Fall Weeknight Meals

Jazz up your weeknight rotation with simple dinners that will soon become staple recipes in your home.
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Pork Chops with Pear Chutney

Seared pork chops make for a satisfying, protein-packed meal year-round. In the cooler weather, they're especially good alongside sweet, in-season pears. Top the pork chops with a homemade ginger, curry and pear chutney for rustic presentation and fall flavor.

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Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage

Rachael Ray tosses penne pasta in a sauce of creamy pumpkin and sweet sausage for a filling fall meal that's ready in just 25 minutes.

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Salmon Cakes

It's fine to use canned wild salmon instead of fresh salmon in a flavorful recipe like this — it's a fraction of the cost and you won't be able to tell the difference.

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Chicken Paprikash

This dinner is a quick version of the classic Hungarian stew that's known for its creamy paprika sauce.

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Chicken Enchiladas

A store-bought rotisserie chicken makes these cheesy enchiladas quick and easy.

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Crispy Falafel Chicken with Yogurt Salad

Coat chicken in store-bought falafel mix for a crunchy weeknight dinner.

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Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings

These homemade dumplings come together with just 20 minutes prep. Save even more time by topping them with a prepared marinara.

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Skillet Rosemary Chicken

Roast chicken, mushrooms and potatoes in one skillet for a hearty cool-weather supper. Rosemary sprigs and charred lemons bring rustic flavor to the dish.

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Penne with Vodka Sauce

Toss penne noodles with a dressed-up tomato sauce featuring a dash of red pepper flakes and splashes of vodka and cream.

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Greek Dinner Salad

Toss romaine lettuce with olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and feta, then top with stuffed grape leaves.

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Smoked Pork Chops with Corn and Okra

Serve Cajun-seasoned pork chops with crispy-tender corn and okra and a touch of honey.

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Lemon-Pepper Fettuccine

This creamy pasta comes together in just 20 minutes and has a hint of tangy lemon zest.

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Chicken Cacciatore Subs

Rachael serves an Italian classic as a sandwich by stuffing toasted sub rolls with grilled chicken, sauteed veggies and a zesty red sauce. A few slices of provolone, melted under the broiler, will put these subs over the edge.

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Slow-Cooker Texas Chili

This is the kind of warm, hearty comfort food you'll want to come home to on a cold fall night. Start your slow cooker in the morning and the beef will be fall-apart tender by dinnertime.

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Salisbury Steak

Ree's version of this classic comfort food involves a tasty blend of Worcestershire sauce, mustard, ketchup, butter and more.

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Catfish Baked in Foil

Adding a tiny bit of smoked paprika to your couscous will complement the more delicate notes of lemon and parsley in the catfish marinade.

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Herbed Tuna Steaks

Prepare perfectly seasoned tuna steaks with just four pantry staples: rosemary, thyme, scallions and olive oil. Serve the fish with a fall-inspired side dish, like a medley of roasted root vegetables.

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Corn, Squash and Beef Casserole

Use leftover brisket, plus the vegetables and gravy from last night's sauerbraten, to assemble this easy and satisfying casserole. Butternut squash, creamed corn and cheddar cheese make creamy, seasonal additions.

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Roast Pork and Sweet Potatoes

The key to this succulent roast pork is the sweet-and-savory marinade, made of brown sugar, sage and garlic. Serve the meat with roasted sweet potato wedges, spiced with cayenne pepper. 

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Chicken with Arugula Pesto

Combine arugula, parsley, toasted almonds and Parmesan for a quick, fresh pesto sauce that will liven up broiled chicken breasts and orecchiette pasta.

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Cranberry-Stuffed Pork Chops

Celebrate autumnal flavor by preparing this sweet and fragrant cranberry-sage sauce. Cut a 2-inch-deep pocket in the side of thick pork chops and spoon the sauce inside before searing the chops in your skillet.

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Deviled Chicken Thighs

For this easy weeknight dinner, dredge juicy chicken thighs in a tangy Dijon mustard mixture, then roll them in spicy Parmesan breadcrumbs and bake until crisp and golden brown.

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Beef with Broccoli

The ultimate in quick-fix cooking, Ree's 15-minute dinner is packed with the bold flavor of a double-duty sauce made with soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. This salty-sweet mixture not only marinates the flank steak, but also serves as the base of the cooking liquid.

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Aioli with Roasted Vegetables

Pair roasted vegetables, like cauliflower, turnips, fennel and more, with an easy-to-make, garlicky aioli sauce.

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Jerk Turkey Burgers with Mango Slaw

The fruity flavors of diced apple and mango chutney cut through the heat these burgers get from jerk seasoning. Though jerk is traditionally used as a rub for chicken and pork, it works beautifully here mixed into ground turkey.

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Kale-Turkey Rice Bowl

Laced with cumin and jalapeno, this spicy rice bowl is both healthy and filling thanks to chopped kale, red potatoes and, of course, lean ground turkey.

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Pork and Fennel Ragout

The sweetness of fennel and caramelized shallots pairs perfectly with shredded pork. This comforting dish is perfect for a cold night.

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Turkey-Vegetable Parmesan

Top stacks of turkey cutlets, eggplant, zucchini and mozzarella with burst tomatoes before broiling for a quick and ultra-easy dinner.

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Weeknight Bolognese

Ina Garten's weeknight bolognese is the perfect hearty sauce for pasta night during the week.

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Cubano Sandwiches

Serve Melissa d'Arabian's Cubano sandwiches with a side of black bean soup for a dinner that's inspired by the flavors of Latin America.

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Grilled Cheese with Apple and Bacon

Like classic grilled cheese, Tyler Florence dunks his super-flavorful sandwich in a bowl of roasted tomato soup.

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Slow-Cooker Meatloaf

Let this family-friendly dish cook while you're at work. When you get home, the biggest challenge will be getting everyone to the table at the same time.

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Spiced Chicken with Apples

You'll simmer the chicken on top of a sauce made with apples and onions for a flavor that is distinctly fall.

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Potato-Leek Soup with Mini Pierogi

Mini potato dumplings turn this pureed soup into something instantly hearty. Crispy bacon gives it an added layer of texture.

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Pumpkin Polenta with Vegetables

Blend instant polenta and pumpkin puree for a base that's entirely different from the norm. Round out the dish with roasted fall vegetables and Parmesan shavings.

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