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Winter is the best showcase for the ultimate comfort foods, right? It’s when we get to indulge in foods that warm us from the inside out, such as soups and stews. And all the holiday foods and baked goods you can make! Bring on the mac and cheese and chili and cookies!

Recent Winter Recipes & Ideas

  • Radicchio Salad with Citrus

    30 min

    Healthy, Vegetarian

    This bitter, peppery salad with its pop of bright, refreshing citrus will satisfy your craving for sunshine. Radicchio makes this colorful salad feel fresh, while quick homemade croutons and toasted walnuts settle your need for comfort food.

  • Creamy Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Spinach

    This easy tortellini soup is loaded with Italian sausage, spinach, and cheese-filled pasta. The short ingredient list makes this soup the perfect weeknight dinner. It's light on the cream but rich in flavor, with an added protein boost from puréed cannellini beans.

  • Elise Bauer

    Italian Meatballs

    These classic Italian-American style meatballs are huge and pillowy soft! They're mixed with ground beef and pork, loaded with herbs and cheese, and served with a traditional tomato sauce. Make them baseball-sized for a dinner entree, or roll them smaller for an appetizer.

  • Sally Vargas

    Loaf Pan Lasagna

    This small-batch weeknight lasagna comfortably serves two and is ready in half the time as a larger batch. Loaf Pan Lasagna is layered with chunky pieces of sausage and rustic-but-quick tomato sauce.

  • Elise Bauer

    Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze

    1 hr, 15 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian

    The BEST way to cook beets? Roasted! These ruby red beets are roasted in the oven until sweet and caramelized, then tossed with orange zest and a balsamic glaze. So good!

  • Sally Vargas

    Butternut Squash and Black Bean Skillet Dinner

    40 min

    Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Looking for dinner that’s healthy in a hurry? The whole family will love this vegetarian skillet dinner! It’s loaded with the sweet and earthy flavors of roasted butternut squash, black beans, and quinoa, seasoned with cumin and chili powder. The best part? It’s ready, start to finish, in about 45 minutes.

  • Cambria Bold

    Sazerac Cocktail

    The Sazerac is considered by many to be America's oldest cocktail! Made with rye whiskey, Peychaud's bitters, absinthe, sugar, and a lemon peel, it's a true classic. Try it!

  • Nick Evans

    Rotisserie Chicken Alfredo

    Homemade alfredo on a weeknight? Yes! You can have this super kid-friendly Chicken Alfredo on the table in 25 minutes. Rotisserie chicken makes it a snap, or you could use leftover chicken.

  • Marta Rivera

    Lime Icebox Cookies

    Keep these soft, tart, citrus-flavored refrigerator cookies on hand for unexpected guests or hungry kids. Slice and bake when the need or craving for a cookie arises. Lime Icebox Cookies are freezer-friendly too!

  • Cambria Bold

    Old Fashioned Cocktail

    An Old Fashioned is a true classic. Made with whiskey, sugar, Angostura bitters, and an orange peel (or cherry) for garnish, it's a cocktail made for whiskey lovers!

  • Marta Rivera

    Cuban Sandwich (Cubano)

    Here's how to make the BEST Traditional Cuban Sandwich, a.k.a. the Cubano, at home! Layers of mojo-marinated pork roast, ham, cheese, and pickles make this sandwich outstanding. Serve toasted grilled bread sandwich hot or cold!

  • Marta Rivera

    Cuban-Style Roast Pork

    3 hrs, 45 min

    Low Carb, Paleo

    Cuban-style roast pork is marinated in a garlicky-citrus mojo sauce to deliver flavorful, succulent meat. Cuban pork is easy to make, and the best part is you can use the leftovers to make Cuban sandwiches. Go ahead—wow your family two nights in a row!

  • Sally Vargas

    Tex-Mex Shepherd’s Pie

    Get your forks ready and dig into this Tex Mex take on the comfort food classic Shepherd’s Pie. It’s spicy, cheesy and loaded with chicken, beans, and corn, then topped with creamy mashed potatoes. You’re looking at pure weeknight dinner deliciousness.

  • Katie Morford

    Winter Chicken Salad with Tangy Miso Dressing

    41 min

    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb

    This Chopped Chicken Salad is easy to put together and filling enough to eat for dinner! Made with fennel, mandarin oranges, avocado, and a flavorful miso dressing, it's perfect for winter but also endlessly adaptable to the seasons.

  • Elise Bauer

    Cream of Mushroom Soup

    55 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Vegetarian

    This easy homemade cream of mushroom soup is creamy without a lot of cream! It's made with loads of mushrooms and that's about it. So quick and easy, you'll never buy the canned version again.

  • Sally Vargas

    Chicken Udon Soup with Bok Choy

    Give basic chicken noodle soup a twist with thick, chewy udon noodles and shredded gochujang chicken. Put it all together in a bold broth layered with ginger, toasted sesame oil, and soy sauce and you have a delicious dinner ready in 30 minutes—start to finish.

