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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.

Canned Pumpkin

Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes

Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes recipe

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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.

Pumpkin Naan


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.

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Crème Fraîche Sage Sauce

pumpkin gnocchi with sage, hazelnuts, and creme fraiche Parmesan sauce

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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.

Related Reading: What Is the Difference Between Pumpkin Puree and Pumpkin Pie Filling?

Canned Tomatoes

Slow Cooker Shrimp Gumbo

Easy Slow Cooker Shrimp Gumbo recipe

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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.

Mexican Vegetable Stew

Mexican vegetable stew

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This stew lands somewhere between soup and chili on the heartiness scale, all while giving you an abundance of fall vegetables with Latin American flair. Get our Mexican Vegetable Stew recipe.

Indian Chickpea Curry with Spinach

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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.

Related Reading: The Ultimate Guide to All the Canned Tomatoes in Your Pantry

Winter Squashes

Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing

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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.

Kabocha Squash Scotch Eggs

Kabocha Squash Scotch Eggs recipe

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Even eggs love a cozy fall sweater. Typically wrapped in ground sausage, these scotch eggs get an autumnal upgrade with kabocha squash and sweet potatoes. Get our Kabocha Squash Scotch Eggs recipe.

Spaghetti Squash Cakes

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

Slow Cooker Pork Ramen

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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.

Buttery Mashed Potatoes

buttery mashed potatoes recipe

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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.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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A hearty soup warms you no matter what, but it doubly warms you when it’s spiked with a bit of chili powder and cayenne. Get our Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe.

Related Reading: The Best Bouillon Cubes & Soup Starters to Stock in Your Pantry

Canned or Dried Beans

Panzanella with Kale, White Beans, and Cranberries

Fall Panzanella with Kale, Cranberries, and White Beans

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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.

White Bean and Ham Soup

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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.

Easy Spicy Turkey Chili

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Because chilly calls for chili. Get our Easy Spicy Turkey Chili recipe.

Related Reading: The Best Ways to Use All the Beans in Your Pantry, Including Dessert

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Pamela Vachon is a freelance writer based in Astoria, NY whose work has also appeared on CNET, Cheese Professor, Alcohol Professor, and Diced. She is also a certified sommelier, voiceover artist, and an avid lover of all things pickled or fermented.
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