Don’t spend time mourning the loss of peaches and tomatoes! There’s a new cast of characters ready to take their place, from apples to beets to mushrooms. We’ve got 9 creative and satisfying recipes for welcoming the fall produce lineup into your kitchen.
1. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Warm, comforting, and creamy, this soup will be on high rotation in our kitchens during cooler months. Roasting the squash first intensifies the flavor and makes it easier to prep: No dicing, just scoop out the soft interior flesh and get cooking. Get our Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe.
2. Easy Apple Crisp
Apple crisp is one of the simplest ways to showcase fall fruit. Toss the apple slices with cinnamon and top them with a sweet oat streusel. It’s warm and spiced and perfect for topping with vanilla ice cream. Get our Easy Apple Crisp recipe.
3. Mixed Mushroom Casserole
Take mushrooms to new heights in this hearty and rich fall casserole. A blend of porcini, crimini, and chanterelle mushrooms is mixed with toasted baguette and covered in a creamy, robust cheese sauce. Now that’s comfort food. Get our Mixed Mushroom Casserole recipe.
4. Spiced Apple Cupcakes
Search no further for the perfect fall dessert. This delicately spiced apple cake is topped with a sweet maple frosting, making us think of apple picking and Vermont orchards and crisp autumn weather. Get our Spiced Apple Cupcakes recipe.
5. Beet, Squash, and Radish Stew
This stew is a perfect vegetarian entrée for fall: filling, healthy, and colorful. It’s packed with spices like coriander and paprika and sweetened with Moroccan flavors like honey, raisins, and preserved lemons. Get our Beet, Squash, and Radish Stew recipe.
6. Mushroom and Red Wine Meatloaf
Here’s your ideal make-ahead meal for fall. This meatloaf recipe uses ground beef with mushrooms for an earthy, hearty flavor. Red wine and fontina cheese add depth of flavor and an intense savory note to the dish. Get our Mushroom and Red Wine Meatloaf recipe.
7. Carrot, Leek, and Parsley Mash
Switch up your mashed potato routine this fall and try some new vegetables. Our latest favorite recipe uses carrots and leeks to form a creamy mash. Parsley brightens up the dish, making it a perfect side offering for a dinner party or weekend meal. Get our Carrot, Leek, and Parsley Mash recipe.
8. Celery Root Soup
If you haven’t tried cooking with celery root, this is perfect place to start. This creamy and rich soup gets its earthy, robust flavor from the knobby, homely-looking celery root. Apples give it a touch of sweetness and cubed, simmered potatoes add creaminess and body without any dairy. Get our Celery Root Soup recipe.
9. Honey-Mustard Parsnips
We’ve found our go-to fall side dish, and the key words are honey and mustard. Humble parsnips are roasted with honey and mustard for a tangy, sweet, and utterly addictive vegetable side that takes barely any prep time at all. Get our Honey-Mustard Parsnips recipe.
10. Curried Carrot Soup
Fall can mean an overload of soups, so it’s crucial to find some interesting options to switch up your repertoire. This curried carrot soup is just that: A spicy, sweet, creamy blend that elevates a plain and cheap vegetable into pure gold. Get our Curried Carrot Soup recipe.
11. Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash, also known as vegetable pasta, is a carb-replacement favorite for healthier meal pairings. Just throw it in the oven to roast, and the yellow flesh of the squash will scrape off into long, tender, sweet strands—delicious with a simple garlic and olive oil sauce. Get our roasted spaghetti squash recipe.
Header image: Beet Squash and Radish Moroccan Stew from Chowhound
Posie Harwood is a New York City-based writer and photographer. She grew up on a farm and likes raw milk, warm bread with butter, and plenty of fresh air. Follow her on Instagram, and her blog 600 Acres.