Pumpkin EVERYTHING: 15 Must Try Fall Recipes

Cozy fall kitchen

It’s officially September, and I’m not waiting another moment to declare it pumpkin spice season. As the aspens turn gold and the frosts kick it up a notch, it’s time to start planning those warm, family meals that keep us all cozy as temperatures start dropping.

Stocking Your Kitchen for Fall

If you want to be any kind of prepared for your next bout of Pinterest-inspired cooking, you need to make sure your kitchen is fully stocked and ready to go with all of the staples of a great fall recipe. Here are a few things to start keeping on hand:

  • Cinnamon

  • Cloves (whole and ground)

  • Nutmeg

  • Ginger

  • Allspice

  • Apples

  • Cranberries (you can freeze them for drinks and casseroles)

  • Squash and pumpkins

  • Vanilla extract

  • Maple syrup

  • Bacon (the GOOD kind)

  • Soft cheeses, like cream cheese and goat cheese

  • Pecans

There are SO many beautiful combinations you can create to put together a filling, wholesome meal for your family this fall. Check out these incredible fall recipes, and try a few yourself this harvest season!

Cozy Fall Breakfasts

Fall Breakfast Hash

Forget the traditional breakfast casserole and try this instead. This fall breakfast hash is easy to make ahead, and can be customized with dollops of goat cheese and local sausage too! Add a drizzle of real maple syrup for a sweet and savory kick.

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

Let’s not pretend we weren’t trying to figure out how to have dessert for breakfast here. This pumpkin pie French toast is just what you need on a chilly fall morning, and goes great with a dollop of pumpkin spiced whipped cream.

Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal

Pecan pie oatmeal

This oatmeal recipe is actually relatively healthy, and crazy good. Prepare to walk out of your house with buttons bursting in the morning — this one is FILLING.

Filling Fall Lunches

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Butternut squash and cranberry quinoa salad

This is a great healthy recipe to make ahead for the week and take to work with you. Toasted pumpkin seeds add a nice pop of texture, so put them on the side if you plan to make ahead so they don’t lose their crispness.

Harvest Cobb Salad

Harvest fall cobb salad

Goat cheese, dried cranberries, bacon, and homemade poppy seed dressing bring this nutrient-packed fall salad together in a combination that’s sweet and satisfying. My suggestion? Go big or go home, and candy those pecans before you add them in.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Nothing says fall and flannel like a steaming bowl of pumpkin soup. And gosh, just look at this recipe — beautiful, and so delicious! Pumpkin is a tremendous source of vitamins A, C, and E, and when added to this bacon and cream rich soup is a powerhouse of energy to keep you going through those chilly afternoons.

To-Die-For Fall Dinners

Bourbon Apple Pork Chops

Bourbon apple pork chops

My husband calls this recipe “pork candy”, and for good reason. The combination of salty pork chops with the zing of bourbon and apples is too good to be true, and it’s even better when the chops are breaded and fried.

Autumn Casserole

Autumn casserole

This recipe is one of my own, and it’s too good not to toot my own horn about. This autumn casserole recipe is super filling, but MEGA nutritious, with roasted squash, sweet potatoes, chopped walnuts, and crumbles of goat cheese and sausage. Get really crazy and drizzle some bourbon syrup over the top, and you’ll have a dish that nobody can get enough of.

Pumpkin Alfredo

Pumpkin alfredo? Who could resist trying this! This creamy dish is made with pumpkin puree in a homemade alfredo sauce teeming with freshly grated parmesan cheese, and it looks positively divine.

Fall Dessert Recipes

Classic Pumpkin Pie

A foolproof take on an old classic, this recipe also includes paleo ingredient substitutions! Go really crazy and top it with a drizzle of homemade chocolate ganache next time around!

Pumpkin Roll Cake

One of my favorite things to make for Thanksgiving, this recipe from Wilton is the only one I’ve ever seen to use cream cheese frosting, and the results are fantastic. Make sure to get a nice, light flour for it, and don’t skimp on the jellyroll pan — it’s a must.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

No ice cream maker required! This recipe includes a swirl of cream cheese and praline pecans and trust me: you’ll never want store-bought pumpkin ice cream again after trying some. It’s not as scary as it seems to make ice cream, and there are no egg yolks in this recipe!

Fall Drink Recipes to Try

Cranberry Apple Cider Punch

Cranberry apple cider punch

Make it kid-friendly with sparkling grape juice, or set some aside for the grownups table with sparkling white wine instead. This recipe is perfect to display in a big glass drink dispenser, so go ahead and break yours out!

Autumn Apple and Pear Sangria

Autumn apple and pear sangria

There’s a sangria for every season, and fall is certainly no exception. This recipe is sweet, beautiful, and easy to make, and the best part is that it definitely gets better the longer it sits! Give those apples and pears a chance to marinate in the wine, and make this one a few days ahead of your shindig.

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spiced Latte

A homemade take on a drive-thru favorite, these pumpkin spiced lattes taste better than the ones you get at coffee shops, and can be left to simmer in your crockpot all day! Keep a ladle on hand for your guests, turn the dial down to ‘Warm’, and enjoy these all day!