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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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
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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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.Continue to 5 of 34 below.
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Creamy Corn and Seafood Chowder
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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Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs
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.Continue to 9 of 34 below.
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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
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 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.Continue to 13 of 34 below.
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Stuffed Pasta Shells With Pumpkin Bacon Sauce
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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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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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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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.Continue to 17 of 34 below.
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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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Roasted Salmon With Lemon Dill Sauce
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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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.Continue to 21 of 34 below.
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Hearty Crockpot Fish Stew
A 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
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
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
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.Continue to 25 of 34 below.
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Vegan Ginger Carrot Soup
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
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
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.Continue to 29 of 34 below.
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Pork Barbecue Sloppy Joe Sandwiches
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
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
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
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.Continue to 33 of 34 below.
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