34 Warm and Cozy Fall Dinner Ideas

Chicken Pie With Cheese and Green Onion Biscuits
Diana Rattray

Cozy fall flavors and seasonal produce are highlighted in this all-star collection of fall dinner ideas. Easy to make, and even easier to enjoy, you'll come back to this list again and again when you're looking for family dinner ideas or main dishes to serve at autumn celebrations.

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    Steak Salad

    Steak Salad

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    Here's a hearty entree salad that won't leave anyone at the table hungry. Steak salad only takes 15 minutes to make and is a smart budget-friendly way to stretch one eight-ounce steak into a full meal for two.

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    Chicken Noodle Soup

    Chicken Noodle Soup

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    When you think about comforting fall foods, chicken noodle soup is sure to come to mind. Whether poured out of a thermos for your office lunch or enjoyed as a light dinner with crusty bread, this essential recipe is wonderfully warming, filling, and delicious. Making it from scratch certainly takes longer, but the results are absolutely worth it.

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    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

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    This rich and creamy ritzy chicken casserole requires only six ingredients, most of them probably already in your pantry. Condensed soup and sour cream are the secrets to the magical tasting sauce and the entire thing is topped with a buttery Ritz cracker crust.

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    Spaghetti Carbonara

    Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

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    When you're craving a rich and decadent pasta dinner, look no further than this creamy spaghetti carbonara. What's not to love about spaghetti tossed with eggs, bacon, a bit of heavy cream, and lots grated Pecorino-Romano cheese? It's a stick-to-your-ribs dinner that's ideal for fall.

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    Creamy Corn and Seafood Chowder

    Creamy Corn and Seafood Chowder

    Diana Rattray

     

    Corn, shrimp, and scallops team up in this creamy corn and seafood chowder. If you don't have fresh seafood on hand, you can use whatever you have in the freezer to make the creamy bowl, including frozen fish fillets or imitation crab.

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    One-Pan Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

    Easy One-Pan Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

    Diana Rattray

     

    This cozy one-pan broccoli macaroni and cheese is a wonderfully warming recipe that's ready in 20 minutes for a fall weeknight meal. It cooks on the stovetop using just one pan for easy preparation and clean-up.

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    Hearty Sausage and Tortellini Soup

    Hearty Sausage and Tortellini Soup

    Diana Rattray

     

    This satisfying and budget-friendly hearty sausage and tortellini soup is loaded with meat, pasta, vegetables, and lots of flavors. Serve with an autumn salad and crusty bread to round out your meal.

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    Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

    Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

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    This baked spaghetti and meatballs is a five-ingredient casserole that is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. The combination of tender pasta, succulent meatballs, tomato sauce, and Parmesan cheese is always welcome, especially on cooler fall days. Busy home cooks should definitely save this recipe because it's a one-dish meal that calls for little cleanup.

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    Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

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    Butternut squash soup is delicious and nearly effortless when cooked in the crock pot. This recipe uses apples and coconut milk to make it interesting. Throw in cayenne, garlic, nutmeg, and thyme, and you have a flavorful soup everyone will enjoy.

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    Pan-Roasted Chicken

    Simple Pan-Fried Chicken

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    Garlic, rosemary, and shallots add to the flavor of this simple pan-roasted chicken recipe. By using quarters or individual pieces rather than a whole chicken, the cooking time is cut down considerably. While it's finishing up, make a creamy white wine sauce to serve on the side, add some cooked vegetables to the table, and dinner is done.

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    Chicken Pot Pie With Cheese Biscuit Topping

    Chicken Pot Pie With Cheese Biscuit Topping

    Diana Rattray

     

    This fabulous chicken pot pie is topped with savory cheese biscuits, instead of the usual pastry crust for a presentation that'll truly stun. The pie is finished with an egg wash for a nice golden-brown top. You can add chopped fresh parsley or sesame seeds, too.

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    French Onion Soup

    French Onion Soup

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    French onion soup is an elegant recipe that is wonderfully warming. This easy recipe is really a meal in itself, though you could serve it with a green salad on the side. Caramelized onions are combined with beef broth, butter, olive oil, and a few seasonings to create a filling crock of soup. Topped with melted cheese and a toasted slice of crusty bread, everything about this traditional specialty is indulgent and comforting.