  • Elana Lepkowski

    Winter Spiced Orange Mocktail

    This bubbly, just-slightly-bitter Winter Spiced Orange Mocktail is the perfect non-alcoholic aperitif to enjoy before dinner! It's made from a squash (the cordial drink, not the vegetable!) flavored with orange, cinnamon, anise, and allspice.

  • Elise Bauer

    Cabbage Soup

    50 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb

    Here's an easy, nourishing cabbage soup for cold winter days. Made with just a handful of ingredients and ready in under an hour, the soup is simplicity at its best.

  • Coco Morante

    Instant Pot Beef Chili

    Instant pot beef chili recipe is ready in under an hour! This version is made with green peppers, onions, celery, ground beef, and tomatoes. Top with shredded cheese and sliced green onions, and serve some cornbread on the side.

  • Elana Lepkowski

    Pear-Ginger Shrub

    Shrubs are a great non-alcoholic alternative to a cocktail! They're sweet and sour and have a ton of flavors that make them great on their own. This Pear-Ginger Shrub is particularly invigorating served with club soda or tonic water.

  • Elise Bauer

    Sweet and Sour German Red Cabbage

    47 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    This sweet-and-sour red cabbage makes an easy side dish for any German meal. Just four ingredients and ready 30 minutes! Great with sausages or pork chops.

  • Sara Bir

    Air Fryer Chicken Wings

    Wings and your air fryer are a match made in heaven! Fast, crispy, no big mess—what’s not to love? Pair this air fryer chicken wing recipe with gochujang sauce and toasted sesame mayonnaise, and you’ve just entered chicken-wing utopia!

  • Katie Morford

    Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

    1 hr, 10 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy

    This Healthy Shepherd's Pie calls for olive oil instead of butter, extra-lean ground beef, lots of vegetables, and a cauliflower-potato mash topping for a lighter take on the classic that's still FULL of flavor!

All Favorite Winter Recipes

  • Elise Bauer

    Roast Beef

    4 hrs, 35 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo

    Classic roast beef recipe using rump roast, round roast, or sirloin tip. This slow roasting method at low heat is good for tougher cuts of beef; the lower heat prevents any gristle from getting too tough.

  • Elise Bauer

    Irish Beef Stew

    Irish stew recipe made with beef, garlic, stock, Irish Guinness beer, red wine, potatoes, carrots, and onions. An excellent, hearty stew.

  • Elise Bauer

    Prime Rib

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo

    Prime rib recipe, how to cook to perfection a standing rib beef roast, step-by-step instructions and photos. Perfect for Christmas and the holiday season.

  • Sally Vargas

    Loaf Pan Lasagna

    This small-batch weeknight lasagna comfortably serves two and is ready in half the time as a larger batch. Loaf Pan Lasagna is layered with chunky pieces of sausage and rustic-but-quick tomato sauce.

  • Elise Bauer

    French Onion Soup

    Stay warm with this GREAT French onion soup! With beef stock base, slow-cooked caramelized onions, French bread, gruyere and Parmesan cheese.

  • Elise Bauer

    Potato Leek Soup

    1 hr

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Potato Leek Soup is a classic! Nothing's better than a bowl of hearty potato soup on a chilly day. And it's easy, too! No cream needed, just purée the soup to make it thick and creamy.

  • Elise Bauer

    Pot Roast

    4 hrs, 10 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb

    Cooked low and slow on the stovetop, beef chuck or shoulder roast becomes a fall-apart tender pot roast. Onions, garlic, carrots, and red wine make this a satisfying, flavorful dinner.

  • Elise Bauer

    White Bean and Ham Soup

    Hearty White Bean and Ham Soup, perfect for cold winter days! White beans, ham shanks, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, Tabasco, and herbs make this delicious ham and bean soup a cool weather classic.

  • Sara Bir

    Air Fryer Chicken Wings

    Wings and your air fryer are a match made in heaven! Fast, crispy, no big mess—what’s not to love? Pair this air fryer chicken wing recipe with gochujang sauce and toasted sesame mayonnaise, and you’ve just entered chicken-wing utopia!

  • Elise Bauer

    Ham and Potato Soup

    This hearty Ham and Potato Soup is made with a ham shank or leftover ham bone and russet potatoes. Perfect for chilly weather!

  • Elise Bauer

    Chicken Pot Pie

    Here's a from-scratch Chicken Pot Pie adapted from Marshall Field's classic recipe. With a slow-cooked chicken, a creamy vegetable filling, and a handmade pie crust, this pot pie is the ultimate comfort food.

  • Elise Bauer

    Vegetarian Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

    Vegetarian Lasagna to feed a crowd! This one is filled with meaty shiitake and cremini mushrooms, spinach, and ricotta and Mozzarella cheeses. Your vegetarian and meat-eating guests will fight for seconds.

  • Elise Bauer

    Classic Baked Chicken

    1 hr, 5 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo

    If you can bake chicken, you can make dinner over and over again. This is a simple recipe with salt, pepper, and olive oil, but so versatile.

  • Elise Bauer

    Cabbage Soup

    50 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb

    Here's an easy, nourishing cabbage soup for cold winter days. Made with just a handful of ingredients and ready in under an hour, the soup is simplicity at its best.

