September 9, 2020

My Favorite Cozy Fall Recipes

When fall arrives in Minnesota, it’s time to break out your favorite warm and cozy recipes. Do you have slower cooker favorites passed down through generations? Or have you been accumulating your own soup recipes that you pull out as soon as you feel a cool September breeze? No matter where you get your recipes from, fall is the perfect time to transition from light salads to warm and hearty fall dishes. All of my favorite fall recipes will warm you up on a cool day. And, yes, there are plenty of soups.

Slow Cooker White Bean and Ham Soup | Stephanie Hansen | Stephanie's Dish

Pork and Tomatillo Stew

This recipe comes from the wonderful cookbook, The Art of Mexican Cooking. There is so much to love about dish, from its heartiness to the depth of flavor. Pork is such a wonderful fall meat, and the spareribs in this recipe come out tender and flavorful, and pare beautifully with the tomatillos (which are cooked with the husks on). If you are looking for a dinner that’s a little different but still quintessential fall, this is a great option. Get the recipe.

Homemade Pizza

There is no bad time of year for pizza. Everyone knows that, but doesn’t a slice feel just a little cozier when there’s a chill in the air? My family uses a pizza dough recipe from the wonderful Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes A Day, and I truly can’t say enough about the crust you get. Of course, the best part of pizza is choosing your toppings, so go crazy with fall ingredients here. Or stick to the classics.  Get the recipe.

Homemade Pizza | Stephanie Hansen

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

The Instant Pot is the official kitchen gadget of fall and winter. I love mine so much that I put together a guide to using the Instant Pot and a Facebook group for Instant Pot recipes. If you are looking for a tasty, simple chicken pot pie recipe (and who isn’t?), this recipe is definitely the way to go. Check it out, and you’ll also get a bonus risotto recipe for your effort. Both are great for fall. Get the recipe.

Chicken Broth

If you thought making chicken broth was easy before the Instant Pot, you’ll be amazed that it can get even easier. This Instant Pot chicken broth recipe is hands-off and fast, and you’ll end up with a perfect chicken broth. I recommend making as much as you can and freezing the extra broth so you can make delicious soups all fall and winter. Get the recipe.

Maple Glazed Pecans

There are so many things you can do with nuts in the fall, you may skip over one of the simplest ways to enjoy pecans: Toasted. This simple maple glazed pecan recipe is made in a cast iron skillet, and results in wonderfully flavored pecans. I love to use these on fall salads, but there’s no shame in enjoying them by the handful as a little afternoon snack, either. Get the recipe.

Maple Glazed Pecans | Stephanie Hansen

Beef Stew

If you’re like me, you could live off stews from the first 50 degree day until the snow finally melts in the spring. The homey warmth of a full meal in a bowl is not only delicious, it’s about as comforting as food gets. Beef stew is, of course, the go-to, and this recipe is a classic stew that is sure to delight. The bonus when it comes to stews is that you get to “set it and forget it,” because it is a slow cooker recipe extraordinaire. As a bonus, I included a few of my other favorite slow cooker recipes with this beef stew. Get the recipe, plus these:


If you want to host brunch or simply feed the family on a fall or winter weekend, there may be no better option than quiche. You can fill yours with almost anything, and you end up with a large and filling dish that is sure to please everyone. This is my recipe for a quiche crust that you’ll want to use year-round, and a filling recipe that is delicious, and can be customzied to your own tastes. Get the recipe.

Quiche Crust and Filling Recipes

Southwest Chicken Soup

This list is heavy on the soups and stews, and for good reason. What is better than a soup or stew in the fall? We started with a stew that explores flavors you might not be used to, so let’s end with a soup that does the same. If you are in a soup rut or stuck on some of the basics, this is a great recipe to get your creative soup juices flowing. It feels familiar, but has a little extra zest and spice, and is one I recommend adding to your fall rotation. Get the recipe.