Delicious Autumn Recipes

The autumn season brings a colourful bounty of seasonal ingredients, perfect for creating cosy and comforting dishes. As the leaves turn and the air gets crisp, it’s time to gather around the table and indulge in delicious autumn recipes with friends and family. From savoury soups and hearty dinners to warming casseroles and delectable desserts, this blog post offers a diverse selection of autumn-inspired recipes to suit every taste. So turn the lamps on, light a candle and let’s get started.

Short Summary

  • Celebrate the flavours of autumn with savoury soups, hearty dinners & warming casseroles.
  • Enjoy flavourful slow cooker meals and one-pan dishes for minimal effort and maximum taste.
  • Indulge in cosy pasta recipes, family comfort food & delectable desserts!

Savoury Autumn Soups

When the temperature drops and the evenings draw in, there’s nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of soup to warm you up. Autumn is a season to celebrate the flavours of pumpkin, butternut squash, tomato, potato, onion and other earthy ingredients that blend together to create mouthwatering soups and stews. One such recipe is the Pumpkin Tomato Soup, a delightful concoction of:

  • Canned pumpkin puree
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Vegetable broth or stock
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Spices

Another classic soup that’s perfect for chilly autumn evenings is the French Onion Soup. The combination of butter, onions, garlic, beef broth, and white wine creates an aromatic and rich base that’s sure to warm your soul. To prepare this scrumptious soup, simply sauté the onions until softened, add the garlic, beef broth, and white wine, and let it simmer for a truly delicious experience.

So why not delight in these comforting recipes and let the seasonal ingredients shine in a hearty bowl of soup that will leave you feeling warm and satisfied?

Hearty Weeknight Dinners

As the nights draw in and the days get shorter, it’s crucial to have a selection of hearty weeknight dinner recipes to keep everyone full and satisfied. Apple Cider Glazed Chicken, for instance, combines the sweet and tangy flavours of apples and apple cider with tender chicken to create a dish that’s both comforting and delicious.

Simply add potatoes, apples, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper to a large bowl and toss together. In a frying pan, heat some olive oil and dry your chicken breasts skin down until golden. Remove the chicken and add apple cider (or apple juice), honey and wholegrain mustard before reducing down. Then, add butter, the potatoes and the chicken back into the pan before placing it in the oven at 200C for around 20 minutes until it’s cooked through.

For those who prefer a classic, why not try Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy? This scrumptious dish features seasoned and browned ground beef patties smothered in a rich and flavourful mushroom gravy, making it a true classic. So, gather your family and friends around the table and enjoy these hearty weeknight dinner recipes that are not only satisfying but also showcase the wonderful flavours of the season.

Warming Casseroles and Bakes

Casseroles and bakes are the epitome of comfort food during the autumn season. The darker evenings are the ideal time to enjoy a warm and satisfying meal that brings everyone together. One classic is the Chicken Pot Pie Casserole, a mouthwatering combination of chicken, vegetables, and biscuits that’s both easy to make and incredibly delicious.

For those looking for a cheesy twist, the Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole is an excellent choice. This delectable dish includes chicken, chicken soup, broccoli, cheese, and a crunchy topping, and can be prepared with minimal effort for an amazing autumn meal. To make this, preheat your oven to 175C and butter the bottom of a medium-sized roasting dish. Boil the chicken for 5-10 minutes until cooked through. In the meantime, combine the broccoli, chicken soup, cheese (we like a mix of parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella), sour cream and salt and pepper in a bowl. Once cooked, drain the chicken and add it all to your baking dish before sprinkling more cheese on top. Bake until warmed through and the cheese is golden and bubbling.

Flavourful Slow Cooker Meals

Slow cooker meals are an excellent way to enjoy flavorful, comforting meals without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. With a few simple ingredients and a slow cooker, you can create delicious meals like Amish Beef & Noodles and Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta. They’re great to just prep and forget.

Creating Amish Beef and noodles is a breeze! Here’s how:

  1. Brown the beef.
  2. Add the beef to the slow cooker with onion, garlic, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings.
  3. Let it cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. When the beef is cooked, add the egg noodles.
  5. Cook for an additional 30 minutes.

To prepare Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta, follow these steps:

  1. Brown the short ribs.
  2. Add the browned short ribs to the slow cooker along with the onion, garlic, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Prepare the polenta according to package instructions.
  5. Serve the ribs over the polenta.
  6. Top with fresh herbs for a flavorful finish.

