10 Comfort Foods To Try This Fall That Go Above and Beyond Your Boring Old Casserole

Gush all you want about how fall means pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, and warm boots. It also means cold weather, runny noses, and too-early sunsets. If you're like me and are having a difficult time coping with the loss of beach weather and iced coffee, the good news is that there's a surefire way to ease the pain — it's called comfort food.

I mean, that's why comfort food exists, right? To make us feel better about basically anything. From life-changing macaroni and cheese recipes to casseroles that are anything but boring, these 10 dishes will make the seasonal transition way easier. Break out that slow cooker and let's get going!

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Baked Potato and Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli cheddar soup is the ultimate comfort food. Try this recipe from A Beautiful Mess tonight.

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Bacon, Pear, and Blue Cheese Macaroni

Mac and cheese gets a serious, grownup makeover thanks to this recipe by Adventures In Cooking, which combines bacon, pear, and blue cheese into a dish that may or may not change your life.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Next time you fill up your mug, make sure you’re filling it up with this delicious butternut squash soup by My Baking Addiction.

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Sweet Potato Casserole, Brie, and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Sweet potato casserole, brie, and bacon grilled cheese. Take a second to wrap your ahead around that combination, and then immediately try out this recipe by How Sweet It Is.

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Rustic Turkey Pot Pie

Is there any such thing as a pot pie that doesn’t make you feel warm and smiley inside? Look no further than A Better Happier St. Sebastian for an ace recipe that hits the spot.

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Loaded Baked Potato

There’s never not a good time to indulge in a loaded baked potato, but these cooler days make this recipe by Half Baked Harvest all the more appealing.

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Crockpot Black and White Turkey Chili

Before you head out to work, throw together this crockpot chili recipe from Inside BruCrew Life. Dinner just got way simple.

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Potato Galette with Cheddar and Chives

Joy The Baker’s potato galette with cheddar and chives is just about the most comfy food I can think of.

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Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs

Cinnamon sugar breakfast puffs from Five and Spice are part of a balanced breakfast — at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

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Killer Mac and Cheese

I love mac and cheese more than most things, and this recipe from The Kitchen Alchemist is perfect.

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