These 30 Comfort Food Recipes for Fall are hearty, cozy and delicious – perfect for fall nights around the dinner table.

This time of year, life moves at lightning speed.  It seems to be the nature of the season- a gradually revving up, building,  towards the holidays. Days become shorter, colder and our appetites change as well. As fall gets underway, we start to crave cozy, heartier, meatier, comfort food recipes, warming to both body and soul.

If you’ve been on the blog a while, you’ll know that most of the recipes you’ll find here tend to be on the lighter, healthier side (like these Vegetarian Recipes for Fall). But I don’t judge or label food as good or bad. These fall recipes feature here are more of the “stick-to-your-bones” type.  Rich, decadent and meaty. And while I don’t cook this way every day, there is a place for them, especially when shared around the table. 

Comfort food, in moderation, can be incredibly nourishing on the soul level. Not just the eating of it, but particularly in the act of making it. Making comfort food can be really comforting if we allow it – the perfect way to spend a slow and lazy Sunday.

Sharing it with others feels especially good too. Many of these comfort food recipes can be made ahead– perfect for fall gatherings or the holiday table. Here are a few of my favorite comfort food recipes for fall and winter. Hope you enjoy!


Cozy Fall Comfort Food Recipes

Lentil Bolognese

Rich and robust, this plant-based Lentil Bolognese is hearty, "meaty" and full of depth of flavor. Toss it with your favorite pasta, or spoon it over creamy polenta- either way, this simple nourishing vegan meal is one the whole family will enjoy. #lentilbolognese

Rich and robust, this plant-based Lentil Bolognese is hearty, “meaty” and full of depth of flavor. Toss it with your favorite pasta, or spoon it over creamy polenta- either way, this simple nourishing vegan meal is one the whole family will enjoy.

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Rosemary and Garlic

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Rosemary and Garlic - a delicious easy recipe that is Keto friendly and perfect for special  gatherings or simple enough for weeknight dinners! Serve this with crusty bread for a simple hearty meal!  #mushroomsoup #mushroomsouprecipe #mushroomrecipes #ketosoupA simple recipe for Creamy Mushroom Soup with Rosemary and Garlic – falvoful and hearty enough to stand alone as a main course. Keto-friendly and elegant enough for fall gatherings or simple enough for fall weeknight dinners! Serve this with crusty bread for a simple hearty meal!

Pastitsio!Our Best Fall Recipes! | Pastitsio! A rich baked pasta dish - hailing from Greece with ground lamb (or beef) bolognese sauce infused with Greek spices and flavors. Perfect for entertaining!

 A  baked pasta dish, Pastitsio!  hailing from Greece with a rich bolognese sauce made with ground lamb, infused with Greek spices and herbs. Perfect for fall entertaining and can be made ahead! Ridiculously decadent and delicious, yet one of my favorites!
Our Best Fall Recipes! |Rosemary Chicken Thighs with Roasted Grapes and Shallots, served over Whipped Ginger Sweet Potatoes - a simple, easy, fall-inspired skillet dinner that can be made in 30 minutes!  #rosemarychicken #skilletchicken #bakedchicken #roastedgrapes #chicken #chickenthighs 
The beginning or fall marks grape season! Here we’re roasting them and pairing time up with Rosemary Chicken Thighs and shallots, serving them over Whipped Ginger Sweet Potatoes – a simple, easy, fall-inspired skillet dinner that can be made in 30 minutes!

Butternut Lasagna with Wild Mushrooms and Sage

Our Best Fall Recipes! Butternut Lasagna with Wild Mushrooms and Sage- a delicious vegetarian or vegan main dish, perfect for the holiday table! Can be made ahead! #butternutlasagna #veganlasagna #veganthanksgiving #veganmaindish #vegetarianmaindish #mushroomlasaga #veganchristmas #vegandinner #plantbased #cleaneating
One of the coziest fall meals, this Butternut Lasagna with Mushrooms and Sage is utterly delicious, vegetarian, perfect for the fall gatherings or the holiday table! Can be made ahead!

Chicken Pot Pie

Classic Chicken Pot Pie with a quick and easy biscuit crust, tender veggies, fresh herbs, in a creamy wine sauce. #potpie
This Classic Chicken Pot Pie is taken up a notch with fresh herbs and a quick and easy biscuit crust. Filled with chicken and tender veggies, in a creamy wine sauce it’s pure comfort food!

Zucchini Lasagna

30 Comfort Food Recipes for Fall! A savory recipe for Zucchini Lasagna, made without noodles for a low carb, keto version of one of our favorite meals! Vegetarian adaptable and Gluten-free.

