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If Fall Is Also Your Favorite Cooking Season, You'll Want To Bookmark These 30 Recipes For September ASAP

If you're anything like me, fall is your absolute favorite season for cooking. I know for a lot of us it's still sweltering in September, but that doesn't mean we can't indulge in every pumpkin and apple product we can get our hands on. And, of course, we still have a bit of late-summer produce to cling onto (grab those tomatoes while you still can). So, from breakfast to happy hour drinks, here's everything to cook this month if you're ready to transition to fall.

A list of September produce

1.Savory Herb Dutch Baby with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

roasted tomatoes on a tray

This savory, herby Dutch baby is the perfect satisfying breakfast. Don't be scared off by the two hour bake time on the tomatoes! You can easily prep them in advance if you're in a pinch.

Recipe: Savory Herb Dutch Baby with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

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2.Classic Pumpkin Scones

someone reaching for pumpkin scones on a plate

It's not really fall unless we devour a least one pumpkin-flavored baked good a week, right? One very hot tip: blot the pumpkin puree with a paper towel to remove excess moisture and prevent your scones from spreading.

Recipe: Classic Pumpkin Scones

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3.Raspberry Almond Ricotta Cake

prepped ingredients and sliced raspberry almond ricotta cake

We're all about cake for breakfast around here. Take advantage of those late summer raspberries and make sure to use whole milk ricotta for a luxuriously rich texture.

Recipe: Raspberry Almond Ricotta Cake

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4.Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins

zucchini cream cheese muffins on a cooling rack

We're not done with zucchini quite yet! Get a little creative beyond the usual loaf and make these creamy cheesecake muffins.

Recipe: Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins

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5.Roasted Beet, Baby Kale, and Brie Quiche

an uncooked beet and brie quiche

Impress everyone at the brunch table with this show-stopper. With hearty roasted beets and two different cheeses, the leftovers might just carry you into dinner.

Recipe: Roasted Beet, Baby Kale, and Brie Quiche

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6.Ricotta and Pear Crostini with Pumpkin Seed Pistachio Crunch

plated ricotta and pear crostini

This appetizer may be easy to make, but it's definitely not boring. The sweet-salty combo of pears and prosciutto topped with pumpkin seeds and pistachios for texture makes it ideal for whatever you're hosting.

Recipe: Ricotta and Pear Crostini with Pumpkin Seed Pistachio Crunch

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7.Eggplant Caponata

eggplant caponata in a bowl

If you've never had this traditional Sicilian dish, this is your sign. Use it in a sandwich, eat as an appetizer with some toasted bread, or even serve on top of meat and fish. It's so incredibly versatile as a condiment or even on its own.

Recipe: Eggplant Caponata

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8.Zucchini Fritters

stacked zucchini fritters on a plate

These cheesy, crispy fritters will make you question why you ever complained about all that zucchini in your garden. Just make sure to use small to medium ones since the larger zucchinis tend to be very watery.

Recipe: Zucchini Fritters

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9.Pear, Walnut, and Cheddar Puff Pastry Tart

cooked pear puff pastry tart cut into squares

If you're hosting and scrambling for a last-minute appetizer, look no further than this 15-minute tart. Play around with the cheese and fruit combos to take advantage of all that seasonal produce.

Recipe: Pear, Walnut, and Cheddar Puff Pastry Tart

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10.Stuffed Butternut Squash with Wild Rice

a butternut squash cut in half and stuffed with rice and cheese

This vegetarian dish is the ultimate hearty fall comfort meal. Leave out the cheese to make it vegan, or even serve this as a side dish to your main meal.

Recipe: Stuffed Butternut Squash with Wild Rice

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11.Pumpkin Rigatoni with Rosemary Walnut Crispies

a tray of toasted walnuts

This bowl of creamy pumpkin pasta will send you straight into fall. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the toasted rosemary walnut topping adds an incredible additional texture and just a touch of sweetness.

Recipe: Pumpkin Rigatoni with Rosemary Walnut Crispies

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12.Easy Moroccan Stuffed Eggplant

eggplants on a baking tray stuffed with meat

Use beef or lamb (or even a vegetarian protein of your choice) seasoned in a North African spice blend to create this hearty and surprisingly easy dish. To get the most out of your eggplant, salt them and let them sit for 30 minutes before patting out the extra moisture.

Recipe: Easy Moroccan Stuffed Eggplant

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13.Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Soup

a bowl of sausage, kale, and white bean soup

Colder days mean soup season is finally here. There’s no way you’ll be left hungry with how rich, creamy, and filling this one is.

Recipe: Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Soup

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14.Shrimp Enchiladas with Yellow Mole Sauce

prepped ingredients on a table

If you're not quite ready to let go of summer but are still okay with turning on your oven, these enchiladas are the perfect balance of light and indulgent. Yellow bell peppers give the mole sauce its striking color and you can feel free to swap any protein of your choice for the filling.

Recipe: Shrimp Enchiladas with Yellow Mole Sauce

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15.Fresh Corn Polenta with Blistered Tomatoes

corn polenta in a bowl topped with tomatoes and basil

This corn polenta uses just a few ingredients, but that doesn't mean it skips on flavor. Top with those late-summer tomatoes and swap with other hearty vegetables as the season goes on (I personally vote for roasted mushrooms).

