During the cold winter months when everything’s cold—from your nose down to your toes—nothing satisfies your craving for warmth and coziness more than settling into a traditional comfort meal.

So whether the weather calls for childhood reminiscence, refuge from the winter chill, or a little bit of both, here are eight hearty, winter meals that will make you feel snug as a bug…

1. Pumpkin Chowder

Sautéed leeks, garlic, and bell peppers mingle in this satisfyingly chunky pumpkin chowder, which gets its heady aroma from marjoram and bay leaves.

Source: Country Living

2. Beef Stew in Red Wine Sauce

Seeking a hearty, rich, indulgent pot of winter beef stew—without the fuss? This beef stew in red wine sauce certainly won’t disappoint.  It’s great for potlucks or for setting a pot on simmer to enjoy as leftovers all week long.

Source: FoodandWine.com

3. Vegetable Pot Pies with Sweet Potato Biscuits

Soft and fluffy on the outside—warm and gooey on the inside perfectly describes these savory baked, individual veggie potpies. They hold a bounty of winter favorites, such as celery root, Brussels sprouts, carrots, sage, and parsnips, slathered in a thick, creamy sauce and paired with a sweet potato biscuit.

Source: Delish.com

4. Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Nothing brings back warm childhood days past like a macaroni and cheese casserole. But the gooey combination of Havarti, yellow cheddar, and American cheeses take this creamy dish from kids’ play to adult winter indulgence.

Source: Food Network

5. Sweet and Sour Meatloaf

If you’re a hearty meat-and-potatoes type of guy or gal, this sweet and sour meatloaf recipe will become a standby family favorite during colder months. Bake the loaf on low all afternoon to let the sweetly sour flavors really absorb into the meat.

Source: Taste of Home

6. Shepherd’s Pie

When the temperature plummets below freezing and the snow covers everything for as far as the eye can see, do like the wise shepherd and make a pie! This savory casserole layers creamy mashed potatoes with spicy meat-and-vegetable filling for a comfort meal you can enjoy not once, but throughout the entire week.

Source: TheKitchn.com

7. Chunky Beef Chili

There’s chili and then there is chunky beef chili. And this recipe tops most, using flavorful boneless chuck roast, tomatoes, and a kick of traditional chili spices, simmered all day long and paired with a thick slice of skillet cornbread.

Source: Southern Living

8. Mediterranean Tuna-Noodle Casserole

Don’t tell Mom, but this might be even better than her secret tuna casserole recipe. This recipe is packed with the comfort of thick noodles and sauce, as well as the goodness of omega-3 fatty acids and protein thanks to canned tuna in olive oil!

Source: Martha Stewart


Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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