50+ Fall Recipes


Howdy everyone – hope you had a nice weekend!

Things felt decidedly fall-like ’round these parts, what with savoring my first pumpkin-flavored beer of the season on Friday night, breaking out my cozy Mukluks (and flannel pants – Ben’s thrilled… ;) ) after waking up to 44 degrees on Saturday morning, and hanging my fall-themed front door wreath after plucking it out of storage this afternoon!

LOVE this time of year (once I finally accepted it! ;) )

Since Saturday was the official first day of fall, I thought I’d share 50 of my favorite fall recipes from the IGE archives. From cozy casseroles for cool evenings, to quick-fix stir frys for busy weeknights, and a bunch of pumpkin flavored desserts to devour, hopefully you’ll find a new fall-themed dish or two to love this season!

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Classic Mac & Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Crunchy Topping

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Shepard’s Pie with Healthified Mashed Potatoes – household favorite!

Spinach & Artichoke Chicken Casserole

Taco Pasta Bake

The Best Shepard’s Pie – household favorite!

Vegetarian Enchiladas – household favorite!


Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder

Baked Potato Soup

Beef & Barley Soup – household favorite!

Beef & Barley Stew

Chicken & Bacon Potato Chowder

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chili Verde – household favorite!

Copycat Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Harvest Chicken Quinoa Soup

Italian Wedding Soup – household favorite!


My Favorite Chili Recipe

Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Sam’s No. 3 (Lighter) Kickin’ Green Chili

Skinny Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

Spicy Tomato & Turkey Soup with Ditalini – household favorite!

Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup


Autumn Chopped Salad

Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Garlic Butter Sage Sauce

Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Chicken & Dumplings – household favorite!

Homemade Calzones

Kitchen Stash Supper

Luann’s Kale Salad – household favorite!

Meatloaf Cupcakes – household favorite!

Orchard Turkey Burgers

Sneaky Meatball Subs – household favorite!

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Taco Dippers

Whole Wheat Gnocchi with Sausage & Spinach


BBQ Pulled Pork

Buffalo Chicken Wraps – household favorite!

Crock Pot Red Beans & Rice

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos with Mexican Rice – household favorite!

Crock Pot Tomato Sauce


Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked Pasta – household favorite!

Broccoli Chicken Mac and Cheese

Butternut Squash Ravioli – household favorite!

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Farfelle with Kale & Bacon

Homemade Hamburger Helper – household favorite!

One Skillet Pasta Puttanesca

Skinny Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo


Beef with Snow Peas

Broccoli Beef

Easy Chicken Lo Mein

Kung Pao Chicken

Lighter Sesame Chicken

Mongolian Beef – household favorite!

Spicy Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

Thai Fried Quinoa – household favorite!


Apple-Bacon Turkey Melt with Caramelized Onions

Cheese Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Turkey Maid Rites – household favorite!


Baked Parmesan Garlic Fries – household favorite!

Corny Cornbread

French Onion Soup Potstickers

Party Potatoes Deluxe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts – household favorite!

Roasted Green Beans

Skinny Spinach & Artichoke Dip

The Best Tomato Sauce. Ever.


Apple Crisp – household favorite!

Fresh Apple Cakehousehold favorite!

Individual Toffee Apple Crisp

Lighter Butterscotch Bars

Mini Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing

No Yeast Required Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Pumpkin Pie Mousse

Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting – household favorite!

Starbucks Clone Pumpkin Scones – household favorite!

Ultimate Apple Snicker Nachos


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  1. Briana 09.23.2012

    Id love to see more savory pumpkin recipes or butternut squash recipes!

    • Lisa 09.24.2012

      Another blog I read, sorry Kristen, Whipperberry, posted all kinds of pumpkin and apple recipes earlier in September, FULL of good stuff…like where to start good. Kind of like this one.
      Now I am starving. Great.Only an hour till lunch.

  2. Barbara 09.23.2012

    Id loved to see what you can come up with for a stufed pumpkin or stuffed acorn squash dish. Im going to be hosting a dinner party around halloween and have been thinking of making one!

  3. Sarah 09.23.2012

    I always love me some sweet potato recipes! I am really in the mood for homemade soup right now.

  4. Beth 09.23.2012

    I made the spicy tomato turkey soup (with a few variations) for the second time, and it’s just so great!

    I’d love to see more quick crock pot recipes this fall – gotta love that slow cooker!

  5. Chelsey T. 09.23.2012

    I just made beer bread using Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale and it.is.awesome…and so easy!
    P.S. I just moved out to Oregon a month ago from Des Moines. Thanks for your blog and keeping me connected to the great homeland of Iowa!

  6. Mandy 09.23.2012

    OMG love this round-up. I want to eat all the foods! I may have to buy a crock pot just so I can make those buffalo chicken wraps! Yum!

