Fall Side Dishes: 20+ tasty recipes to enjoy this autumn

Autumn has finally arrived! Try our 20+ recipes to complete your menu by using fresh, seasonal veggies to make soups, roasted colorful vegetables and casseroles.

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Autumn has finally arrived! Don't be caught unprepared and cook a full meal by adding typical fall side dishes to your menu. You don't need big ideas, just fresh, seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and even late season eggplants or zucchini.

When temperatures drop to make way for cooler days, a great idea is to enjoy warm, cozy and tasty meals such as soups, roasted colorful vegetables, comfort food and baked recipes seasoned with spices, bringing out all the flavors of the fall season.

Don't know what to cook for dinner? Don't worry, we've come up with 20+ fall side dishes such as roasted pumpkin, broccoli cheddar soup or sweet potato casserole. Serve these recipes with your favorite main dishes such as   and crusty bread or homemade cornbread. You can also take inspiration from our suggestions to design your Thanksgiving dinner menu in advance.

1. Roasted Vegetables: the effortless recipe for a delicious, healthy side dish
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For a healthy, flavorful side dish that will go with just about any main dish, there's nothing better than roasted vegetables. Crispy and golden brown on the outside, tender on the inside, oven-roasted vegetables are the perfect nutritious side dish to make with everything from roasts to pasta, stews, casseroles, burgers, and more.

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2. Pumpkin Soup: the delicious, healthy recipe without cream
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It’s pumpkin season! And while we love all things flavored with pumpkin, the season tends to be tough for the waistline. So you’ll be happy to know that this pumpkin soup is made without cream. It's low in calories, and is full of vitamins. It’s perfect for the fall season and holidays such as Thanksgiving, but because it’s so healthy, you don’t have to feel guilty if you’re having a second helping.

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3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts: the effortless recipe for a nutritious, tasty side dish
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With their crispy, savory outside, and tender, almost sweet insides, there's nothing like a side of perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner. This delicious, healthy recipe for Brussels sprouts is a baked version of the classic sautéed Brussels sprouts recipe, and it's just as easy to make – all you need to do is toss the Brussels sprouts with some garlic, olive, salt, and pepper, then add a little parmesan halfway through baking.

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4. Roasted Pumpkin: the vegan side dish perfect for fall holidays
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This easy, basic recipe for roasted pumpkin wedges is just what you need this fall season. At this time of year, it’s all about entertaining and spending time with friends and family. So why not make this versatile Thanksgiving side dish that requires little effort with a huge payoff! Roasting the pumpkin gives it a nutty, yet slightly sweet flavor. The surface of the pumpkin is crispy, while the inside remains soft and tender.

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5. Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli: the quick and easy side recipe
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Roasted garlic lemon broccoli is an easy and healthy side dish you can make in no time. Broccoli florets are crispy, flavorful and bright green in color. Simply roast the broccoli with garlic cloves, olive oil, then season and squeeze in lemon juice to dampen the strong flavor of the broccoli.

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6. Roasted Butternut Squash: simple and delicious side dish
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Roasted butternut squash is an easy side dish recipe perfect for fall.

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7. Mashed Potatoes: the best-ever recipe for perfect mashed potatoes
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If you're searching for a crowd-pleasing side dish that the whole family will love, look no further than these easy homemade mashed potatoes. Any holiday or family dinner will be made even better with a bowl of creamy homemade mashed potatoes on the table. They're an incredible side dish to serve on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter or occasions where you're feeding a large group.

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8. Spinach Gratin: the mouthwatering recipe for a creamy, delicious side dish
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No matter what you cook as the main dish for the holidays, you'll need to serve up some tasty sides to make a complete meal. Spinach gratin is a fantastic side dish to serve on Thanksgiving or Christmas, thanks to its mouthwatering cheesy, buttery, savory flavor.

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9. Sautéed Brussels Sprouts: A Fast Vegetarian Side Dish to Make this Fall
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Sautéed Brussels sprouts are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. This recipe transforms your favorite crucefirous vegetables into a charred and flavorful vegetarian side dish everyone will love. Instead of roasting in the oven, use just a heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat on your stove to achieve the perfect texture and flavor on your Brussels.

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10. Broccoli cheddar soup: a hearty soup recipe
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Sometimes there's nothing like a soothing bowl of homemade soup. This gorgeously creamy broccoli cheddar soup is a great hearty soup to enjoy year-round, but it's a definite favorite once the temperatures start to dip. Broccoli cheddar soup is decadently creamy and cheesy, with so much flavor in each spoonful. Fresh broccoli is the way to go with this recipe – you'll get the perfect balance between sharp cheese and fresh greens, while a dash of smoked paprika adds an enticing smokiness and ties it all together. It's a simple recipe you can make in under 30 minutes. Don't be surprised if you find yourself making it once a week!

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11. Corn Pudding: the creamy side dish for your holiday dinner
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Corn pudding is a buttery, gluten-free Southern side dish that's great to make for the holidays and other special occasions, especially Thanksgiving. Made with creamed corn, corn kernels, butter, milk, and seasoned with various spices, corn pudding has the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and savory – just like grandma's. It's technically a casserole with a creamy custard-like texture on the inside and a crisp outside.

