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When I think of fall, I think of chilly nights, changing leaves and comfort food. I love to try all different types of foods, but fall is a special time with different specialty foods. I have recently gotten into cooking, more so to eat a good meal than the actual cooking part, and here are a few of my favorite fall recipes this year!

  1. Chicken and Rice

You can’t go wrong with a good crockpot meal, especially as a busy college student! This creamy, cheesy, chicken and rice meal was a total comfort meal that I enjoyed making and lasted in the fridge for a few days! I would encourage using brown rice because I used white rice and it did get a little mushy- still delicious, though! Check out the recipe here.

2. Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This one is a little random and doesn’t necessarily relate to fall, but I think sweet potatoes are a great comfort fall food and when combined with taco toppings, what’s not to love? This meal is a little more time-consuming, but it puts a fun and healthy twist on regular tacos! Check out the recipe here.

3. Garlic Chickpea Soup

A healthy, delicious, vegan-friendly soup! I have really gotten into making and experimenting with soups this fall, and this was an easy one that I loved! Pair it with tasty bread, and you are golden! Plus, I loved this recipe because I already had all the ingredients at home. If you’re looking for a light, flavorful, fall soup, this recipe is for you.

4. Crack Chicken Soup

This one is long because the recipe is typed out since my roommate and her family combined a bunch of different recipes to create their own! This delicious, creamy soup will completely fill your stomach and heal your soul on a chilly fall night. Ingredients and recipe below!

1 tsp olive oil

3 celery stalks diced

2 carrots diced

1/2 onion chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

8oz cream cheese

64oz chicken broth

9oz bag of bacon bits

1 ranch dressing seasoning packet

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 box ditalini noodles

Step 1: Boil the noodles to your preference in a medium pot. Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Place the olive oil in a separate large pot over medium-high heat. Add celery, carrots and onion. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds

Step 3: To your vegetables, stir in chicken broth and shredded chicken

Step 4: Cube cream cheese and add to the large pot. Cook until cream cheese is melted.

Step 5: Stir in heavy cream, ranch packet, and bacon bits until warm.

Step 6: Add shredded cheddar cheese and cook until melted.

Step 7: Serve!

Shoutout to Taylor for this delicious recipe!

5. Lemon Parmesan Pasta

As I’ve said throughout this article, fall=comfort foods. This delicious lemon parmesan pasta is so easy to make, and your taste buds will thank you! This dish also includes fairly simple ingredients, the only things I didn’t have on hand were fresh parmesan and parsley. The rest is simple, and this recipe is perfect when paired with veggies. Check out the recipe here.

6. Bonus- Boozy Butterbeer

To all my 21+ Harry Potter fans, you’ve got to try this alcoholic butterbeer (but you could easily exclude the alcohol if not 21). I could not find an exact recipe, so I’ll just include the ingredients I use to make this. It’s really simple, all my roommates love it, and you can kind of customize it to your liking! I start with cream soda and add in a shot of caramel or vanilla-flavored vodka, a dash of vanilla, and then top with whipped cream, butterscotch drizzle and cinnamon! It’s so easy and delicious.

You can’t go wrong with any of these recipes, and they fit any and all occasions and cravings! In my opinion, they are perfect for a cozy fall night indoors. Enjoy!

Millie Dean

Illinois State '23

HI! My name is Millie and I love writing for Her Campus! I'm a senior at Illinois State University studying Public Relations and minoring in Graphic Design. My other interests include art, embroidery, thrifting, and photography. I love to be able to be creative in my interests and in my articles on Her Campus. Follow me on Instagram! @milliedean5