  • Elise Bauer

    White Chicken Chili

    This easy White Chicken Chili is like a milder, calmer cousin to Texas beef chili. Make it with canned or dry beans, and add extra chili peppers for more heat if you like! Keeps well and freezes well.

  • Elise Bauer

    Duchess Potatoes

    Classic Duchess potatoes, mashed with butter, nutmeg and cream, then baked until the tops are golden brown.

5 Favorite Recipes for Intimate Winter Celebrations

It’s unanimous: Everyone I’ve spoken with was happy to stay home for Thanksgiving. No, Aunt Betsy, it’s not that I don’t love seeing you and our family and eating your great food. It’s just that it was nice to not drive, dress up or worry about meeting a deadline for mealtime—even though we ended up with leftovers stretching out before us like Hadrian’s Wall.

Now as we huddle at home for the remainder of 2020’s holidays, we are turning to other winter favorites: shared foods that warm the body and make the house smell great during these short, cold days. Gather your smaller family unit, pour some wine and serve up some of the following dishes.

Portobello Mushroom Soup with Goat Cheese

Despite a change in ownership, a renovation and a reinvention of the restaurant, some things never seem to change at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley: The chef is still Cal Stamenov, who has been there since it opened in 1999, and he is still serving this soup, which hasn’t left the menu in 10-plus years. In 2013, I made the 20-minute drive uphill from Monterey’s beautiful, rugged coast to the destination resort in the warmer valley to write a menu story. (The current iteration of the restaurant is called Lucia, and it holds a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for its wine list.) For a chef of his stature, who has served at top fine-dining restaurants in Europe and California, Stamenov is unassuming, shy even. His focus is unmistakable, however, and his style is to use his haute-cuisine chops to elevate even an apparently simple mushroom soup.

This recipe—from a menu that also includes a chestnut soufflé worth checking out—is dead simple, but has the neat trick of incorporating a wine reduction before putting in the stock. The addition of goat cheese brightens the seriously earthy dish. Honestly, the hardest part is washing the blender. Keep matching simple: Serve a Pinot Noir you love to play off the earthy mushroom. And do pour some in the soup too, to build a bridge between them. Try one of the chef’s signature dishes.

Smoked Trout and Golden Beet Salad with Crème Fraîche

On New Year’s Eve, my family and I normally stay in and have a huge spread of smoked fish from Russ & Daughters in New York—with Champagne, of course—and I have my annual argument with myself over which is best: Scottish salmon, sturgeon or trout. There’s no resolution the fun lies in trying to find one. Grand Award winner Blackberry Farm chose trout for this Rhône-pairing holiday menu, and who can blame them? They get great local, fresh fish at their east Tennessee home, steep them in a kind of tea, then smoke them until just done. Beets and greens topped with sweet-tart creamy dressing round out the plate. I know it’s faddish to pooh-pooh oak in wines, but here’s a dish that will shut off that static. Smoke and oak can sing together an elegant Condrieu pulls off that trick here. Champagne would do in a pinch too, but is that ever not the case?

I can’t think of Blackberry Farm without mentioning the people there, some of whom I’ve known for 15 years. It’s that kind of place, fusing local pride with the why-would-I-ever-leave dedication of people from away. Beverage director Andy Chabot moved there from New Hampshire, married local Sarah Elder (now Chabot) and now also runs a farm with her. Resort proprietor Mary Celeste Beall is the widow of Sam Beall, who was a great beacon in the fine-dining firmament. His extended Blackberry family has continued to make his dreams real. Capture some of their magic at home with this menu.

Wine-Braised Brisket with Roasted Winter Vegetables

Just about all of Wine Spectator magazine’s menus come from restaurant chefs. But for a Hanukkah story, I dropped that rule because, although there are plenty of excellent sources, one stands apart—and I really wanted to interview her. Joan Nathan has written 11 books, nearly all on Jewish food (though I also recommend her An American Folklife cookbook). She combines her scholarly background with boots-on-the-ground time as assistant to the mayor of Jerusalem, followed by similar work in New York, and approaches her writing with real practical sense for home cooks. Her life, which my story only skims the surface of, is fascinating.

This recipe—the centerpiece of a menu that also includes a starter of smoked salmon with radicchio, endives and dill, a side of potato zucchini latkes and an orange olive oil cake for dessert—is a version of her mother’s brisket, her favorite because it is a savory take on the dish. It needs to be made ahead to let the flavors meld, which also relieves you of work on the day you serve it. It’s now a standard in my house and, believe me, it fills the place with comforting meaty aromas as it braises. While it’s great for a crowd, these days a bigger selling point is its versatility as leftovers. (My favorite use is in a sandwich on a crunchy roll with either shaved Parmigiano and arugula or with lettuce, Cheddar and mayo spiked with hot sauce.) Try it with a spicy Rioja red.

