While the sun-kissed days of summer might be over, the windswept era of fall has only just begun (and we're all excited for the season's cheap flights). It's officially time to swap the sunny beachside for a cozy inside retreat, and we couldn't be more excited. Now's the time to turn up the gas and create some delicious comfort food that will not only feed the soul but warm your heart too.
With any new season comes the arrival of fresh produce, and fall has some of our favorites (these are some of the best fall recipes). From creamy butternut squash to crispy Granny Smith apples, new flavor combinations are making our taste buds tingle, and we can't wait to incorporate them into our weekly meals. So who do we turn to for the best fall recipes? Pinterest, of course. Take a look at some of the most mouthwatering fall-inspired meals we're adding to our cooking to-do list this weekend.
As soon as fall hits, our bodies naturally crave comfort foods, and at the top of that list are carbs. Our favorite kind is pasta, and these shells just look mouthwateringly delicious. Butternut squash is one of our favorites. It's so sweet and creamy. The magic of this vegetarian dish from Love and Lemons is the creamy ricotta, which is actually made from cashew cream, crumbled tofu, herbs, and lemon zest. So it's nutritious and super scrumptious too. Win, win.
We've just professed our love for butternut squash, but did we mention how much we love it roasted, and on pizza? Well, now you know. This divine Half Baked Harvest recipe combines a few of our other fall favorites too, like crispy green apples and burrata cheese. She also drizzles a little olive oil over the top, which, to be honest, just makes us a little weak at the knees.
If you love pumpkin as much as we do, you're a more is more kind of gal and one pumpkin recipe just isn't enough. This recipe from Pinch of Yum turns the pumpkin into a creamy bolognese sauce with sundried tomatoes, chicken broth, and kale. Sprinkle a dash of Parmesan on top and you're in business.
Serve It Up
Summer is definitely the season of salads and gazpacho, but just because the temperature drops doesn't mean you should stop. The solution? Simply heat your favorite things up. Try this warm salad recipe from Heather Christo, which combines the beauty of figs with the nutrition of quinoa and freshness of mint.
Is there anything better than spooning mouthfuls of warm soup into your cold body and feeling the heat instantly fill up inside of you? It's so soothing and incredibly addictive. Fall is officially soup weather, and there are so many tasty versions to test-drive like this creamy carrot and sweet potato soup with a Thai twist from Floating Kitchen. It looks as good as it tastes, and this eye candy is just as good for your health too.
Since eating anything cold isn't as appealing in the fall, we need to find another way to keep up our green intake. We love this alternative that wilts spinach slightly so it feels warmer to the touch and taste, with a sprinkling of roasted hazelnuts and our favorite: goat cheese. We guarantee this will be your new go-to weeknight recipe too. A fast feast for the time-poor.
After working long hours, the weekends call for something a little more special than your average salad. This gumbo is just the treat your body needs. It's creamy, rich, comforting, and a little on the spicy side. We recommend making a big batch on a Sunday and freezing it for the week ahead. By Tuesday, you'll be thankful you made the effort.