A robust and hearty fall recipe for Zucchini Lasagna made without noodles for a low-carb, keto version of one of our favorite meals! Vegetarian adaptable and Gluten-free.

Homemade Tomato Soup

Our Best Fall Recipes! Homemade Tomato Soup made with fresh or canned tomatoes, made in under 30 minutes. Creamy, easy and Vegan-adaptable!
What is better than a comforting bowl of homemade Tomato Soup? One of my favorite fall recipes, this Homemade Tomato Soup is made with fresh or canned tomatoes, made in under 30 minutes. Creamy, easy and Vegan-adaptable

Stuffed Acorn Squash

20 COMFORT FOOD RECIPES |Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sausage, Apple, kale, Parsnips, Pecans and Sage | feastingingathome.com #stuffedsquash #acornsquash #wintersquash #fallrecipes
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sausage, Apple, kale, Parsnips, Pecans and Sage- a delicious fall meal. Leave out the sausage or use vegan sausage for a vegetarian option.

White Chicken (or Cauliflower) Enchiladas

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These mouthwatering White Chicken Enchiladas are slathered with the most flavorful green chili sauce! They are vegetarian-adaptable ( sub cauliflower for chicken) and are so delicious, we know you will love them!

Chicken Marsala

30 Comfort Food Recipes for Fall! How to make classic Chicken Marsala (with double the mushrooms!) in a rich, earthy, complex Marsala Sauce. Serve over creamy polenta, mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower or roasted spaghetti Squash! (Vegetarian Adaptable-see recipe notes!)

How to make classic Chicken Marsala (with double the mushrooms!) in a rich, earthy, complex Marsala Sauce. Serve over creamy polenta, mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower for a delcious fall dinner.

Ribollita (Tuscan Whitebean Stew)

30 Comfort Food Recipes for Fall! A flavorful hearty stew from Tuscany, called Ribollita with Cannellini beans, lacinato kale, and vegetables, served with crusty bread, drizzled with a Lemon Rosemary Garlic Oil. | www.feastingathome.com
A flavorful hearty stew from Tuscany, called Ribollita with Cannellini beans, lacinato kale, and vegetables, served with crusty bread, drizzled with a Lemon Rosemary Garlic Oil.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Turkish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – filled with ground lamb (or ground beef) , bulgar, pine nuts and fragrant spices, bathed in the most delicious Turkish Tomato Sauce.

Tamale Pie

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Simple Delicious Tamale Pie with your choice of ground turkey, chicken, ground beef  ( or use a vegetarian substitute like Beyond Beef) with seasonal veggies, topped with a delicious cornbread crust.

Chicken Biryani

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Moussaka

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Rustic Eggplant Moussaka– one of my all-time recipes ever! This authentic, delicious recipe for Eggplant Moussaka is perfect for chilly fall evenings- hearty and robust, the flavors satisfy!

Butternut and Potato Curry

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A soothing and comforting North Indian Butternut and Potato Curry hailing from Rajasthan, featuring winter squash and potatoes, using whole spices and ghee, served over fluffy basmati rice. A delicious, meatless, fall dinner recipe.

Instant Pot Chili

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This Instant Pot Chili is simple and easy and can be made with ground beef, turkey, or chicken, dried beans and no fuss in an Instant Pot! Cozy, hearty and flavorful, this chili is perfect for fall!

Stuffed shells with Pumpkin Sauce

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A delicious recipe for Stuffed shells with Pumpkin Sauce, with Italian sausage and a creamy Pumpkin parmesan sauce.

Butternut Squash Gratin

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Butternut Squash Gratin with Leeks, Sage and Walnuts – a delicious side dish, or vegetarian main – highlighting the best of fall ingredients, worthy of the holiday table! Vegan-adaptable.

White Chicken Chili with Poblanos

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White Chicken Chili is made with white beans, poblano chilies, cilantro, coriander and lime. Tangy, spicy, this one-pot meal is hearty and delicious!

Roasted Chicken with Lebanese 7-Spice

Roasted Lebanese 7-Spice Chicken with caramelized onions, almonds and roasted lemon. A simple flavorful Lebanese-inspired dinner, with only 15 minutes of hands on time. #chicken #lebanesechicken #lebanesefood #7spice
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Whole Roasted Chicken

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Middle Eastern Lamb Stew

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Berbere Chicken

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Slow Cooker Turkey Mushroom Bolognese

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Rosemary Chicken Lasagna

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Fesenjan

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Indian Butter Chicken

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Five Spice Pulled Pork Tacos

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30 Comfort Food Recipes for Fall!