    • Carrie 09.24.2012

      The buffalo chicken is amazing!!!

  7. Pamela 09.23.2012

    Love this list – thank you! I just printed out the no yeast cinnamon rolls, can’t wait to make them! <3

  8. Lauren 09.23.2012

    This post is exactly what I needed! We’re still having summer weather here in Boulder, but I am on the hunt for fall recipes to embrace the calendar rather than the temp. Thanks for posting!

  9. Jessica 09.23.2012

    Since you are taking requests… maybe you can indulge us in an explanation of the variety of squashes available this time of year. I just picked up the Hy-Vee seasons magazine and there was an awesome recipe for 3 different types of squash. One was called a buttercup squash?? I always choke when a recipe calls out that type of ingredient and end up scrapping the idea all together. Maybe you could help? :)

  10. Bethany 09.23.2012

    OH.MAH.GAH. Totally bookmarking this page! :)

  11. Megan 09.23.2012

    I always make the pumpkin pie mousse !!! the fam loves it!

  12. Elizabeth 09.23.2012

    Awesome post!! Thanks for the great ideas!!! :)

  13. Melissa 09.23.2012

    This is great! I’m trying to plan out all my meals for the month of October in hopes to save a little money and time. I’m going to have to try out several of these recipes… Especially the casseroles!

  14. Teresa 09.23.2012

    I enjoyed a pumpkin/squash pizza from Gusto at the World Food Festival. Would love to re-create it at home. Instead of tomato sauce, they used pumpkin puree.

  15. I just ran out of stuff for dinner so I will have to go through and pick one of these for my next meal! (Actually, my next 4 meals since I make something and then eat leftovers for the rest of the week!). I think I might make your lasagna soup soon. I have had that pinned for a while and see it every time I go to Pinterest.

  16. Tess 09.23.2012

    Thanks so much for the awesome post with all these recipes I will be pinning alot of them so I can make them soon you rock Iowa Girl!! :)


  17. Mer 09.23.2012

    I’ve been reading your blog and drooling over your dinners long enough… this post means it’s time to start making them at home…starting with the chicken and broccoli casserole. Thanks for all the meal ideas!

  18. Life's a Bowl 09.23.2012

    Definitely bookmarking/ pinning/ tagging/ emailing this! My girlfriends and I totally should have an IGE fall bash and each cook one of your dishes… YUM!!!

  19. Maria W. 09.23.2012

    Hi! You’re definitely doing an amazing blog and I enjoy it every single time!! This crispy cool weather calls for casseroles and wonderful dinnertimes for families and friends. Thanks so much!!

  20. katherine 09.23.2012

    Well, it’s kind of hard to make a suggestion after seeing so many recipes! Then again, for someone who doesn’t know how to cook and is just learning, maybe I won’t be able to try most :/ so, an easy one with little ingredients and flavor is appreciated!

  21. Brittney 09.24.2012

    I would love to see more crockpot recipes, especially for 2-4 people.

  22. Whitney 09.24.2012

    This is awesome! Thank you for posting!

  23. Caitlin 09.24.2012

    I had that same beer this weekend! Do you like ciders? If so, you should look to see if stores in your area sell Ace Cider. They have a pumpkin one which is amazing.

    Thanks for posting all these recipes! I’ve had success with all of yours I’ve tried. One suggestion is for a stroganoff recipe. I’ve tried several and have not yet been able to find something that’s just right. I’m always looking for more suggestions/ideas with that. :-)

  24. Lora Lee 09.24.2012

    I don’t have a request but I made the Starbucks Clone Pumpkin Scones over the weekend and they were so delicious!
    I was at Starbucks last week and decided to try one, although hesitant because, even though I like the taste of pumpkin, I don’t love it and didn’t want the taste to be overwhelming. Well, the Starbucks version was good but your recipe was GREAT! Again, I was hesitant because I’ve never made scones and, honestly, the whole kneading and rolling out the dough process scares and intimidates me. But, it was super easy and they turned out just like the pictures! The recipe is definitely a household favorite and will likely become an annual recipe!

  25. SALLY 09.24.2012

    I’d love to see recipes for a chicken chili, beef stew, and/or pot roast. Love the blog – your recipes are always a household favorite!

  26. Katy 09.24.2012

    Thank you Kristin for the convenient list of great recipes! I always end up missing Hyvee when I look at your pictures! We shopped at Hyvee for 10 years before moving away from NW Iowa. Still my favorite grocery store.

  27. Trish 09.24.2012

    I tried the Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat for the first time Saturday during the Iowa game. Then a drank a couple more after that horrible botched loss to CMU. Grrrrrr!!!!!!

