Comfort Food Classics

Some of our favorite comfort foods for cold weather
Comfort Food Classics
Becky Winkler/A Calculated Whisk

Comfort Food Classics

Comfort Food Classics

Comfort Food Classics
Becky Winkler/A Calculated Whisk

Whether it’s built into our brains or something we’ve created all on our own, comfort food cravings grow stronger and stronger as the daylight and temperature outside decrease. Click here for the full story.

Pasta Bolognese

Pasta Bolognese
Ana Voloshyna/Divine Cuisine

A classic Italian comfort food for any night of the week. Bolognese sauce can be as simple or as complex as you like, depending on what you have around to toss in. Click here to see the recipe.

Beef Pot Pie

Beef Pot Pie
Kathy Penney/Penney Lane Kitchen

User store-bought puff pastry to top this twist on the traditional pot pie for a cozy weeknight meal. Click here to see the recipe.

Bacon and Sweet Potato Chili

Bacon and Sweet Potato Chili
Becky Winkler/A Calculated Whisk

Add sweet potatoes and kale to three-meat chili for a well-rounded, one-bowl meal. Click here to see the recipe.

Ancho Turkey Chili

Ancho Turkey Chili
Peter Block/Feed Your Soul Too

Use farro and ground turkey for a lighter take on standard chili that will still fill you up. A mix of fresh and powdered chiles makes this stew slightly spicy and super flavorful. Click here to see the recipe.

Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew
Kayla De’Leon/A Chick Who Can Cook

The perfect snowy weekend meal, this simple stew cooks for up to four hours. Serve over mashed potatoes for a deconstructed-shepherd’s pie. Click here to see the recipe.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Christine Carlisle/Chew Nibble Nosh

Use Andouille sausage to make this Cajun-style beans-and-rice dish a little more spicy and flavorful. Pop everything in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to the perfect, budget-friendly comfort food. Click here to see the recipe.

Challah Bread Pudding with Blueberries and Peaches

Challah Bread Pudding with Blueberries and Peaches
Beth Lee/OMG! Yummy

Make this bread pudding as a weekend breakfast or dessert, switching out peaches and blueberries for whatever fruit is in season if necessary. Click here to see the recipe.

Sweet Potato Home Fries

Sweet Potato Home Fries
Healing Tomato

The addition of sweet potatoes significantly reduces any guilt you might have consuming cheese-coated home fries. Click here to see the recipe.

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crust

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crust
Michelle Sandstrom/Feed Me I’m Hungry

Classic (and simple) chicken pot pie is topped with a fresh biscuit crust, which is way better than the store-bought pie crust you’ve been using for pot pie. Click here to see the recipe.

Mexican Pasta Bake

Mexican Pasta Bake
Lori Yates/Foxes Love Lemons

This Mexican pasta bake is cheesy and gooey, and everything you want in a winter casserole to help you forget that it’s going to be gross outside for the next few months. Click here to see the recipe.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Aaron/The Hungry Hutch

The secrets to great fried chicken are marinating in buttermilk for a few hours and to make sure you season the flour. Oh, and make sure the oil is hot enough before you start frying, or you’ll end up with soggy, uncooked, sad chicken. Click here to see the recipe.

Maccheroni Soup with Sausage and Porcini

Maccheroni Soup with Sausage and Porcini
Theresa/The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine

Dried porcini mushrooms add a wonderful earthy flavor to this hearty stew. Pour boiling water over dried mushrooms in a bowl and soak for at least 15 minutes to rehydrate. Use the flavorful soaking liquid (except for a bit at the bottom of the bowl that has grit in it) to season the stew. Click here to see the recipe.

Thomas Keller’s Favorite Simple Roast Chicken

Thomas Keller’s Favorite Simple Roast Chicken
Platter Talk

Roast chicken makes the whole house smell fantastic and cozy, plus roasting a chicken is super simple so you can just go about your life enjoying the aroma without worrying about the meal. Click here to see the recipe.