From sweet potato tea cake to comforting chicken olive stew, these 28 dishes will become your new fall classics

Maya Wong and Jasmin Perez  – October 3, 2019 | Updated October 2, 2020

It’s officially October, which can only mean two things: 1) Most of us will take part in the annual Halloween duty of watching Hocus Pocus while snacking on festive treats, and 2) It’s really, truly time to break out the comfort food recipes. (September recipes are just a little teaser to fall, but now we’re fully in the thick of it.)

But while October recipes are often (and predictably) focused on pumpkins, there’s no reason to go overboard. This month is just as much about kabocha, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes as it is about pumpkin spice, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin soup. Belly-filling pastas and hearty stews have their own special places in our hearts (and our stomachs). Here, we share the crowd favorites you’ll want to cook, bake, and simmer all month long.

Comforting Soups

Hearty Stews

Thinking Outside the Pumpkin

(…but if you insist, click here for pumpkin recipes)

Roasted Fall Vegetables

Autumn Pastas

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