Hunter’s Chicken

The James Beard Awards are known as the Oscars of the food world, bringing all the glitz and glam you might expect. Restaurant industry people come from all over to celebrate each other’s work, schmooze and carouse. Some years back, at the after-party, which sees old friendships renewed and not a little looking around to see who’s there and talking to whom, I spied Hugh Acheson off to the side, tie loosened, speaking quietly and sipping Bourbon so for five or 10 minutes, I spoke with the most down-to-earth guy in the room.

Acheson, a Canadian transplanted to Georgia (his wife is from the Low Country), is an example of how sometimes an interloper sees their new home more clearly than those raised there. His restaurants—the original is Five & Ten in Athens, and he now has two in Atlanta, too—take traditional Southern dishes, often from historical research, and lighten and modernize them to reflect the changing world. He doesn’t try to make them all fancy, just brings them up to speed. So to a chicken-in-a-pot dish, he adds Urfa chile and soy sauce and uses a great trick to work the liver in. When I asked him why he chose a specific Nero d’Avola to match, he said, "Well, why not? It’s really good," then laughed and gave a thoughtful, knowledgeable answer. Let him broaden your Southern food repertoire.

Chocolate Layer Cake with Bittersweet Ganache

At Wine Spectator magazine, we typically photograph our menu stories ourselves. We hire a food stylist to prepare the food, we shoot it, people taste it or pack it up as leftovers, and we go home. Not with this cake though. You’d think a bunch of chocolate-loving hyenas were in the studio that day. What sets it apart? The cake itself is really moist from using oil as the fat, and the ganache is pretty dark and speaks of grownup indulgence. Simple, right?

Restaurant cooking is repetitive work. You cook the same things over and over, and if you move to another restaurant, they’re still going to have some version of roast salmon, chicken and a strip steak. How to stand apart and make your mark? Well, there are lots of ways, but I favor the one chosen by Meg Galus, who was at NoMi in Chicago when I interviewed her for this story. She spoke very directly about her guiding ethos: to make any dish "just the best," meaning to not put a personal flourish on it or show off or surprise people with unexpected flavors. She also said her job is to "make people happy," which is certainly honorable work. These two goals are joined in her version of an iconic recipe.

Beef and red wine stew

Cook beef shin in red wine, stock and herbs until meltingly tender, then serve with creamy mash for a crowd-pleasing weekend meal.

Rosemary salt roast chicken

Try our expert recipe for the most golden roast, crisp-skinned chicken – the perfect Sunday lunch.

Slow-cooker sausage casserole

Give your slow cooker some love with this winter warmer, packed with hearty ingredients including sausages, bacon and borlotti beans.

Mulled hot chocolate

Use leftover red wine to create a drink that marries two of the best winter warmers – mulled wine and hot chocolate. Quick, easy and guaranteed to keep you toasty.

Apple crumble

Check out this really easy old-school apple crumble. You can’t go wrong with this foolproof recipe, sure to be a family favourite.

Slow-cooker chilli with jalapeño cheddar cornbread

A bit of everything goes into this chilli – dark chocolate, lager and Worcestershire sauce, along with plenty of herbs and spices. Throw all the ingredients into a slow-cooker and let the mince soak up the flavours.

Mulled wine winter puddings

Looking for individual festive desserts that are easy to make? Try our mini winter puddings with mulled wine – perfect for feeding hungry mouths over Christmas.

Slow-cooker Irish stew

This hearty, traditional stew is just the ticket as the winter months roll in. Put the lamb and veggies in a slow cooker and leave for four hours.

Steak and blue cheese pie

A golden-crusted puff pastry pie, stuffed with braising steak, blue cheese, brown ale and thyme. Perfect for a comforting meal on chilly winter nights.


We’ve added rum to this winter classic to compensate for the evaporation of alcohol during cooking, but it’s not essential. Cheers!

Celery and stilton soup

This comforting, velvety soup is full of flavour and simple to make. You’ll need a wedge of stilton, a bunch of celery and a healthy glug of cream for this bowlful of deliciousness.

Spiced toffee apple and ginger cake

The apple sauce makes this cake deliciously squidgy. Serve warm as a pudding with cream or ice cream, or at room temperature with a hot drink.

Pork belly and potatoes baked in milk, bay and smoked paprika

This recipe is inspired by an Italian dish that would usually use rolled loin. Pork cooked in milk is tender and succulent – this recipe is more about the meat than the crackling. For optimum crackling, cook for longer at the higher temperature before reducing.

Rich cottage pies with cheesy mash

Put a cheesy twist on this classic crowd-pleaser with these individual pies topped with creamy cheddar mash.

Venison steaks with stir-fried sprouts

Serve delicate slices of seared venison with a bubble-and-squeak-style hash made from Brussels sprouts, floury potatoes, walnuts and fruit for a satisfying supper for two.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange brownies

What could be better than scoffing a Terry’s Chocolate Orange? Adding it to a brownie batter, of course! Try our deliciously decadent recipe, or check out our classic chocolate brownie recipe.

Slow-cooked brisket with red wine, thyme and onions

This simple slow cooker beef brisket recipe makes a perfect Sunday roast on a winter evening.

Mulled beer

Forget cider and wine – mulled beer is the thing to be drinking this festive season. Our recipe has wintry flavours of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and clementine.

