Weeknight Cooking

Ooey, Gooey Cheese Dinners That'll Have You Melting

September 29, 2017

I’m not sure if it’s my love for puns or dairy, but I’ve been called cheesy more times than I can count. And now that bathing suit season is behind us, I’m ready for the non-stop comfort of creamy chèvre and sharp cheddar. But even though I utterly enjoy a cheese plate or queso dip, I can’t recommend eating a whole block for dinner in good conscience. A cheese that stands alone just isn’t enough for dropping temperatures and brisk autumn breezes.

But that doesn't mean you can't have a dinner with a strong cheese foundation. By stuffing, shredding, or stirring it into pastas, breads, and vegetables, you'll get a warm, fuzzy feeling. From lasagna to sandwiches to gratins, here are 16 cheesy dinners you can enjoy all autumn long. Isn't it grate to have it all?

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Katie is a food writer and editor who loves cheesy puns and cheesy cheese.