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    Stuffed Pasta Shells With Pumpkin Bacon Sauce

    Stuffed Pasta Shells with Pumpkin Bacon Sauce

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    Pumpkin is an essential fall ingredient and this recipe for stuffed pasta shells with pumpkin bacon sauce makes the most of its nutty, sweet flavor. There are two timesavers in this recipe: it calls for using frozen stuffed shells and a sauce made from canned pumpkin puree.

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    Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

    Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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    Roast a spaghetti squash then stuff it with a healthy filling for a delicious meal. The stuffed spaghetti squash recipe features cherry tomatoes, garlic, onion, Swiss chard, and Parmesan cheese with fresh oregano and rosemary. The squash doubles as the serving dish, and it's an easy recipe to make vegetarian or vegan if needed.

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    Butternut Squash Lasagna

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    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

    Lasagna is always welcome on a chilly autumn night, and this recipe featuring a favorite fall vegetable is even more apropos. Mashed roasted butternut squash is layered with a bechamel sauce and a mozzarella-ricotta mixture along with fresh lasagna noodles to make a light and flavorful baked pasta dish. The sage offers a bit of earthiness and Pecorino cheese sprinkled on top creates a nice gooey finish.

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    Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

    bowls of taiwanese beef noodle soup on table with chopsticks

    The Spruce Eats / Anna Rider

    Warm up a crowd on a chilly day with a big pot of Taiwanese beef noodle soup. It is filled with seasoning ingredients, so it's bursting with flavor. The beef and broth are slowly cooked on the stovetop, then it's finished with noodles and bok choy.

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    Slow-Cooker Chicken Tinga

    Huarache With Chicken Tinga and Avocado

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer

    This slow cooker chicken tinga recipe is an easy way to enjoy the classic Mexican stew. Filled with flavor, it includes browned chicken thighs, charred Roma tomatoes, chipotle peppers, and onions. It actually gets better after a day or two and can also fill tacos, burritos, and the like.

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    Slow Cooker Chili With Beef

    Slow Cooker Chili With Beef

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    Beef chili is a popular and welcome recipe at gameday gatherings or as a warming, weeknight dinner on cooler fall days. This ground beef slow cooker chili with beef is a snap to prepare with canned beans and tomatoes. Using a crockpot means you can set it and forget it.

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    Roasted Salmon With Lemon Dill Sauce

    Roasted Salmon With Lemon Dill Sauce

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    Elegant roasted salmon with lemon dill sauce is a classic favorite. It's a great dish for company or weekend suppers and one that's remarkably easy to whip up. Lemon juice adds zing and zest to the oven-roasted salmon. Serve with rice and lemon wedges for squeezing.

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    Butternut Squash Noodles

    Butternut Squash Noodles

    Anita Schecter 

    Spiralized, butternut squash makes for tender, flavorful noodles. This recipe drapes it in a creamy, savory garlic and sage sauce for a tasty "pasta" dish. Top with grilled chicken or shrimp or veggies like mushrooms and spinach to make it a main.

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    Hearty Crockpot Fish Stew

    Fish Stew

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    hearty crockpot fish stew in a tomato and white wine broth is exactly what you need to warm up on colder days. Use catfish, haddock, or flounder fillets to make this seafood dish. Garnish with parsley and serve with a simple tossed salad and crusty bread on the side for a satisfying family meal.

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    Creamy Shrimp With Spinach and Alfredo Sauce

    Easy Shrimp With Spinach and Alfredo Sauce

    Diana Rattray

     

    Creamy shrimp with spinach and Alfredo sauce is unbelievably easy to prepare and cook. Thanks to the combination of frozen shrimp, jarred alfredo sauce, and chopped spinach, it's almost as foolproof as it is quick to make. Enjoy the shrimp on its own or as a topping for pasta.