Recipe: Fresh Corn Polenta with Blistered Tomatoes

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16.Socca Pizza with Summer Squash and Feta

socca pizza in a cast iron pan

If you've never heard of socca, let me introduce you to this traditional flatbread from Nice. Made with chickpea flour, it makes for a perfect gluten-free pizza crust, even though it can 100% stand on its own. Top this one with the last of that summer squash for the perfect weeknight dinner.

Recipe: Socca Pizza with Summer Squash and Feta

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17.Arugula White Bean Salad with Pesto Chicken

sliced chicken on top of a bed of arugula and white beans

This salad is perfect for those still hot September days when you need something quick and refreshing. You can even skip grilling your own chicken and grab a store-bought rotisserie chicken if you're really looking to cut down on time.

Recipe: Arugula White Bean Salad with Pesto Chicken

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18.Gnocchi with Butternut Squash, Kale, and Sage Brown Butter Sauce

roasted butternut squash on a sheet tray

Get some of those Thanksgiving flavors in early with gnocchi toasted in sage brown butter. If you want to challenge yourself a bit (and have some extra time), you can even make your own ricotta gnocchi.

Recipe: Gnocchi with Butternut Squash, Kale, and Sage Brown Butter Sauce

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moussaka being served out of a large cast iron pan

This traditional Greek dish with have you coming in for seconds...and probably thirds. Layers of eggplant with meat sauce and bechamel are sure to warm you up whenever those temperatures start to drop. And if you want to keep this vegetarian, swap the meat for lentils, mushrooms, or any assortment of veggies.

Recipe: Moussaka

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20.Farmers Market Chilled Soup with Cucumber Salad

chilled soup in a bowl topped with diced cucumber and onion

Craving soup but still dealing with high temps where you live? Well, this refreshing chilled soup might just be your answer. If you can still spot sungold tomatoes at your local farmers market or grocery store, definitely grab them.

Recipe: Farmers Market Chilled Soup with Cucumber Salad

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21.Turkey Pumpkin Chili

ingredients for turkey pumpkin chili on a table

Get ready to have this chili in your fall meal rotation. The recipe calls for a sugar pie pumpkin (not to be confused with the massive jack-o-lantern pumpkins), but feel free to sub your favorite winter squash and you'll still be left with an incredibly comforting meal.

Recipe: Turkey Pumpkin Chili

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22.Fig Pizza with Balsamic Onions and Gorgonzola

a sliced fig pizza topped with arugula

In case no one has told you: you should absolutely be taking advantage of figs this time of year. The salty, funky gorgonzola on this pizza pairs really well with sweet figs. Feel free to use store-bought dough for a super easy dinner or appetizer.

Recipe: Fig Pizza with Balsamic Onions and Gorgonzola

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23.Chicken and Delicata Squash Curry

delicata squash and chicken curry plated with rice and naan

Warm spices, seasonal squash, and creamy coconut milk are sure to warm you up on a crisp fall night. Plus, prep included, this entire meal is ready in under 40 minutes.

Recipe: Chicken and Delicata Squash Curry

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24.Brown Butter Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

several apple blondies on a sheet of parchment

I know pumpkin gets a lot of love this time of year, but we can't forget about all those apples we'll inevitably be picking. Not only do these blondies have fresh apples, but there's also apple butter to as some extra sweetness and moisture.

Recipe: Brown Butter Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

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25.Plum Crisp with Pistachio, Oat, and Almond Meal Topping

a baked plum crisp

Plums are so often overlooked in desserts, but they really shouldn't be! Not only is this crisp incredibly easy to make, but it's also gluten-free (and can be nut-free with a few adjustments).

Recipe: Plum Crisp with Pistachio, Oat, and Almond Meal Topping

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26.Oatmeal Baked Apples with Maple Brown Butter and Toasted Hazelnuts

baked apples in an oven tray

If you really want your apples to shine, this is the perfect dessert for you. Serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and definitely don't forget about the maple brown butter.

Recipe: Oatmeal Baked Apples with Maple Brown Butter and Toasted Hazelnuts

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27.Pumpkin Tres Leches Cake

pumpkin tres leches served on a plate

If you can't stand to see another pumpkin pie this season, mix things up with this fall-inspired take on a tres leches cake. Both pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice work beautifully with the milk mixture — just make sure you account for the two hands-off hours it takes for everything to soak in!

Recipe: Pumpkin Tres Leches Cake

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28.Spicy Cucumber Margaritas

a spicy cucumber margarita with a sweet chili salt rim

Time to bust out your blender and make these refreshing margaritas for those hotter days. The sweet chili salt rim perfectly balances out the spice, but some Tajín would also work wonderfully here.

Recipe: Spicy Cucumber Margaritas

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29.Basil Fig Vodka Smash with Honey

fresh figs in a basket and basil fig vodka smash in a glass topped with basil

This basil fig smash is the epitome of late summer. The recipe calls for opal (purple) basil that's a bit sweeter than other varieties, but any other basil will work just as well.

Recipe: Basil Fig Vodka Smash with Honey

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30.Apple Harvest Punch

apple punch in a large pitcher and two glasses topped with cinnamon sticks

There's nothing like whiskey, cinnamon, and apples to help you warm up. Since apple cider is the star of this drink, you'll want to make sure you grab one that's fresh and unfiltered. Chilling overnight in the fridge is also highly recommended.

Recipe: Apple Harvest Punch

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