best comfort food recipes for cold winter weather

45 Best Comfort Food Recipes For Cold Winter Weather

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When the cold weather hits, there’s nothing better than chowing down on a piping hot recipe of something comforting! We’re talking soup, stews, hearty pastas, and a few other belly-warming dishes sure to take the chill off! In this post, we’ve put together a massive list of 45 comfort food recipes that are sure to keep you warm and full during cold winter weather!

When the weather outside is cold and frightful, there’s nothing better than walking into a warm home and getting hit in the face with the smell of slow-cooked stew just waiting for you to cozy up with it. And while we all have our favorite go-to winter comfort food recipes, by the end of the season you may be feeling a little tired of that 200th bowl of chicken noodle soup.

But don’t worry, we have all the comfort food recipes you need to keep warm this winter. From classic crockpot chicken and dumplings to butternut sauce pasta sauce with fettuccine, these are 45 of what we think are the best comfort foods for cold winter days. If you’re looking for more kid-friendly options check out this list of 67 kid-approved recipes for cold weather! Make sure to pin this post so that you can come back anytime your stomach starts feeling chilly!

What can I make for dinner when it’s cold outside?

There are numerous choices you can make when it’s cold outside but here you will find a list of some of the best types of comfort food dishes for cold weather that will help warm you up. There’s one thing in common with all of the main dishes – they all go fantastic with a crusty hunk of bread!

1. Soups with vegetables
2. Casseroles
3. Baking foods
4. Hot beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
5. Stews
6. Slow cooker foods
6. Pasta plates

45 of the Best Winter Comfort Food REcipes We could find

Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

This recipe for Beef Barley Soup is hearty, rich, and deeply satisfying. Tender beef chunks, nutritious vegetables, and chewy barley in a hearty beef and tomato broth. Warm yourself up with this cold-weather comfort food!
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Chicken Stuffing Casserole

Chicken Stuffing Casserole

This Chicken Stuffing Casserole dinner is the perfect comfort food for this cold season, and it’s also incredibly simple to prepare! Click the button below for step-by-step instructions.
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Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings with Canned Biscuits is warm comfort food that is full of flavor and has an old-fashioned taste. Slow-cooked to perfection.
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One-pot chipotle chile mac

One-pot chipotle chile mac

Are thinking about what else you can do on these cold nights? This quick 30-minute meal for cold-weather comfort food is ideal for weeknights.
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Easy Beef Cannelloni Recipe

Easy Beef Cannelloni Recipe

This Beef Cannelloni Recipe is a family favorite. It’s Italian comfort food at its finest for cold days. It’s an oven-baked pasta dish with a delicious cheesy flavor. Don’t miss this recipe for My Sauce, which includes step-by-step instructions on how to make this delectable dish.
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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce with Fettuccine

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce with Fettuccine

One of my favorite quick recipes is this butternut squash pasta sauce. This delicious meal can be ready in about 20 minutes and is the best comfort food recipe for the cold weather.
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Tater Tot Casserole Comfort Food Recipe

Tater Tot Casserole Comfort Food Recipe

This Tater Tot Casserole recipe is the ideal cold-weather comfort food. It has all of these amazing flavorful ingredients: sausage, cheese, and potatoes. So perfect!
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Eggnog Donut Bread Pudding

Eggnog Donut Bread Pudding

Do you enjoy eggnog? How about some cake donuts? Combine them to make this delightful eggnog donut bread pudding. It’s the best comfort food for a cold morning.
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A delicious beef stew recipe

A delicious Hungarian beef stew recipe

Hungarian Beef Pörkölt is a melti in your mouth tender prepertion of beef with paprika that will warm even the coldest of hearts. Here’s how to make it.
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Corn and Crab Bisque

Corn and Crab Bisque

A recipe for corn and crab bisque from South Louisiana. Seasonings are delicious, and the textures are smooth and creamy. Follow the link to get the best cold-weather comfort food recipe.
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Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo

