20-Minute Fall Dinners

Turkey Spinach Toss
Quick fall dinners don't have to be boring, as these recipes prove. Check out our easy fall dinner ideas featuring quick chicken, pork, turkey, and pot roast recipes. These 20-minute meals are full of flavor and will fit right into your schedule even on the busiest nights.

Apple-Pecan Pork Chops

This easy fall dinner recipe will help you forget about dry pork chops. Searing them in a skillet keeps them juicy, plus we smothered them with saucy apples and pecans. Make this delicious savory recipe for apples right after you get back from a visit to the orchard!

Turkey Steaks with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese

If you’re looking for easy fall family dinners, try this tasty turkey dish that combines sweet pears with tart blue cheese and fresh spinach. You’ll be transported straight to Thanksgiving dinner—in just 20 minutes!

Golden Squash Bisque

Once you try this 20-minute creamy squash bisque, it will quickly become your go-to fall soup recipe.

Test Kitchen Tip: Mash the squash with a spoon instead of pureeing it to give this soup hearty texture.

Mushroom and Beef Ravioli Soup

Not all fall dinners will stick to your ribs the way this ravioli soup will! Naturally, beef ravioli helps make this quick soup recipe hearty, but meaty mushrooms make it even more satisfying. And thanks to sweet peppers and thyme, this yummy soup gets a burst of freshness.

Parmesan-Crusted Turkey with Mashed Cauliflower

What do some of the best fall dinners have in common? Turkey! Enjoy a delicious turkey dinner in no time just by using your broiler. Creamy mayo and Parmesan cheese form the crispy, crumbly coating.

Tuscan Bean Soup

Need ideas for fall dinners? Warm up from the chilly weather with a toasty bowl of soup. Try our Tuscan take on bean soup, complete with fresh veggies and Italian seasonings.

Ham with Leeks and Dilled Potatoes

When we think of quick and easy fall dinners, it's definitely a plus if we can make an entire meal in just one pot or skillet. That's where this yummy recipe comes in: Crunchy leeks add mild onionlike flavor to this one-skillet savory ham and potato dish. Be sure to add a sprinkle of Havarti-dill cheese on top for a flavorful finish to this easy fall recipe (with minimal dish-washing!).

Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili

Nothing says fall quite like a steaming bowl of chili. While many chili recipes take a couple of hours to simmer, this one's ready to go in just 20 minutes. When you dive spoon-first into your bowl of chicken and cannellini beans topped with crispy tortilla chips, this will quickly become one of your favorite easy fall dinners. 

Stout, Beef, and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Make stir-fry autumn-style with this beef, cabbage, and carrot-filled recipe. If you're used to stir-fry loaded with rice and chopped veggies, you'll find this recipe is more like a cross between stir-fry and beef stew. This quick and easy fall dinner might make you rethink stir-fry!

Cheesy Tilapia Panini with Apple-Carrot Slaw

Want to know the best way to eat these cheesy fish sandwiches? Top this autumn recipe with a forkful of our fresh four-ingredient slaw. Though a sandwich might be simpler to prepare than some other easy fall dinners, it's no less delicious!


Brisk fall nights call for cozy, comforting dinners. This quick and easy soup recipe fills the bill—it's filled to the brim with chickpeas, sweet peppers, spinach, and pasta. When the season turns, make sure you have this soup saved on your list of healthy fall dinners!

Wilted Cabbage and Brats

We usually think of summer when we're cooking bratwurst, but fresh apples help lend a touch of fall flavor to napa cabbage and smoked bratwurst. A sour cream, sage, and Dijon-style mustard dressing adds zest to this 20-minute dinner that's great for early fall when you're not quite ready to let go of summer.

Caliente Pot Roast

Trust us: Some of your fall dinners might want a hint of heat. Picante, a pureed sauce made from veggies and spices, adds a special kick to this Mexican-inspired 20-minute meal. Not a fan of spice? Use mild salsa or pico de gallo instead.

White Bean and Sausage Rigatoni

You can't always make pasta in 20 minutes, but you can with this fall dinner recipe! While the pasta is cooking, start in on the tomato, sausage, and cannellini bean sauce. By the time the sauce is done cooking, you can add the pasta and dig in!

Chorizo Quesadillas

Five minutes in the oven, and these cheesy quesadillas are fiesta-ready! Instead of shredded chicken or beef, we use smoked chorizo sausage to make this recipe a 20-minute meal. This easy, comforting recipe was made for a chilly night in.

Garlic-Lime Pork with Farro and Kale

Impress dinner guests (or your family!) with this zesty, healthy autumn recipe. Once you master this easy fall dinner recipe, you'll always be 20 minutes away from a dish worthy of a dinner party.

Chicken with Capers

This lightly breaded chicken recipe may not look like much, but it packs a whopping 42 grams of protein per serving. Fresh green beans make a vitamin-rich side for this quick chicken dish. Easy fall dinners have never been tastier!

