7 Foods That Taste Best in November (Plus Essential Recipes)

Welcome back, November. We've missed you. Mostly, we've missed your comforting recipes. Let's just say, we'll toss on a sweater and rake some leaves if it means tucking into savory roasts, simmering soups, and hearty stews.

And what better place to start than with these 7 foods (and 40-plus recipes!) that are at their tasty peak in November. No shocker, some of these recipes will show up on Thanksgiving dinner tables. But before then, there are loads of 5-star recipes to explore. Let's take a look.

1. Parsnips

Root veggies are hitting their sweet stride in November. TIME Magazine explains that after the first frosts their starches begin turning to sugar.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Vegetables With Thyme and Maple Syrup

Parsnips, sweet potatoes, and carrots combine with fresh thyme and a little maple syrup in this top-rated roasted veggie side dish.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Vegetables With Thyme and Maple Syrup
Photo by Allrecipes.

Honey-Mustard Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Colorful vegetables -- including butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, and sweet potatoes -- and skinless chicken breasts create an easy weeknight meal that's also guest-worthy. "This recipe took the chicken breast to another level," says mauigirl. "Such a quick and easy recipe. These simple ingredients packed some powerful & delicious flavor."

Honey-Mustard Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
Photo by mauigirl.

Grama's Peppery Parsnips

"This one is for people who like parsnips," says charisue. "And even those who think they don't."

Grama's Peppery Parsnips
Photo by pelicangal.

Moroccan Vegetable Soup

Carrots, parsnips, and pumpkin puree are featured veggies in this hearty fall and winter soup.

closeup of a bowl of golden-orange pumpkin soup
Linda T

Ariadne's New England Parsnip-Apple-Onion Bake

"Buttery smooth parsnips, delicately sweetened with apples, caramelized onions, and nutmeg, with lemon and pepper seasoning, make a delicious complement to poultry or spiced fish entrees," says Ariadne. "Casserole can be prepared up to one day in advance, just cover and refrigerate before baking. Leftovers are great reheated in the morning as a side to eggs with biscuits and sausage gravy."

Marmalade Glazed Pork Roast

"A simple two-ingredient glaze creates a browned crust on the pork and flavors the vegetables, too," says Ryan Morgan.

2. Brussels Sprouts

November's good to Brussels sprouts. TIME Health says the chilly temperatures bite back a bit on Brussels sprouts' bitterness.

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

"Smashing Brussels sprouts and covering them with cheese guarantees lots of crispy, crunchy edges," says LauraF. "Play with the seasonings and amount of cheese to suit your taste."

Smashed Brussels Sprouts
Photo by LauraF.

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onions

"A simple yet delicious recipe that takes little time to put together," says Maduckie123. "It's a tasty way to incorporate a healthy, and often snubbed, vegetable into one's diet."

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onions
Photo by naples34102.

Chef John's Irish Pork Stew

This flavorful pork stew features cubed pork shoulder, dark beer, caraway seed, and Brussels sprouts. .

Brussels Sprouts and Feta Pastry Roll

"An elegant-looking pastry roll that's great as an appetizer, or as a main feature for vegetarians," says scottiebaker.

Brussels Sprouts and Feta Pastry Roll
Photo by lutzflcat.

Kielbasa with Brussels Sprouts in Mustard Cream Sauce

Kielbasa combines with Brussels sprouts, white beans, and mustard. "I'll tell you that it works wonderfully," says Seattle Food Geek. "The saltiness of the pork combined with the bitter, gentle crunch of the Brussels sprouts and mildness of the beans is well-balanced perfection. Plus, it's cheap, easy, and looks good on a plate!"

Kielbasa with Brussels Sprouts in Mustard Cream Sauce
Photo by Allrecipes.

Brussels Sprouts Pizza

Top your pizza crust with pan-fried Brussels sprouts and pancetta.

Brussels Sprouts Pizza
Photo by lsteiner.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

"A great way to have Brussels sprouts with a little more flair," says Creative Caterer. "The cream takes away the bitterness you usually find in Brussels. This is a family favorite during the holidays!"