This Louisiana Seafood Gumbo recipe is one of the best comfort foods for cold weather or even a summer night, but the flavor will warm you up and leave you wanting more. So delicious!
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Beef and Noodles Recipe

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles Recipe for Winter

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles – the best comfort food, slow cooked until the meat is tender and the noodles are soft. Dinner is ready in a matter of minutes! Warm yourself up with this cold weather food.
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Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

Who doesn’t enjoy a good lasagna? This crockpot lasagna recipe with Prego traditional sauce is both delicious and simple to prepare. It will be a hit with the entire family!
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Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Looking for a quick casserole to make on busy weeknights? This simple Chicken Noodle Casserole is a classic casserole for cold days.
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Vegan Broccoli Soup

Vegan Broccoli Soup

This creamy and delicious Vegan Broccoli Soup is quick and easy to make. This lighter version of the comfort classic is full of healthy vegetables and protein and is sure to satisfy.
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Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry

This is a creamy, luxurious, and oh-so-comforting butternut squash curry with chickpeas. Combine it with basmati rice for a warm-weather comfort food.
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Bean Pozole (Pozole de Frijol)

Bean Pozole (Pozole de Frijol)

Bean Pozole (Pozole de Frijol) is a quick and easy plant-based soup. This delicious and nutritious recipe requires only a few ingredients and the result will be so comforting for this cold days. 
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Caldo de Res (Mexican Beef Soup)

Caldo de Res (Mexican Beef Soup)

Caldo de Res is a hearty and delicious Mexican beef soup. A big bowl of this dish, with bone-in portions and large chunks of vegetables, is the best comfort food for cold weather and a Mexican favorite.
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Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce: Ultimate Comfort Food

This recipe for Bolognese Sauce is the ultimate in comfort food! A delicious, hearty meat sauce that freezes well to eat it later and is sure to please.
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Instant Pot Turkey Soup

Instant Pot Turkey Soup

This is the ideal recipe for leftover turkey soup! This delicious Instant Pot Turkey Soup is a delicious way to put those Thanksgiving leftovers to use and keep everyone warm at home.
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Sweet Potato Casserole

Dairy-Free Sweet Potato Casserole

This dairy-free sweet potato casserole has a delicious crispy, crumbly topping and is ideal as a side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
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Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash

Traditional Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash

A traditional Hungarian goulash recipe is simplified by the use of a slow cooker. This recipe is flavorful, spicy, and tender! Try it today and warm up the whole family with this comfort food.
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Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

When it comes to Autumn recipes, Pumpkin Risotto is one of my favorites. It’s creamy, hearty and full of flavor. This is an excellent recipe for the upcoming cold-weather season.
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Italian Sausage Pasta

Authentic Italian Sausage Pasta

This authentic Italian sausage pasta will transport you to an Italian home. This is comfort food that everyone in your family will enjoy.
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Crockpot Turkey Chili Recipe

Crockpot Turkey Chili Recipe

This healthy crockpot turkey chili recipe is the ideal weeknight comfort food. It’s easy to prepare and ready when you get home!
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Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Healthy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

This recipe for healthy chicken broccoli rice casserole is delicious and filling without being too heavy. This is the perfect fall comfort food!
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Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp

Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp

Ginger, garlic, red curry paste, and coconut milk flavor this Coconut Curry Soup. This Thai soup is loaded with succulent shrimp and vegetables and is ready in under 30 minutes!
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Creamy White Chicken Chili

Creamy White Chicken Chili

This White Chicken Chili is one of the most delightful and hearty comfort foods you’ve ever had! This White Chicken Chili recipe features chicken and white beans cooked in a creamy and flavorful broth.
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Turkey Chili Crock Pot Recipe

21 Day Fix Turkey Chili Crock Pot Recipe

The best 21 Day Fix turkey chili crockpot recipe, complete with containers and calories! Fixate and 80 Day Obsession have both been approved!
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Keto Chicken Tortilla Soup

