24 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.

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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.

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Chicken-and-Collards Pilau

Recipe: Chicken-and-Collards Pilau

Throw some rice, chicken and collards together for a warm Southern dinner. This savory one-pot meal is full of tasty ingredients like quick-cooking basmati rice, garlic, collard greens, and Cajun smoked sausage.

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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.

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Eggplant Rollups

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.

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Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Recipe: Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

This hearty dish gets extra flavor from browning the pork chops well in the skillet to produce a pan sauce with mustard and cream. Apples and onions pair perfectly with this easy dinner.

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Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole

Recipe: 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!

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Classic Beef Chili

Recipe: Classic Beef Chili

Chili is a classic fall favorite, and you can throw this warm dish together in under an hour. Top with spicy jalapeños and crunchy radishes for an extra touch.

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Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta

Recipe: Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta

Reserving pasta water for when you fold all of the ingredients together helps create a smooth, creamy sauce.

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Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Recipe: 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.

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Classic Chicken and Dumplings

Recipe: Classic Chicken and Dumplings

This classic chicken and dumplings recipe is a true Southern comfort. Easy handmade dumplings made with only five ingredients are the key to this deliciously creamy dish.

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Spaghetti Casserole

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.

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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.

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Sweet Potato Soup

Recipes: Sweet Potato Soup

This warm fall soup is packed with flavor from sweet potatoes, buttery Yukon Gold potatoes, healthy carrots, and warm spices. Top with toasted pecans for some crunch.

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Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna

Recipe: Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna

This dinner is kid-certified and can be made in a slow cooker—also meaning, perfect for any weeknight! It’s different enough from your classic lasagna to keep things interesting.

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BBQ Rub Roasted Chickens with Potatoes and Carrots

Recipe: 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.

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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!

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Grilled Shrimp and Smoky Grilled-Corn Grits

Recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Smoky Grilled-Corn Grits

This skewer version of shrimp and grits is comforting and so flavor-packed. Grilled corn kernels, cheddar cheese and chipotle pepper make the grits decadently amazing.

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Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

This classic comfort meatloaf is as close as you can get to how Mama used to make it. Spice up the traditional ketchup topping with a few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.

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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.

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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.

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Smothered Enchiladas

Recipe: Smothered Enchiladas 

Seasoned ground beef and green chiles tucked inside tortillas (this recipe calls for flour tortillas, but you can always use corn tortillas) are baked in a dish with a deliciously creamy mixture of green chiles, sour cream, and cream of chicken soup. Top with plenty of cheese and bake until bubbly!

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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!

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Cornbread-Stuffed Zucchini

Recipe: Cornbread-Stuffed Zucchini

This stuffed veggie recipe is a filling dinner with fresh vegetables, hearty ground chicken, and—of course—cornbread!

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Grilled Chicken and Toasted Couscous Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing