45 Comforting Dinners To Make This Fall
Hands down, Southern food is the most comforting (and in our opinion, best) cuisine in the world. We love our signature comfort foods more than we can explain to any non-Southerners; but if you’re from down here, you just know. We aren’t afraid to use butter, cream, or mayo to bring a meal together in a heartbeat, and autumn is the perfect time to make some of our favorite comfort foods for the whole family. From casserole bakes to slow-cooked suppers, these comforting fall dinner recipes are sure to leave your crowd full, happy, and feeling cozy throughout the season.
These Comforting Dishes are Perfect for Fall
Sweet Pepper Pasta with Sausage
Recipe: Sweet Pepper Pasta with Sausage
This quick dinner is full of colorful sweet baby bell peppers, hot Italian sausage, and orecchiette pasta—and it only takes 30 minutes, which is perfect for a easy weeknight fix.
Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pies
Recipe: Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pies
Something about chicken pot pie just feels cozy and right during the fall. The perfect pot pie is flaky on top, steaming inside, and 100% delicious.
Recipe: Eggplant Rollups
Skip the carb-heavy pasta for fresh and hearty eggplant. These tasty little bundles are filled with herbed ricotta and topped with marinara.
Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole
Using fresh ingredients is the trick to taking this dish to the next level, with only sacrificing a little time, while crispy panko gives a yummy crunch!
Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta
Reserving pasta water for when you fold all of the ingredients together helps create a smooth, creamy sauce.
Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
This recipe makes an easy weeknight dinner and weekend crowd-pleaser—roasted chicken and potatoes are always a no-brainer.
Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole
This slow-cooker version of traditional spaghetti casserole is a fall weeknight favorite. You won't be stuck in the kitchen all afternoon, which is always a plus.
Emily's Red Beans and Rice
Recipe: Emily's Red Beans and Rice
This dish is perfect for a big family-style meal and only gets better as the flavors meld together over time.
Sweet Potato Soup
BBQ Rub Roasted Chickens with Potatoes and Carrots
Use this leftover chicken for anything, while roasted carrots and potatoes are always a warm fall staple.
Soulful Chicken Soup
Recipe: Soulful Chicken Soup
Something about old-fashioned chicken soup with egg noodles screams comfort for us, and not just on sick or rainy days!
Cornbread Panzanella with Squash
Recipe: Cornbread Panzanella with Squash
This recipe is easy, quick, and fun! This Southern twist on a traditional Italian dish is perfect with cornbread that's toasted enough for a great crunch.
Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
This isn't a boring chowder by any means, with bacon, potatoes, and onions that add so much flavor and varying texture. Don't over-process the chowder to a point that it's too thin or smooth.
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Recipe: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
This signature Creole dish is hearty and gives you a little heat. Overall, this recipe is a great combination of flavorful ingredients, but it can be changed and tweaked easily according to what you like!
Garlicky Roasted Spatchcock Chicken
The golden-brown color on this crispy chicken skin may just rival the beauty of those golden fall leaves. With baby potatoes, carrots, and brussels sprouts all roasting in the same pan as this centerpiece-worthy chicken, you’ve got an entire dinner prepared in just over an hour.
Greek Baked Ziti
Recipe: Greek Baked Ziti
There’s nothing better than a hearty pasta dish, and this bake is packed full with ground beef, two cheeses, and warm seasoning.
Tex-Mex Meatballs in Red Chile Sauce
Switch it up for taco night and trade the plain ground beef for these flavor-packed meatballs. Serve in grilled corn tortillas or over rice with all the toppings you can dream of.
Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Sweet potatoes and apples are two of our favorite fall staples, and they come together beautifully to complement this simple roast chicken.
Pepper Relish Mini Meatloaves
Recipe: Pepper Relish Mini Meatloaves
These miniature versions of a staple fall dish are a great way to feed a family. They’re pre-portioned, helping you avoid any fights over who got the biggest slice.
Recipe: Turkey Tetrazzini
You probably have most of this ingredient list at home already. This casserole is a great way to bring new life to leftover meat, with jarred alfredo sauce and cream of mushroom soup reinvigorating dry, day-after turkey with moisture.
Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta
Pappardelle’s thick ribbon shape is ideal to catch and absorb the rich flavors of fall-favorite Bolognese sauce. Top with shredded parmesan and basil leaves for a pop of saltiness and freshness.
Shepherd’s Pie with Potato Crust
Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie with Potato Crust
The classic shepherd’s pie gets a major upgrade with this stunning scalloped potato crust. Alternating between sweet potato and Yukon gold potatoes gives this pie a stunning visual effect that’s fit for any fall occasion.
Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes
Catch the tail end of the zucchini harvest and make these pork chops with roasted squash and potatoes. This colorful square meal in a sheet pan is guaranteed to please.
Southwest Chicken Cutlet Rice Bowl
This quick and easy rice bowl is endlessly customizable. Top with Southwest chicken or swap out proteins to make a steak-and-rice bowl, or even try making Southwest-seasoned tofu for a vegetarian twist.
Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy
Recipe: Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy
Swiss cheese’s gooey texture makes it ideal for melting. You won’t even need a bun– this hearty burger stands on its own.
Recipe: Shrimp-Okra-and-Sausage Kebabs
These fresh kebabs provide the perfect excuse to fire up the grill this fall. Sausage adds a hearty meat component to complement the light shrimp and crunchy okr
Simple Whole Chicken with Roasted Broccoli-Mushroom Rice
This chicken is broken down ahead of time to make for a perfectly-portioned roast. So dad can have the thighs, the kids can have the drumsticks, and each and every family member will be satisfied with their favorite cuts.
Quick Beef Chili
Recipe: Quick Beef Chili
On those chilly autumn days, a steaming pot of chili will warm your bones in no time. Enjoy by the fire and top with shredded cheese and a spoonful of sour cream for added creaminess. We also love using this beef chili to top baked potatoes.
Honey-Soy-Glazed Salmon with Veggies and Oranges
Salmon isn’t just for the summertime. Salty from the soy sauce and sweet from the honey, this salmon is beautifully broiled and a great option for a lighter main with lots of flavor.
Recipe: Steak-and-Potato Kabobs
If you’re looking to get a bang for your buck at your fall barbecue, cut your steak into cubes and skewer it with potatoes and vegetables. These skewers are a great main course and they’re budget-friendly.
Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Bacon
Lentils are high in fiber, inexpensive, and super nutritious, making them a staple in our fall diets. This easy fall soup pairs lentils with indulgent sweet potatoes and bacon for a well-rounded dish.
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Mushrooms
That golden-brown puff pastry crust is enough to make us swoon. With a creamy chicken filling complete with all the classic pot pie vegetables, you can’t go wrong with this take on a classic.
Recipe: Mushroom Stroganoff
These wide egg noodles swimming in creamy mushroom sauce will transport you back to Grandma’s kitchen.
Recipe: Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole
With mushrooms, sage, and toasted almonds, this stunning casserole utilizes our favorite warm fall ingredients and herbs to complement simple chicken breasts.
Beef Stew with Buttery Garlic Bread
Nothing says fall like a hearty beef stew. Serve this cozy dish at your dinner table or pack it to-go in thermoses. Just don’t forget the crispy garlic bread for dipping.
One-Pan Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, and Collards
Chicken sausage is our new favorite, lighter alternative to smoky pork sausage, and it’s a welcome addition to this autumnal pasta dish.
Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Burgundy-Mushroom Sauce
This stunning roulade of beef is sure to impress your company this fall. Plate with fresh herbs and drizzle the burgundy-mushroom sauce over the beef to help maintain its moisture.
Skillet Vegetable Pie with Goat Cheese
Recipe: Skillet Vegetable Pie
This skillet pie reimagines the classic chicken pot pie, with a vegetarian twist. Super flaky phyllo dough makes for a beautifully crisp crust, and a crumbled goat cheese topping adds richness to this veggie pie.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice
In the fall, we love breaking out our slow cookers and filling the house with warm, fragrant aromas. Find new culinary purpose for that pumpkin in this slow-cooker chicken stew.
Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Recipe: Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Don’t shy away from the greens. This Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake is a great way to incorporate some veggies into your kids’ diets, using the pasta bake as the ever-versatile vehicle.
Recipe: Pecan Soup
Most southerners have mastered the tried-and-true pecan pie, but have you ever tried using those crunchy pecans in a smooth fall soup?
Recipe: Potato-Bacon Hash
Breakfast for dinner just got a major upgrade. Top this Potato-Bacon Hash with a few fried eggs for an easy, budget-friendly way to feed the whole family.
Sweet Potato Fettuccine
Recipe: Sweet Potato Fettuccine
We may all obsess over the summer farmers’ market, but fall has a whole new batch of wonderful seasonal produce to offer. Searching for a healthier substitution for your favorite pasta dish? Look no further than this sweet potato fettuccine.
Bacon-Brussels Sprout-Green Bean Casserole
Who said you need a hearty cut of chicken or beef to make a stunning main dish? This casserole is packed full of roasted fall veggies and, with the addition of crispy bacon, it can stand alone on the dinner table.