31 Recipes to Cook in October


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A collection of 31 seasonal, delicious recipes to cook in October for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks!  

Fall is officially here and we can enjoy a month full of seasonal sweet and savory recipes throughout October. This month is filled with autumnal favorites like apples, pumpkins, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, chilis, stews, and cozy dishes. In September, I shared my collection of recipes to cook in September are still perfect in October, too. If you haven’t already, that gives you 61 recipes that are perfect for now!

Photograph of instant pot spaghetti with text overlay.

Breakfast Recipes to Make in October

These easy recipes that are perfect for a cozy breakfast or brunch over the weekend or even during the week. Many can easily be prepped ahead, making them even easier.

This French toast recipe makes a delicious breakfast or brunch. Make this simple, yet perfect French toast recipe that everyone will love. // addapinch.com

French Toast

Sweet Potato Hash

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Homemade Egg McMuffin Recipe

Buttermilk Waffles

Sweet Pumpkin Biscuits

Buttermilk Pancakes

Lunch Recipes for October

Tortellini Soup is perfect for busy nights! Made with vegetables, cheesy tortellini and topped with fresh parmesan! Ready and on the table in 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

Looking for some new ideas for lunch? These are simple, easy and so so delicious!

Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps

Arugula Greek Salad

Tuna Salad

Chicken Salad with Apples and Dried Cranberries

Tortellini Soup

House Salad

Dinner Recipes to Make in October

Spaghetti makes a favorite weeknight meal and this quick and easy Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe makes it even easier! Ready in 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

We all need quick and easy, yet comforting delicious dinner recipes. These definitely fit the bill. Most can be made in less than 30 minutes, in the slow cooker, or as a one dish meal! Yay for dinner!

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast

Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

Pulled Pork

Spinach Artichoke Chicken

Skillet Lasagna

Balsamic Roast Beef

Desserts Perfect for October

Overhead photograph of sweet potato pie in a homemade pie crust in white pie plate.

Sweet potatoes and pumpkin sure are favorites this time of year, but I also love chocolate and peanut butter! (They are eternal favorites!) I’ve also included something no so scary to serve for Halloween.

Sweet Potato Pie

Halloween Cookie Cake

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Cookie Dough Dip

Chocolate Cobbler

Peanut Butter Balls

Drinks to Make in October

Photograph of Frappuccino topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup

We’ve rounded out our collection of recipes with three drink recipes that are delicious right now. For cool, crisp days, serve your sweet tea warm with a splash of cream and bit of honey and lemon. Talk about delicious!


Southern Sweet Tea

Apple Cider

I sure do hope you love these recipes to cook in October! Be sure to leave a rating and review and let me know which ones you loved!

Robyn xo

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Robyn Stone is a cookbook author, wife, mom, and passionate home cook. Her tested and trusted recipes give readers the confidence to cook recipes the whole family will love. Robyn has been featured on Food Network, People, Southern Living, and more.

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  1. Terry says:

    Thanks for ‘October’, I need a plan to follow!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I hope these recipes help, Terry!

  2. Charrlot eliza red says:

    Perfect for my parents birthday

  3. Leigh says:

    These recipes are some of my favorites – can’t wait to make many of these! October is such a delicious month! 🙂

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Leigh. I hope you find many recipes here you will love.

  4. John Griffith says:

    Your recipes are so easy and so tasty

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank you, John. I hope you find many recipes here that you will try and love.