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12 Easy Weeknight Dinners For Fall

Easy, hearty and full of warming flavors - turn to these easy weeknight dinners for the rest of fall!


Fall is all about those hearty, comforting dishes, full of warming spices and vibrant seasonal vegetables. If your mind goes immediately to the all time-consuming Thanksgiving feast, think again. There are plenty of easy weeknight dinners for fall that require minimal effort. Our mantra: either set it and forget it in the oven, or simplify it altogether! Case and point, turn to these 12 easy weeknight recipes for fall from Giada for a better season ahead. Now, happy (and cozy) cooking!




Roasted Root Vegetable Salad


Caramelized seasonal vegetables, toasted walnuts and sliced pear give this salad some serious heft - and seasonal freshness! Toss with some rotisserie chicken or white beans for some added protein to really create a full meal.



 


Turkey Meatloaf With Sundried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese


This lighter spin on meatloaf is loaded with flavor and takes hardly any effort to whip up. It tastes extra amazing seared up in a pan on day 2!



 


Pork Chops with Apples and Pancetta


Fall flavors are in full force with this one-pan pork dish! The sauce that happens in the pan is so addictingly delicious.



 


One-Pot Loaded Chicken Stew


On a busy weeknight, the words "one-pot only" are like music to our ears - and that's all this nutritious, loaded stew needs!



 


Baked Rigatoni With Sausage


If there's one way to make a cheesy pasta even more comforting, it's to bake it in the oven for those perfect crispy cheesy bits on top!



 


Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore


Chicken Cacciatore is one of those ultimately comforting rustic meals, but it's usually pretty involved and takes a long time. We took a shortcut with the Instant Pot, but with the depth of flavor and super-juicy chicken, you'd have no idea we cheated!



 

Ravioli Lasagna


Ravioli stands in for the pasta and ricotta layers of pasta! Not only is this an easy way to get a lasagna on the table, but kids tend to love it even more than regular lasagna.


 

Slow Cooker Ribollita



One of our favorite Italian soup staples, adapted for your slow cooker! The ciabatta at the end adds such an amazingly velvety texture to the soup.



 


Sweet Potato Chili



Two kinds of beans make this veggie-rich chili taste meaty even though it only uses ½ pound of ground beef. It’s both economical and lower in fat—and a lot zestier, thanks to three kinds of chiles—than your usual pot of red.


 


Sheet-Tray Chicken



Seasonal ingredients like apples, cranberries, and sweet potatoes make for a very autumnal dinner. Even better, cleanup is a cinch!


 


Browned Butter Tortellini



Browned butter lends a rich, nutty depth to this bright pasta. Store-bought tortellini make this easy enough for any weeknight!



 

Chicken, Artichoke and Cannellini Bean Spezzatino



This loaded soup couldn’t be easier to throw together, and it’s as good for you as it is hearty and comforting.


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