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16 Simple Comfort Food Recipes To Ease You Into Fall

Sorry to break it to you, but summer is over.

We are only a few short weeks away from fall, which means it's just about time to start cooking with apples, squash, and all the warming spices.

So we rounded up 16 hearty comfort food recipes that are perfect for fall — from creamy butternut squash risotto to stuffed shells — so you can get a head start on your fall menu planning.

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1. Spicy Pumpkin and Pesto Cheese-Stuffed Shells

This recipe swaps out classic marinara for a creamy pumpkin sauce with a subtle spicy kick.

Get the recipe: Spicy Pumpkin and Pesto Cheese-Stuffed Shells

2. Apple Pork Chops

dinneratthezoo.com

Six ingredients is all it takes to make these comforting pork chops and apples that are flavored with fragrant sage.

Get the recipe: Apple Pork Chops

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3. Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

Because nothing screams comfort food quite like a classic chicken and rice casserole.

Get the recipe: Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

4. Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

choosingchia.com

This recipe uses short-grain brown rice to make the risotto, but you can stick to classic arborio varieties if brown rice isn't your favorite.

Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

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5. Easy French Onion Soup Casserole

thecookierookie.com

Caramelizing the onions in the oven takes a good bit of time (up to two hours!), so feel free to knock them out the day before and stash 'em in the fridge to get a head start.

Get the recipe: Easy French Onion Soup Casserole

6. Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup

This hearty soup gets finished with a handful of chopped fresh kale, but feel free to substitute it with baby spinach or Swiss chard if kale isn't your thing.

Get the recipe: Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup

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7. Brie and Cheddar Apple Beer Soup With Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble

Topping a soup with a cinnamon crumble might sound weird, but it's actually delicious. It provides a nice crunch and subtle sweetness that works perfectly with the savory cheese soup.

Get the recipe: Brie and Cheddar Apple Beer Soup With Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble

8. Crispy Garlic Butter Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

theendlessmeal.com

This recipe uses bone-in chicken thighs to make sure they stay nice and juicy, but you can use boneless chicken breasts if that's more your style.

Get the recipe: Crispy Garlic Butter Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

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9. Ravioli With Sage Brown Butter Sauce, Spinach, and Walnuts

budgetbytes.com

All you need is frozen ravioli and six supporting ingredients to make this hearty fall dinner that'll impress anyone.

Get the recipe: Ravioli With Sage Brown Butter Sauce, Spinach, and Walnuts

10. Instant Pot Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup

Just throw everything into your Instant Pot, let it cook, and garnish with whatever toppings your heart desires.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup

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11. Roasted Mushroom Kale Pizza

halfbakedharvest.com

Hearty mushrooms and kale are the unexpected (and delicious!) pizza toppings you never knew you needed.

Get the recipe: Roasted Mushroom Kale Pizza

12. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

pinchofyum.com

This recipe swaps out standard pie crust for tiny puff pastry hearts to make this recipe both insanely adorable and super easy to make.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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13. Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

This chili is made without beans, but you can add black or pinto beans to bulk it up if you'd like.

Get the recipe: Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

14. Sausage and Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner

foxandbriar.com

Just throw everything onto a sheet pan, roast for 30 minutes, and dinner is done.

Get the recipe: Sausage and Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner

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15. Easy Mushroom Ragu With Parmesan Polenta

Mushrooms take the place of ground beef in this vegetarian ragu that's the perfect thing to serve over creamy Parmesan polenta.

Get the recipe: Easy Mushroom Ragu With Parmesan Polenta

16. Creamy Garlic Chicken

saltandlavender.com

Serve this creamy chicken over pasta, rice, or all by itself for the ultimate autumn dinner.

Get the recipe: Creamy Garlic Chicken

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