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31 Perfect Fall Recipes To Make This October That I Have Been Looking Forward To All Year Long

Featuring pumpkin spice and everything nice.

Well, it's here at last. Folks, we have officially entered peak fall. September was all about taking advantage of late-summer produce, but October is autumn at its best, with all the delicious flavors that come with it. So here are 31 recipes to make all month long.

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1. Apple Dutch Baby

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It's like a pancake, but a giant cast-iron–skillet pancake that's covered in butter and cinnamon apples. 

Recipe: Apple Dutch Baby

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2. Sweet Potato and Sausage Frittata

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Make a big frittata at the beginning of the week and keep it in the fridge for when you're feeling hungry and lazy. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it always does the trick.

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Sausage Frittata

3. Baked Oatmeal With Figs and Dates

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This breakfast, made with old-fashioned rolled oats, pecans, cinnamon, dates, and figs, doubles as a dessert, which is obviously excellent news.

Recipe: Baked Oatmeal With Figs and Dates

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4. Potato and Brussels Breakfast Sheet Pan Hash

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Make this sheet pan breakfast to feed the whole family. You can always add more root vegetables, like butternut squash, sweet potato, turnip, or parsnip.

Recipe: Potato and Brussels Breakfast Sheet Pan Hash

5. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

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Roasted zucchini and sweet potato are topped with a bright and zesty tomato avocado salsa, then it's all paired with soft scrambled eggs for an irresistible one-bowl breakfast.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

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6. Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Pesto Pasta

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Bacon and Brussels sprouts are a match made in heaven when it comes to fall cooking. Add your favorite pasta and a dollop of pesto to the mix, and you've got a good thing.

Recipe: Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Pesto Pasta

7. Chicken Thighs With Shallots in Red Wine Vinegar

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This French-inspired dish, called poulet au vinaigre, is simple yet full of flavor. It calls for mostly cheap and simple ingredients, like chicken thighs, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, chicken both, shallots, and dry white wine.

Recipe: Chicken Thighs With Shallots in Red Wine Vinegar

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8. Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowl

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Imagine all the flavors you love about a burrito, but in one single bowl. You can prep all the ingredients ahead of time for an easy lunch or dinner on the go.

Recipe: Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowl

9. Sticky and Crispy Sesame Cauliflower

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Cauliflower florets are battered in flour, roasted in the oven, and then tossed in a sweet and savory sesame sauce with soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and chili paste. Serve it on rice, in lettuce wraps, or however you like best!

Recipe: Sticky and Crispy Sesame Cauliflower

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10. Ground Beef Cabbage Soup

Dinner Then Dessert / Via dinnerthendessert.com

Hearty, comforting, and oh so delicious, this cozy-weather soup recipe comes together in a single pot. And thanks to ground beef, you can make it very quickly.

Recipe: Ground Beef Cabbage Soup

11. Herb Baked Fish With Rainbow Bell Peppers

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This fish recipe seems complicated, but it's so simple and comes together with just a handful of basic ingredients. Start with a flaky white fish like cod, hake, or haddock.

Recipe: Herb Baked Fish With Rainbow Bell Peppers

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12. Easy Okonomiyaki (Cabbage Pancakes)

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This popular Japanese street food is actually surprisingly easy to make right in your kitchen. It's a real clean-out-the-fridge recipe because you can add any ingredients (meat, seafood, veggies, you name it) to the cabbage mixture.

Recipe: Easy Okonomiyaki (Cabbage Pancakes)

13. Herbed Farro Risotto (Farrotto) With Crispy Shallots

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Farro, shallots, and herbs are simmered in chicken stock, white wine, and butter until it's so rich and creamy, it takes on a risottolike quality.

Recipe: Herbed Farro Risotto (Farrotto) With Crispy Shallots

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14. Gnocchi With Butternut Squash, Brown Butter, Pancetta, and Sage

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Name a more iconic fall flavor combination. I'll wait...