Greens, Beans, and Ham

When it comes to fast, easy, and tasty dinners, this 20-minute recipe is a surefire winner. This one-step dish is as simple as tossing five ingredients into a skillet. But even though this quick fall dinner is easy, it tastes just as good as any hour-long version.

Beef and Cabbage Wraps

This recipe is somewhere between a taco and a wrap—we'll leave it up to you what you want to call it. For minimal fuss, season these five-ingredient wraps with bottled barbecue sauce. Fall dinner recipes don't get much easier than this!

Chicken with Apricots

Apricots may not be in season in fall, but canned apricots make an easy fruit topper for this quick chicken and rice dinner. To add a little heat, sprinkle curry powder on the chicken before cooking. This fall dinner recipe still has a few summer flavors, but it's a yummy transition into autumn.

Chimichurri Chicken

Who doesn't love a delicious and quick chicken recipe on a busy weeknight? At less than 300 calories, this lemon-zested garlic chicken makes a fast and healthy dinner that's perfect for a jam-packed evening. And even though this fall dinner is quick, it's still hearty enough to satisfy everyone at your table.

Spicy Beef and Noodle Salad

Instead of ordering takeout, make an Asian-inspired fall dinner recipe instead. If you're craving spice, you can kick up the heat tonight with this spicy noodle dinner. Sweet chili sauce adds zing, while fresh cucumber cools down this fall meal.

Ham and Egg Sandwiches

We thought the combo of ham and eggs couldn't get any better. Then we piled them onto a crunchy roll and topped them with pickles and cheese for an unbeatable 20-minute meal. This easy fall dinner is great for nights when you're just craving a simple (but tasty) meal.

Beef and Blue Pizza

You can always order takeout, but it just doesn't compare to this homemade 20-minute recipe. Faster than you can call for delivery, you'll have a party-ready pizza complete with crumbly blue cheese and hearty slices of roast beef on a golden-brown crust. The combination of roast beef, red onions, and red peppers topping this pizza makes it uniquely yummy for fall.

Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Fruit Chutney

Bacon makes everything better—including fall dinners! This bacon-wrapped salmon fillet makes a mouthwatering fall meal topped with a simple cranberry and apricot jam compote. We can't help but be reminded of Thanksgiving cranberry sauce with every bite.

Mediterranean Lentils

Enjoy your best meat-free Monday yet, courtesy of this hearty lentil salad. This 20-minute dinner is loaded with artichokes, cucumbers, and tiny tomatoes, making it the perfect veggie-filled fall meal. Use up the last of your fresh summer veggies and pair them with hearty lentils to welcome fall with this easy dinner.

Spicy Beef-Noodle Bowl

Running late? No problem! You can get this broccoli and beef Asian noodle dish on the table in a flash—it's why we love 20-minute dinners! Though you probably enjoy beef and broccoli year-round, there's something about this recipe that makes it especially satisfying in the fall.

Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry

Stir-fry might not come to mind when you think of autumn recipes, but this hot meal is perfect for a cold fall night! Juicy pork and seasoned veggies are tossed in a sweet plum sauce, then sprinkled with peanuts in this tasty autumn recipe. No matter how chilly it is outside, this spicy fall dinner will warm you right up.

BBQ Chicken and Smoked Cheddar Sandwiches

It's melty. It's cheesy. It's the best quick chicken sandwich you'll have all week. And the best part? This yummy fall meal is ready for devouring in just 20 minutes. Have a little extra time? Imagine how yummy this sandwich would be alongside a warm bowl of soup!

Turkey-Spinach Toss

When you're craving a simple and fast dinner, you'll want to have this recipe handy. Pepper-seasoned turkey breast, deli ham, and juicy oranges top fresh wilted spinach, and the cooking juices become a yummy dressing for this easy fall recipe. This quick fall dinner may remind you of a roasted turkey dinner that takes much less time to prepare.

Smoked Turkey Panini

Almost as good as Thanksgiving leftovers, this turkey panini has fresh spinach leaves, crunchy walnuts, and a zesty bruschetta topper. This is one fall dinner recipe that's sure to dazzle everyone at your table!

Jamie's Chipotle Chili-Cheese Dogs

As the weather gets chilly, take advantage of nice days to get in some last-minute grilled fall dinner recipes. We especially like munching on these chili-cheese dogs around a cozy fire. Whether you're tailgating before the big game or looking for a new recipe favorite for your crowd, this chipotle chili-cheese dog is a winner!

Curried Chicken Salad

Make this quick chicken recipe for dinner tonight, then enjoy the leftovers for lunch tomorrow! We love serving this 20-minute dinner as a lettuce wrap with fresh orange slices on top. It's a great fall dinner for any night when you're craving something a little lighter.

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