My kids are listening to Taylor Swift's All Too Well on repeat—the 10-minute version that's aptly drawn out for staring out the car window as yellowing leaves zoom by. It's our fall-is-here song. By all accounts, fall is here and on cue, you've all started cooking like it this month. Your ovens are back on for casseroles and your Dutch ovens are simmering creamy soups. But you're also here for recipes you can make on a whim and eat nearly as soon, like easy skillet chicken caprese and Salvadoran pupusas served with curtido. Let's mark September as the official kickoff to fall cooking!
Here are the 10 most popular recipes you cooked in September.
The dough is forgiving, can be stuffed with most anything—though we stand by cheese as the ultimate filling—and you need your hands to shape them. So call your family into the kitchen for extra helping hands.
2. Flourless Chocolate Cake
Exactly zero people will take a bite and wonder what's missing in this decadent chocolate cake (hint: It's gluten). "Use a bittersweet chocolate with about 60% cacao for a cake that's neither too sweet nor too bitter," says contributor Kayla Hoang.
3. Creamy Miso Mushroom Pasta
Open up your back pocket, because this recipe should slip right in. It's a 30-minute-tops pasta with white miso, a powerhouse flavor enhancer, in the creamy sauce.
4. Lemon Za’atar Potatoes
We love potatoes every which way, from glitzy and classic to stuffed and piped. These are contributor Sara Tane's potatoes infused with lemon using an ingenius roasting technique we can't wait to try on sweet potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower.
5. Smashed Cucumber Salad with Dark Vinegar and Chili Crisp
Cucumbers are basically all water, so contributor Georgia Freedman dresses them like she means it with Chingkiang vinegar, soy sauce, and chili crisp.
6. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Pasta With Garlic and Oil)
Aglio e olio is the epitome of classic Italian cooking—turning everyday ingredients you already have in your pantry into a special pasta. I grate an extra clove of garlic into this recipe because garlicky is my M.O.—but you do you.
7. Guyanese Chicken Curry
"I grew up eating this at least once a week," says contributor Alica Ramkirpal-Senhouse. Lucky for us, we can too, because it's as easy as it gets.
8. Sheet Pan Gnocchi With Mushrooms, Sausage, and Kale
This recipe proves that we should stop boiling our store-bought gnocchi—roasting them on a sheet pan is clearly the way to amp them up. And it's easier.
9. Tandoori Chicken
Instead of firing up the grill, you can easily bring this chicken inside into your oven—broil first to get some char and then finish cooking it through at 325°F.
10. Apple Bread Pudding
Here's a way to feed a hungry morning crowd with those extra apples you picked. The three words that hooked me: Bourbon. Caramel. Sauce.