Summer came and went faster than you could binge watch Stranger Things on Netflix. The days of fresh produce from the farmer’s market are limited, and with cooler days and nights on the way, you gotta switch things up. Time for squash, stews, pumpkin pies, and roasted meats. Below we gathered some of our favorite recipes and the perfect wine to enjoy with each one.
Butternut squash soup with ginger
You’ll find a dozen and one variations of butternut squash soup. Every one is probably good to great, but we’re in love with this one above all. The sweet squash, creamy texture and sneaky ginger spice play together perfectly. Add a touch of heavy cream if you’re diet permits. Get the recipe here.
Wine to pair: Chardonnay, Riesling.
Slow Cooked Pasta Bolognese
True Bolognese is a labor of love, and this recipe captures just about everything we love from an authentic Italian recipe, minus the hard labor. True bolognese aficionados might object to using ground beef, but we think that’s OK. Of course if you have a good connect for pork cheeks, then by all means slow cook some of that instead! Get the recipe here.
Wines to pair: Zinfandel, Rhone, Barolo, Brunello.
You’re welcome in advance. Tater tots and lasagna join forces in sort of superhero collaboration edition of homestyle cooking. Brown the beef, make a sauce, bake and enjoy. Get the recipe here.
Wines to pair: Merlot, Rosso di Montalcino, or Zinfandel.
Chicken and Wild Rice Bake
Simple and tasty is the name of the game with this one pot meal. Really, it doesn’t get much easier than this, plus it’s pretty healthy thanks to the veggies and brown rice. Just make sure you allocate two hours for the meal to cook. Get the recipe here.
Wines to pair: Pinot Noir, Syrah.
Cajun Chicken Penne
Let’s be honest. You all have a hankering to sneak into a Chili’s to revisit their Cajun chicken pasta that you loved as a teenager, but need to avoid the shame and indigestion that also comes with eating an entire bloomin’ onion and loaded chicken wings to the face. Plus, we guarantee their pasta won’t taste as good as you thought. The upside? You can make your own and it will be better in every way. Get the recipe here.
Wines to pair: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay.
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No doubt about it, these are the perfect recipes to enjoy on a Sunday evening, with the game on and a bottle of your favorite wine. Do you have a tried and tested recipe you bust out in the Fall? Let us know in the comments below.