9 cozy recipes that taste like fall and have nothing to do with pumpkin

Fall hasn’t even officially begun yet, but you might be feeling serious pumpkin fatigue already. After all, with pumpkin everything hitting stores earlier and earlier each year, it’s no secret that you might be sick of pumpkin before it’s even cool enough to dig your scarves and boots out of storage.

That’s why we’re here to give you the coziest fall recipes that are pumpkin-free. Even though you’re sick of pumpkin, you might still want to make delicious, hearty fall-inspired meals all season long.

These recipes are perfect for those chilly nights spent curled up on the couch with a good book and a hot toddy, and there’s nary a pumpkin to be found in any of them.

1Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Soup is the quintessential fall food, and with good reason: It’s comfort food for the body and soul, especially on brisk autumn evenings. This Thai butternut squash soup recipe from Culinary Ginger is packed with flavors including fresh ginger, Thai curry paste and coconut milk. The best part? It’s gluten- and dairy-free, because the creaminess comes from that coconut milk. And it can be made in under a half hour.

2Farmer’s Market Forbidden Rice Bowls with Pesto Sauce

This gorgeous rice bowl from Love Beets can be made with eight ingredients and only involves cooking rice and roasting the veggies. And it’s vegan-friendly! It’s surprisingly light thanks to the myriad veggies, but it’s hearty enough for a brisk fall evening.

3Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

These decadent cheesecake bars from Taste of Home are the perfect blend of soft and chewy and crunchy, and there’s not a hint of pumpkin in sight. Mmm…

4Smoked Paprika Chicken Soup

Nothing — nothing! — is better on a blustery fall day than a piping hot bowl of soup, and this smoked paprika chicken soup from In the Hutch is just what the doctor ordered. This soup is perfect because all you need to do is pick up a cooked rotisserie chicken from the store on the way home, cook the noodles, throw it all in a big pot, and you’ve got a smoky, flavorful fall meal in your bowl in no time.

5Autumn Harvest Quiche

This autumn harvest quiche with mushrooms, leeks, butternut squash, bacon and sage from Culinary Ginger is surprisingly versatile, as it can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you can serve it hot or cold, so it’s perfect for those busy days where you’re on-the-go. With a buttery, flaky crust and a filling packed with fresh herbs, bacon, eggs, and milk, it’s sure to become one of your go-to fall recipes.

6Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

Sweet potato is definitely an underrated fall flavor, and this sweet potato and carrot soup recipe from Healthiest You is loaded in it. This recipe features tons of veggies, herbs, and spices that will fill your home with so much spicy goodness on a dreary fall day, and it further proves that pumpkin isn’t the only delicious fall flavor out there.

7Cinnamon Baked Apples


Want to enjoy an easy-as-pie apple recipe that won’t take nearly as long as an actual apple pie? Enter this cinnamon baked apple recipe which involves only five ingredients, and literally involves throwing it all into the oven and baking to perfection for 25-30 minutes. This recipe will be the apple of your eye, we assure you.

8Fall Pasta Bake with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprout Walnut Pesto


This delicious butternut squash and Brussels sprouts baked pasta by A Better Happier St. Sebastian has an earthy flavor with tons of texture, and it’s 100% pumpkin-free but still totally colorful. We’re here for that.

9Maple Bacon Donuts

If sweet and savory is your idea of a ~dream fall dessert~ then we’ve got the recipe for you. These maple bacon donuts from I Heart Naptime are so much better than the greasy bagged doughnuts they’re selling at the apple orchard, and they’re surprisingly easy to make at home. With that sweet maple glaze and those crunchy bits of bacon, you’ll be thinking, pumpkin spice who?

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