What ideas do you have when thinking of “autumn dinner”? Should they be steaming dishes to warm you up? Or should they be packed with all the autumn flavors? No matter what the criteria, my recipes will absolutely meet your demands.
Some people just want a light meal for dinner so they can sleep more easily. But others need a hearty one to recharge their energy. My list here will satisfy you all as it includes both light-hearted dishes like soups, pasta, or salad and filling recipes such as stew.
31 Hand-Picked Ideas For Your Autumn Dinner
While most of these autumn recipes don’t take much time, some are more time-consuming. However, when you’re out of ideas for preparing dinner dishes, these are what you can fall back on. Not to mention, you can make more of them and refrigerate the leftovers for longer use.
- Pumpkin And Apple Soup
- Stuffed Pepper Soup
- Roasted Cauliflower Soup
- Sweet Potato Soup
- Chicken Pozole Verde
- Wendy’s Chili
- Thai Green Curry With Chicken
- Chili Verde
- Chicken Fricassee
- Feijoada (Black Bean Stew)
- Coq Au Vin (Chicken In Wine)
- Toasted Ravioli
- Pumpkin Pasta
- Gnocchi Parisienne
- Savory Bread Pudding
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Turkey Roulade
- Pumpkin Pizza
- Turkey Tetrazzini
- Butternut Squash Casserole
- Eggplant Rollatini
- Apple Pie
- Baked Potatoes
- Cranberry Stuffed Pork Chops
- Pot Roast
- Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Salmon Cakes
- Smothered Pork Chops
- Zucchini Fritters
- Shrimp Biryani
- Cornbread Panzanella
Keep reading for more details!
5 Warm Soups For A Chilly Autumn Night
When the temperature starts dropping, I always think of making some soup to warm myself up. And while some particular types take a lot of time, these recipes below are entirely opposite.
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Autumn is the pumpkin and apple season. So, there’s no reason not to combine them into a warm soup like this one.
This recipe doesn’t require any cream since the vegetable puree is thick enough. Sometimes I even have to add more veggie stock to thin it out. And don’t forget to roast the pumpkin beforehand for a deeper and more complex flavor.
This recipe got its name because it takes all the ingredients in stuffed peppers like peppers, meat, cheese, rice and makes a soup with them.
Is it delicious? Absolutely yes! Moreover, it takes less time than regular soups. You only need less than an hour to prepare and cook it. And stuffed pepper soup matches well with any side dishes, from cornbread, crackers to a fresh salad.
Here is full guidance to make stuffed pepper soup.
If you want a lighter dinner meal, roasted cauliflower soup is an appropriate choice. And why do I use roasted instead of normal ones? It’s because roasting can keep more nutrients and release more cauliflower sweetness.
For the topping, use bacon, grated cheese for more richness, or chopped parsley, chives, and toasted hazelnuts if you want an entirely vegetarian version.
Just the look of this soup reminds me of autumn. And its taste is fantastic beyond imagination! A combination between creamy sweet potatoes and warm spices can comfort you immediately.
Since sweet potato soup is pretty rich on its own, you don’t need to prepare any complex side dishes. Just a green salad or toasted bread is enough.
When preparing this dish, make sure you keep an eye out for signs of spoilage in sweet potatoes as it’s a lot harder to tell that sweet potatoes are bad. I’m certain you don’t want to eat an unappetizing soup made from spoiled ingredients.
If you want some exotic soups to liven dinner time, chicken pozole should be on your checklist. It’s a traditional Mexican soup with either pork or chicken.
According to original recipes, pozole would take several days to nixtamalize corn kernels. But of course, you don’t have that much time to make just one dish, so you can buy ready-made Hominy corn at stores instead.
Follow this instruction and make your own chicken pozole!
6 Flavorful Stews That Are Ready To Serve You In Autumn
While those soups are convenient, sometimes I crave the complex flavor of stews. Of course, they would take some time for all the flavors to blend perfectly. But a slow cooker can solve this problem for you.
I’d love to introduce you to a well-loved dish: Wendy’s chili. Its vivid red color can attract anyone with a hungry stomach. But this recipe is not too spicy. You can adjust the amount of chili powder to suit your palates. Topping the dish with sour cream or corn can also reduce the heat.
My other favorite toppings are bacon and tortilla chips. The former offers a smoky flavor, whereas the latter provides a crunchy texture.
Just like its name indicates, this curry has a bright green color, which can take you back to summer days if you are tired of chilly autumn.
This color comes from Thai basil, cilantro, and makrut lime leaf, some of which are hard to find. But luckily, nowadays, you can buy green curry paste in Asian grocery stores. Compared to other curries, the green one is milder, but you can add more spices for extra heat.
Chili Verde, also known as green chili, is famous for its bright green color from green tomatillo and roasted green chilis. Easo to make, Chili Verde is one of the many delicious Mexican dishes you can prepare with crockpots. So if you’re busy, definitely check out this easy and quick recipe.
Inside this unique sauce, you’ll find chunks of pork or chicken that have been cooked till tender. Since Chili Verde can be extremely spicy, it’s usually served with rice to tone down the heat.