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at home
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: main, fall recipes,
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

30 BEST comfort food recipes for Fall.  Hearty, meaty and satisfying, perfect for chilly fall nights and great for sharing! Zucchini lasagna


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 1/23 lbs zucchini (3-4 large, 9-inch long- see notes) 16-18 slices, cut to 1/3 inch thick.
  • olive oil, or spray olive oil
  • salt and pepper

“Meat” Sauce: 

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 46 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground lamb, beef, turkey, or use a vegan substitute like Beyond meat, beyond beef crumbles, soy crumbles
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (divided)
  • pinch chili flakes (optional)
  • 8 basil leaves, torn

Ricotta Mixture:

  • 1516 ounces whole milk ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

2 ounces pecorino romano – about 1/2 cup grated (divided)


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Cook Zucchini: Slice zucchini into 1/4 inch slices. You’ll need 16-18 good slices. See notes.  Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan, spray or brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place in the hot oven, for 20-ish minutes, or until fork-tender. Set aside. Alternatively, you can grill zucchini over medium-high until tender for even more flavor.
  3. Make the Filling: In a large saucepan or skillet, saute the onion, garlic and optional fennel seeds in a little oil, for 1-2 minutes, over medium-high heat. Add the ground meat (or vegan meat) lower heat to medium, and break it apart with a metal spatula, until completely crumbled and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes (vegan meat will take much less time). Drain any of the fat. Return meat to the pan and add salt, pepper, oregano, and 2 cups marinara sauce. Give a good stir, cover and bring to a gentle simmer until heated all the way through. Stir in torn basil leaves. See notes.
  4. Ricotta: Mix the ricotta cheese in a medium bowl with the egg and nutmeg.
  5. Assemble:  Grease a 9 x13 inch pan. Pour 1/2 cup of marinara to coat the bottom lightly. Place 8-9 slices of zucchini ( save the prettiest, most uniform ones for the top.) to cover the bottom. Pour the meat sauce over top. Spoon the ricotta mixture over the meat sauce and spread it around. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the grated pecorino cheese, Add the top layer of zucchini. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of marinara over top and spread evenly into a thin layer. Dust with the remaining pecorino.
  6. Bake: Wipe off the edges of the pan, cover with foil and bake at 425F for 20 minutes, remove foil and continue baking, until golden and bubbling, 5-10 more minutes.

Notes

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Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ⅛ slice
  • Calories: 457
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 730.2 mg
  • Fat: 34.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.8 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 25.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 119.9 mg

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  1. Five spice pulled pork tacos. Brilliant. Love how you marry the cuisines into something spectacular, and original! Keep crushing it!
    Jim

  2. Thanks for sharing these. All look very delicious. Your blog has helped me to get inspired and I found joy in cooking this kind of recipe.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with us. I learned a lot from your content. I hope to update more new recipes.

  4. Thanks for sharing these food recipes. All recipes looks very delicious.Your blog has helped me to get inspired and i found the joy in cooking this kind of recipes.

  5. Hey Sylvia!

    I’ve been enjoying your recipes for about six months now (just breaking into the fall comfort foods list) and I LOVE the flavors. Actually, I love everything about the culinary style here. I’ve told everybody I know about your blog. Your recipes and selections are incredible, and better yet — reliable! I don’t need to test them out before serving them up for my friends. And they’re actually excited to eat my food!

    Six months ago, I could hardly make more than spaghetti. My food was bland, over/underdone, and I sometimes didn’t even bother to heat up my leftovers, just shoveled ’em down lukewarm. Sad, I know.

    But your recipes have made me fall in love with cooking to the point that I’m building ALL my skills! I care about what I cook and what I eat. I use garnishes (what!?) and am even designing an indoor herb garden for my extensive rosemary needs. What used to be a chore is so much fun now! My endless thanks for your wisdom and cheer on this blog, it’s a delight to have learned so much from you.

    Ever grateful,

    E

    1. You are so kind Elle! Thanks for sharing here, and sharing with your friends. I’m so glad the blog has helped you get inspired again and love that you found the joy in cooking.❤️ It really can be so much fun. Love your indoor herb garden- I need one of those!

  6. My wife would love the way i learned from you, I am insanely excited to show her, thanks for the great content.

  7. Lasagne is the Italian name for the noodles used in a lasagna casserole. … Pasticcio is a wider category of casseroles which doesn’t have a strict definition. It is the Italian spelling, you will also see other variants such as pastitsio . It usually has noodles, but not always.

  8. how can I register on your website to receive your updates and newsletter and become a member of your community 6

    1. Hi, enter your email address where it says subscribe- on the home page, center, top bar or on the side bar.

    1. Haha, Yes, there are ALWAYS vegetarian recipes! This is just for the meat-eating folk. Take a look at these Vegetarian Recipes or these Vegan Dinner Recipes– more up your ally. 🙂

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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