60 Easy Fall Dinner Ideas That Are Healthy, Cozy and Great for Weeknight Meals

These autumn recipes will be your go-to for comforting dishes.

easy fall dinner recipes
Mike Garten

We may be waving goodbye to long summer days and backyard BBQs, but there’s plenty to look forward to in the fall. Not only do we get to enjoy gorgeous fall foliage and cooler temperatures, it’s also a time we get to enjoy delicious fall flavors that are packed in pumpkin recipes, fall cocktails, and of course, Thanksgiving dinner! Autumn has some of the best seasonal ingredients, like apples, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, and pumpkin spice to name just a few. That's why we have rounded up some easy fall dinner ideas so you can enjoy the best of all these seasonal flavors, even on busy weeknights!

From cozy dishes like dutch oven recipes and fall soups to post-meal treats like fall desserts and Thanksgiving cupcakes. Fall is all about comfort food, which means that there are plenty of hearty dishes the whole family will love like filling casseroles and easy pasta dishes. Even if you’re short on time, you can quickly whip up dinner with these air fryer recipes, Instant Pot meals, or set it and forget it with these slow cooker ideas — meaning you won’t be scrambling to get a healthy fall meal together. Several of these recipes also keep well, making them a good choice for make-ahead meals.

Whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving inspiration or just need to mix up your weeknight menu, these fall dinner ideas are sure to be a hit.

butternut squash curry soup in a pot
Mike Garten
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Butternut Squash Curry

This savory curry dish made with butternut squash and a ton of other veggies is sure to become a weeknight staple in your household. It comes together in about 45 minutes and is a great make-ahead meal.

Get the Butternut Squash Curry recipe.

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cheesy chicken broccoli casserole
Mike Garten
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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Is there anything cozier than toasty breadcrumbs atop cheesy broccoli and chicken? We don't think so.

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tomato soup with a parmesan crostini
Mike Garten
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Tomato Soup with Parmesan Crostini

This comforting classic gets a major upgrade thanks to the finishing touch of the parmesan-crusted toasted bread.

Get the Tomato Soup With Parmesan Crostini recipe.

meatballs and spaghetti on a plate
Mike Garten
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Spaghetti and Air Fryer Meatballs

Put your air fryer to use for this classic comfort food. It only takes about 10 minutes to cook the meatballs, so you can whip this dinner up for your family even when you're short on time.

Get the Spaghetti and Air Fryer Meatballs recipe.

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mushroom pizza for fall
Mike Garten
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Fall Mushroom Pizza

Put an autumnal twist on pizza night with this recipe. It brings together fresh thyme, a medley of mushrooms, and plenty of cheese.

Get the Fall Mushroom Pizza recipe.

chicken, sausage and white bean fall stew
Mike Garten
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Chicken, Sausage, and White Bean Stew

Slow cooked chicken and beans make for a protein-packed stew. Get cozy and get cooking.

Get the Chicken, Sausage, and White Bean Stew recipe.

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french onion soup in white bowls
Mike Garten
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French Onion Soup

Onions, slowly cooked until deep brown and caramelized, give this classic its distinctive flavor. Great for a party, this recipe is easily doubled; simply cook the onions in two skillets.

Get the French Onion Soup recipe.

three bowls of instant pot risotto with greens and an egg on top
Mike Garten
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Instant Pot Risotto

A comforting bowl of this Italian classic now requires zero effort with the help from a multi-cooker. Top with any flavors you fancy: Pesto, lemon zest, peas, or a fried egg will all do the trick.

Get the Instant Pot Risotto recipe.

roasted butternut squash salad on a plate
Mike Garten
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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette

Butternut squash and a rich nutty dressing will convince you to introduce this vegetarian dinner to your fall meal routine.

Get the Roasted Butternut Squash Salad With Tahini Vinaigrette recipe.

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coq au vin rose fall stew in a dutch oven
Mike Garten
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Coq Au Vin Rosé

A twist on classic coq au vin made with pink wine, this crowd-pleaser is loaded with mushrooms and bacon too.

Get the Coq Au Vin Rosé recipe.

butternut squash, lentils, and spinach in a white bowl
Mike Garten
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Winter Squash and Lentil Stew

Reason no. 765 to invest in an Instant Pot: A bowl of this cozy, hearty stew will be ready in 35 minutes flat.

Get the Winter Squash and Lentil Stew recipe.

braised short ribs over polenta
Mike Garten
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Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta

These tender braised Instant Pot short ribs are the newest star of weeknight dinner: No effort required.

Get the Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta recipe.

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a stack of ground beef chuck and beef melts
Mike Garten
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Patty Melts

Step aside, cheeseburgers, and grilled cheese. Meet the epic mashup of these two nostalgic diner meals.

Get the Patty Melts recipe.

