105 Fall Dinner Ideas Starring Easy Seasonal Recipes
Bring on the cranberry, pumpkin and apple everything—come sweater season, we're hungry for all things autumnal. If you're anything like us, you need to try whipping up one (or all) of these 105 fall dinner recipe ideas. They'll satisfy your cravings for seasonal produce (we're talking Brussels sprouts, pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and white potatoes, just to name a handful) and cozy dishes that just taste better in cooler weather, like comforting soups, casseroles, one-pot recipes and slow-cooker meals.
Whether you're whipping up a quick weeknight dinner like butternut squash carbonara during busy back-to-school season, throwing a casual backyard party starring balsamic cranberry chicken or serving pumpkin soup at an epic Halloween party (or Thanksgiving dinner), these easy fall dinner ideas are bound to impress.
1. Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage
Two things we love: hands-off dinners and (practically) zero dishes. Feel free to throw in any near-rotten vegetables that you forgot about in the fridge.
7. Bulgur with Roasted Butternut Squash, Sage and Goat Cheese
Pretty much the only thing we love more than our warmest sweater.
14. Oven-Roasted Buffalo Wings
Admit it: It’s what everyone wants. Serve them with plenty of ranch dressing and crudités.
15. Chrissy Teigen's Cheesy Chicken Milanese Recipe
Our celeb crush doesn’t mess around with fussy dinners, and this 40-minute meal is proof.
20. Huevos Rancheros
Yet another way to put an egg on it. Feel free to add ground chorizo if you'd like meat in the dish.
21. Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry
Throw everything into a skillet and bam—dinner is served faster than you can say, "for delivery, please."
23. Baking Sheet Quesadillas
Why fold and cook a bunch of small tortillas when you can just bake one enormous one?
24. 15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta
Eight billion times better than spaghetti and jarred sauce.
26. Sheet Pan Pomegranate Chicken and Roasted Squash
Full disclosure: We could eat this every night for the rest of our lives.
27. Polenta and Meatballs
Creamy, satisfying comfort food? Coming right up. (Plus, spaghetti is far less exciting than polenta, no?)
28. Pork Scallopini with Lemon, Capers and Radicchio
One pan, endless possibilities. You're only 20 minutes away from this crispy stunner.
29. Cauliflower Fried Rice
Just as savory and satisfying as takeout, minus the carbs. Good looking out, cauliflower.
33. Spiralized Winter Vegetable Gratin
We'd honestly take a nap under all that gooey cheesy on a pillow of parsnips, sweet potatoes and butternut squash if we could.
35. Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage
Aka a vehicle for meat, cheese and pasta.
37. Pasta Alla Norma
Think of it as a healthier, five-ingredient eggplant Parm.
38. Cheater's Skillet Paella
Behold, our favorite way to wow the pants off a crowd. We narrowed the seafood down to shrimp and littleneck clams, so it'll only take you an hour from start to finish.
42. Baking-Sheet Pizza with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Tastes like it was made in an ancient stone pizza oven. (Spoiler: It wasn’t.)
48. One-Pan Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale
No fuss, no mess, all the bragging rights. You're only six ingredients away.
49. Baked Chicken and Mushroom Risotto
Who has time to stand over a hot stove and stir (and stir and stir)? With this shortcut, you don't have to.
50. Cacio e Pepe
It's ready in 20 minutes and you likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. Need we say more?
52. Pesto Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Veggies and Labneh
Everything roasts together on a single sheet tray, leaving you with minimal dirty dishes to clean.
53. Skillet Eggs and Chorizo
This decadent one-pan egg dish takes just 30 minutes to whip up.
56. 10-Minute Pad See Ew
Yup, ten minutes. Is it cool if we eat this for dinner every single night?
55. 15-Minute Skillet Pepper Steak
Eat the rainbow (and peanut oil-kissed top round).
57. 20-Minute Shrimp Scampi Zoodles
We mean it this time: We’re never going back to angel hair again.
60. Grilled Lemon-Herb Chicken and Avocado Salad
Refreshing and filling, thanks to a zingy herb-spiked lemon marinade.
61. Perfect Meatballs with Cherry Tomato Sauce
Few things in life are truly flawless, but this dish makes the cut.
62. Greek Chicken and Rice Skillet
The chicken turns golden-brown while the rice becomes magically crispy. Just trust us on this one.
64. Vegan Butternut Mac and ‘Cheese’ with Smoky Shiitake ‘Bacon’
Forget cheddar. We’re all about rich, creamy puréed squash.
65. Firecracker Chicken with Rice
Shocker: It’s low-maintenance. Serve it with plenty of steamed white rice and sliced scallions.
66. 30-Minute Cheater’s Beef Stroganoff
Comforting like Mom’s cooking. But honestly? Better. (Just don't tell her.)
69. 20-Minute Paleo Egg Roll Bowls
Get the savory pork-and-veggie filling you crave without having to fuss with egg roll wrappers.
71. Pumpkin Polenta
Try it once and it'll become a weekly cold-weather staple in no time.
72. Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa and Spinach
You won’t find any lettuce in this colorful salad. Add grilled chicken to make it more filling.
73. Butternut Squash Pizza
Move over marinara: You’re so last season.
79. One-Pan Sausage With Broccoli Rabe and White Beans
Don’t even think about dirtying all those dishes.
80. Butternut Squash Lasagna
We have a secret: You won’t find any pasta in this lasagna…but we promise you won’t even miss it.
83. Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
Our two favorite pasta dishes just collided to create this mouthwatering masterpiece.
84. Kale Minestrone
One spoonful and you'll never looked at the canned kind the same way again.
85. Vegetable Potpie
Whenever a comfort food craving strikes...you know what to do.
87. One-Pot Autumn Herb Roasted Chicken
All our favorite flavors of the season in one pot.
88. Kale Caesar Salad
Some dinners never go out of style. Massage the kale with olive oil for a few minutes to tenderize it.
89. Potato and Burrata Pizza
Hey now, hey now, this is what dreamsssss are made of.
91. Whole Roasted Chipotle Chicken
The most impressive way to feed a crowd. Your guests will have no clue how little effort it took to make.
92. Honey-Mustard Sheet Pan Salmon
Easy, delicious, healthy *and* lightning fast? We’re in love with this simple fall dinner.
93. Mini Cranberry Potpies
Move over, chicken—we’re in the mood for something unexpected. Each potpie serves two (or um, one).
101. Skillet Roast Chicken with Shmaltzy Potatoes
This dish requires a bit of patience, since the recipe calls for brining the chicken in buttermilk for at least four hours. But once you sink your teeth into the bird's browned, crackly skin, you'll see that it's worth the wait.
104. Sheet-Pan Cashew Chicken
Sheet-pan meals are lifesavers in terms of cleanup, but it can be tough to bake all the components to perfection when they have different cooking times. The key here is roasting the vegetables first until they're soft, then adding the chicken.
105. Sheet-Pan Gnocchi with Sausage, Peppers and Onions
Whether it comes in soup, mac and cheese or atop potatoes, we love gnocchi in all its forms. Melt some provolone cheese on top for a cheesesteak-inspired twist.
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