It’s fall Y’ALL. That means pumpkin carving, apple picking, cozy sweaters and hay rides! That also means it’s officially the season for warm soups, braised meats and decadent creamy pastas. To get you in the mood for all that this wonderful season has to offer, here are 5 dishes just waiting for you to try them out this fall.
This fresh, crunchy salad from Food & Wine tastes like a deconstructed Thanksgiving stuffing. The juicy, tart apple and peppery fennel really bring this no-cook dish to life.
You won’t believe that this rich, creamy pasta from Bon Appétit isn’t loaded with cream and butter. Rendered pancetta adds a bit of silky fat while kabocha squash cooks down until tender and is then pureed to make a luxurious sauce. A bit of pecorino is added at the end (it is carbonara, after all) for a peppery, salty bite.
Few foods do a better job of warming you to your core than a hearty lentil soup. Come fall, lentils are always on heavy rotation in my house – not only because they’re hearty and healthy, but they’re also affordable and easy to cook. In this lentil soup, I add toasty Indian spices, creamy coconut milk, plus kale and sweet potato for extra nutritional oomph. Feel free to follow this recipe to a T (it is a good one), or make it your own with different vegetables and spices.
Chicken thighs are a weeknight dinner hero. They crisp up beautifully and quickly and are quite forgiving if you get distracted helping the kids with homework or feeding the dog. This creamy, mushroom-laden dish from Good Housekeeping gets an extra umami boost from a bit of white miso paste stirred in at the end. Serve with a white-and-wild rice blend to soak up all of the delicious juices.
Your cedar plank isn’t just for using on the grill! This clever recipe from Epicurious takes your favorite summer tool, and shows you how to use it in the oven. The plant imparts a subtle smokiness and gives you a perfectly tender roasted salmon fillet. Saute some green beans on the stove while the fish is cooking or steam some baby potatoes.