RELATED: Insanely Good Grilled Cheese Recipes

moroccan meatballs with tomatoes over couscous
Mike Garten
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Moroccan Meatballs

Skip the spaghetti! These jazzed-up meatballs are served over a bed of roasted tomatoes, feta and herby couscous.

Get the Moroccan Meatballs recipe.

pork chops with coconut rice and bok choy
Mike Garten
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Pork Chops with Bok Choy and Coconut Rice

Creamy rice cooked in coconut milk is the perfect rich partner to a golden-brown pork chop.

Get the Pork Chops with Bok Choy and Coconut Rice recipe.

roasted cauliflower pizza on a wooden pizza peel
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

This five-ingredient favorite showcases the season's forever trendy vegetable: cauliflower.

Get the Roasted Cauliflower Pizza recipe.

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chickpea and kale rigatoni with smoky bread crumbs on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Chickpea and Kale Rigatoni with Smoky Bread Crumbs

Boxed pasta transforms into a restaurant-worthy main, with a little help from smoky bread crumbs, crispy chickpeas and melty Manchego.

Get the Chickpea and Kale Rigatoni with Smoky Bread Crumbs recipe.

mushroom chicken skillet with herbed cream sauce in a cast iron
Mike Garten
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Mushroom Chicken Skillet with Herbed Cream Sauce

Bring a baguette to the table, so everyone can sop up all of this creamy miso-mushroom sauce.

Get the Mushroom Chicken Skillet with Herbed Cream Sauce recipe.

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healthy acorn squash on a piece of parchment paper
Mike Garten
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Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cranberries and Feta

Packed with all the good stuff, like antioxidant-rich berries, Swiss chard and 100% whole grains, this vegetarian main is hearty enough to keep you satisfied and good for your heart, too.

Get the Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cranberries and Feta recipe.

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pork chops with balsamic braised cabbage and apples  on a white plate
Danielle Occhiogrosso
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Pork Chops with Balsamic-Braised Cabbage and Apples

Whether you do your apple picking at the orchard or grocery store, make the most of your fresh-picked bounty by turning it into tonight's dinner.

Get the Pork Chops with Balsamic-Braised Cabbage and Apples recipe.

RELATED: The 80 Tastiest Apple Recipes to Try for Fall

green salad with chicken, butternut squahs and goat cheese
Emily Kate Roemer
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Autumn Squash Salad

The caramelized butternut squash and crispy roast chicken pieces in this salad make turning on the oven 100% worth it.

Get the Autumn Squash Salad recipe.

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sausage cauliflower skillet casserole in a cast iron
Mike Garten
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Sausage Cauliflower Skillet Casserole

Cauliflower, broth and farro cook over a low simmer before you mix in beans and fresh herbs in this one-dish wonder.

Get the Sausage Cauliflower Skillet Casserole recipe.

pork chops, roasted potatoes and green beans on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Peppercorn Pork Chops

Master the art of this creamy shallot-thyme pan sauce, and your fall nights will be infinitely better. Spoon it over pork chops, steaks and roasted chicken thighs for a hit of peppery decadence.

Get the Peppercorn Pork Chops recipe.

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harvest succotash ravioli in a skillet
Mike Garten
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Harvest Succotash Ravioli

Corn kernels, bell peppers and fresh thyme leaves add pops of fall color to a package of store-bought ravioli.

Get the Harvest Succotash Ravioli recipe.

pumpkin and sage soup in a bowl
Quentin Bacon
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Savory Pumpkin and Sage Soup

Topped with fried sage and shiitake mushrooms, this pumpkin bowl of comfort (made with onions, nutmeg and fresh ginger) is the ultimate sophisticated soup.

Get the Savory Pumpkin and Sage Soup recipe.

healthy spaghetti squash with cheese on top
Emily Kate Roemer
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Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

Take advantage of the fall harvest by substituting squash for carb-heavy pasta.

Get the Spaghetti Squash Alfredo recipe.

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spanish chorizo stew in a pot
Mike Garten
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Spanish Chorizo Stew

Stock your pantry with canned chickpeas, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth and cured Spanish chorizo, so you're always ready to make this flavor-packed, 20-minute stew.

Get the Spanish Chorizo Stew recipe.

pork ragu rigatoni in a bowl
Mike Garten
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Pork Ragu Rigatoni

With the temps dropping, it makes sense to stay inside and cook up some homemade pasta with your amore. If you want a bowl stat, though, opt for store-bought noodles.

Get the Pork Ragu Rigatoni recipe.

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tuscan, sausage, and kale frittata in a cast iron pan
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Tuscan Sausage and Kale Frittata

Because this frittata features so much mozzarella, marinara, and kale, it's easy to serve up eggs and call it dinner.

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a close up of a kale and roasted cauliflower salad in a bowl
Danielle Occhiogrosso
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Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad

This combination of roasted cauliflower and marinated kale is brought to a whole new level with the addition of sweet golden raisins, crunchy pine nuts, and sharp pieces of feta.

Get the Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad recipe.

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