavor combos we crave, but feels updated.
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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
A hearty root vegetable soup that's incredibly versatile — and perfect for meal preppers.
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Easy Cabbage & White Bean Soup
This recipe takes the traditional kitchen sink soup and adds flavor and body with tomato paste, a thorough sauté of vegetables, and creamy white beans. You’ll think twice about what cabbage can do in a soup after this one!
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Slow-Cooker Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
Chili is often one of the first things people make in their slow cooker. This version is a standout with its delicious, healthful mix of ground turkey, sweet potatoes, black beans, tomatoes, and chipotles.
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Toasted Grain Soup with Crispy Mushrooms and Kale
This vegetarian soup is supremely satisfying, thanks to a winning combination of veggies, herbs, beans, and grains.
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Must-Make Fall Dinners

Add cozy, comforting dinners like sweet potato casserole, squash curry, and ultra-tender chicken in milk in your early fall meal plan and you won’t regret it.

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One-Pan Miso Butter Chicken and Cabbage Recipe
What it lacks in dirty dishes, this chicken and cabbage dinner more than makes up for with its overload of umami.
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Skillet Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Mushrooms Recipe
Skip the boiling and pan-fry gnocchi instead for an even more streamlined, and arguably more tasty, dinner.
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BBQ Pizza Beans
This vegetarian rendition of the iconic barbecue chicken pizza from CPK trades the chicken and crust for glazy beans.
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One Pot Italian Beef with Garlic-Butter Bread Bombs
Feast on this epic one pot meal: cheesy garlic bread "bombs" on top of a beef ragu, brushed with garlic butter, and baked to perfection in the oven.
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Orecchiette with Mini Meatballs
This recipe embraces the more traditional serving style of red sauce meatballs and pasta, only with an eye on making it practical for the home cook.
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Easy Skillet Pork Chops with Apples
These thick cider-brined chops are tender, juicy, and practically foolproof, and are nestled atop wedges of sweet apples and onion.
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Caramelized Onion, Apple, and Sausage Pasta
A savory one-pot pasta with caramelized onions, apples, and Italian sausage.
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Sausage and Kale Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Crisp, spicy sausage, juicy tomatoes, salty cheese, and buttery strands of squash — this satisfying dinner has it all, and it’s incredibly easy too.
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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
If you’re looking for a taco recipe that appeals to almost everyone, this is it. They’re vegetarian (and can be made vegan, too, if you leave the cheese off), as well as gluten-free and kid-friendly.
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Apple Cider-Glazed Chicken Thighs
Apple cider gives chicken thighs a caramel-spiced sheen in this one-skillet dinner you won't want to miss.
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Fettuccine with Roasted Butternut Squash, Brown Butter & Sage
Here’s a simple little fall-time pasta dish with sweet roasted butternut squash and nutty brown butter. It’s one of those dishes that makes even a weeknight meal feel special, especially if you splurge for fresh fettuccine noodles and a nice bottle of wine.
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Slow-Cooker Chicken in Milk
A slow cooker riff on Jamie Oliver’s recipe for chicken braised in milk. It’s a recipe that takes some trust (cook a whole chicken in milk?), but trust you should — the results more than speak for themselves.
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Butternut Squash in Fresh Green Curry
This simple fresh curry paste takes only minutes to prepare. It envelops sweet, golden chunks of butternut squash with a beautiful and savory green sauce in the time it takes the accompanying rice to cook.
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Easy Balsamic Glazed Steak Tips and Mushrooms
Steak tips are an inexpensive cut of beef with a loose-grain texture, perfect for soaking up marinades like this soy and balsamic one. Throw some mushrooms into the pan after the meat’s ready, add more vinegar and a little butter, and you’re left with a glossy sauce to drag each bite of steak through.
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Gnocchi Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Greens & Goat Cheese
Put your cast iron skillet to work tonight — make this quick dinner, with its hearty mix of soft gnocchi, roasted sweet potatoes, earthy kale, and goat cheese.
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
This vegan mac and "cheese" uses butternut squash as a substitute for cheese. Nutritional yeast also helps it feel more cheesy. It also gets a spicy kick from chipotles in adobo.
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Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken with Herb-Roasted Potatoes
Chicken thighs are braised in a savory, flavor-packed sauce in this quicker take on traditional Jamaican brown stew chicken.
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Essential Fall Desserts

The very best part of fall is, of course, fall baking. It’s the season for all things pumpkin, apple crisps, galettes, and cakes scented with warm spices.

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The Easiest Apple Crumble
Gather the apples you’ve picked or carried home from the farmers market, and dessert will be on the table in less than an hour. Just don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!
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Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles
These sweet potato snickerdoodles are chewy, nutty, and full of razzle-dazzle shine — and they’re a heck of a lot more fun than the classic. Plus, their spiced flavor is perfect for fall.
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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This pumpkin sheet cake is loaded with sweetly scented spices and topped with soft swoops of tangy cream cheese frosting. It’s also incredibly moist and stays soft for days, making it a very welcome treat for special occasions and midday snacking alike.
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Slow-Cooker Apple Crisp
With the help of the slow cooker, you can have delicious, fuss-free apple crisp.
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Pumpkin Ice Cream
Whipped together with pumpkin purée and warm baking spices, this no-churn pumpkin ice cream practically screams fall.
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Apple Coffee Cake

As apple season draws near, this all-day apple coffee cake is a must for your fall baking bucket list. With a delicately tangy cake batter studded with apple slices and a crunchy streusel topping, the best bite is when you get both cake and crumb in one perfect bite.

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Chocolate and Pear Clafoutis
The French have such a sensible attitude towards breakfast: Chocolate is perfectly acceptable, like in this easy chocolate clafoutis.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies are everything you love about a classic chewy-yet-crisp chocolate chip cookie amped up with a generous amount of pumpkin and warm spices.
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Easy One-Bowl Apple Bundt Cake
The ultimate apple cake for fall celebrating, which comes together in one bowl and features a sweet and tangy cream cheese glaze.
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Rustic Pear and Apple Galette
This dessert has everything there is to love about fall pies all bundled into one package: the buttery, flaky crust; the soft, sweet apples and pears; and the warm spices. The dough is simple and comes together easily; when it comes to rolling it out, there are really no rules here.
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Maple-Butter Spiced Popcorn
Even though the syrup is made in the spring, maple always feels like such a fall flavor to us. It goes so nicely with other other fall flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. This popcorn has a little of each and has become our snack of choice as the leaves start to change and the weather gets cooler.
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