You’ll want to make chili verde right away with this! Watch this video:
Fricassee refers to a cooking method mixed between sauteed and stew. The meat first gets braised and then cooked in a flavored sauce. You can enjoy it with rice, pasta, or bread.
In this case, I’ll use bone-in chicken thighs as the main ingredient since they can stay tender and juicy even after being cooked for a long time.
This Brazilian stew has its name due to its main ingredient – black beans (feijoada à brasileira in Brazil). Hearty and savory, this black bean stew often appears alongside various side dishes from Brazil, most notably among which is Brazilian Vinaigrette Salsa.
With other components like pork or beef, traditional recipes require cooking for a long time at low temperatures in a thick clay pot. However, nowadays, you can use a slow cooker as a shortcut.
Coq au vin, meaning “rooster with wine” in French, is originally a recipe for the poor to tenderize their old birds. But nowadays, it has become a famous dish with chicken simmering in wine.
As for the wine, there are two options for you: One is red Burgundy wine in traditional recipes. Or you can use white wine as an altered version.
You coq au vin will taste like a high-class one with this recipe.
Have You Tried These 3 Autumn Pastas?
While pasta doesn’t have any specific theme, you can add a touch of autumn into these dishes by adding fall ingredients to their fillings or making them into a sauce.
Ravioli is an Italian pasta which features savor fillings to deliver you a satisfying bite. Often used to prepare Italian dishes for first courses, ravioli is suitable for various cooking methods, including steaming, toasting, baking, and even deep-frying.
There aren’t many differences between this and the original version. You’ll just need to coat it with egg mixture and breadcrumbs before frying. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese and fresh basil for a finishing touch.
Autumn is a perfect chance for you to try pumpkin pasta. Not only is it tasty, but this recipe is also easy to make.
To make the pumpkin sauce, mix the pumpkin puree with coconut milk. You can switch coconut with regular milk or cream. A sprinkle of paprika is enough to bring heat to this pumpkin pasta.
Don’t know where to start with pumpkin pasta? Here is your answer!
While the gnocchi is usually made of wheat flour and potatoes, the ones in this recipe have choux pastry as their main ingredient. It’s the same component in cream puffs and eclairs.
Topping this gnocchi is sauteed mushrooms and Bechamel sauce, one of the mother sauces in French cuisine. You can make both the pasta and sauce ahead to save more time when cooking.
12 Baking And Roasting Dishes That Bring Autumn To Your Home
I must say whenever I see some of these dishes, I get reminded about autumn. Maybe it’s because of their components, or the warm feeling they bring to me, etc. Whatever the answer is, let’s try some to see if you have the same experience.
From its name, most people would think of bread pudding as a dessert. Well, while it does contain all the baking ingredients like milk and cream, you can still make it into a savory dish.
You can make various combinations to your likings in this recipe, like BBQ chicken with apple, sausage with cheese, or mushrooms with asparagus.
No matter how many years pass, I still can’t get bored with classic dishes like this chicken pot pie. Tender chicken, various veggies in a thick, cream gravy, and a crispy crust, all of them make my perfect dinner.
Of course, you can alter this dish if you want a change of flavor. For example, change your chicken to turkey or add some celery to the pie crust. And when it comes to chicken pot pie’s side dishes, there are so many options to choose from, but I recommend opting for fresh salad.
This classic chicken pot pie will blow your mind with its flavor! Watch this video:
While turkey is a symbol for the Thanksgiving table, you don’t have to wait until that day to cook it. This turkey roulade is suitable for a small gathering or a dinner for two.
In France, “roulade” means “to roll”. That’s why, in this recipe, you’ll roll the turkey breasts with mushrooms, ham, and cheese as the main ingredients. Then, bake the turkey until you notice signs of cooked turkey. Take everything out and serve!
Pizza with pumpkin seems like a bizarre idea. But let me assure you, this tastes delicious beyond expectation!
With pumpkin as its base, all the autumn flavor has concentrated into this pizza. For the topping, you can choose whatever you want. Make it simple with cheese and caramelized onions, or emphasize the autumn feeling with roasted pumpkin, blue cheese, and bacon.
If you have some turkey left from the Thanksgiving dinner, make it into a poultry tetrazzini instead of throwing it away.
With juicy turkey meat covered in a rich, creamy sauce and a hint of wine flavor, you can’t stop devouring this dish. When you are too busy to make tetrazzini from scratch, feel free to use condensed cream and mushroom soup for the sauce.
Here lies the secret to a perfect turkey tetrazzini! You should see the video below:
Traditional casserole uses meat or fish for protein, but I’ll use butternut squash instead in this recipe. It’s also an excellent way to bring autumn to your house.
Butternut squash casserole tastes sweet and savory at the same time, so you can use it for dinner or as a dessert. My choice is to eat it first at dinner and have the rest as breakfast the following day.
While rollatini sounds like an Italian word, it doesn’t appear in the Italian dictionary. In fact, Italians have another name to call this dish: Involtini.
But whatever name it’s called, this dish consists of thin eggplant slices rolled with ricotta cheese and baked in marinara sauce. You can swap ricotta for other cheese or even pasta to make a fun twist.
