31 Perfect Fall Recipes To Make This October That I Have Been Looking Forward To All Year Long

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Well, it's here at last. Folks, we have officially entered peak fall. September was all about taking advantage of late-summer produce, but October is autumn at its best, with all the delicious flavors that come with it. So here are 31 recipes to make all month long.

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1.Apple Dutch Baby

An apple Dutch baby in a skillet

It's like a pancake, but a giant cast-iron–skillet pancake that's covered in butter and cinnamon apples.

Recipe: Apple Dutch Baby

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2.Sweet Potato and Sausage Frittata

Spinach, sausage, and sweet potato in a skillet

Make a big frittata at the beginning of the week and keep it in the fridge for when you're feeling hungry and lazy. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it always does the trick.

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Sausage Frittata

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3.Baked Oatmeal With Figs and Dates

A slice of baked oatmeal.

This breakfast, made with old-fashioned rolled oats, pecans, cinnamon, dates, and figs, doubles as a dessert, which is obviously excellent news.

Recipe: Baked Oatmeal With Figs and Dates

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4.Potato and Brussels Breakfast Sheet Pan Hash

Sheet pan Brussels sprout and potato hash with eggs.

Make this sheet pan breakfast to feed the whole family. You can always add more root vegetables, like butternut squash, sweet potato, turnip, or parsnip.

Recipe: Potato and Brussels Breakfast Sheet Pan Hash

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5.Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

Scrambled egg and sweet potato breakfast bowls.

Roasted zucchini and sweet potato are topped with a bright and zesty tomato avocado salsa, then it's all paired with soft scrambled eggs for an irresistible one-bowl breakfast.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

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6.Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Pesto Pasta

Brussels sprouts and bacon pasta salad

Bacon and Brussels sprouts are a match made in heaven when it comes to fall cooking. Add your favorite pasta and a dollop of pesto to the mix, and you've got a good thing.

Recipe: Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Pesto Pasta

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7.Chicken Thighs With Shallots in Red Wine Vinegar

Chicken thighs in red wine vinegar sauce with spinach.

This French-inspired dish, called poulet au vinaigre, is simple yet full of flavor. It calls for mostly cheap and simple ingredients, like chicken thighs, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, chicken both, shallots, and dry white wine.

Recipe: Chicken Thighs With Shallots in Red Wine Vinegar

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8.Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Sweet potato and quinoa burrito bowls

Imagine all the flavors you love about a burrito, but in one single bowl. You can prep all the ingredients ahead of time for an easy lunch or dinner on the go.

Recipe: Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowl

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9.Sticky and Crispy Sesame Cauliflower

Sticky sesame cauliflower in lettuce wraps.

Cauliflower florets are battered in flour, roasted in the oven, and then tossed in a sweet and savory sesame sauce with soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and chili paste. Serve it on rice, in lettuce wraps, or however you like best!

Recipe: Sticky and Crispy Sesame Cauliflower

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10.Ground Beef Cabbage Soup

Ground beef and cabbage soup in a pot

Hearty, comforting, and oh so delicious, this cozy-weather soup recipe comes together in a single pot. And thanks to ground beef, you can make it very quickly.

Recipe: Ground Beef Cabbage Soup

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11.Herb Baked Fish With Rainbow Bell Peppers

Herb baked fish with peppers.

This fish recipe seems complicated, but it's so simple and comes together with just a handful of basic ingredients. Start with a flaky white fish like cod, hake, or haddock.

Recipe: Herb Baked Fish With Rainbow Bell Peppers

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12.Easy Okonomiyaki (Cabbage Pancakes)

Mixing ingredients for cabbage pancakes.

This popular Japanese street food is actually surprisingly easy to make right in your kitchen. It's a real clean-out-the-fridge recipe because you can add any ingredients (meat, seafood, veggies, you name it) to the cabbage mixture.

Recipe: Easy Okonomiyaki (Cabbage Pancakes)

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13.Herbed Farro Risotto (Farrotto) With Crispy Shallots

Farro risotto in a pot.

Farro, shallots, and herbs are simmered in chicken stock, white wine, and butter until it's so rich and creamy, it takes on a risottolike quality.

Recipe: Herbed Farro Risotto (Farrotto) With Crispy Shallots

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14.Gnocchi With Butternut Squash, Brown Butter, Pancetta, and Sage

Gnocchi with pancetta, butternut squash, and sage

Name a more iconic fall flavor combination. I'll wait...

Recipe: Gnocchi With Butternut Squash, Brown Butter, Pancetta, and Sage

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15.Crockpot Parmesan White Bean Chicken Soup With Roasted Delicata Squash

Roasting delicata squash.

