Fall is on the horizon. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we can feel the subtle shifts in temperature that indicate cold weather is lurking just around the corner; nights are cooler, mornings no longer clear and bright, but blanketed in fog. The last few tomatoes on the vine are resolutely green in protest to the lack of heat. Fried green tomatoes it is. Gone are the months of chilled soups, summer salads, and kebabs grilled over open fires. We now turn to the glorious meals that are rich in the harvests of Fall, comforting casseroles, stews, and soups, and meats braised slowly in the oven. Or, cooked to tender perfection in an Instant Pot. Whatever suits your fancy. Below are 25 delicious Fall dinner recipes to welcome the change in season.
Legend has it that during World War II, American soldiers in Rome would bring their Italian friends eggs and bacon and ask them to make a pasta dish, thus becoming pasta alla carbonara. Another legend claims that carbonara, a derivative of the word carbon in Italian, was made for charcoal workers. Who knows how eggs and bacon became transformed into a distinctively Roman pasta dish. For sure, with the bacon grease used, it is undoubtedly a meal hearty enough for a soldier or charcoal worker. If you love bacon, then take my hand and let me lead you down the long path of gluttony. It's a fine journey.
Basic Instant Pot Congee Recipe
This roasted chicken recipe is a classic of Marcella Hazan, the queen of Italian cooking, and it's from her cookbook "Essentials of Italian Cooking." Her philosophy to great cooking was to cook with few ingredients. This is a perfect example of that philosophy as this recipe is simply chicken, lemons, salt and pepper.
We cook this chicken nearly every week in our home and never tire of it. It's the perfect Sunday dinner. Be sure to save the bones to make stock, which will taste wonderfully lemony!
Tuscan White Bean Soup with Olive Oil and Rosemary
This recipe is from 50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker by Lynn Alley. Authorization to print courtesy of Andrews McMeel Publishing.