Slow-cooker beef stew

This hearty stew is full of iron, protein and natural antioxidants. Pop beef shin, red wine and veggies into a slow cooker and leave for four hours.

Savoury spiced baklava

This bake is a savoury spin on the classic Middle Eastern dessert. It makes a fantastic vegetarian substitute for meat at a roast dinner.


Put a rosy glow in your cheeks with this classic winter cocktail, made with egg yolks, sugar, cream, sherry, rum and plenty of fresh nutmeg.

Baked spinach-and-ricotta-stuffed shells

Fill giant pasta shells with creamy ricotta and spinach for a simple vegetarian bake, on the table in under an hour.

Baileys pecan blondies

Take your blondies up a notch and top with a white chocolate Baileys ganache to give them a boozy, festive twist.

Green Winter Salad Recipes

If you’re anything like me, you crave nourishing, refreshing green salads all year long. Instead of topping them with tomatoes or peppers, like I would in the summertime, I load up winter green salads with crisp root veggies, seasonal fruit, and hearty roasted vegetables like squash and sweet potato.

Kale Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing
If you’re the kind of person who loves eating a big, bountiful salad for lunch, you need this recipe in your back pocket! It’s packed with a rainbow of root veggies, toasted seeds, avocado, and crispy roasted chickpeas. Doused in an electric carrot-ginger dressing, it’s energizing, satisfying, and delicious.

Sweet Potato Salad
This salad is one of my favorite recipes for a quick and easy lunch. Roasted sweet potatoes and avocado make it nice and hearty, pepitas add crunch, and a nutty tahini dressing ties it all together.

Wheat Berry Salad
Roasted shallots and sage fill this winter salad with savory, aromatic flavor. It’s a stunning side dish, but thanks to chewy wheat berries and creamy roasted squash, it could also pass as a meal on its own.

Pear Salad with Balsamic and Walnuts
Pass this simple, elegant salad as a side dish with dinner, or pair it with butternut squash soup for a light and healthy lunch.

Butternut Squash Salad
Goat cheese + pomegranate seeds + roasted butternut squash? Uhhhh….yes, please! But wait – there’s even more to love about this winter salad. It’s got crunchy toasted pistachios, sweet Medjool dates, and a lightly creamy, aromatic dressing. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it!

12 Healthy Winter Recipes (that I love!)

Since we just received some unfortunate news from Punxsutawney Phil, I figured I would come to the rescue with a list of my favorite healthy winter recipes to get us through these next six weeks.

Despite living in a very cold city, I haven’t experienced the typical winter blues this year and I attribute that to a few things: taking morning and evening walks outside with Marley, investing in good outerwear (this coat has saved me!), regularly taking my Vitamin D, and appreciating the beauty of the season. Good comfort food doesn’t hurt either. Does my face feel like it’s about to fall off sometimes? Absolutely. But views like this don’t come around every day. There is no need to get stressed to get the perfect meal, if you are feeling anxious or stressed you can always go to to get a stress buster.

I’m always on the look out for cozy, satisfying, healthy winter recipes this time of year, and these next 12 recipes check all of those boxes. Yes, salad can be cozy, especially if you load it up with texture, colors, and a little bit of gorgonzola cheese. I’m taking a cue from the most recent issue of Bon Appetit magazine and calling these healthy-ish.

Are they perfect? No, but they’re pretty damn close.

1. Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

This continues to be one of my favorite winter curry recipes! You all seem to agree, because it is currently one of the most-visited recipes on the blog right now. Be sure to check out the comment section! Lots of people have left great comments with their own variations, tips, and ways to adapt this recipe for a slow cooker.

Reader Review: “I made this tonight and it is seriously one of the most delicious things that I have ever put in my mouth! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.” – Hartley

2. Loaded Winter Salad with Radicchio, Pear, Gorgonzola, and Pomegranate

My mother-in-law, Rachel, and I revisited this salad over the holidays, and I was reminded just how much I love it. She always adds in a few endive spears as well, and I highly recommend that small twist! The color alone with the purple radicchio, red pomegranate seeds, pear, veined gorgonzola is enough to win anyone over. It is a perfect balance of sweetness, tartness, saltiness, and bitterness. Add some roast chicken (or canned beans) to turn this into a filling hearty main course.

Reader Review: “Absolutely stunning salad. The colors are brilliant, and it tastes good, too. Didn’t have fig olive oil, but I had blood orange olive oil, and pear infused balsamic vinegar. I also added an orange to this and used some of the juice. A special holiday salad. Thanks for sharing.” – Vicky

3. Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples + Cranberries

There is nothing worse than a cold breakfast on a freezing winter day. I love that you can literally throw all of the ingredients for this oatmeal into your slow cooker the night before, and wake up to a bowl of steaming hot, creamy steel cut oats.

