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10 comforting, hearty recipes to see you through autumn

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 23 September 2022

Embrace the nights drawing in and the unmistakable chill in the air with a set of brand-new autumnal recipes to see you through to spring. From glossy stews to soothing soups, these simple, hearty recipes are packed with seasonal produce, warming spices and plenty of comforting carbs.

Carbonnade de Boeuf

by Debora Robertson

This slow-cooked glossy beef stew is the very definition of comfort food, French style. We particularly love the topping of pain d’épice sautéed in butter. If a big bowl of this can’t cheer us up on chilly evenings, what can?

Sticky Sweet and Sour Plums and Sausages

by The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Team

This simple but soothing dish is autumn in a roasting tin, with plums, potatoes and sausages cooked in pomegranate molasses until sticky and sweet.

epic tarragon chicken the farm table

Julius Roberts’ Epic Tarragon Roast Chicken

by Julius Roberts

Taken from the “Autumn” chapter of Julius Roberts seasonal cooking bible The Farm Table, this gorgeously crispy roast chicken smothered in a mustard cream sauce is the ideal Sunday roast centrepiece.

Spicy Cauliflower Ragù with Lemony Breadcrumbs

by Andy Baraghani

Andy Baraghani’s spiced cauliflower twist on the classic Bolognese pasta sauce is finished with a pleasing crunch of lemony breadcrumbs.

Asma Khan’s Kaddu Nariyal Shorba: Pumpkin Coconut Soup

by Asma Khan
from Ammu

Make the most of pumpkin season with Asma Khan’s delicately spiced, creamy coconut soup. Make up a big batch on a Sunday for speedy meals throughout the week.

Easy Tomato and Smoked Paprika Chicken

by Chris Baber
from Easy

This simple one-pan chicken is the perfect cold weather pick-me-up with its warming smoked paprika sauce.

Minted Lamb

Mary Berry’s Sunday Best Minted Lamb

If you’re looking for a casserole with enough oomph to blow out the cobwebs, look no further. To dial up the meaty, savoury flavour of her one-pot lamb, Mary Berry adds soy and Worcestershire sauces and plenty of red wine. Serve with creamy mashed potato and wilted greens.

Ixta Belfrage’s Prawn and Requeijão Lasagne with Dende Chilli Oil

Ixta Belfrage’s Prawn Lasagne with Habanero Oil

by Ixta Belfrage
from Mezcla

Ixta’s prawn lasagne is The Happy Foodie’s current go-to recipe for entertaning friends. This seriously impressive dish features a complex prawn ragù with plenty of warming chilli and a creamy mozarella béchamel. Serve with a crisp green salad and claim your title as the best dinner party host of all time.

Roasted Vegetable Stew

by Meliz Berg

Meliz’s veg-packed stew is the perfect meat-free batch cooking recipe for the colder months. Make extra and pile it into pitas or onto jacket potatoes for quick lunches and speedy suppers.

Nadiya Hussain’s Kimchi Chicken with Buttery Miso Leeks

There are few things more comforting than a simple roast chicken. Here, Nadiya bastes her chicken in a miso butter and roasts it on a bed of leeks that emerge from the oven soft, sweet and flavoured with the cooking juices.

Melissa Hemsley’s Quick Leeky Beans

Melissa Hemsley’s quick, budget-friendly recipe tranforms a humble tin of beans into a delicious toast topping in just twenty minutes.

Looking for more autumnal inspiration? Find plenty more recipes to try in our collection of the best cookbooks for autumn.


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