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25 Warm and Comforting Recipes for Cold Weather


Embrace the chill with these Warm and Comforting Recipes that make coming home to dinner the pinnacle of your day.

Warm and Comforting Recipes for Cold Weather

From steaming soups to hearty stews, these recipes transform chilly days into cozy culinary moments, making winter a season to savor around the dinner table with family and friends.

1. Ground Beef Orzo with Tomato Cream Sauce

Orzo is a super underrated pasta shape and this recipe has it on full display. A rich, creamy tomato sauce is cut with spinach and the warm heat of red pepper flakes, making it perfect for winter.

2. Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

When I’m sick, the number one thing I want is a delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup. This creamy version is also great for those days when you’re not sick and all you need is a pick-me-up.

3. Beef Stroganoff

Another creamy classic, this beef stroganoff is immaculate. It uses tons of mushrooms, making it a perfect autumn dish. Get those fungi while they’re in peak season!

4. Best Homemade Baked Mac & Cheese

One of the hardest things about making good mac & cheese is making the perfect cheese sauce. You need it to be smooth, but still creamy and highlight the flavors of the different cheeses. This recipe nails it and paprika highlights the flavor of sharp cheddar perfectly.

5. Baked Ziti 

The best comfort food takes only a few moments to make, and this recipe fits that bill. You cook the pasta, layer it with sauce and a ricotta blend, bake, and boom! Baked ziti done!

6. Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Beef stew is a deceptively simple recipe to pull off and can be either light or heavy depending on how thick you like your sauce to be. Six hours is the sweet spot for cooking fatty cuts of beef and getting the perfect texture for the meat.

7. Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken 

Jamaican brown stew is very similar to beef stew, but this one has a different flavor profile and a few new ingredients. These include scotch bonnet peppers, red bell peppers, and browning sauce (a Caribbean staple).

8. Chicken Pot Pie and Biscuits

Chicken pot pie is already a very delicious comfort recipe, but adding biscuits makes it even more iconically Southern. There’s nothing better for a cold winter’s day than a rich chicken sauce and perfectly fluffy biscuits.

9. Slow-cooker Amish Beef Noodles 

This recipe is pretty similar to beef stroganoff, but you can make it with a bunch of easy-to-find canned ingredients. Cracking open a can is a great move for a busy weeknight, and this recipe is super easy to prep overnight.

10. Easy Skillet Chicken Cacciatore 

Chicken cacciatore is a classic Italian dish that has held up to the test of time. It’s fresh with so many great vegetables, has a great balance of rich and acidic, and is so much healthier than you’d expect. It’s an amazing one-pan dish that comes together so fast, you won’t believe it!

11. New Orleans Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo 

Unlike many of the other recipes on this list, this gumbo recipe has a longer cooking time. Roux takes the longest to get the richest dark caramel color, but there’s also shrimp stock to make. If you can’t find shrimp with the heads on, you can find shrimp stock at most grocery stores.

12. Tuscan Style Chicken Soup 

This soup is a delicious, but still light comfort food classic.  kidney beans or cannellini beans make up a big part of the soup and get perfectly creamy as they cook down.

13. Soondubu Jjigae – Soft Tofu Stew 

Super soft tofu becomes very creamy when cooked and lets you take big spoonfuls to get every delicious piece of the meat, kimchi, and tofu at the same time. This recipe is especially good since you can customize it for whatever flavors you want.

14. Slow-Cooker Beef Stew 

Another slow-cooker beef stew recipe, this one has a lot of amazing flavors. Adding red wine gives it a super rich and balanced flavor, similar to beef bourguignon. You can pair it with either egg noodles or just eat it straight for a richer soupy texture.

15. Chicken and Dumplings – Cracker Barrel Copycat 

We’ve been talking about many Southern comfort foods, but this is one of the most iconic. It’s simple, easy, and comes together in just a few minutes. Buttermilk is a great secret ingredient that adds a little extra flavor to the dumplings.

16. Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup 

The Instant Pot is a device designed for ease and to make sure that you can pull recipes together quickly. This potato soup is ready in about 35 minutes (with prep time). You can easily swap regular milk with oat milk and use vegan cheese to make this a vegan delight.

17. Garlic Bread Pizza 

Combining garlic bread with pizza makes for a dreamy recipe! Cooking these mini-pizzas in the air fryer crisps them up perfectly and you can use all the different toppings you want.

18. Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast 

Searing the large pot roast is key to packing in the delicious flavors and making sure that the meat stays juicy. It keeps the flavor in while you put it through the long cooking process.

19. Easy Homemade Lasagna 

Mixing ground beef with sausage mix is a great way to add even more flavor to your lasagna. They come in all different varieties, so you can make a custom blend. You could even mix in a variety of cheeses with the ricotta, such as burrata to make a decadent creamy cheese layer.

20. Taco Spaghetti 

Not to be confused with spaghetti tacos, taco spaghetti uses pasta as the base for toppings and keeps it all in one pot for easy cleanup. You even cook the pasta with the rest of the ingredients so all the flavors get absorbed. A Tex-Mex favorite.

21. Creamy Spinach Artichoke Soup 

If you love spinach artichoke dip, this recipe is for you. It is creamy, full of delicious savory flavors, and tastes just like the dip. Put it in a bread bowl for the best meal ever!

22. Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry 

Lentil curries are creamy, rich in protein, and full of flavor. Cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and Thai basil are all great additions to this recipe as garnishes, or you could lean into Indian-style curries with a sprinkle of extra garam masala, fenugreek leaves, and paneer.

23. Texas Cowboy Stew 

This recipe is a variant of a Brunswick stew, so it has tomatoes, corn, beans, potatoes, and some kind of protein for maximum sustenance. This variety uses kielbasa, but you could put any number of meats or sausages into the stew.

24. Cabbage Roll Skillet 

Green cabbage is a cheap ingredient, but it can be really hard to find ways to use a whole head before it all goes bad. By making this recipe, you can finish a whole head and you have a low-carb, very satisfying meal!

25. Butter Lobster Risotto 

Finally, no recipe list of comfort food is complete without a rich risotto recipe. Butter and lobster are besties and this recipe highlights them both. This is no light meal; it is rich and decadent and lets the seafood shine.

Sometimes, the best comfort foods are ones that are easy to pull together. These recipes are winners all year round but shine mostly in the colder months. Use these recipes to make your shorter days feel longer and warm you up after a long day out in the cold!