15 Fall Recipes Grandma Used to Make (2024)

When the weather starts to cool, there's no better time to head into the kitchen where you can recreate some of your grandmother's best autumn-inspired dishes. From classic chicken noodle soup to regional specialties, like meat and potato hot dish, these nostalgic dishes are the perfect way to enjoy the fall season. They're sure to warm up both your belly and heart, too.

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Grandma's Vegetable Soup

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Layering together both canned ingredients and fresh vegetables makes this soup taste like it was made from scratch, but it takes a fraction of the time. Serve with a slice of crusty bread for soaking up the extra broth.

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Grandma Jeanette's Amazing German Red Cabbage

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In-season red cabbage and crisp green apples combine in this colorful side autumnal dish. A dash of apple cider vinegar and a sprinkling of sugar makes for a balanced sweet and sour flavor.

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Grandma's Hash Brown Casserole

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Whether you're bringing it to a holiday gathering or just to the dinner table, this hash brown casserole is the epitome of comfort food. Besides cutting up the onion, all you need to do is mix everything together and bake it.

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Grandma's Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

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No meat? No problem. This vegetarian chili has a variety of flavors and textures thanks to the bounty of beans, including black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and vegetarian baked beans.

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Grandma's Green Bean Casserole

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You'll never settle for the casserole that uses canned soups again after eating a scoop of this grandma-approved dish. Sour cream helps create the rich sauce, while buttery crackers make a crunchy topping.

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Nana's Mashed Turnip

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Get a double dose of root vegetables in this hearty mash recipe, which uses both turnips and potatoes. DARIA K says, "This was my grandmother's famous dish that my whole family just loved. She never wrote it down for me, so after she passed away I recreated it perfectly. This one's for you, Bubby!"

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Grandma's Chicken Noodle Soup

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With just a handful of ingredients and less than an hour of cooking time, it's no wonder that this chicken noodle soup has over 1,000 five-star reviews.

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Grandma's Meat and Tater Hotdish

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With layers of crispy tots, gooey cheese, seasoned ground beef, and creamy mushroom soup, this casserole is an all-in-one meal. Since it mostly relies on pantry staples, you can throw it together at a moment's notice.

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Grandma Carol's Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

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Skip the marshmallows and top your sweet potato casserole with a buttery blend of brown sugar, pecans, and coconut instead. "The best sweet potato casserole ever," says LARTRAINER. "This recipe was handed down to me by my mother-in-law. I get so many compliments on this dish and so many requests for this recipe."

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Mamaw's Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Using a trio of canned cream soups, this rich casserole is stick-to-your-ribs good. Katiefkenham shares, "I grew up on this recipe, my Grandmother got it from a lady from church at a potluck a long time ago! She passed it down to my mom and it's always been a family favorite."

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Grandma's Polish Perogies

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"My grandfather is Polish, and his mother taught my grandmother how to make these delicious perogies," says STEPH577. "The recipe has been in the family for generations, with a few alterations of course!" Serve with a drizzling of butter or a dollop of sour cream.

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Grandma's Corn Bread Dressing

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An excellent dinner side or staple of your holiday meals, this cornbread dressing balances sweet and savory flavors beautifully. Use your favorite cornbread mix, then follow the recipe to dress it up with sage, celery, and onions.

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Grandma's Southern Mac and Cheese

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Nobody makes macaroni and cheese quite like your grandma. This baked version mixes the pasta with plenty of Cheddar, seasonings, and milk, before whisking in eggs as a decadent binder.

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Grandma B's Bean Soup

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Veggies and beans are amped up with diced ham in this classic soup recipe. By cooking it for hours in the slow cooker, each bite is infused with rich ham flavor.

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My Grandmother's Cabbage and Noodles

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This recipe features the Eastern European grandmother trifecta of egg noodles, bacon, and cabbage. Low-cost and ready in about 30 minutes, it may become your new go-to dinner.

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What was for dinner in the 70s? ›

Hosting a fondue dinner party was popular in the 1970s, and fondue pots were the ultimate wedding gift during that decade. The Swiss dish consisting of melted cheese served in a communal pot was enjoyed by dipping chunks of bread into the cheese using long-stemmed forks.

What do grandmothers like to eat? ›

Grandma's Favorite Comfort Food Recipes
  • 01 of 21. Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. View Recipe. ...
  • 02 of 21. Beef Pot Roast. ...
  • 03 of 21. Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy. ...
  • 04 of 21. World's Best Lasagna. ...
  • 05 of 21. Grandma Ople's Apple Pie. ...
  • 06 of 21. Modenese Pork Chops. ...
  • 07 of 21. Classic Meatloaf. ...
  • 08 of 21. Grandma's Green Bean Casserole.
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What food was popular in 1978? ›

1978: Croissants

In the '70s, "Americans went wild for flaky, buttery croissants," Lovegren writes in Fashionable Food, and they would either buy them from croissant shops or make them at home using refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent dough.

What do grandmas eat for lunch? ›

Grandma's 20 Favorite Winter Lunch Recipes
  • Chicken Fried Chicken. Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox. ...
  • Pineapple Sandwich. Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox. ...
  • Old-Fashioned Meatloaf. ...
  • Grilled Cheese. ...
  • Chicken-Fried Chicken Gizzards. ...
  • Chicken Bog. ...
  • Mayo Sandwich. ...
  • Beef And Barley Soup.
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What should I cook for elderly parents? ›

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  • Leafy Green Salads. ...
  • Sweet Summer Salad. ...
  • Herb-Roasted Chicken. ...
  • Tomato and Basil Flatbread. ...
  • Vegetable Stir-Fry. ...
  • Microgreen Pesto Pasta. ...
  • Guacamole Dip and Spread.

Why do grandmas always feed you? ›

This is a simple answer. Because she loves you. Grandmas are usually good cooks, and they love cooking. They don't have little ones in the house anymore so when she gets a chance to take care of you it makes her feel good.

What was 70s hippie food? ›

The cuisine that the counterculture took to in the late 1960s, and then helped introduce to the mainstream in the 1970s, embraced whole grains and legumes; organic, fresh vegetables; soy foods like tofu and tempeh; nutrition-boosters like wheat germ and sprouted grains; and flavors from Eastern European, Asian, and ...

What is 70s buffet food? ›

For a buffet you'd need devilled eggs, cheese and silver skin onion / pineapple hedgehog, twiglets, Black Forest gateaux for pud, mushroom and/or prawn vol-au-vents and if you're posh you need a poached salmon deforested with cucumber 'scales'.

What was for dinner in the 1960s? ›

Dinner: American palates became more sophisticated thanks to Julia Child, but many 60's meals were still dominated by convenience foods like this terrifying olive,celery and cheese jello salad. Buffet dinners of beef stroganoff, green beans amandine and flaming cherries jubilee were popular.

Was pizza popular in the 70s? ›

By the 1970s, neighborhood pizzerias, often run by Italian or (later) Greek immigrants, became a defining feature of life in cities and suburbs with significant ethnic-Italian populations, most notably around New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Chicago.

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