  28. Lori Edgington 09.24.2012

    LOVE this list!! Thanks for sharing, Happy Fall to you. :)

  29. Carrie 09.24.2012

    Thanks for this! I agree, some more crock-pot recipes or even something like 20-30 minutes to eat recipes would be awesome for us working ladies who have hungry husbands! husband-friendly food please! :)

  30. Kate 09.24.2012

    Hi Kristen! Just wanted to pop in and let you know I made your copy cat Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli recipe this weekend and I love it!! It will definitely be a staple this Fall/Winter! Thanks girl! :)

    • Kate 09.24.2012


  31. Elizabeth 09.24.2012

    Ooh, I’m going to be having fun with this page, I can tell. You had me hooked at the Butternut Squash Lasagne. I love pretty much anything butternut squash and/or pumpkin. By the way, how is that beer? I find a lot of so-called pumpkin beers taste a lot like banana (!), so I’m always looking for a recommendation. My go-to is Shipyard Pumpkinhead, but I’m willing to branch out. :-)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.25.2012

      It was really good – like drinking liquid pumpkin pie! I only had 1, and wouldn’t have more than 2 in one sitting, but as an occasional treat, it was delish. :)

  32. Kate 09.24.2012

    I would love some vegetarian casseroles! It can be difficult to find hearty recipes for vegetarians.

  33. Joanna Gehrke 09.24.2012

    Kristin, you RULE. There is not one post you make that I don’t LOVE! Thank you for being the best blogger ever!! (PW is a close 2nd :) )

  34. AbbieD 09.24.2012

    Hey Kristin…back in January (around the 19th…ish) you posted a recipe for a Chicken Pot Pie soup, but you didn’t tag it. I absolutely loved it and made it 3 or 4 times last winter, and I know the title of the post(something about taking out excess sugar)so I can find it, but if someone missed that post they would never know it was there.

    Do you think you could add a tag so it’s easier to find?! Thank ya thank ya! :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.25.2012

      Ooo, good call, I will add that recipe to the list. It’s from SkinnyTaste.com!

  35. Stacey 09.24.2012

    Always looking for good potato soup recipes! Made the pumpkins scones and threw in some chia seeds – awesome!! Love your blog!

  36. Samantha 09.24.2012

    This is great! I’ve made the chicken enchilada pasta & broccoli alfredo. Both are amazing!

    I would love to see more crock pot recipes or makeover Chinese recipes!

  37. These all sound amaaazing. The next 10 days in our forecast all have highs of 90-95 degrees — I want fall now!!!

  38. julia 09.24.2012

    i love your fall wreath!

    xo julesinflats.com

  39. I just saw pumpkin soup at Trader Joe’s last night, and would love to try making my own version at home! Maybe with a little help from IGE?? :)

  40. Jill Rawley 09.24.2012

    Im actually getting ready to make your butternut squash ravioli for the second time. I made it a few years ago. I loved it!

    My friends and I acutally have a freezer meal exchange every other month. I know you dont really do freezer cooking but if you ever decide to give it a whirl, I would LOVE some freezer recipes!

  41. ae 09.24.2012

    Would love to see a squash recipe that makes squash a main dish vs. a side! Preferably something that isn’t just me coating it in maple and syrup. PLLLLLLEASE?!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.25.2012

      You should check out the stuffed acorn squash, or butternut squash ravioli (listed under main dish, and pasta recipes, respectively!)

  42. Stephanie 09.24.2012

    You didn’t list your spicy cashew stir fry- which I love and make all the time! I had a hard time finding it because I don’t think it’s listed in the recipes, but if I search cashew it comes up (FYI). It is a staple in our house in the fall (and even in the warm summer months when I can muster up enough energy to turn on the stove)!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.25.2012

      How strange – I didn’t even have a print link on that recipe! I added that to the recipe, and the recipe to the list here. Thanks for the heads up! :)

  43. megan s 09.25.2012

    oh. my. gawsh.

    I made your sneaky meatballs last night. Are you kidding? So unbelievable! So easy! I added Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes to the mix … out of this world moist and delicious!

    Thank you!

  44. Gravel Naperville 09.25.2012

    Haha… I busted out my soft warm fluffy socks this weekend too!

  45. Amy 09.26.2012

    Holy MOLY! We know what we’re making for the next few months…what a great round-up, Kristin!


  46. Cass 09.28.2012

    Oh man….I made the apple crisp(s) last night for our anniversary and my husband and I loved them…even though I forgot to peel the apples! We’ve been eating healthier so it’s nice to have that appley goodness without having a whole apple pie on the counter staring us down. Thanks!

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  48. Luann 10.01.2012

    I was surprised not to see a beer cheese soup under the soup section. Also, a bit disappointed. I have never made it but have been looking for a good recipe, because I want to make it soon!!!

  49. Heather 10.09.2013

    Thank you for these great recipes! I can’t wait to try them. I live in South Dakota and Hy-Vee is our main store around here too. I love seeing all your Hy-Vee branded products. It looks like my pantry too!

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