3. Cabbage

Like Brussels sprouts, cabbage is going gangbusters in November. Choose cabbage heads that feel dense, heavy in the hand.

Chicken Apple Sausage with Cabbage

This delicious and comforting one-pot meal is also inexpensive and completely satisfying. Smoked chicken apple sausages and cabbage braise with small potatoes in apple cider. It's perfect for chilly fall or winter evenings.

Chicken Apple Sausage with Cabbage
Photo by lutzflcat.

Wonderful Fried Fish Tacos

Beer-battered fried fish are loaded up with shredded cabbage, a little mayo, and salsa.

Wonderful Fried Fish Tacos
Photo by bd.weld.

Cabbage Patch Halibut

"This is one of easiest and most delicious ways you can cook fish," says Chef John. "The cabbage leaf not only keeps the halibut moist, but also holds all your assorted garnishes and seasonings tight against the meat, which creates an even more intensely flavored result. The lovely aroma of cabbage will mask those fishy smells that usually linger in the kitchen. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves."

Cabbage Patch Halibut
Photo by Chef John.

Chef John's Braised Red Cabbage

Here's a colorful, super-easy cabbage side dish. "It's a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy," says Chef John, "with a tiny hint of caraway to interest you."

Chef John's Braised Red Cabbage
Photo by Allrecipes.

Chicken Yakisoba

This traditional Japanese dish features yakisoba noodles, thinly sliced cabbage, and bite-size pieces of chicken in a spicy sauce.

Chicken Yakisoba
Photo by Baking Nana.

Bean and Bacon Salad

With kidney beans, cabbage, and bacon, this simple salad offers an irresistible combination of flavors and textures. A creamy vinaigrette dressing brings it all together.

Bean and Bacon Salad
Photo by lutzflcat.

4. Carrots

Another root vegetable that has sweet success in November.

Beef Stew VI

A classic, slow-simmered beef stew with plenty of potatoes, carrots, and herbs. The longer this thick stew simmers, the tastier it gets.

side view of a serving of rich-looking beef stew with carrots, pearl onions, and potato, garnished with a rosemary sprig
Photo by lutzflcat. lutzflcat

Roasted Carrot and Tahini Soup

"A little sweet, a little creamy, a little nutty," says France C. "Combine that with a variety of spices and you have a flavorful carrot soup! Garnish with shelled pumpkin seeds if desired."

Roasted Carrot and Tahini Soup
Photo by Buckwheat Queen.

Maple-Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto

"Maple-roasted carrots are drizzled with a pesto made from carrot top greens, parsley, and almonds, resulting in a standout side dish that's vegetarian to boot," says Betty Soup.

Maple-Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Here's a terrific way to use up leftover chicken meat. This quick-and-easy chicken noodle soup is simple and so satisfying. A store-bought rotisserie chicken works great too.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Photo by Meredith.

Chicken Pot Pie IX

This from-scratch chicken pot pie is a one-dish meal, with chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. It's a true comfort-food classic.

bowl of chicken pot pie
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Albondigas

"This is a quick and easy recipe that tastes delicious," says Belen. "Carrots and potatoes, salsa, and meatballs makes a hearty, delicious soup that can be prepared in no time at all."

Albondigas
Photo by Melissa Goff.

Instant Pot® Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

"With simple ingredients, you can have a flavorful, comforting pot roast in less time than using an oven or slow cooker," says bd.weld.

Instant Pot Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
Photo by bd.weld.

Glazed Carrots Asian Style

Fresh carrots are parboiled and then marinated in a delicious mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, ginger and Chinese five spice seasoning. Finish them off on the grill.

5. Leeks

Leeks are a high-fiber food that peak in the fall. They're among the prebiotic powerhouses that feed your healthy gut microbes.

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

This comforting soup features cauliflower florets roasted with garlic combined with sauteed leeks and simmered in a creamy broth. Serve with crusty bread.

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup
Photo by Molly.

Split Pea Soup with Rosemary

This simple split pea soup with bacon, leek, and rosemary is a filling, hearty meal that's also economical. It pairs wonderfully with cheesy garlic bread.

