Food: Comforting dishes for autumn

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6 September 2016 | Lifestyle

All of a sudden, the nights are getting darker earlier – but as we prepare ourselves for the cooler autumnal weather, it’s not all bad news.

Prepare these hearty dishes and enjoy some comfort food as the seasons change. 

Autumnal vegetable soup 

Vegetable soup is one of the most warming and filling options as the weather begins to cool.

Try this Fine Cooking recipe, which combines carrot, butternut squash and garlic with chickpeas, thyme and kale to produce a delicious soup which will leave others green with envy.

Sausage casserole

Autumn is the perfect time for this wonderfully warming and filling dish, perfect for freezing for future meals.

Nigel Slater uses onion and beer to get the most out of this meal - follow his recipe on The Guardian's website.

Or for a twist on the dish, try Jamie Oliver’s recipe, which combines the casserole with beans and tomatoes.

Cinnamon cookies

For those with a sweet tooth, cookies are a classic comfort food.

Try this simple Betty Croker recipe to give your cookies a little bit of sass - it takes just 40 minutes from start to finish.

To keep your cookies soft and chewy, be sure to follow Betty's expert advice and store them in a tight, sealed container.

Lamb stew

Sometimes the most simple meals are the best ones - and a good lamb stew will hit the spot every time.

There are many variations on the recipe for this dish - try Jamie Oliver's recipe from his Home Cooking Skills website, or this recipe from Michelin starred chef William Drabble.

Pumpkin Pie

This gooey, tangy dish takes just under an hour to prepare and is sure to impress.

Try this BBC Good Food recipe or this recipe from Nigella Lawson's online community to make your own American classic.

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