As the weather has begun to cool and fall has officially begun on the calendar, I find that my appetite is drawn towards comfort food. With all those good flavors, these dishes can take all day simmering on the stove, or require careful tending in the oven. In an effort to streamline our menu planning and keep kitchen prep time to a minimum, these recipes are on rotation in our home. Whether you can utilize a slow cooker or keep clean up easy with a sheet pan dinner, try one (or all!) of these faster fall comfort foods this week.

This vegetarian chili from Cookie & Kate is proof that comfort food doesn’t have to contain meat or pasta.

Put your slow cooker to work and come home to this family favorite tomato soup from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

While this garlic bread from Smitten Kitchen is not a meal on it’s own, it is the perfect companion to many of fall’s finest.

One pot is all it takes for this cheesy and satisfying baked penne from Smells Like Home.

Nothing says fall like roasted vegetables. Paired with salmon, this sheet pan dinner from Eats Well With Others is a winner.

No need for a full day of tending the pot with this chicken noodle soup. Thirty minutes is all it takes!

Marinade this walnut-crusted chicken from Sally’s Baking Addiction in the morning and cook it when you come home. Now that is an easy dinner!

Love lasagna, but no time to babysit it in the oven? This slow cooker version from Natasha’s Kitchen is ideal.


And a handful of menu planning posts I think you’ll love – just click on the images….

Menu Planning 101 - How to Get Dinner on the Table with Ease via Clean Mama

Customize Your Make Ahead Grilling and Get Together Menu via Clean Mama

How to Organize Cookbooks for Better Menu Planning via Clean Mama

Busy Week Menu Plan - 7 Time Saving Meals for a Busy Week via Clean Mama

Busy Week Menu Plan - Take 2 - 7 Time Saving Recipes for a Busy Week via Clean Mama