Make the most of your fall pantry staples with these easy autumn recipes.
When canned pumpkin moves from the nether shelves of your grocery store into high visibility spaces, a cooking mindset switch is flipped: grilling season must be coming to a close. Fall has arrived, and with it a changeup of our grocery shopping lists and go-to recipes.
Welcome back to the season where the thought of firing up the stove or oven is warming—emotionally and practically—rather than stifling. Along with the chill in the air comes the annual return to the kitchen, and a restocking of the pantry with fall staples that inspire autumnal cooking projects.
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Consider these 15 recipes utilizing five pantry staples that you might have in abundance during the fall, for when inspiration strikes for a perfectly cozy simmering or baking session.
Most pumpkin puree may be destined for pumpkin pies and pumpkin breads, but with PSL season in full force, never forget that you can also enjoy a good pumpkin spice pancake for breakfast. Get our Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes recipe.
When one thinks of pumpkin bread, one typically thinks of a spiced, quick bread loaf, but that’s not the only way to do it. Here, pumpkin puree lends supporting flavor and texture to a flatbread naan, a perfect accompaniment to a pumpkin curry. Get our Pumpkin Naan recipe.
Perhaps the flavor as equally fall as pumpkin is sage. Here, they join forces for a hearty but elegant, and simpler-than-you-might-think gnocchi dish. Get our Pumpkin Gnocchi with Crème Fraîche Sage Sauce recipe.
If you’ve done due diligence with August and September’s robust tomato season, then you’ve got the beginnings for great, long-cooking stews and braises. Even if you just have conventional canned tomatoes on hand, they are well employed in the slow cooker to bring you delights like gumbo for dinner. Get our Slow Cooker Shrimp Gumbo recipe.
Half the beauty of a curry preparation is the aromatic hit from the toasting of the spices. Coriander, paprika, and cumin might not be pumpkin spice, but together they will warm your autumnal heart nonetheless. Get our Indian Chickpea Curry with Spinach recipe.
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Butternut gets more than its fair share of attention this time or year, but its brother and sister squashes—such as acorn—are equally as deserving. Winter squashes are so named for their storage staying power, nonetheless you can definitely begin enjoying them right about now. Get our Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing recipe.
Thoroughly underrated, IMHO, the beauty of spaghetti squash is in its wide utility. Here it shows off as a potato pancake or latke, gently spiced with caraway seeds. Get our Spaghetti Squash Cakes recipe.
Stocks and Broths
The autumnal equinox is the official divider between cold and hot soup season. Whether you’ve got the wherewithal for making homemade stock or not, pull out a can or two for a ramen that’s sure to ward off the common cold. Get our Slow Cooker Pork Ramen recipe.
If you’re thinking ahead to Thanksgiving or just looking for something to serve as a base for a stew or braise, mashed potatoes get a little flavor and umami boost with the inclusion of chicken stock. Get our Buttery Mashed Potatoes recipe.
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Canned or Dried Beans
Beans are really appropriate at any time of year, but their sturdiness leans toward cooler weather preparations. Even in a salad, cannellini beans come together with rustic bread, kale, and cranberries for a taste of fall. Get our Panzanella with Kale, White Beans, and Cranberries recipe.
Now that the weather is cooler, the thought of preparing beans from a dried form starts to have appeal again. A rustic and hearty bean soup studded with ham and thyme is an especially nice treat after a leaf raking session. Get our White Bean and Ham Soup recipe.
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