Fall Weeknight Dinners

Jazz up your weeknight routine with simple dinners that are perfect for the change of season. From oven-baked pastas and sheet pan pork chops to stuffed peppers and chili, these recipes are ones you’ll make again and again.

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Apple Cider Chicken

Sunny balances sweet and sour in her Southern-inspired chicken, which is cooked in a mixture of apple cider, Vidalia onion and Granny Smith apple.

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Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

For an incredibly easy weeknight dinner, toss cooked sausage with hearty pasta and broccoli rabe. Don’t forget the shaved Parmesan on top!

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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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Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

Butternut squash lends its silky texture to this classic dish, allowing you to cut the cream and butter with no sacrifice of flavor.

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Chili Verde with Sausage and Pumpkin

Make a new kind of pumpkin chili this fall. Tomatillo salsa gives this pot its green color and a bright, light flavor.

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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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Steakhouse Pasta

For a hearty weeknight meal, Ree tops her creamy pasta with tender grilled steak. If you’ve already retired the grill for the winter, an indoor grill pan works just as well.

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Rosemary-Garlic Pork Chops with Chickpeas

A pork chop dinner for four is a no-brainer when it's all on one sheet pan.

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Korean Grilled Beef (Bulgogi)

These cozy beef bowls are ready to eat in just 40 minutes — and that includes the marinating time!

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Chili Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potato

Stuff sweet potatoes with an easy-to-make beef chili and top with sour cream, Cheddar and scallions for a family-friendly dinner that's ready in well under an hour.

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Tex-Mex Pulled Chicken

You can’t go wrong with Ree’s 16-minute pulled chicken. She roasts tomatoes peppers and onion, then blends the veggies until smooth to make a quick and delicious sauce.

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Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash Noodles

The sweet and savory butternut squash noodles in this hearty chili add texture, flavor and color.

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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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Roasted Vegetable Chili with Cornbread

Vegetarian chili becomes a breeze when it's spread out on a sheet pan with drop biscuits.

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Cashew Fried Rice

Chili oil and fresh ginger kick up the spice in this fried rice with cashews and chicken thighs. Easy to make and ready in a flash — perfect for busy weeknights!

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Orecchiette with Pumpkin, Pancetta and Broccoli Rabe

Anne Burrell takes fall pasta to a new level with layers of flavor. Deeply roasted pumpkin, bitter broccoli rabe and salty pancetta come together for a dish that's uber-cozy.

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Beef with Broccoli

The ultimate in quick-fix cooking, Ree's 20-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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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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Stuffed Green Peppers

These are super classic and so simple to make. Use leftover rice or thawed frozen rice. For an easy variation, try shredded fontina or Gruyere cheese.

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Pumpkin Pasta

Pumpkin puree isn't just for pie. Think outside of the can and make this easy orange pasta in your food processor. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan and some toasted pumpkin seeds for an upgrade.

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Braised Chicken Thighs and Apples

Apple cider and apples give this braised chicken dish a decidedly fall feel.

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Curried Shrimp Biryani

Serve this simple shrimp and rice dish right from the pan. Don't be surprised when your family asks for seconds.

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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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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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Creamy Sausage and Escarole Baked Pasta

Warm up on a chilly fall night with this hearty, mozzarella-topped pasta dish. Italian sausage and good-for-you escarole make it a complete (and completely satisfying) meal.

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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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Simple Bolognese

Giada De Laurentiis' recipe is quick and simple, making it the perfect way to get dinner on the table during busy weeks.

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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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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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Curried Mussels with Butternut Squash and Leeks

Sweet butternut squash complements briney, salty mussels in a curry sauce. Don't forget crusty bread for dipping!

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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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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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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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Lemon-Pepper Fettuccine

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

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Pork Schnitzel with Cheesy Potatoes

Get in the spirit of Oktoberfest with a classic schnitzel. Kids can help make the cutlets — put them in between to pieces of plastic wrap and let them pound it out.