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    Perfect Spinach Lasagna

    Perfect Spinach Lasagna

    Diana Rattray

     

    Lasagna is always a favorite with busy cooks because it can be made ahead and this veggie-packed version is no exception. Your family is sure to ask for seconds of this perfect spinach lasagna, which is surprisingly simple to prepare. Just layer together ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, jarred marinara sauce, lasagna noodles, and spinach.

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    Lemon Roasted Chicken

    Lemon Roast Chicken

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    Roasted chicken is an easy dinner dish that always feels a little bit special. Try this lemon roasted chicken recipe for Sunday dinner this fall. This method of roasting means the chicken remains moist and succulent, accented with soft flavors of lemon and garlic. Butter and wine combine with the chicken juices to create a delicious gravy.

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    Cauliflower Chowder

    Cauliflower Chowder

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    Cauliflower chowder is a brilliant way to enjoy a creamy, hearty soup with fewer carbs. Potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions round off this vegetarian soup. It makes a great side or appetizer but can also be a meal on its own when served with crusty bread.

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    Vegan Ginger Carrot Soup

    Vegan Ginger Carrot Soup

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    Colorful and fragrant, this vegetarian and vegan ginger carrot soup makes a wonderful light dinner with a salad and crackers on the side. A little bit sweet and just a touch spicy, this fall soup recipe is also nutritious and low in fat.

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    Flank Steak With Mushrooms

    Flank Steak with Mushrooms

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    This genius flank steak with mushrooms recipe is a perfect way to turn a sometimes tough cut of meat into tender, juicy morsels. The flank steak is marinated a delicious mix of balsamic and soy and served with sautéed mushrooms for lots of umami flavor.

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    Slow Cooker Pork Chops With Apples

    Slow Cooker Pork Chops With Apples

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    Pork chops and apples complement each other beautifully and this fall dinner adds raisins and a tasty tangy brown sugar sauce to the mix. Dried cranberries also make this slow cooker pork chops with apples dish a great choice for serving at holiday meals. It's also a very easy recipe, with only six ingredients if you don't count the salt.

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    Pork Barbecue Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

    Pork Barbecue Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

    Diana Rattray

     

    Your family will start demanding sandwiches for dinner once they've tried this awesome pork barbecue sloppy Joe sandwiches recipe. An easy, tangy homemade barbecue sauce flavors the meat, making them taste a whole lot like pulled pork (minus the long cooking time). This is a great weekend dinner in the fall, when you're coming in hungry from a day spent in the great outdoors.

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    Slow Cooker Chicken Stew With Potatoes

    Slow Cooker Chicken Stew With Potatoes

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    Fall means soups and stews and this simple slow cooker stew with potatoes is not just a crowd-pleaser, it's incredibly easy to prepare in a crockpot. Meaty chicken legs or thighs are slow-cooked with potatoes, corn, onion soup mix, and tomato sauce to form a winning chicken dinner that's packed with flavor and healthy nutrients.

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    Beef Tenderloin With Mushroom Gravy

    Beef Tenderloin With Mushroom Gravy

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    Easy to make, but complex in flavor, this beef tenderloin with mushroom gravy is sure to become a family favorite. It's elegant enough for guests, too, but doesn't take an entire day. You can whip one up in 45 minutes.

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    Creamy Bourbon Chicken With Mushrooms

    Creamy Bourbon Chicken With Mushrooms

    Diana Rattray

     

    Downhome Kentucky flavor is the star of this fabulous creamy Bourbon chicken with mushrooms dish. The liquor is used to baste the chicken as it's being sauteed. Mushrooms and cream are added to the skillet, making a simple sauce that's surprisingly rich in flavor.

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    Sausage and Cabbage Stew

    Sausage and Cabbage Stew

    Diana Rattray

     

    This delicious, savory and sweet sausage and cabbage stew is chock full of good-for-you ingredients. Easy on your budget and super filling, it's a wonderful kid-friendly recipe to add to your dinner rotation this fall.

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    Vegetarian Porcini Mushroom Risotto

    Vegetarian Porcini Mushroom Risotto

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    Vegetarian porcini mushroom risotto delivers indulgent flavors that make it a tasty, fancy-feeling entree. Earthy porcini mushrooms are used to impart a pungent, rich flavor that's truly occasion-worthy.