Flavors of Fall: Easy Dinner Ideas and Recipes

These 20 fall-tastic dinner recipes are focused on cozy, warm flavors that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

August 19, 2020
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Subtly Spicy Pumpkin Pasta

Fall flavors take center stage in this subtly spicy pasta. With warm, seasonal ingredients like pumpkin and hazelnut, this pasta is ready to become a weeknight staple in your home. To balance the dish, a garnish of mint provides a fresh flavor juxtaposition and a nod to the fleeting flavors of summer.

GET THE RECIPE: Spicy Pumpkin Pasta

Thyme-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Once the cool, crisp fall breeze rounds the corner, it's hard to find a table without a succulent side of root vegetables. These thyme-roasted carrots and parsnips are a fantastic option not only for their deep flavor, but the fall aesthetic they add to the table. After all, the best decor is edible decor.

GET THE RECIPE: Thyme-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips Recipe

Hungarian Cauliflower Soup

For many, fall and winter dinners are all about soups and stews. This Hungarian cauliflower soup combines relatively simple ingredients to create an explosion of flavor that will keep you coming back for more.

GET THE RECIPE: Hungarian Cauliflower Soup

Parmesan Cheddar Chive Drop Biscuits

Whether your perfect fall evening consists of a plate of pumpkin pasta, a bowl of warm soup or the quintessential turkey dinner, we’re willing to bet it would be better alongside these flaky drop biscuits packed with parmesan, cheddar and chive.

GET THE RECIPE: Parmesan Cheddar Chive Biscuits Recipe

Grilled Herb Turkey

Wow dinner guests with a perfectly cooked, tender turkey dinner that’s full of fall flavors like apple and sage. Oh, and did we mention it’s grilled?

GET THE RECIPE: How to Roast a Whole Turkey on the Grill

Creamy Rosemary Leek Soup

Nothing warms you up after a long day of apple picking like a bowl of creamy rosemary leek soup. This luxuriously silky soup is a masterful mixture of flavors that will make everyone feel cozy and content.

GET THE RECIPE: Creamy Rosemary Leek Soup

Root Beer Pulled Pork

For those fall days with full schedules, turn to the trusty slow cooker for help. This root beer pulled pork is the perfect way to put a delicious, filling meal on the table without adding yet another task to the end of a busy day.

GET THE RECIPE: 10 Fall Slow Cooker Recipes for a Crowd

Pistachio Soup

If you’ve never had pistachio soup, it’s time to change that. Though this recipe may seem a little intimidating, all you need is a food processor to make it an effortless fall dinner option. Serve it alongside a bacon grilled cheese for the ultimate pairing.

GET THE RECIPE: Pistachio Soup Recipe

Pumpkin Fettuccine With Sausage and Sage

Once you make this delectable pumpkin fettuccine with sausage and sage, you’ll finally be able to check “learn how to make homemade pasta” off your bucket list.

GET THE RECIPE: Pumpkin Fettuccine With Sausage and Sage Recipe

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

This fall favorite is elevated by adding a special ingredient. Lobster macaroni and cheese is the answer to all your problems. Serve it alongside a Thanksgiving dinner for the perfect, out-of-the-box side, as the main course for a weeknight dinner, or just binge eat it on the couch.

GET THE RECIPE: Lobster Mac and Cheese

Zucchini Walnut Soup

Turns out pumpkins aren’t the only gourd you should be eating this fall. Zucchinis are ready for their moment in the seasonal spotlight, and this zucchini walnut soup is the perfect way to let them shine.

GET THE RECIPE: Zucchini Walnut Soup

Walnut-Rosemary Olive Bread

If you’ve been too intimated to try your hand at bread baking, this is a wonderful way to start. This walnut-rosemary olive oil bread is super simple to make and full of fall flavors that are sure to impress. Serve it alongside a warm stew for fail-proof fall bliss.

GET THE RECIPE: Walnut-Rosemary Olive Bread Recipe

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried butternut squash soup is one of those dishes that packs an unexpected punch of flavor. The complex depth of flavor in this soup comes from the combination of curry, ginger, sage and orange juice that make it perfect as a sophisticated side dish or a main course.

GET THE RECIPE: Curried Butternut Squash Soup With Fried Sage Leaves

Roast Turkey With Lemon and Sage

Let’s be honest. Too many dry, bland turkey dinners are served in the fall and it’s time for that to end. Do your part by serving up this scrumptious roast turkey with lemon and sage. It is sure to check all the boxes for the perfect fall dinner.

GET THE RECIPE: Roast Turkey With Lemon and Sage

Savory Stuffed Pumpkin

Carved pumpkins aren’t just for decoration anymore. This fall-forward dish is full of cheesy-bacon goodness that your family and friends will devour. Leaving the pumpkin whole not only imparts loads of flavor but also provides a fantastic fall centerpiece.

GET THE RECIPE: Savory Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe

Onion Sage Soup

When we think onion soup, we picture adorable crocks overflowing with molten cheese atop a pinnacle of crostini — much like this onion sage soup. It’s a warm, welcome sight on a chilly fall evening.

GET THE RECIPE: Onion and Sage Soup

Braised Pork Belly Recipe From Blackberry Farm

This braised pork belly served over sweet potato puree from Blackberry Farm is a masterclass in fall flavors and culinary creativity. Unexpected layers of flavor provided by coriander, fennel and even kimchi make this dish more than meets the eye.

GET THE RECIPE: Braised Pork Belly With Sweet Potato Puree Recipe

Farm-to-Table Fall Vegetable Soup

Because fall means harvest time for farmers, fall dining should be all about farm-to-table dining. This vegetable soup is the perfect way to highlight fresh fall flavors at the dinner table while supporting your local farmers in the process.

GET THE RECIPE: Fall Garden Vegetable Soup Recipe

Sourdough Stuffing With Parmesan and Leeks

Fall (and especially Thanksgiving) without stuffing is a travesty. Not only is it a basic requirement of the season, but it's also imperative that you make enough for plenty of leftovers to go around. This sourdough stuffing with leeks is a fresh spin on typical stuffing that will leave even the most traditional taste buds feeling satisfied.

GET THE RECIPE: Sourdough Stuffing With Parmesan and Leeks

Pumpkin Peanut Curry Soup

This creative curry soup is sure to put a smile on your face. Pumpkin and peanut butter are highlighted by a little spice to create an out-of-this-world fall flavor combination. This delicious dish is sure to become a family favorite.

GET THE RECIPE: Pumpkin Peanut Curry Soup

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