Much to our dismay, summer is officially over and autumn is well underway. But with the changing of the seasons comes the perfect excuse to hide away in the kitchen and cook up a storm. With this in mind we’ve complied a list of some of our favourite autumn recipes, all tried and tested. These dishes are perfect for chillier evenings and shorter days, as if we needed an excuse to spend more time in the kitchen…
Chilli con carne is one of the great autumn classics and a staple on many bonfire night menus. The addition of dark chocolate in this recipe gives added depth of flavour and a delicious richness. Finished with crème fraiche or soured cream and served with fluffy white rice, it’s hard to go wrong with this family favourite.
Meatballs – check. Pasta – check. Cheese – check. When it comes to a delicious but simple midweek dinner this dish has it all. The recipe suggests ziti but we replaced this with rigatoni when we gave this recipe a whirl and we were not disappointed. Be sure to bake it for long enough to give the pasta a little crunch as this dish is all about the combination of textures, and of course the melted cheese!
Autumn weekends and slow-cooked meals are the ultimate combination. This hotpot combines slow-cooked beef shin with chorizo and chickpeas, served with roast squash wedges for added sweetness and pumpkin seeds for a seasonal, mouth-watering finish. It’s not the fastest recipe we’re recommending, but it’s well worth investing the time in this one. The hotpot can be frozen and enjoyed when time is a little less forgiving.
If you think an autumn recipe is quintessentially meaty you’d be wrong and this vegan shepard’s pie is the perfect example of why. Replacing minced lamb with a medley of lentils, chickpeas, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, this dish sacrifices no flavour. The root vegetable mash and zesty crumb topping completes the dish perfectly – needless to say every plate was scraped clean with this one.
It’s often said that first we eat with our eyes, and if that’s the case this stuffed pumpkin recipe is the ultimate feast. The stuffing combines rice with fennel, apple, pomegranate seeds and pecans, so it’s a great for vegan guests too. If you’re planning to throw a dinner party this dish is a must. The aromas of the stuffing, aesthetic impact of the finished product and of course its outstanding flavour ticks all the boxes; a recipe we guarantee you’ll use over and over again.