25 Comforting Fall Dinner Recipes

September 17, 2020

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.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara 

Spaghetti alla carbonara

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.

Beef Chow Fun: Stir-Fried Fresh Rice Noodles
Excerpted from Chinese Soul Food by permission of Sasquatch Books

Beef CHow Fun

Kale Stir Fry with Crispy Curried Tofu
Contributed to Foodista by Lauren Caris Cooks

Kale Stir Fry with Crispy Curried Tofu

Basic Instant Pot Congee Recipe

Basic Instant Pot Congee Recipe

Cheesy Rosemary Meatball Bake
Contributed to Foodista by Loaves and Dishes

Cheesy Rosemary Meatball Bake

Easy Cheesy Pizza Casserole
Contributed to Foodista by The Midnight Baker

Cheesy Pizza Casserole

Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken

Roasted Chicken with Lemons

Lemon Roasted Chicken

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!

Creamy Ham and Broccoli Casserole
Contributed to Foodista by Aleena Grace

Epic Quinoa Veggie Burgers
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Quinoa Burgers

Zesty Taco Casserole
Contributed to Foodista by Culinary Envy

Taco Casserole

Mushroom Risotto
Contributed to Foodista by The Culinary Chronicles

Mushroom risotto

Beef and Guinness Stew
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Beef and Guinness Stew

Spinach Malfatti With Sage Brown Butter Sauce (Easy Rustic Gnocchi)

Rustic Gnocchi (malfatti)

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
Contributed to Foodista by Niki Kessler Ronaldo

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Shells
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Cheesy SPinach Stuffed SHells

Chicken Verde Enchilada Casserole
Contributed to Foodista by Heather Griffin

Chicken Verde Enchilada Casserole

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas
Contributed to Foodista by The Food Blog

Chipotle CHicken Enchiladas

Traditional Hungarian Goulash
Contributed to Foodista by Simmer + Sauce

Traditional Hungarian Goulash

Easy Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Instant Pot Moroccan Lamb Tagine
Contributed to Foodista by A Kitchen Advisor

Instant Pot Moroccan Lamb Tagine

Oven-Braised Pot Roast
Contributed to Foodista by Simmer+Sauce

Oven-braised pot roast

Root Vegetable Rosemary Gratin
Contributed to Foodista by Loaves and Dishes

Root Vegetable Rosemary gratin

Lamb Lasagna with Parmesan Polenta
Contributed to Foodista by Taste and See

Lamb Lasagna with parmesan polenta

French Onion Soup
Contributed to Foodista by Munchin with Munchkin

French Onion Soup

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.

Tuscan white bean soup with olive oil and rosemary