Reader Review: “I’m always on the lookout for slow cooker steel cut oatmeal recipes, it’s the best way to cook them. This one hits all the right notes, the flavor is awesome and it makes enough that I can freeze in single portion containers and eat whenever I’m in the mood for oatmeal.” – Cat

4. Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Crispy Goat Cheese

If you’ve never been a big mushroom fan, this is your new gate-way recipe. My brother-in-law doesn’t even like goat cheese, and this recipe convinced him to give it another chance. If you’re looking to speed this recipe up, feel free to substitute the homemade tomato sauce with a high-quality store-bought one. Rao’s Homemade is the only brand of store-bought sauce that I’ve ever enjoyed!

Reader Review: “Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made it today and it is absolutely delicious. The flavors, textures – incredible! I could go meatless with recipes like this…” – Barbara

5. Garam Masala Carrot Soup

Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Whole30 Friendly

Don’t be intimidated by the fancy micro greens on top. They are totally optional. This carrot soup, which can be made with just a sheet pan and blender, is proof that homemade soup doesn’t have to be time-intensive or complicated. If you can’t find garam masala, feel free to substitute it with your favorite curry powder blend.

Reader Review: “This was so yummy! I LOVE Garam Masala and it was perfect with the carrots and onion. We are a busy vegan family and we were able to make this on a weeknight no problem. Thanks!” – Dani

6. Middle Eastern Roast Chicken with Vegetables

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Whole30 Friendly

There is nothing better than a crispy roast chicken during the cold winter months, and this spiced twist is my go-to whenever I’m beginning to tire of the classic, regular old version. The spice blend alone is worth making, storing, and putting on everything. This chicken is spatchcocked, which helps it cook more evenly and quickly –> check out this post on how to spatchcock a chicken.

Reader Review: “We just made this tonight. It was so amazing. We grilled it on the barbecue instead of baking in the oven and served with a couscous salad and grilled vegetables tossed with olive oil and one teaspoon of the spice rub. So tasty – we will make all summer!” – Andrea

7. Slow Cooker Cannellini Bean Soup with Rosemary

This soup is a wonderful reminder to keep things simple in the kitchen whenever possible. It contains only a few ingredients, but all the right ones. While most dried beans should be soaked before cooking, cannellini beans can go from dried to perfectly cooked in about 8 to 10 hours in a slow cooker. Set it in the morning and have dinner ready to go when you come home that night.

Reader Review: “This soup reminds me of the white bean soup my mom used to make, just a tad more sophisticated with the rosemary.” – Brittany

8. Whole Wheat Pasta with Walnut-Sage Pesto and Roasted Delicata Squash

??Proof that you don’t have to add ten pounds of cheese and buckets of cream in order to make the coziest of winter pastas. Also, proof that fresh sage and parsley can be just as good in homemade pesto as my go-to summer basil.

Reader Review: “I can’t stop smiling with every bite! I am eating this right now and I am loving every flavor. Doesn’t get much better than this when you gotta be stuck at home all day with construction workers under your house and nothing else to do but clean! This just made my day a lot brighter. Thank you!” – Amanda

9. Roasted Carrot Lentil Salad with Tahini Dressing

Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

I’m continually blown away by the response to this roasted carrot lentil salad! A fabulous reminder that some of the best salad recipes don’t need to contain a speck of leafy greens (aside from the carrot top stem garnish) to make them incredibly healthy, nutritious, and hearty.

Reader Review: “I made this tonight. I ate as a salad and added a few chopped walnuts. I added steak for my husband and kids as they are not vegans. It was a hit! Sooooo very hearty and complex flavors. Excellent. ” – Kristin

10. Green Pork Chili

Gluten Free, Dairy Free [without the toppings]

I’ll be the first to admit that this recipe does not have the most appealing of names (or photographs). Pork? Green? Chili? What? Once you get past that, you can appreciate this chili for all that it offers. If you’re looking for a different, non-tomato based chili recipe for the big day this weekend, check this one out. I can’t wait to adapt it to my Instant Pot.

Reader Review: “Made this last night and it was amazing. Filled with wonderful flavors!! The only change I made was I roasted ALL the peppers. I also cooked it in a pressure cooker!! Thanks again for sharing this recipe!!” – Mary

11. Slow Cooker Winter Vegetable Soup with Split Red Lentils

Gluten Free, Vegetarian [substitute vegetable stock]

Slow cooker? Winter vegetable? If that doesn’t scream health winter recipe, I don’t know what does. This soup is all about the vegetables and it is packed with them. The best part? The leftovers only get better with time. Don’t forget a sprinkling of parmigiana, parsley, and olive oil to finish it off! If you enjoy lentils (but don’t own a slow cooker), try this vegetarian green-lentil soup with coconut milk. It’s off the charts.

Reader Review: “This soup is delicious! It’s easy to make and full of healthy veggies. The olive oil, Parmesan, and parsley topping put it over the top.” – Bri

12. 30-Minute Beef Bourguignon

Dairy Free, Gluten Free [omit the flour]

Often times, I’ll dig deep into the recipe archives and discover an old favorite that I forgot about over the years. This dish happens to be one of those recipes. Adapted from a Cooking Light recipe, this recipe proved to the biggest skeptic (ie. me) that you can cook a lightened-up, time-friendly beef bourguignon in under an hour. This would make a fabulous weeknight-friendly Valentine’s Day dinner!