Easy Keto Chicken Tortilla Soup (Instant Pot) Low Carb Recipe

This Keto Chicken Tortilla Soup is a delicious way to enjoy a nutritious soup made in the Instant Pot! It’s low in carbohydrates, gluten-free, and dairy-free. This is the best comfort food for the cold weather.
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Grandma’s Chicken Soup From Scratch

Grandma’s Chicken Soup From Scratch

This recipe for homemade grandma’s chicken soup comes from one of our most treasured family recipes. Recipe for flavorful, cold-busting homemade chicken soup.
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Tomato Bisque With Grilled Cheese Croutons

Tomato Bisque With Grilled Cheese Croutons

This winter, warm up with velvety tomato bisque topped with crispy grilled cheese croutons. Comfort food with a touch of sophistication.
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Red Wine Braised Brisket

Red Wine Braised Brisket

Tender slow-braised beef brisket cooked in a low oven until infused with red wine and herbs and fall apart tender. Reduce the braising liquid to make a beautiful roux-thickened red wine gravy. One of the best winter comfort foods.
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urkey Shepherd’s Pie

Unique And Flavorful Ground Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

A mouthwatering, savory ground turkey shepherd’s pie recipe combining ground turkey, vegetables, and fluffy mashed potatoes! Ideal for cold days.
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Dutch Oven Braised Beef in Dr. Pepper

Dutch Oven Braised Beef in Dr. Pepper

Put Dr. Pepper, a few other tasty ingredients, and beef short ribs in the oven…and bam! Tender, fall-apart braised beef with a sauce so good you’ll want to lick your fingers. 
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Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Healthy Chicken Parmesan baked rather than fried, then topped with marinara sauce and Mozzarella cheese for absolutely delicious, gooey, and easy comfort food at home, especially during this cold weather.
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Crockpot Smothered Chicken Thighs

Crockpot Smothered Chicken Thighs

These crockpot smothered chicken thighs are a quick and delicious way to prepare dinner. Allow your crockpot to do all of the work and heat up!
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Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff

Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff

Crockpot chicken stroganoff is a tasty twist on the traditional stroganoff recipe. It’s a family favorite as well as an easy toss and go crockpot recipe for these cold weather months, ideal for a home-cooked meal.
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Brunswick Stew Recipe

Brunswick Stew Recipe

This is a classic Brunswick stew recipe made with leftover pulled pork and shredded chicken. This recipe is ideal for the upcoming cold weather.
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Instant Pot French Dip

Instant Pot French Dip

Instant Pot French Dip is classic cold-weather comfort food! This recipe is simple and perfect every time thanks to the Instant Pot. Serve this tender, flavorful meat with melted cheese on a crusty baguette! Try this recipe today for a delicious family dinner.
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Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

This is one of the best comfort foods to warm you up. This Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff is the simplest way to prepare this traditional comfort food. The meat is tender and flavorful, and it is nestled in a delightful gravy.
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Moghrabieh Recipe for cold weather

Moghrabieh Recipe for cold weather

Moghrabieh is a traditional Lebanese stew made with large couscous pearls, chicken, chickpeas and warm spices. Lebanese moghrabieh is healthy and delicious and perfect for cold days!
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Comforting Chicken and Rice Soup

Comforting Chicken and Rice Soup

This Chicken and Rice Soup recipe are simple to prepare and provides the ultimate bowl of comfort. This easy comfort food can be made in a Dutch oven or in an Instant Pot for a quick soup. Chicken and soup are similar to chicken noodle soup, but with a hint of lemon and simple gluten-free rice.
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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Are you on a Keto diet and looking for winter comfort food? This Keto and low-carb broccoli cheddar soup tastes so good with cheese, heavy cream, and butter that you’ll want to make it every week.
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Vegetable Lasagna With Béchamel

Vegetable Lasagna With Béchamel

This is the ideal comfort food for the cold weather. Make a delicious béchamel-filled vegetable lasagna with butternut squash, mushrooms, and mozzarella.
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Which of the Above recipes are you most excited to make? Have a go-to cold weather recipe that isn’t on the list? Share it in the comments!

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