Who doesn't love the combination of chicken, broccoli and cheese? Top it off with plenty of creamy sauce and bake until bubbly, and you've got chicken divan. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time.
Recipe: Spend with Pennies
Tomato soup and grilled cheese is childhood comfort food for some. Once you make your own tomato soup, which is much easier than you might think, you'll never go back to the condensed stuff. This recipe only has five ingredients and uses canned tomatoes so you can make it all year long.
Recipe: Cooking Classy
LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP
Anything with the word "loaded" in the title is bound to be good. This baked potato soup is thick and filling, and gets topped with bacon, cheese, and green onions, just like a classic baked potato.
Recipe: Damn Delicious
ULTIMATE SLOW COOKER POT ROAST
It's heaven to come home from work to a house filled with the smell of pot roast from the slow cooker. This classic recipe is seasoned with thyme and includes potatoes — no side dish required. Put it in the crockpot in the morning, or prep it the night before and keep it in the fridge overnight until cooking.
Recipe: Dinner Then Dessert
5-INGREDIENT EASY CHILI
Chili is great football-watching food, but it can take all day to make. Try this pared-down, basic version that uses just 5 ingredients and cooks in no time. Set it out with a toppings bar so guests can customize it while they watch the game.
Recipe: Gimme Some Oven
CROCK POT CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS
Chicken and dumplings are perfect for fall because they're so comforting in a big bowl. Make them in a slow cooker with this creamy version with shredded chicken breast. It uses canned biscuit dough as a time saver.
BAKED MACARONI AND CHEESE
If there is ever a time to ditch the box and turn mac and cheese into a casserole, it's fall. Start by making a simple, creamy cheese sauce while the pasta cooks, then mix it all together and bake. Add toasted breadcrumbs on top if you like crunch.
Recipe: Feast and Farm
MAPLE SMOKED BRISKET
Don't let the name fool you: This brisket recipe is made in an Instant Pot, not a smoker. It uses maple sugar, smoked paprika, and liquid smoke to give it a smoked flavor. Normally a brisket would have to cook all day, but this recipe only takes 50 minutes in an Instant Pot.
Recipe: Bare Root Girl
INSTANT POT SWEET POTATOES
You don't have to save sweet potatoes just for Thanksgiving. Try this healthy, easy side dish of steamed sweet potatoes with an Instant Pot. They take no time at all, and you can top them with butter and a little brown sugar.
Recipe: Add a Pinch
There's not a meal more comforting than meatloaf and mashed potatoes. This recipe uses bottled barbecue sauce to add flavor and, as the glaze on top, it cuts down on the ingredients you need to measure and chop.
Recipe: Jo Cooks
EASY BEEF STEW WITH NOODLES
By cutting the beef in this recipe into small pieces, it cooks faster, becoming tender in only about 30 minutes. Carrots, potatoes, and onions add flavor and substance, but the interesting part about this recipe is that egg noodles are cooked right in the pot, making fewer dishes to clean afterward.
Recipe: Martha Stewart
Forget IKEA and make your own Swedish meatballs at home. Make the meatballs larger so you don't have to roll as many, and make the creamy gravy in the same pan you used to cook the meatballs to capture all that flavor.
Recipe: The Recipe Critic
ONE POT BEEF STROGANOFF WITH EGG NOODLES
For those who grew up with Hamburger Helper, there's a lot to like about this recipe for ground beef stroganoff. It's still simple and made in one pot, but instead of a sodium-filled seasoning packet, it's got white wine and paprika for flavor.
STUFFED PEPPER SOUP
Stuffed peppers are delicious, but they can be a lot of work. Instead, make stuffed pepper soup. All of the same ingredients are chopped and put on the stove for a thick, comforting dish that's great for bread dipping.
Recipe: Taste of Home
There's no denying that lasagna is one of the ultimate comfort foods, but it takes all day to make. Try ravioli lasagna instead, which uses frozen ravioli in place of the pasta and ricotta cheese in lasagna. Add some ground beef, jarred marinara sauce, and extra cheese and it's a great, easy shortcut.