Split Pea Soup with Rosemary
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

Chilled Zucchini-Leek Soup

"Making this soup with zucchini, leek, and creme fraiche is quick and easy, but plan ahead, as the soup needs to chill for at least 1 hour to be nice and cold," says stella. "I also have served it as an appetizer in little shot glasses."

Chilled Zucchini-Leek Soup
Photo by Allrecipes.

Ham and Beans and More

This from-scratch bean soup is bursting with flavor. You'll soak Great Northern beans, and then cook them slowly with caramelized leeks, ham, and bacon.

Ham and Beans and More
Photo by mis7up.

Chef John's Quiche Lorraine

Here's a classic quiche with bacon, leeks, and gruyere cheese. It's a rich, custardy quiche with a luxurious texture. "This has only enough eggs and yolks to hold things together," says Chef John. "But that means you need to let it cool to just warm before serving, to fully enjoy the experience."

Low Carb Cauliflower Leek Soup

A simple yet tasty low-carb alternative to potato leek soup, featuring cauliflower, leeks, and vegetable broth. The heavy cream is optional.

6. Kale

Kale is bright, beautiful green and just as healthy as ever in November.

Roasted Yam and Kale Salad

This delicious kale salad features subtly sweet roasted yams and caramelized onions, which pair perfectly with the earthy kale, creating a terrific contrast of flavors and textures.

Roasted Yam and Kale Salad
Photo by Linda.

Vegetarian Kale Soup

"Full of dark green kale, potatoes, and cannellini beans, this wonderful soup will warm your insides, delight your taste buds, and fill your stomach on a cold winter's night," says Donna.

Vegetarian Kale Soup
Photo by The Gruntled Gourmet.

Mediterranean Kale

This simple steamed kale side dish is quick, healthy, and delicious! Quickly steamed and tossed with a lemon juice and olive oil dressing, it's full of bright Mediterranean flavors.

Mediterranean Kale
Mediterranean Kale | Photo by KGora.

Black Lentil Stew with Sausage and Kale

"There's nothing like a big, steaming bowl of comfort food to make everything seem all right, and this dark but delightful black lentil stew with sausage and kale is no exception," says Chef John. "Sausage and lentils is a marriage made in heaven. And if you're not the biggest fan of kale, maybe try it one more time in this."

Black Lentil Stew with Sausage and Kale
Photo by Chef John.

Best Green Juice Recipe

"These ingredients blend together so well that you won't be able to tell there are greens in this drink," says Linh Duong. "I love to have this for breakfast to kick start my day!"

Best Green Juice Recipe
Photo by KGora.

Kale and Feta Salad

"I recently learned how to massage the kale and it makes a huge difference," says Leslie. "I like to change up the ingredients: sometimes a pear instead of an apple, cranberries instead of currants, Parmesan instead of feta. Great as a side dish or by itself the next day for lunch!"

7. Onions

Fall onions are full of flavor. Give them a nice roast with meats or caramelize them for major flavor.

French Onion Soup IV

White wine gives this French onion soup a lovely flavor and aroma. Serve it in bowls between toasted French bread slices and Swiss cheese.

French Onion Soup IV
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole.

Fig and Onion Spread

Use a good quality aged balsamic vinegar here. "This is delicious spread on crackers or a sliced baguette with a smear of blue cheese," says Thea McAbbott. "Or use it as a topping for warm brie."

Fig and Onion Spread
Photo by mis7up.

Onion Gravy for British Bangers and Mash

Thinly sliced onions are slowly caramelized and then simmered in chicken broth and red wine. "Being a Brit, bangers & mash is a fairly regular staple on the household menu," says Lupin Pooter. "I tried recipe after recipe for the perfect onion gravy to go with it, and this is by far and away the best."

Onion Gravy
Photo by lutzflcat.

Spicy Salmon with Caramelized Onions

You'll briefly marinate salmon fillets in a simple spice paste before pan frying, finishing them off with caramelized onions.

Spinach, Caramelized Onion, and Muenster Au Gratin Potatoes

Classic cheesy au gratin potatoes are upgraded with fresh spinach and caramelized onions.


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