Recipe: Gnocchi With Butternut Squash, Brown Butter, Pancetta, and Sage

15. Crockpot Parmesan White Bean Chicken Soup With Roasted Delicata Squash

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It's officially slow cooker season. Take full advantage, starting with this filling yet delicate chicken, white bean, and squash soup.

Recipe: Crockpot Parmesan White Bean Chicken Soup With Roasted Delicata Squash

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16. Ground Turkey Egg Roll in a Bowl

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You don't have to use ground turkey, of course. Use whatever protein you like best. Something like tofu or shrimp also tastes great.

Recipe: Ground Turkey Egg Roll in a Bowl

17. Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Acorn squash is stuffed with a mixture of chicken sausage or Italian sausage, diced apples, mixed mushrooms, sage, and Parmesan; then it's baked until golden brown, cheesy, and tender.

Recipe: Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

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18. Pumpkin Alla Vodka Pasta

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When it comes to pumpkin season, it's time to think way beyond desserts. This savory pumpkin pasta sauce is savory, slightly spicy, and totally decadent.

Recipe: Pumpkin Alla Vodka Pasta

19. Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

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You've been waiting all year for soup season, and now it's finally here. This creamy, vegetarian blend of carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms, wild rice, cream, and Parmesan won't disappoint.

Recipe: Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

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20. Herb Brown Butter Scallops With Champagne Risotto

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Scallops are not just for summer. Pair them with creamy risotto at the base and you've got a decadent fall comfort food.

Recipe: Herb Brown Butter Scallops With Champagne Risotto

21. Butternut Squash Mac 'n' Cheese

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While still perfectly cheesy, butternut squash gives mac 'n' cheese a seasonal, savory-sweet flavor that is totally delicious.

Recipe: Butternut Squash Mac 'n' Cheese

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22. Gingery Coconut Sweet Potato and Rice Stew With Chili Oil

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You can make this stew in a single pot...even an Instant Pot if you want to save time and effort. Don't forget about the chili oil drizzle. It's the perfect spicy complement to the sweet potato curry.

Recipe: Gingery Coconut Sweet Potato and Rice Stew With Chili Oil

23. Mushroom "Carnitas" Tacos

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Vegan carnitas? You bet it's possible. This recipe calls for king oyster mushrooms, but you can also use baby bellas, shiitakes, or a mix. Serve them in tortillas with your favorite taco toppings.

Recipe: Mushroom "Carnitas" Tacos

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24. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Cream Cheese Frosting

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Light, fluffy, moist, and stuffed with savory cream cheese frosting, these pumpkin whoopie pies are going to be a permanent fixture in your fall dessert routine.

Recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Cream Cheese Frosting

25. No-Bake Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

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No oven, no problem. These sweet-meets-savory dessert bars rest in the fridge for about eight hours until they're set and ready to eat.

Recipe: No-Bake Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

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26. Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

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Made with dates, brown sugar, eggs, and butter, then topped with a sticky and sweet toffee syrup, this cake is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

27. Maple Frosted Apple Blondies

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You've probably already had enough apple crumble, pie, and galette to last you until next fall. Mix things up with this apple pie–inspired blondie, topped with sweet maple frosting.

Recipe: Maple Frosted Apple Blondies

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28. Apple Pumpkin Bundt Cake

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Why choose between apple and pumpkin when you can combine both into one perfect cake? It's clearly the best of both worlds.

Recipe: Apple Pumpkin Bundt Cake

29. Apple Bourbon Smash

Zestful Kitchen / Via zestfulkitchen.com

Nothing warms you right up like apples, cinnamon, and whiskey.

Recipe: Apple Bourbon Smash

30. Honey Vanilla Pear Margaritas

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Not your average margarita, this seasonal blend gets a kick from a trio of pear nectar, orange, and lime juice. Don't sleep on the honey vanilla simple syrup. You can do without it to save time, but it really kicks things up a notch.

Recipe: Honey Vanilla Pear Margaritas

31. Cranberry Orange Aperol Spritz

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I'm starting a movement to extend spritz season way beyond summertime, and it starts like this.

Recipe: Cranberry Orange Aperol Spritz

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