Recipe: Iowa Girl Eats
SLOW COOKER PINEAPPLE TERIYAKI CHICKEN
If Chinese-American food is comforting to you, then try this easy crock pot recipe this fall. Chicken thighs are braised in a pineapple and soy teriyaki sauce until they're falling apart. Serve it over rice with broccoli on the side.
Recipe: Budget Bytes
CHEESY MASHED POTATO GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
This dish is a mash-up of two great comfort foods into one casserole: cheesy mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Sounds like a new Thanksgiving tradition, doesn't it? The sharp cheddar and fried onions on top are a must.
Recipe: Strawmary Smith
In Italian-American families, Sunday gravy refers to the pot of tomato sauce and meats slow-cooked on the stove all day. This version includes pork ribs, Italian sausages, and beef stew meat. Mix the meaty sauce with pasta and fresh basil and serve the meats on the side.
Recipe: Platings and Pairings
EASY BISCUIT CHICKEN POT PIE
Instead of taking the time to roll out pie dough, use this chicken pot pie recipe that has a simple, biscuit-like topping. It's just as comforting as a traditional crust and holds all the creamy filling in just fine.
Recipe: Spend with Pennies
CHICKEN BACON RANCH CASSEROLE
When in doubt, add some ranch seasoning. That's the motto of this easy casserole that uses ranch-seasoned chicken breast. Add the chicken to a casserole dish along with crumbled bacon, uncooked rice, cheeses, broth, and cream, and it bakes into an impressive casserole that takes no time at all to put together.
Chili mac is a kind of shortcut chili. Everything is made in one pot, including macaroni noodles, which cook in the flavorful chili liquid. Cheese is stirred into the mixture at the last minute, ensuring it'll be extra cheesy when served.
Recipe: Southern Bite
Some people hate tuna casserole, but some love it. If you're in the latter group, give this recipe a try. It forgoes the typical canned cream soup sauce for a simple homemade version thickened with flour. Egg noodles, peas, and albacore tuna complete the dish, which is finished with crispy breadcrumbs on top.
Recipe: The Stay at Home Chef
COUNTRY SAUSAGE GRAVY
There's nothing better to warm you on a cool fall morning than biscuits and sausage gravy. Most people don't realize that sausage gravy is simple to make. Just brown some sausage, add flour and milk, then simmer until thick and creamy. Serve over your favorite biscuits.
Recipe: Self Proclaimed Foodie
COCONUT CURRY PUMPKIN SOUP
It's easy to have pumpkin overload in fall, but adding curry is a great way to cure it. Saute some aromatics and fragrant curry powder, then add canned pumpkin, broth, and coconut milk. It's a simple recipe with unique flavors that are great in cool weather.
SHEET PAN CHICKEN WITH SWEET POTATOES, APPLES AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Sheet pan dinners are a trendy new way of making simple meals. Everything goes on one sheet pan and bakes in the oven. This version includes chicken marinated with rosemary and cinnamon along with plenty of fall vegetables.
Recipe: Well Plated
KING RANCH CHICKEN CASSEROLE
Loved by Texans, King Ranch chicken casserole is like a layered Tex-Mex chicken lasagna. Make it as a way to use up leftover cooked chicken, or use the meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Creamy sauce, cheese, and corn tortillas make this a comforting casserole.
Recipe: My Recipes
INSIDE OUT STUFFED CABBAGE
Like stuffed peppers, it's easier and faster to make stuffed cabbage without actually stuffing anything. This recipe uses lots of ground beef, chopped cabbage, and rice for a more stew-like dish. Bonus: It's got cubed butternut squash for an extra blast of autumn.
Recipe: Taste of Home
HOMEMADE ALFREDO SAUCE
It's hard to beat the comforting properties of alfredo sauce on pasta. It's surprisingly easy to make, so there's no reason not to make it this fall. Cream, butter, and plenty of Parmesan cheese are all that's necessary, but feel free to add chicken, shrimp, or any vegetables for variety.
Recipe: Buns in My Oven
OVEN ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Fall is the season for Brussels sprouts, and roasting them is the best way to bring out their sweetness. Bits of them get charred, caramelized, and crispy, making even the most avowed sprouts haters fans.