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12. Butternut Squash Soup: a cozy vegan soup recipe to warm you when it’s cold
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Make the most of seasonal autumn produce with this phenomenally delicious butternut squash soup. It's an easy-to-make vegan soup with a luscious creamy, velvety texture that's perfect for warming you up during chilly fall and winter evenings.

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13. Cauliflower Casserole: the vegetarian recipe for a creamy, cheesy casserole dish
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Cauliflower casserole is an easy, vegetarian, and super tasty side recipe. Perfect for any occasion, it's creamy, smooth and cheesy on the inside, while the panko gives a crispy texture to the topping.

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14. Sweet Potato Casserole: a creamy, delicious casserole to serve this autumn
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With its gorgeously creamy texture and crunchy, buttery pecan topping, sweet potato casserole is one of our favorite casseroles to whip up in the fall. It's a sweet, rich casserole that you can serve as soon as the leaves start falling off the trees.

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15. Roasted Zucchini: a delicious, easy to prepare healthy dish
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For a simple healthy side dish that goes brilliantly with almost any savory meal, try roasted zucchini. This nutritious, flavorful vegetable is stellar during the summer when zucchini is in season and at its more flavorful. The combination of the smoky roasted flavors with the nuttiness of Parmesan makes a winning combination you can enjoy all season long. Roasted zucchini is ideal for those busy weeknights when you want to serve something tasty and rich in nutrients to your family but don't have the time to while away in the kitchen. You can also double or even triple this recipe if you're hosting a backyard barbecue bash – roasted zucchini works wonderfully with anything off the grill.

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16. Rosemary Roasted Potatoes: the easy and crispy recipe
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This easy-to-make recipe for Rosemary Roasted Potatoes results in potatoes that are perfectly crisp on the outside and tender and creamy on the inside. The key is oven-baking potatoes on a baking sheet with plenty of seasoning for flavorful potatoes that your family will not be able to get enough of! This well-rounded recipe offers roasted rosemary potatoes in two ways.

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17. Smashed Potatoes: the effortless recipe to enjoy a tasty potato side dish
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Move over roast potatoes, there’s a new favorite in town. These Crispy Smashed Potatoes are cooked twice, making them perfectly crispy on the outside, but soft and fluffy on the inside. The flavor is buttery with just the right amount of savory. And the best of all? They’re super easy to make!

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18. Stovetop Mac and Cheese: the quick, easy main dish for a classic American comfort food
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Who doesn’t love a bowl of creamy, smooth stovetop mac and cheese? This easy macaroni and cheese is a quick, easy, and rich comfort food that can be made on the stovetop—no oven required!

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19. Baked Sweet Potato: an effortless recipe for a healthy, satisfying dish
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With perfectly crispy, crunchy skin and wonderfully soft, fluffy insides, baked sweet potatoes are a super easy healthy dish to make. They're a great side dish or you can add toppings or stuff them with anything from black beans to lentils to make a complete meal. They even taste great with a simple pat of butter melted over the top.

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20. Cornbread Stuffing: a mouthwatering Thanksgiving recipe to try this year
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Moist, tender, crumbly sausage cornbread stuffing is a must-have for any Thanksgiving dinner. Stuffing is a much-loved traditional Thanksgiving side dish that's easy to make and is packed with flavor. Sausage cornbread stuffing is herby, savory, with just a hint of sweetness thanks to the cornbread.

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21. Sautéed Mushrooms: the quick and easy side dish for your fall
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Sautéed mushrooms are a quick and easy side dish you can enjoy in fall. It is a delicious, aromatic recipe you can make in no time in the Italian style. Mushrooms are juicy, tender on the inside yet slightly crispy and golden brown on the outside.

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22. Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots: the quick and easy side dish
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Are your plain carrot sides getting a bit boring? These garlic butter roasted carrots are just the thing to get you enthusiastic about side dishes again!

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23. Creamed Corn: the quick, easy recipe everyone will love
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Creamed corn is a quick, easy recipe you can enjoy as side. Ready in less than 15 minutes, this is a great last-minute dish that will save your meal. It's is creamy and tasty, a perfect recipe to enjoy all year long, from weeknight to holiday dinners like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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24. Garlic Creamed Spinach: the effortless recipe for a creamy dish made with spinach
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Garlic creamed spinach is a simple yet delicious recipe you can serve as side. Creamy, garlicky and tasty, it's a hearty dish which will win you over. You need few simple ingredients to make creamed spinach in less than 15 minutes that is much butter than the store-bought.

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25. Eggplants au gratin with parmesan cheese: the recipe for a delicious and tasty side dish
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Eggplants au gratin with parmesan cheese are a delicious and irresistibly crunchy side dish, rich in flavor and very simple to make. Compared to traditional vegetables au gratin, in this recipe the breading is enriched not only by aromatic herbs, but also by grated cheese for a result with a stronger flavor and impeccable gratin. You can also serve them as an appetizer at a buffet or as a light and equally satisfying vegetarian main course. So let’s find out how to prepare them with our recipe in the best way.

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