Indulge in these slow cooker meals and enjoy the ease and comfort they bring to your autumn evenings.

One-Pan Autumn Dishes

One-pan dishes are a fantastic way to enjoy delicious and satisfying autumn dinners without the hassle of extensive cleanup. By combining seasonal ingredients in a single pan, you can create mouthwatering meals that are both easy to prepare and delightful to eat.

Take the Sheet-Pan Pork Chops with Apples, for example. This delectable recipe includes:

  • Pork chops
  • Apples
  • Onions
  • Apple cider

The combination of these ingredients results in a perfect harmony of flavours that celebrates the autumn season. Simply throw them in a dish and let them cook through.

Another one-pan dish to try is Lemony Chicken & Potatoes with Feta. This recipe combines the zesty flavours of lemon with tender chicken and potatoes, topped with crumbled feta cheese for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Vegetarian Delights

Autumn is a season of abundance, with a wealth of seasonal ingredients that can be combined to create delicious and satisfying vegetarian dishes. Whether you’re a dedicated vegetarian or simply looking for a meatless meal option, these recipes will surely delight your taste buds and keep you full and satisfied.

Vegetarians will love this Chili Cheese Sweet Potato Casserole. It features roasted sweet potatoes and black bean chilli, all topped with a generous layer of cheese for a delicious and comforting meal. And for a light and refreshing option, try the Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette. This dish combines the sweet and tender roasted butternut squash with a tangy and creamy tahini dressing for an exciting mix of flavours. So, go ahead and explore these vegetarian delights that showcase the wonderful flavours of autumn and offer a healthy and delicious alternative to meat-based dishes.

Autumn-Inspired Pizzas

Who says pizza can’t be seasonal? Autumn-inspired pizzas take advantage of the delicious produce and flavours of the season to create unique and tasty meals that are sure to impress. Take the Wild Mushroom Pizza, for example. Featuring fresh thyme, a medley of mushrooms, and a generous amount of cheese, it results in a scrumptious and seasonal twist on a classic favourite. Another autumn-inspired pizza to try is the Roasted Cauliflower Pizza which combines roasted cauliflower, garlic, and mozzarella cheese for a simple yet flavorful pizza that’s perfect for a cosy autumn night.

So, why not think outside the box and try these great pizzas that showcase the delightful seasonal ingredients in a fun and creative way?

Family-Friendly Comfort Food

As the weather gets colder, there’s no better time to gather the family around the table and enjoy some delicious, comforting meals together. One classic dish that’s perfect for warming up on a chilly autumn day is Classic Chili. Made with:

  • Minced beef
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Spices

This dish is a true comfort food classic that’s sure to be a hit with the whole family.

Another family-friendly comfort food option is the Patty Melt, a delicious diner-style sandwich made with:

  • A juicy beef patty
  • Melted cheese
  • Caramelised onions
  • Toasted rye bread

This perfect combination of flavours and textures is sure to please everyone at the table.

For a more exotic option, why not try Moroccan Meatballs with Roasted Tomatoes, Feta, and Herby Chickpeas? This delightful dish is not only delicious but also serves as a great opportunity to introduce new flavours to the family, especially if they are used to more traditional rice-based meals.

So gather your loved ones and enjoy these family-friendly comfort food recipes that are perfect for creating lasting memories and warming up during the autumn season.

Delectable Autumn Desserts

Autumn is the perfect time to indulge your sweet tooth with delectable desserts featuring seasonal ingredients like apples, pumpkins, and cranberries. These mouthwatering treats are sure to satisfy your cravings and add a touch of warmth to the chilly autumn and winter months.

Get the family excited for autumn desserts that include apple crisp, pumpkin pie, and cranberry crumble. Each of these desserts showcases the delightful flavours of the season, with the sweet and tangy taste of apples, the rich and creamy texture of pumpkin, and the tart and vibrant flavour of cranberries.


In conclusion, the autumn season offers a bounty of delicious and comforting recipes that cater to every taste and preference. From savoury soups and hearty dinners to warming casseroles and bakes, these dishes showcase the range of flavours of the season while providing warmth and satisfaction on chilly evenings. So, why not embrace the season and indulge in these comforting recipes that are sure to bring joy, warmth, and lasting memories to your dining table?

At Virginia Hayward, we stock a huge range of seasonal hampers that are perfect for sharing with friends and family or just as a treat for yourself. Whether it’s prosecco and chocolates, cheese and biscuits, wine and pate or a large selection of everything, we’ve got you covered for a cosy autumn night.

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