Delicious Fall Comfort Food

Savor the flavors of fall with these cozy dinner recipes, warm casseroles, classic desserts, and more.

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Pumpkin Black Bean Bake

    Pumpkin puts a seasonal spin on the classic tamale pie. Here it's combined with layers of rich ground beef, hearty veggies, and a down-home corn bread topper.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  400°F 
Turkey Shepherd's Pie

    Traditionally made with lamb, shepherd's pie is also delicious when slow-cooked with turkey and frozen vegetables.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   10 mins 
Cook  6 hrs Low or High 3 hours
Creamy Pumpkin Rice Pudding

    Tart cranberries, crisp apple slices, crunchy walnuts, and a bit of honey top this luscious, make-ahead fall dessert.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook   15 mins 
Bake  1 hr 5 mins  325°F 
Smashed Potato Soup

    Potatoes blended with cheddar cheese, cream, and roasted garlic make this chunky soup good to the last spoonful.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4-5 hours (high)
Meat Loaf

    Our time-honored meat loaf gives options galore. Mix and match sage, basil, or oregano with beef, pork, or lamb.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake  1 hr 10 mins  350°F 
Stand   10 mins 
Chicken Enchilada Pasta

    For a Tex-Mex twist on pasta, fill shells with chicken, refried beans, and enchilada sauce. After baking, top the casserole with tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
Cook   10 mins 
Maple Bread Pudding with Pecan Praline

    Topped with pieces of pecan praline, vanilla ice cream, and sticky-sweet maple sauce, this luscious dessert is hard to resist.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Chill  1 hr 
Bake   40 mins  375°F 
Classic Pot Roast

    This exceptional pot roast recipe from chef Scott Peacock features tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef and caramelized onions.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Bake  3 hrs 30 mins  275°F 
Better-than-Grandma's Chicken & Noodles

    The classic chicken and noodles dish receives a makeover with this delicious slow cooker version that caters to the busy family cook.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Roast  7 hrs (low) or 3 hours (high) plus 1 hour (high)
Pappardelle with Butternut Squash & Blue Cheese

    "For me, this dish is indisputably at its best with pappardelle -- those wide, hefty ribbons that sometimes come with one ruffled edge," says Nigella Lawson, recipe developer and television personality. "Rigatoni, the oversize corrugated tubes, could also work. Just bear in mind that with a sauce so richly resonant with sweet squash paired with the salty-sharp cheese, the pasta must be robust."

Serving size: 6 (1-1/2) cup servings plus leftovers
Start to Finish   45 mins 
Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie

    Four pounds of apples goes into our towering pie -- but you don't have to peel a single one. Just slice the fruit and pile it up. Oats baked into the flour crust add a rustic touch, while warm caramel sauce drizzled on top provides extra sweetness.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Roast   7 mins  to  10 mins  475° 
Bake  1 hr 5 mins  375° 
Beef Stew & Garlic Mash

    Tender beef and vegetables top garlic mashed potatoes to create a comforting supper that's ideal for a chilly night.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Classic Chili

    Rich, chunky, and filled with fabulous flavor, this traditional chili is a classic for a reason! Add an extra sprinkle of cheese and a dollop of sour cream for a smooth finish.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   20 mins 
Spicy Pasta with Sweet Potatoes

    For a satisfying weeknight supper, toss pasta with roasted sweet potatoes, cream cheese, and chili sauce.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  450°F 
Buttered Apples in Maple Syrup Custard

    White cheddar cheese is combined with rich custard, tart apples, and maple syrup to make this comforting dessert.

Prep   30 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Stand   25 mins 
Mac & Cheese Spaghetti

    Toasty bread crumbs give this mac and cheese a crisp top in minutes. Cheddar cheese gives the sauce flavor, while American cheese adds smoothness.

Makes: 6 servings
Bake   5 mins  425°F 
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Easy Cheesy Potatoes

    These hash browns are dressed up with bacon, leeks, and three kinds of cheese to make the perfect dish for family and friends.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low)
Golden Layer Cake with Chocolate Icing

    A hand-me-down recipe for boiled icing made from evaporated milk and powdered cocoa is the secret to this keepsake cake. The five thin layers may look fussy, but they're done in regular cake pans and bake in just 15 minutes.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  350°F 
Stand   30 mins 
Meat Loaf & Potatoes Club

    Stacks of meat loaf with spicy ketchup, crisp french fries, and melted American cheese make this hearty sandwich an instant hit.

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 4 sandwiches
Start to Finish   15 mins 
Bacon & Egg Pasta

    Combine items you usually have in the fridge and pantry with bacon, fresh spinach, and a creamy cheese sauce for a delicious, quick, and easy dinner.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   35 mins 
Classic Biscuits

    This recipe from American cooking guru Scott Peacock turns out biscuits that are fluffy, light, and buttery.

Serving size: 12 to 16 biscuits
Prep   10 mins 
Bake   8 mins  to  12 mins  500°F 
Cherry Cobbler

    This timeless classic features warm, bubbly fruit and a crunchy biscuit topping.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   20 mins  400°F 
Chicken-Chile Stew with Beans

    This regional dish's sweet-but-spicy flavor comes from a mix of chile peppers, butternut squash, and a touch of honey.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish  2 hrs 
Stand  8 hrs 
One-Pot Spaghetti

    A meaty sauce featuring beef and pork makes this hassle-free pasta recipe a family favorite.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   40 mins 
Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake

    A buttery mixture of apples, pecans, and cranberries tops flaky cornmeal cake. Serve it with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Cook   8 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 

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