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Kitchn's 31 Best Recipes to Cook This October

Use your time in the kitchen this October to kick cozy cooking into high gear. Embrace fall baking with all the apple, pear, and pumpkin-laden treats; slot steaming pots of soup, comforting casseroles, and savory porridge into you meal plan; and stock up on the bounty of this season’s jewel-toned vegetables.

This month’s chillier evenings call for warming dinners. Skillet meatloaf, mushroom stroganoff, smothered pork chops, and pumpkin soup are all perfect weeknight options. When the weekend rolls around, definitely make a pan of French onion stuffed shells. And if you have a little extra meal prep time, make a pot of minestrone to freeze for when you’re under the weather (hello, cold season). Your future self will thank you.

By now, summer produce has given way to squashes, hearty greens, and Brussels sprouts. Get your fill of roasted vegetables, then toss your favorite fall veggies into a weeknight pasta, skillet dinner, or salad. And speaking of salads, if you make just one this month, go for a fall-inspired panzanella.

Get in the Halloween spirit with Pumpkin Patch Brownies. And if you’re carving pumpkins, remember to save those pumpkin seeds for roasting. In search of a baking project? You’ve got to try chocolate-tahini babka.

Here are 31 recipes that are guaranteed to make your cooking life more delicious this month.

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