Originating from England, apple pie has become one of the most American favorite comfort foods. From the double-crusted classic one, it has evolved into numerous versions. I even believe each house has its own recipe for apple pie.
Nothing beats eating a warm apple pie on a cool night. Apples turn sweeter in autumn but still retain their sourness, making them suitable for this pie. Serve it with some whipped cream or cheddar cheese for an indulging evening treat.
Your apple pie will turn even more delicious with this recipe.
You can call these calzones are pizza pockets because they have the same appearance as pizza filled with toppings. Common choices are salami, ham, veggies, and all kinds of cheese. Some places even add eggs to them.
However, don’t overstuff your calzones, as they can break apart when baking. Another cooking choice is frying, but I don’t really recommend it since your calzones can be too greasy.
Sometimes, when I’m too tired to clean up all the bowls and dishes after a meal, I make some baked potatoes for myself.
This dish can meet both of my demands: Convenience and flavor. You just need to toss them in the oven and get them out after an hour or so. And these potatoes can go with numerous toppings, from cheese, sour cream to bacon and veggies.
It may sound strange, but the sour, bitter, and slightly sweet cranberries make a beautiful filling. It’s precisely because of its tanginess that gives a flavor kick to your pork chops.
You can use either dried cranberries or their sauce. If you choose the latter, make sure you pick the whole-berry variety so it won’t melt. Raisins are an appropriate replacement for dried cranberries, but your pork chops will taste less sour.
Many people don’t favor tough cuts like chuck steak, bottom round, or short ribs, but they are perfect for this slow cooking method.
It’s because roasting at low heat for a long time will break down the tough connective tissues, making your beef have a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture. For this recipe, you can use an instant pot to reduce the cooking time.
5 Fantastic Autumn Recipes That Requires Frying
The golden-brown of all fried dishes takes me back to autumn every time I see it. And although too much fried food can cause diseases, the crunchy feel when biting into them makes me unable to stop myself.
While it’s called “fried rice”, there’s no actual rice in this recipe. Instead, you will use cauliflower, either frozen or fresh.
Apart from that, the process is the same as typical fried rice. However, to perfect this dish, you should stir-fry the cauliflower with high heat so it can be cooked fast enough without turning mushy.
If you are on a low carb diet, you must try this cauliflower fried rice!
If you’re going to grill some burgers for dinner, just stop right here because I will introduce to you a tastier, more nutritious dish: Salmon cakes.
Salmon season lasts up to mid-October, so you can search for some fresh ones to make these cakes. However, leftover or canned salmon is still a decent choice.
Smothered pork chops are one of the classic Southern dishes. “Smother” means pan-frying the coated meat first and simmering it in a rich, creamy sauce. This dish doesn’t take up to one hour to finish.
The best combination with these pork chops is rice, mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflowers since they can soak up all the tasty sauce. You can add cornbread or salads as a side dish.
How to make true Southern smothered pork chops? The answer is right here!
Fritters are battered and deep-fried foods. They can be meat, seafood, vegetables, or fruits. In this recipe, zucchini is the main ingredient.
The best thing about fritters is you don’t need to worry about seasoning. Just a sprinkle of sea salt in the batter is enough. Or you can serve them with some kicky sauce like spicy salsa or chutney.
Rice is always a perfect choice for dinner, no matter what season. And in this part, I’ll introduce a rice dish from Indian named “biryani”.
Depending on different regions, biryani can vary vastly. In Iranian cuisine, you’re supposed to slow cook the meat in its very own juice before frying this meat with some rice. However, whatever version of biryani you intend to cook, it’s always necessary to use basmati rice.
You don’t need to be an Indian to perfect this shrimp biryani.
How About A Salad On An Autumn Night For A Change?
I must admit the salad season is spring and summer. But there are no rules stating I can’t make one for autumn dinner. Many fruits and veggies turn ripe when fall comes, so it’s an excellent chance to make some salads for yourself.
This is a mixture of Italian classic bread salad with Southern favorite snack. While the original Panzanella uses stale bread, I’ll replace it with toasted cornbread since it’s tastier with the same crunchiness.
Other ingredients can stay the same as usual, with onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, and fresh basil. Or you can change them to your preference, like adding cheese or crispy veggies.
You can make this cornbread panzanella with all leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. The video below should be able to help you:
Have You Made Your Decision?
It’s hard to pick only some among those delicious ideas. So it’s better if you make a huge autumn party with your relatives so you guys can enjoy more of them.
That’s why don’t hesitate to share this article with your mates so they can help you with the preparation and cooking. And if you have other ideas about autumn dinner, feel free to write them down in the comment section.
Table of Contents
- 31 Hand-Picked Ideas For Your Autumn Dinner
- 5 Warm Soups For A Chilly Autumn Night
- 6 Flavorful Stews That Are Ready To Serve You In Autumn
- Have You Tried These 3 Autumn Pastas?
- 12 Baking And Roasting Dishes That Bring Autumn To Your Home
- 5 Fantastic Autumn Recipes That Requires Frying
- How About A Salad On An Autumn Night For A Change?
- Have You Made Your Decision?
- 30+ Awesome Dinner Ideas To Welcome Autumn