Reader Review: “Wow, this is great. I’ve always wanted to make beef bourguignon (or beouf as Julia used to say). I just couldn’t get the energy to start the daunting process. I think I can make it now.” – Norma

>>> Find more winter recipe inspiration in the recipe archives or check out what seasonal meals (and treats!) I’m loving on Pinterest right now.

Top-Rated Takes on Our Favorite Winter Soups

If we were to follow the dictates of popular culture, we would spend the first few weeks of the new year fasting, cleansing or munching on celery. But winter will be over before we know it, and we wouldn’t want to look back with regret on missed opportunities to taste the finer side of cold-weather cuisine, now would we? Certainly not.

Since January calls for the kind of comforting indulgence that can only be found in a ladle’s gentle embrace, we’re eyeing up recipes for chicken noodle, hearty minestrone and cream of tomato. With 5 stars and over 100 reviews, these are the soups we can’t wait to simmer this month.

High-end French restaurants probably don’t want you to know how simple it is to make classic French Onion Soup from scratch — but this year, we’re staying home for our fix. Tyler Florence demystifies the process with this traditional recipe that calls for a buttery beef broth fortified with sweet caramelized onions. For classic bistro presentation, ladle the soup into ramekins, then crown each one with a slice of toasted baguette and some freshly grated Gruyere cheese.

"This was a huge hit! The kids got up this morning and asked if there were leftovers (there weren't)."

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Before we get into the recipes, let’s take a peak at what fruits and vegetables are in season throughout the cooler winter months.

  • Brussels Sprouts: Keep these miniature cabbages in your rotation all fall and winter long (they’ll keep in the fridge for about a week).
  • Butternut Squash: Safe to say most squash hits its stride in the fall, continuing through the winter, butternut squash and pumpkin included! Store them somewhere cool (like the basement), where they’ll last all winter long.
  • Cabbage: A nutritional powerhouse that’s closely related to other winter veggies (like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale!)
  • Cauliflower: Look for cauliflower with compact white curds and store it in the fridge for up to a week. Great roasted or in soups! : Brighten up winter with citrus fruit, like orange, lemon, or limes.
  • Kale: Dark leafy greens like kale are at their peak in the winter.
  • Pears: All the different varieties of pears make them perfect for eating at every meal! Bake them into sweets or slice them into salads.
  • Pomegranate: Pick a pomegranate that’s heavy for its size (pro tip: work the seeds out of the pomegranate while you have it submerged in a bowl of water – less mess!)
  • Sweet Potato: While all potatoes are a great winter produce, sweet potatoes are our favorite around here for the added beta-carotene!

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Grandma Pie With Pepperoni and Pink Sauce

What's more comforting than homemade pizza? Homemade pizza with the word "grandma" attached, of course. After all, grandmas are often associated with delicious, comforting food, and this grandma-style pizza is no exception. What is a Grandma Pie, you ask? It's simply a pizza that gets cooked in a standard baking sheet. They're typically thin crust, but we pumped up this pizza with a fluffy, soft, tender crust instead. Toppings include melty mozzarella, crispy coins of pepperoni, fresh onion, and red sauce made with a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream, which makes this even richer than normal.

26 Best Winter Soup and Stew Recipes to Ward Off Cold Weather

Bill Phelps

As winter sets in, we look for warmth in hearty, gut-sticking comfort foods and piping hot soups and stews.

Many of our favorite winter soups are loaded with beans, which pair excellently with proteins and provide the heft necessary to thicken a basic stock. Our white bean and ham hock soup is topped with lacinato kale, while our Portuguese chickpea stew adds carrots, potatoes, and butternut squash to a meaty base of sausage, lamb, pork, and veal.

Adding pasta is another way to bulk up a winter soup—think Karfiolleves, a paprika-spiced cauliflower soup from Hungary. Then there are the stews: boeuf bourguignonne is a classic French recipe that cooks beef down in wine and nestles it in a pot packed with onions, mushrooms, and carrots.

Ready to get started? From Thai boat noodle soup to Dominican cream of pumpkin soup, these are our favorite winter soup and stew recipes.

Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro

The recipe for this garlicky bread soup comes from Rosa Filipe of O Barro restaurant in Redondo, Portugal, who claims it is nicknamed “beggar’s soup” because it contains no meat or fish. Get the recipe for Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro »

Mexican Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Caldo de pollo, a comforting chicken and vegetable soup. Get the recipe for Mexican Chicken and Vegetable Soup »

Carrot Soup with Leeks and Ginger

This spicy carrot ginger soup is an easy winter weeknight meal. See the recipe for Carrot Soup with Leeks and Ginger

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca)

This simple pasilla chile- and tomato-based soup is ladled onto tortilla chips and topped with creamy avocado, jack cheese, and tangy Mexican crema. Get the recipe for Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca) »

