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31 Easy Dinner Recipes for October

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor,

Brie, Ham, and Pear PaniniDuring the fall, there are so many wonderful and abundant ingredients just waiting to be taken advantage of in the form of easy dinner recipes. With our collection, 31 Easy Dinner Recipes for October, you'll have plenty of options for delicious meals all month long.

It's time to welcome carbs back into your life in October and thank goodness for that. To celebrate, we've included three different twists on mac and cheese made with harvest vegetables like pumpkin and sweet potatoes, and even one made with bacon and maple. We've also included a whole section of hearty and seasonal soups and stews, which make delicious, small meals or filling dinners when paired with bread or other sides.

 Combining sweet and savory flavors during the fall is so easy because there are so many great fruits and veggies to use! It's the perfect time to experiment. Never added pear to a ham and cheese sandwich? Now's the perfect time to try it! As an added bonus, we've also included some tempting pumpkin dessert recipes for your sweet tooth, because pumpkin rules all this month! Enjoy!


31 Easy Dinner Recipes for October

Table of Contents

Fabulous Fall Soups
Fall Favorite Sides & Appetizers
Fall-Inspired Dinner Recipes
Bonus! 8 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes


Have you seen our collection of recipes that will give you year-round inspiration? Try, 365 Easy Dinner Recipes for Every Day of the Year to find easy dinner ideas that will please the whole family on busy nights.


Fabulous Fall Soups

How to Make Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Red Pepper Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Pumpkin and Pear Soup 

White Bean Stew

Creamy Cabbage Soup

How to Make Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (shown)

Delicious Beef and Barley Stew with Mushrooms

Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup 

Red Pepper Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons (shown)


Fall Favorite Sides & Appetizers 

Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe 

Marvelous Maple Bacon Mac and Cheese

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls (shown)

Puff Pastry Baked Brie with Pears

Yummy Cheesy Taco Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Beans Quesadillas

Broccoli Cauliflower Cheesy Bites

Creamy Cauliflower Mash 

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Bacon

Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese (shown)

Corn Bread Sausage Stuffing 



Fall-Inspired Dinner Recipes

Butternut Squash Alfredo Baked Shells Crisp and Cozy Pork Chop Pan Dinner

Chicken Broccoli Pot Pies

Slow Cooker Golden Mushroom Pork and Apples 

Caramelized Apple German Pancake 

Chicken Thighs with Honeyed Apples 

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy 

Butternut Squash Alfredo Baked Shells (shown)

Braised Pork with Pears

Chili-Lime Chicken & Sweet Potato Skillet 

Comfort Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Crisp and Cozy Pork Chop Pan Dinner (shown)

Brie, Ham and Pear Panini

Fall Vegetable Casserole 

Super Stuffed Acorn Squash


100+ Halloween Recipes: A Monstrous Menu


Need ideas for your Halloween party or a festive holiday food spread? Get inspired by our master collection, 300+ Halloween Recipes: A Monstrous Menu.






Bonus! 8 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes

Copycat Wendy's Pumpkin Pie Frosty

  1. Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie 
  2. Mini Pumpkin Layer Cakes 
  3. Copycat Wendy's Pumpkin Pie Frosty (shown)
  4. Perfect Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal 
  5. Cream Cheese Glazed Pumpkin Bundt Cake
  6. Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze 
  7. Stuffed Pumpkin French Toast Bake 
  8. Gooey Pumpkin Caramel Blondies 

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