Let me preface this post by saying I haven’t actually cooked any of these… but my mom has! And if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s finding recipes on Pinterest for her to make for me! Sadly, I no longer live at home and have to make my own meals. Really missing her cooking right now, but I’m determined to make these three for myself this season!
So, with that I’ll share three of my absolute favorites and ones my mom says are easy to make!
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Out of all three recipes on the list, I’m going to go ahead and say this one is my favorite. And that’s saying something because all three of these are amazing. When I first found this recipe, my mom and I were excited, my dad less so. Sausage and onions obviously go together, but adding in apple and stuffing all of it inside squash? Sounds a little weird, not to mention sweet… the opposite of what my family likes for dinner. But when I tell you we all are obsessed with this! Somehow the flavors mix perfectly and it creates the best fall recipe. The best part is that it’s pretty healthy and low on the carbs. It’s definitely a unique dish and something you can use to wow your dinner guests!
Copycat Olive Garden Soup
I can’t remember the last time I went to Olive Garden (definitely not one of my favorite restaurants…) but I sure do remember this soup I had, probably while still in high school. It’s the perfect hearty soup for a colder fall day and it really fills you up with a creamy base and a mix of potatoes, kale, and sausage! AKA the best combo ever.
I could eat soup every single day of my life, including the summer, and this one is at the top of my list of all-time favorite soups (it competes with the copycat Panera summer corn chowder). It also makes a ton so you can freeze it and save for later!
Last, but not least, is this shepherd’s pie recipe. My mom likes to make this when we have a few people over because it’s a pretty big dish, but is also a one-pan meal. Just put everything into the pan and cook in the oven! Also, pro tip: use store-bought mash potatoes for the topping. You can’t tell the difference and it cuts down on time! Also, using a good red wine is key. It really makes the dish!
I would love to know if you make any of these three recipes! They’re so good and perfect for when you need a cozy fall dinner.