3 Easy and Tasty Fall Family Dinner Recipes

Cassandra Smet
by Cassandra Smet

Fall is here, and that is when we crave those warm and filling comfort meals. I cook for a family of six, and today I want to share three amazing fall family dinner recipes.

These make great leftovers and can be frozen, and you will never have to argue with your kids to eat them, even if they are picky eaters.

Most importantly, they are simple, filling and inexpensive. Let’s dive into these fall family recipes!

Tater Tot Casserole

I like this budget fall recipe because you can mix and match, putting in different vegetables, and it will feel like a different meal.

1. Start by adding with two cans of cream of into a 9*13 inch pan. I am using cream of mushroom, but you can use cream of chicken or cream of celery, or even mix and match. Just grab whatever you have up on the shelf.

2. Add some vegetables. I am using frozen corn and peas, but canned veggies would work great, too.

Making Tater Tot casserole

3. Add one pound of cooked pasta and give it a good mix. Your warm pasta is going to melt that cream of mushroom soup and make it a lot easier to whip together.

4. Take a pound of ground hamburger and season with very basic things: salt, pepper, a little garlic and a little onion. Add the meat to the mixture and mix. I used to mix it all in a big bowl, but there is really no point in dirtying a bowl if we can just mix it right into the pan.

5. Once everything is mixed together, add a whole bag of shredded cheese on top. I know it sounds like a lot but this is a big casserole, and casseroles are always better with more cheese.

Tater Tot casserole

6. Add your cooked tater tots. I used about three pounds of tater tots. It covers the pan just enough, and the tater tots are the kids’ favorite part.

If you are worried about your kids just picking out the potato, you can mix in the tater tots, but I like to put them on top because it gives a crust to it, making them crispier. By the way, French fries or sweet potato fries would also work great on this casserole.

7. Pop the pan in the oven at 425 until the cheese melts and everything gets melded together, warm and golden.

This makes an awesome freezer meal and the leftovers the next day taste even better.

Crock Pot pork and potatoes

1. Grab two more cans of whatever your cream of choice is today. I am using a can of cream of mushroom and a can of cream of chicken. Get those in the bottom of your first crock pot.

2. Add in half a cup of some sort of stock. I am using chicken stock, but you could use beef stock just as well. Season with a little bit of pepper.

3. Add your pork product. I am using pork steak because that is what I had, while the original recipe calls for pork chops.

Making Crock Pot pork and potatoes

4. Add in some chopped onions and mushrooms. I am feeling particularly lazy today, so I am just using onion powder instead of actually chopping onions.

5. Grab a second crockpot. Cut up three Russet potatoes into slices, season with salt and pepper, and get them into the crockpot.

Making Crock Pot pork and potatoes

6. Throw in half a cup of heavy cream and about a cup of milk.

7. Turn on both your crock pots and leave them on low for eight hours.

8. 20 minutes before serving our potatoes, throw in a couple handfuls of your cheese of choice. You could do cheddar, Colby Jack, or whatever else you have in your fridge.

Crock Pot pork and potatoes

Here is our whole dinner. We served our pork gravy and our potatoes with corn and sauerkraut.

Spaghetti pie and cheesy garlic bread

1. Start with some French, add a little bit of butter, some garlic salt and some Parmesan cheese. Set it aside.

2. Get one cup of melted butter and three eggs into a lasagna pan or a casserole dish.

Making spaghetti pie and cheesy garlic bread

3. Add ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Mix that together to create a paste-like texture. This will eventually serve as the crust of our spaghetti pie.

4. Toss in your pasta and mix with your hands. I always start with a spatula, but trust me, it is worth getting your hands dirty.

5. Add in 16 ounces of sour cream and spread it around on top until it covers the top of the pasta evenly. This makes for a creamy and rich dish without being overpowering.

Making spaghetti pie and cheesy garlic bread

6. Add one pound of your cooked meat of choice. You can use Italian sausage or spicy sausage, and I am using ground beef.

7. Top with a whole bag of grated cheese, or perhaps sliced mozzarella.

8. Bake at 425 for 30-35 minutes until it comes out bubbling. You will know that it is done once you cut into it and it looks like a piece of lasagna.

Spaghetti pie and cheesy garlic bread

9. Five minutes before the spaghetti is done, pop the garlic bread in the oven, too. You could serve this with a side salad or some broccoli. Enjoy!

Fall family dinner recipes

I hope you will try these easy fall family dinner recipes at home. If you do, let me know if your family enjoyed them in the comments!

Also, what is your family’s fall favorite? Don't be shy, leave a comment below!

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  • Claudia c Claudia c on Nov 02, 2023
    On the spaghetti pie recepie says "add pasta"; the spaghetti has to be previously cooked or is dry uncooked spaghetti?
  • Claudia c Claudia c on Nov 02, 2023
    On the tater tots recepie says "add ground beef seasoned with salt, pepper and onion powder" then add all the other ingredients; when you put it on the oven at 425 degrees, for how long? It doesn't say the time so if the ground hamburger is raw mixed with everything else, how do I know the meat is cooked?