30 Easy Fall Side Dishes You Can Make in Less Than 30 Minutes

It’s the eternal kitchen struggle: You want great food, but you don’t want to spend hours toiling away over a hot stove to make great food. Luckily, amazing side dishes don’t have to take all day, as evidenced by these 30 mouthwatering seasonal recipes that come together in 30 minutes or less.

Our 36 Favorite Fall Recipes of All Time

Cacio E Pepe Cauliflower

Cheese all day, every day.

Carrot, Feta And Pistachio Salad

This one tastes as good as it looks.

Sweet Potato Hummus

The dipping possibilities are endless.

Smoked Gouda Potato Pancakes

Top these guys off with a dollop of sour cream.

Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas And Broccoli

Those sugar snap peas, though.

Lemony Fried Brussels Sprouts

We’re keeping this one in rotation all season long.

20-minute Mashed Potatoes

Because the faster it cooks, the sooner we eat.

Mushroom Vegetable Soup

This one’s vegan and gluten-free.

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Savory Monkey Bread

Um, we each get our own loaf, yes?

Easy 30-minute Pumpkin Soup

It doesn’t get anymore autumn than this.

Bourbon Vanilla Cider Cranberry Sauce

Say goodbye to the canned stuff.

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Erin McDowell

Stove-top Mac And Cheese

Sorry, just drooled a little.

Fig, Pistachio And Honey Goat Cheese Bites

Everything is better bite-sized.

Sweet Potato Wedges

Simple and delicious.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

To be drowned in butter, of course.

Lemony Roasted Asparagus

The veggie dish you never knew you needed. (Oh, but you do.)

Brussels Sprouts Skillet With Crispy Pancetta-garlic Bread Crumbs

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Brussels sprouts are the greatest.

Green Bean Bacon Bundles

Question: Does anything taste bad with bacon? (Answer: No).

Fresh Fig, Prosciutto, And Arugula Salad

More cherry tomato vinaigrette, please.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes With Mushroom Gravy

Why have one vegetable when you can have three?

Parmesan Polenta Chips

Grilled to perfection.

Steamed Artichokes

With a lemony melted butter dipping sauce.

Butternut Squash Fritters

Fritters > taters.

Gnocchi With Sausage And Broccoli Rabe

Well, doesn’t this look lovely?

Spinach Artichoke Mini Quiches

Fun fact: These cuties are made with wonton crust.

Loaded Skillet Toasted Green Beans

Pretty much everything we love in one bowl.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Bonus: You don’t need to turn on the oven.

Portobello Fried Brown Rice

What can’t mushrooms do?

Maple Glazed Bacon-wrapped Dates

Just four ingredients, folks.

Warm Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Squash season has commenced, and we’re pumped.

Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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Sarah Stiefvater

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Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...
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