Our 20 Best Simple Fall Dinners to Up Your Weeknight Dinner Game

Fall for these quick and easy meals

What’s better than a hassle-free dinner that’s satisfying and delicious? No, we’re not talking about ordering out: these easy homemade recipes are better than anything that comes in a takeout box, and they’re packed with seasonal ingredients ingredients like butternut squash, apples and mushrooms. Maybe you’re in the mood for lighter fare, like a fall salad, or perhaps you’re craving your favorite comfort food dish? From butternut squash and mozzarella pizza to creamy pasta smothered in pesto sauce, add our best simple fall dinner recipes to your repertoire of weeknight meals.

Squash Soup (Soupe de Courge)

Lulu Peyraud explains that this Provençal squash soup has “just enough potato to give a little body to the soup, lots of celery to season the squash–no other herbs except for the parsley at the last minute… But I forgot to say that, instead of parsley, this soup is wonderful finished with chopped fresh mint.” Get the recipe for Squash Soup (Soupe de Courge) »

Lemon-Infused Spaghetti with Oil and Provolone

Cook your pasta in fragrant lemon water. Get the recipe for Lemon-Infused Spaghetti with Oil and Provolone »

Basque Potato and Pepper Tortilla with Ham and Cheese

In Basque country, this egg-based tortilla is sometimes sliced through the middle like a sandwich roll and layered with cured ham and sheep’s milk cheese. If cutting horizontally through the thin, delicate tortilla seems too troublesome, the ham and cheese are just as delicious served on the side. Get the recipe for Basque Potato and Pepper Tortilla with Ham and Cheese »

Butternut Squash and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza

Pope John Paul loved it and you will too! Get the recipe for Butternut Squash and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza »

Spaghettoni with Jasmine, Saffron, and Chamomile

These floral, buttery noodles from chef Antonia Klugmann at L’Argine a Vencò can be infused using either fresh or dried flowers. Steep the flowers in the butter and pasta cooking water in advance if desired, and reheat when ready to use. Any tubular pasta like bucatini or spaghetti, cooked al dente, will work. Get the recipe for Spaghettoni with Jasmine, Saffron, and Chamomile »
Basque Braised Chicken With Peppers (Chicken Basquaise)

Cheesy Mushroom and Pancetta Bread Pudding

Caramelized onions and mushrooms, a pinch of cayenne, and tangy crème fraiche turn this pillowy white bread pudding savory. It makes a delightful brunch, lunch, or dinner with a lightly dressed green salad on the side. Get the recipe for Cheesy Mushroom and Pancetta Bread Pudding »
Minute steak

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

Butternut Squash Pepe Soup

Chef Pierre Thiam‘s take on this classic autumn soup uses Scotch bonnet chiles for spice and nutmeg for warmth. In Senegal, a similar soup is said to prevent hangovers, so you’ll find hawkers selling it outside the bars late at night. Use your favorite type of pumpkin or other fall squashes to substitute for the butternut in this recipe, if you like. For a vegan soup, substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock. Get the recipe for Butternut Squash Pepe Soup »

Shredded Collard Green Salad With Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Shredded Collard Green Salad With Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Fonio Pilaf with Dates, Carrots, and Peanuts

Fonio Pilaf

Apple & Sausage Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Apple Casserole

Tagliatelle with Black Truffle Cream Sauce

Tagliatelle with Black Truffle Cream Sauce
Flank steak is tenderized in milk and topped with a spicy tomato sauce and melted mozzarella in an Italian-influenced Argentine dish. See the recipe for Matambre a la Pizza (Pizza-Style Flank Steak) »

Spaghetti Carbonara

Traditional Roman spaghetti carbonara contains pasta, whole eggs, pancetta or guanciale (cured pork jowl), and pecorino romano cheese—never cream. Get the recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara »

Farfalle with Cavolo Nero Pesto

In this rendition of traditional Genoese pesto, sweet and nutty cavolo nero (also known as Tuscan kale or Lacinato kale) is used in place of basil and pine nuts. Get the recipe for Farfalle with Cavolo Nero Pesto »

German Barley Soup (Graupensuppe)

German Barley Soup (Graupensuppe)

Pappardelle with Butternut Squash, Walnuts, and Baby Kale

Toasted walnuts, roasted butternut squash, baby kale, and a rich brown butter sauce combine over broad pappardelle noodles for a dish that perfectly captures fall’s best flavors. Get the recipe for Pappardelle with Butternut Squash, Walnuts, and Baby Kale »