Yellow Tomato Soup with Lamb Meatballs, Yogurt, and Mint

“Spices have always fascinated me. I collect them from all over the world,” says Giorgia Goggi, who accents this soup with Middle Eastern sumac and Indian garam masala. If you can’t find fresh yellow tomatoes, red will work just as well. Yellow Tomato Soup with Lamb Meatballs, Yogurt, and Mint »

Tortellini in Broth

Adapted from Trattoria Sostanza, a Florentine institution, this prosciutto-and-cheese-stuffed pasta is served in a simple chicken broth. Get the recipe for Tortellini in Broth »

Yunnan-Style Breakfast Noodle Soup (Mi Xian)

Yunnan breakfast noodle soup

Lamb Soup With Sour Cream (Palócleves)

Hungarian chef Andrea Németh mixes sour cream with flour before adding it to this paprika-spiced lamb and vegetable soup. It thickens the soup and prevents the cream from curdling. Get the recipe for Lamb Soup With Sour Cream (Palócleves) » Get the recipe for Sri Lankan Fish Curry »

Onion Fennel and Mushroom Soup

Onion Fennel and Mushroom Soup

Korean Spicy Clam Soup

A simple, light soup not short on heat or spice. Get the recipe for Korean Spicy Clam Soup »

White Bean and Lacinato Kale Soup with Smoked Ham Hock

After flavoring the beans for this creamy winter soup, smoked ham hock is shredded and pan-fried, rendering it crisp and intensifying its flavor.

Chickpea Stew with Lamb, Pork, and Veal (Cozido de Grão)

Chickpeas are bolstered with spicy sausage and three kinds of meat in a filling stew served at País das Uvas in Vila de Frades, Portugal. Get the recipe for Chickpea Stew with Lamb, Pork, and Veal »

Portuguese Tomato Soup with Poached Eggs (Sopa de Tomate)

Portuguese home cook Conceição Louro of Estremoz infuses tomatoes with smoky bacon and sausage in this rich tomato soup served with poached eggs.

Thai Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reua)

This spicy, delicious Thai noodle soup is enhanced with a touch of crimson pig’s blood. Get the recipe for Thai Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reua) »

Paprika-Spiced Cauliflower Soup (Karfiolleves)

This recipe for paprika-spiced cauliflower soup comes from chef Andrea Németh at the restaurant Bagolyvár in Budapest. To form the tiny dumplings, called galuska, she simply drops bits of dough into the simmering broth. Get the recipe for Paprika-Spiced Cauliflower Soup (Karfiolleves) »

Chickpea and Pasta Soup

Chickpea and Pasta Soup

Normandy-Style French Onion Soup

Normandy-Style French Onion Soup

Japanese New Year’s Soup

Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo)

Cheese tortellini dot a rich umami broth well-worth a lengthy cooking time. Get the recipe for Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo) »

Dominican Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Crema de Auyama)

This rosemary-accented crema de auyama—Dominican cream of pumpkin soup—is the perfect Thanksgiving treat.

Burgundy-Style Beef Stew (Boeuf Bourguignonne)

With its brisk acidity, a good-quality pinot noir from France’s Burgundy wine region marinates and tenderizes the meat and structures the flavor of the sauce in this classic French beef stew. Get the recipe for Burgundy-Style Beef Stew (Boeuf Bourguignonne) »

Red Lentil and Squash Soup (Shorabit Jarjir)

Protein-rich red lentils and hearty butternut squash are transformed into a smooth fragrant soup served with flatbread, it’s perfect as a simple main course. This recipe first appeared in the iPad edition of our December 2013 issue with the article Heart of Palestine. Get the recipe for Red Lentil and Squash Soup (Shorabit Jarjir) »

A Colorful Bright Pink Soup

Eaten hot or cold, vegetarian or with shreds of beef, enriched with a dollop of sour cream and wisps of dill, this beet-based soup is the quintessence of good Eastern European cooking. Get the recipe for Classic Borscht»

Senate Bean Soup

Best Winter Beef Recipes

F&W's Justin Chapple shares the best beef recipes to cook right now.

In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, 1 tablespoons each paprika and chili powder, and 1 teaspoon each garlic salt, dried oregano and black pepper. Rub onto 3 3/4 pounds flanken-style beef short ribs (sliced 1/3 inch thick) let stand 20 minutes. Grill over high heat, turning once, for 6 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges and a side of slaw.

Mix 1/3 cup olive oil with 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar and 1/4 cup each minced radish and crisp apple season with salt and pepper. Serve over grilled rib eye steaks.

In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season 2 pounds beef chuck (cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces) with salt and pepper and brown in the skillet over moderately high heat, turning, about 10 minutes. Add 1 quart chicken stock and 6 halved shallots bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, until the meat is tender. Add 1/2 pound carrots (cut into 2-inch pieces) simmer for 12 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, 5 ounces curly spinach and 2 tablespoons chopped dill cook 2 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.

In a bowl, whisk 3 tablespoons soy sauce with 1 tablespoon each finely grated garlic and fresh ginger. Brush over 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak cut into 5-inch lengths let stand for 20 minutes. Cook the steak in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat, turning once, until medium-rare, 6 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes. Slice and serve with tortillas, pineapple, red onion and cilantro.

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