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30 (Really Good) Recipes To Make In September

Creamy pastas, big-batch soups, and the best desserts of the year.

Fall eats are finally almost here. 🍎

In September we move toward delicious fall flavors — like creamy pumpkin and sage pasta, cozy apple cinnamon desserts, and roasted corn chowder that's the perfect start to soup season. Here's exactly what to cook this month!

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1. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta With Turkey Sausage

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You'll want to make this decadent pasta recipe all autumn long. The sauce is made with pumpkin puree, cream, dry white wine, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Don't ignore the fresh sage leaves for garnish — they're the ultimate finishing touch.

Recipe: Creamy Pumpkin Pasta With Turkey Sausage

2. Baked Breakfast Quinoa With Plums and Pistachios

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Enjoy this sweet quinoa and plum recipe with yogurt for breakfast...or save it for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe: Baked Breakfast Quinoa With Plums and Pistachios

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3. Creamy Confetti Corn With Bacon

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Corn is still in season throughout September, but as the weather gets cooler, you'll probably be ready to ditch summer's corn-and-tomato salad for something heartier. Take this cozy creamed corn, which gets a kick from fatty bacon, tangy peppers, and green onions.

Recipe: Creamy Confetti Corn With Bacon

4. Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

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You can whip up this easy weeknight meal in half an hour. Start with bone-in pork chops, which are prepared with impossibly delicious apples cooked in butter, cinnamon, cayenne, and cider.

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

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5. Lebanese Freekeh and Fig Salad

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If you've never heard of freekeh, it's an ancient grain with a nutty, earthy, and slightly smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet, ripe figs that are now in season.

Recipe: Lebanese Freekeh and Fig Salad

6. Simple Pasta Alla Norma

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For the most traditional version of this recipe, cut the eggplant into cubes and fry it in oil on the stove. That being said, you can lighten up this dish by baking the eggplant in the oven before tossing it into your pasta.

Recipe: Simple Pasta Alla Norma

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7. 20-Minute Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

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It's peak pepper season, which means we're making fajitas with all of our favorite Mexican-inspired toppings. Lay on the guacamole, pico de gallo, and jalapeño.

Recipe: 20-Minute Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

8. Beet Poke Bowl

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Swap the raw fish for beets marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, and ginger. Then get creative with your favorite poke toppings like avocado, pickled onion, mango, seaweed salad, and more.

Recipe: Beet Poke Bowl

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9. Poached Fish in Buttery Tomato Fennel Broth

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All you need are four basic ingredients to make this flavorful fish recipe. Cook tomatoes, fennel, and onion in a skillet until the tomatoes burst and get juicy. Then add the cod or a similar fish like halibut, hake, or haddock and poach until opaque and flaky.

Recipe: Poached Fish in Buttery Tomato Fennel Broth

10. Honey and Fig Cheesecake Bars

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Classic cheesecake gets a seasonal and sophisticated upgrade thanks to thinly sliced figs and a drizzle of honey. The crust, made with graham cracker crumbs and walnuts, is a great blend of sweet and savory.

Recipe: Honey and Fig Cheesecake Bars

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11. Apple Pie Egg Rolls

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Imagine decadent, juicy apple pie but in finger-food form. Instead of piecrust, this dessert calls for egg roll wrappers.

Recipe: Apple Pie Egg Rolls

12. Baked Fennel With Parmesan and Cream

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Fennel can have a strong, licorice taste, but in this recipe it tastes incredibly mild — almost like a cross between leeks and potatoes. The fennel is baked with butter, half and half, Parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs, so it's crunchy on the top layer and creamy on the inside.

Recipe: Baked Fennel With Parmesan and Cream

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13. Pumpkin Quesadillas With Black Beans and Green Chile

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Comfort food season is upon us. Start it off right with these seasonally appropriate quesadillas stuffed with pumpkin puree, black beans, and canned roasted green chiles.

Recipe: Pumpkin Quesadillas With Black Beans and Green Chile

14. Autumn Chopped Chicken Salad

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You don't have to be a "salad" person to appreciate the goodness that is this dish packed with all your favorite fall flavors. It's tangy, sweet, savory, crunchy, creamy, and straight-up craveworthy.