Recipe: Well Plated
Cottage pie is similar to a shepherd's pie, but instead of lamb it contains beef. Ground beef is used in this recipe to make it quick and hearty. Top the rich filling with mashed potatoes and bake it for a filling entree.
Recipe: Curious Cuisiniere
CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH PASTA
Pasta coated in a smooth, bright-orange sauce seems incredibly luxurious and complicated, but it's really not. Simply boil the butternut squash, add some aromatics like garlic and shallots, and puree in a blender. Add to some pasta, along with cheese and pepper, for a rich dish that's actually pretty good for you.
Recipe: Jessica Gavin
APPLE PORK CHOPS
Apples and pork are a classic combination, and apple season is the ideal time to put them together. Pork chops are seared and then baked in apple cider. Dijon mustard and sage are added to the sweet pan sauce for even more fall flavor before being served over sauteed apples.
Recipe: Dinner at the Zoo
SPICY PUMPKIN SEEDS
Don't throw away the pumpkin guts after you carve a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. Remove the seeds from the flesh and dry them. Then, make this recipe for spicy, savory pumpkin seeds with worcestershire, cumin, and cayenne. It's a great fall snack.
Recipe: Taste of Home
Making mulled cider in a slow cooker is the best beverage for a fall party. It's hot and ready whenever anyone wants a drink, it can be made ahead of time, and it makes the house smell fantastic all day. This recipe includes orange and fresh ginger for a delicious twist on the usual cinnamon and cloves.
Recipe: The Kitchn
MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE
Spice up hot chocolate with Mexican flavors. Cinnamon, vanilla, and just a pinch of hot pepper powder give a unique twist on classic, homemade cocoa. Top it with plenty of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon.
Recipe: Bon Appetit
Apple butter has nothing to do with dairy — it's apples cooked down to a thick, butter-like consistency, and it's delicious, especially on toast, oatmeal, or ice cream. Just throw a bunch of sliced apples into a crock pot along with sugar and spices, and let the slow cooker work for hours. Your house will smell amazing.
Recipe: Brown Eyed Baker
EASY GINGERBREAD BARS
Gingerbread cookies are delicious, but it's a lot of work to roll out the dough and cut them into shapes. This recipe recommends patting the spiced molasses dough into a pan before baking. Then, use a cookie cutter to cut it into shapes or bar cookies.
Recipe: Land O' Lakes
EASY PUMPKIN BREAD
Instead of making muffins, which take extra time to portion into cups, try a quick bread loaf instead. This recipe for a simple pumpkin bread is easy: just mix wet ingredients, add dry ingredients, and bake. It makes two loaves, so you can freeze one to eat later.
Recipe: King Arthur Flour
CARAMEL PECAN PIE BARS
The most difficult part of this gooey recipe is mixing a sugar cookie-like dough and patting it in a pan. The topping includes tons of pecans, cinnamon and dulce de leche, a canned milk-based caramel. It bakes up sticky, sweet, and luscious.
Recipe: A Spicy Perspective
APPLE DUTCH BABY
Dutch babies, a baked pancake-like breakfast, look impressive, but they're very simple to make. This version includes a ring of fresh apples in the batter and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top. Breakfast guests will love this recipe.
Recipe: Your Home Based Mom
CINNAMON RAISIN BAKED FRENCH TOAST
Baked French toast is a breakfast dish that makes any morning easier. Create it the night before, then put the pan in the fridge overnight. Bake it, full of cinnamon and raisins, the next morning and serve with maple syrup.
Recipe: Pastry Affair
OLD-FASHIONED APPLE CRISP
A crisp is just as homey as an apple pie, but easier and faster to make. Just cut the apples and place in a pan, mix the topping, and sprinkle it on. Your house will smell like autumn while it bakes.
Recipe: Land O' Lakes
With a texture like a thick porridge and a fall spice flavor with cinnamon and molasses, Indian pudding may be the best fall dessert you've never heard of. It's popular in New England, but the cornmeal-based dish that's usually topped with vanilla ice cream should definitely be a staple everywhere.