The 31 Best Recipes to Cook This October

published Oct 1, 2022
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Use your time in the kitchen this October to kick cozy cooking into high gear. Embrace fall baking with all the apple, pear, and pumpkin-laden treats; slot steaming pots of soup, comforting casseroles, and savory porridge into you meal plan; and stock up on the bounty of this season’s jewel-toned vegetables.

This month’s chillier evenings call for warming dinners. Skillet meatloaf, mushroom stroganoff, smothered pork chops, and pumpkin soup are all perfect weeknight options. When the weekend rolls around, definitely make a pan of French onion stuffed shells. And if you have a little extra meal prep time, make a pot of minestrone to freeze for when you’re under the weather (hello, cold season). Your future self will thank you.

By now, summer produce has given way to squashes, hearty greens, and Brussels sprouts. Get your fill of roasted vegetables, then toss your favorite fall veggies into a weeknight pasta, skillet dinner, or salad. And speaking of salads, if you make just one this month, go for a fall-inspired panzanella.

Get in the Halloween spirit with Pumpkin Patch Brownies. And if you’re carving pumpkins, remember to save those pumpkin seeds for roasting. In search of a baking project? You’ve got to try chocolate-tahini babka.

Here are 31 recipes that are guaranteed to make your cooking life more delicious this month.

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Slow Cooker Pork & Cider Stew

This is one of Senior Contributing Food Editor Kelli's absolute favorite fall meals. "It uses apples and apple cider, and I save it for a couple of weeks after apple picking when my lingering apples start feeling a little too soft for my liking to eat out of hand. Plus, I haven't used my slow cooker in ages and I'm excited to pull it out again."

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Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds
Roasting up a batch of pumpkin seeds is one of the many delights of autumn.
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Tahini-Maple Sweet Potato Pancakes

These tender pancakes are the best reason to prep an extra sweet potato. They're totally gluten-free, thanks to the power of mashed sweet potato and eggs.

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Roasted Delicata Squash

Senior Food Editor, Megan, has her sights set on roasting vegetables this month. "Once it's cool enough to crank my oven up, I'm all about roasting delicata squash. I just love how crispy the skin gets."

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Slab Pasta Pie
This sheet tray bake is easy to slice, equally easy to eat, and should quickly sneak its way into your nightly rotation.
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Crispy Skillet Salmon with Mustardy Cabbage

If you've got a craving for cabbage right now, this weeknight salmon skillet is the ideal dinner to add to your meal plan.

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Apple Cider Doughnut Blondies

These one-bowl blondies are calling Executive Food Director, Nina's, name. "We have a ton of apple orchards nearby and a lot of school parties coming up, and these will be the perfect fall treat."

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Japanese Chicken and Vegetable Curry with Rice and Quick Cucumber Pickles
This veggie-packed, family-friendly recipe from Sonoko Sakai features a homemade curry roux, which is super easy to make and freezes well for future use.
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Fall Panzanella with Crispy Leeks

If you make just one salad this month, this is the one it should be. It's a hearty, crisp-weather riff on traditional panzanella that leans into the very best of fall produce.

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Ghost Cookies
These spooky cookies are a festive Halloween baking project.
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20-Minute Pumpkin Soup

When Recipe Production Coordinator, Justine, wants creamy soup without having to dirty her blender, she relies on a can of pumpkin purée to make this easy soup. Pro tip: She also likes to add diced SPAM for extra body.

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Classic Minestrone Soup

And just like that: Cold season is upon us. Do your future self a favor by making a pot of this comforting soup now, then stash it in the freezer for when you're feeling under the weather.

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When Shopping Director, Jada, wants an easy vegetable dish that *isn’t* roasted veg, tzimmes is her favorite go-to. "There are a lot of variations, almost a choose-your-own-adventure dish, so you can use whatever root vegetables and dried fruit you have on hand."

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Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita

This recipe fell out of Production Editor, Tracey's, dinner rotation for a while and she's excited to bring it back this month. "It's such an easy, filling meal and totally satisfies our takeout cravings."

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Curry-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower with Saucy Lentils

Not only is this plant-based dinner totally satisfying and packed with flavor, but it's also super budget-friendly.

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Apple Cider Doughnuts

Because Food Editor-at-Large, Christine, calls the West Coast home and won't be doing any apple picking in New England this fall, she has plans to make cider doughnuts at home instead.

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Creamy Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops
Brown and juicy pork chops are covered in a creamy rosemary and mushroom sauce for an impressively easy stovetop dinner.
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Halloween Party Mix

Whether you’re looking for one more snack for your Halloween party or just want something fun to nibble on while you greet trick-or-treaters, this snack mix will answer your wildest dreams of Halloween.

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French Onion Stuffed Shells

Inspired by French onion soup, these stuffed shells have a caramelized onion ricotta filling, a Gruyère cheese sauce, and a cheesy breadcrumb topping. Talk about crave-worthy!

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20 / 31
Chicken Potato Soup

Lifestyle Editor, Mara, saw this and thought YESSSS! "Two of my favorite soups in one. Just waiting for the temp to drop before my unofficial soup season starts."

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Pear and Cinnamon Crumb Cake

Bookmark this snacking cake for when you inevtitably need to use up those pears on your counter. It's the perfect treat to take you through crisp fall mornings and beyond.

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Pumpkin Patch Brownies
These chewy chocolate brownies are topped with toasted coconut "hay" and candy pumpkins for a fun and festive fall treat.
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Lugaw (Arroz Caldo)

This Filipino rice porridge is perhaps the most comforting meal you'll make all month.

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Chocolate-Tahini Babka
This decadent loaf features pull-apart layers of sweet bread, dark chocolate, and nutty tahini.
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Chicken Adobo with Coconut Milk (Adobo sa Gatâ)
We added coconut milk to the iconic Filipinx dish, making it the most luxurious version yet.
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Pasta with Braised Greens
This cheesy pasta dish is a weeknight dinner crowd-pleaser.
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Mushroom Stroganoff
This vegetarian version of classic stroganoff is just as meaty, rich, and comforting as the original.
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Stuffed Pepper Casserole
All the flavors of the classic dish without the fussiness.
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Parmesan Potatoes
Melted Parmesan takes these roasted potatoes to a whole new level.
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Creamy Mac and Cheese

It only takes five ingredients and 20 minutes to whip up the absolute creamiest mac and cheese.

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Easy Skillet Meatloaf

Contributor, Patty, says, "Picky eaters are taking over my home. Thankfully this skillet meatloaf is a main dish everyone can agree on."

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