Recipe: Autumn Chopped Chicken Salad

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15. Pear Tart With Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions, and Pecans

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The flavor combination of sweet pears, sharp blue cheese, intense caramelized onions, and earthy pecans will make this savory tart one of your new standbys.

Recipe: Pear Tart With Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions, and Pecans

16. Horiatiki Salad

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This classic Greek salad doesn't contain any lettuce whatsoever. Rather, it's made with thickly sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, sliced green pepper, red onion, Kalamata olives, and creamy feta cheese in a simple lemon and olive oil dressing. Serve it with your favorite grilled protein.

Recipe: Horiatiki Salad

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17. Mango and Tofu Curry

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Whether you are vegetarian, are trying to cut back on your meat intake, or just want to try something fresh and new, this tofu in a curry made of mango, chili pasta, cumin, and coconut milk won't disappoint.

Recipe: Mango and Tofu Curry

18. Chicken Thighs With Shallots in Red Wine Vinegar

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Thanks to a tangy sauce made with shallots, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, honey, and chicken broth, this is anything but boring roast chicken.

Recipe: Chicken Thighs With Shallots In Red Wine Vinegar

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19. Sweet Potato Roasted Corn Chowder

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Thick and creamy yet totally vegan, this chowder is made with coconut milk, vegetable broth, sweet corn, poblano peppers, and sweet potato. It's the perfect start to soup season.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Roasted Corn Chowder

20. Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese

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Grilled cheese can be totally fancy — just swap the basic American cheese for creamy Brie, then add some sliced pear, prosciutto, and arugula.

Recipe: Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese

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21. Thai Cashew Chicken

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Take advantage of the season's fresh produce, like red bell peppers and broccoli, to whip up this Thai-inspired dish tossed in a mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, and ginger.

Recipe: Thai Cashew Chicken

22. Sweet Corn Zucchini Pie

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This light yet satisfying veggie pie calls for layers of zucchini, squash, sweet corn, grated cheese, and a little bit of beaten eggs to hold everything together. Serve it for brunch or, really, any time of day.

Recipe: Sweet Corn Zucchini Pie

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23. Plum Galette

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We highly recommend making the crust from scratch to take this recipe to the next level, but if you use store-bought piecrust, your secret is safe with us.

Recipe: Plum Galette

24. Moroccan Lentil-Stuffed Eggplant

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The filling for this vegetarian-friendly meal is made with Moroccan-spiced lentils and crushed tomatoes. Serve it over couscous, rice, or your favorite grain.

Recipe: Moroccan Lentil-Stuffed Eggplant

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25. Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling

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When you've had your fill of pumpkin pie, switch things up with this moist and indulgent dessert recipe. The cream cheese filling is the icing on the cake, pun intended.

Recipe: Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling

26. Spicy Mango Margaritas

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While it might not be beach weather anymore, the sun is still shining, which means you could use a refreshing cocktail. This simple homemade margarita recipe will taste like something that you'd normally order at a fancy cocktail bar.

Recipe: Spicy Mango Margaritas

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27. Okra Succotash

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Head to your local farmers market and load up on fresh produce to make this end-of-summer side dish, which pairs perfectly with your last few barbecues of the season.

Recipe: Okra Succotash

28. Flounder Milanese With Arugula and Tomatoes

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This is a great, approachable seafood recipe for people who aren't crazy about fish. Flounder gets breaded and pan-fried like a chicken cutlet; then it's served with bitter arugula and juicy tomatoes tossed in lemon and olive oil.

Recipe: Flounder Milanese With Arugula and Tomatoes

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29. Creamy Beet Risotto With Goat Cheese

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Arborio rice gets a pop of flavor and color from beets, which are first roasted and then cooked on the stove top with the rice and chicken broth until thick and tender.

Recipe: Creamy Beet Risotto With Goat Cheese

30. Cacio e Pepe With Arugula and Lemon

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Introducing a comforting yet refreshing pasta recipe that straddles the changing seasons. This tangy, zesty, and cheesy cacio e pepe requires only a handful of basic ingredients.

Recipe: Cacio e Pepe With Arugula and Lemon

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