It's officially slow cooker season. Take full advantage, starting with this filling yet delicate chicken, white bean, and squash soup.

Recipe: Crockpot Parmesan White Bean Chicken Soup With Roasted Delicata Squash

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16.Ground Turkey Egg Roll in a Bowl

Ground turkey egg roll in a bowl

You don't have to use ground turkey, of course. Use whatever protein you like best. Something like tofu or shrimp also tastes great.

Recipe: Ground Turkey Egg Roll in a Bowl

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17.Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sausage stuffed acorn squash.

Acorn squash is stuffed with a mixture of chicken sausage or Italian sausage, diced apples, mixed mushrooms, sage, and Parmesan; then it's baked until golden brown, cheesy, and tender.

Recipe: Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

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18.Pumpkin Alla Vodka Pasta

A bowl of pumpkin pasta alla vodka.

When it comes to pumpkin season, it's time to think way beyond desserts. This savory pumpkin pasta sauce is savory, slightly spicy, and totally decadent.

Recipe: Pumpkin Alla Vodka Pasta

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19.Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Ingredients for wild rice mushroom soup.

You've been waiting all year for soup season, and now it's finally here. This creamy, vegetarian blend of carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms, wild rice, cream, and Parmesan won't disappoint.

Recipe: Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

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20.Herb Brown Butter Scallops With Champagne Risotto

Scallops over risotto.

Scallops are not just for summer. Pair them with creamy risotto at the base and you've got a decadent fall comfort food.

Recipe: Herb Brown Butter Scallops With Champagne Risotto

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21.Butternut Squash Mac 'n' Cheese

Mac 'n' cheese with butternut squash sauce.

While still perfectly cheesy, butternut squash gives mac 'n' cheese a seasonal, savory-sweet flavor that is totally delicious.

Recipe: Butternut Squash Mac 'n' Cheese

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22.Gingery Coconut Sweet Potato and Rice Stew With Chili Oil

Sweet potato and rice stew with naan for dipping.

You can make this stew in a single pot...even an Instant Pot if you want to save time and effort. Don't forget about the chili oil drizzle. It's the perfect spicy complement to the sweet potato curry.

Recipe: Gingery Coconut Sweet Potato and Rice Stew With Chili Oil

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23.Mushroom "Carnitas" Tacos

Roasted mushroom carnitas on a sheet pan.

Vegan carnitas? You bet it's possible. This recipe calls for king oyster mushrooms, but you can also use baby bellas, shiitakes, or a mix. Serve them in tortillas with your favorite taco toppings.

Recipe: Mushroom "Carnitas" Tacos

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24.Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin whoopie pies with powdered sugar

Light, fluffy, moist, and stuffed with savory cream cheese frosting, these pumpkin whoopie pies are going to be a permanent fixture in your fall dessert routine.

Recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Cream Cheese Frosting

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25.No-Bake Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients for sweet potato cheesecake bars.

No oven, no problem. These sweet-meets-savory dessert bars rest in the fridge for about eight hours until they're set and ready to eat.

Recipe: No-Bake Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

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26.Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

Drizzling caramel onto sticky toffee pudding cake.

Made with dates, brown sugar, eggs, and butter, then topped with a sticky and sweet toffee syrup, this cake is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

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27.Maple Frosted Apple Blondies

Stacked maple apple blondies

You've probably already had enough apple crumble, pie, and galette to last you until next fall. Mix things up with this apple pie–inspired blondie, topped with sweet maple frosting.

Recipe: Maple Frosted Apple Blondies

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28.Apple Pumpkin Bundt Cake

An apple pumpkin Bundt cake

Why choose between apple and pumpkin when you can combine both into one perfect cake? It's clearly the best of both worlds.

Recipe: Apple Pumpkin Bundt Cake

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29.Apple Bourbon Smash

Apple bourbon smash with a cinnamon stick in a glass

Nothing warms you right up like apples, cinnamon, and whiskey.

Recipe: Apple Bourbon Smash

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30.Honey Vanilla Pear Margaritas

A honey vanilla pear margarita

Not your average margarita, this seasonal blend gets a kick from a trio of pear nectar, orange, and lime juice. Don't sleep on the honey vanilla simple syrup. You can do without it to save time, but it really kicks things up a notch.

Recipe: Honey Vanilla Pear Margaritas

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31.Cranberry Orange Aperol Spritz

Cranberry orange Aperol spritzes

I'm starting a movement to extend spritz season way beyond summertime, and it starts like this.

Recipe: Cranberry Orange Aperol Spritz

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