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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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Pumpkin Wonton Ravioli

Ree Drummond makes homemade raviolis simple by using wonton wrappers for the dough. Sauteed in brown butter, this sweet pumpkin pasta is the perfect cozy meal.

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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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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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Steak Marsala with Cauliflower Mash

Even die-hard steak-and-potato lovers will enjoy this meal. A food processor makes it easy to turn out mashed cauliflower that's just as smooth as the traditional favorite, and don't forget the mushrooms, cooked in a sweet wine sauce — they're the perfect finishing touch.

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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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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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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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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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Chicken Enchilada-Stuffed Squash

You'll find acorn squash popping up at the grocery store this season. Use it to make a new twist on the classic chicken enchilada.

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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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Steak with Beer Sauce and Sweet Potatoes

Lager-style beer makes a light steak sauce with plenty of flavor. Sweet potato fries add festive fall color to your plate and the perfect finishing touch.

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Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Pancetta and Peas

Lighten up pasta night without skimping on flavor. Roasted spaghetti squash takes on the creamy flavor of rich alfredo, salty pancetta and bright peas.

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Pork Chops with Pear-Pecan Slaw

Cranberries add a subtle tang to a fruity slaw that complements sweet pork chops.

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Andouille and Chicken Jambalaya

The classic southern stew doesn't have to take all day. Make this weeknight version using a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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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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Strip Steak Sandwiches

Ree feeds a hungry crowd in just 20 minutes with these fried-egg-topped sandwiches fancied up with a little bit of ancho mayo.

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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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White Chicken Chili

Chili is normally set aside for weekend cooking, but this white chicken chili comes together in just about 45 minutes. Valerie poaches chicken for the chili, which is a quick way to add flavor to store-bought stock, but you can cut off some prep time and start out with shredded rotisserie chicken.

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Pumpkin Popcorn Soup

Geoffrey Zakarian adds crunch to his soup with a unique ingredient — popcorn!

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Instant Pot Lemon Frozen Chicken with Orzo

Once you unlock the secret of cooking frozen chicken in an Instant Pot®, the possibilities for variations become endless. This creamy lemon chicken with orzo is worthy of a dinner with friends, though it is so easy, you'll make it a regular on your weeknight rotation. Make sure you follow the directions for a 10-minute natural release; a quick release left us with dry and stringy meat.

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

As Marc says, “Anyone can make carbonara.” Combine whole eggs with pepper and Parmesan, then mix it with hot pasta until the eggs are cooked and form a rich, creamy sauce.

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Crazy Szechuan Beef and Messy Corn with Shishito

Serve Rachael’s recipe with white rice for a filling dinner that’s ready in a snap.

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One-Pan Chicken and Gnocchi in Tomato-Basil Sauce

There’s a lot to love about this quick and easy dinner. Layer the chicken and gnocchi on top of cooked zucchini to sneak some extra veggies in if you have picky eaters at home.

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Moroccan Chicken with Couscous

Warming ingredients, like honey, ginger and ras el hanout (Moroccan seasoning), pack this chicken dinner with cozy fall flavors.

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Quick Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pies

Why fuss with making a traditional pot pie? You can finish this easy stove-top version in half the time. Topping the finished filling with golden, buttery pieces of puff pastry is a delicious, fast and pretty finish to this bowl of comfort.

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Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

Easy and kid-friendly, Giada says this is one of her go-to dinner recipes. Plus, it’s ready to eat in just 15 minutes!

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Perfect Pork Tenderloin

How pretty is Ree’s perfect pork? For maximum flavor, she roasts the pork with peppercorns, rosemary and thyme, then serves the dish with a creamy mustard sauce.

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Sheet-Pan Salmon with Potato Hash

Cook salmon, peppers and potatoes all on the same pan for an easy dinner that’s light on clean-up.

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Beef Picadillo with Spaghetti Squash

Whip up a saucy mixture of ground beef, diced tomatoes and olives to serve on top of tender spaghetti squash.

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