17 of my all-time favorite, warming comfort food recipes to savor and indulge in when the outside temperatures drop.
Friends, it’s cold.
Like, watering eyes when you step outside, cold. Seat heater on active volcano-mode, cold. Feeling slightly guilty for exposing your child (but pushing through because cabin fever,) cold. And I know it’s probably colder where you live. New Englanders, are you OK?! All that snow – I can’t even handle it for you!
These freezing temps call for one thing – comfort food. You know, soul satisfying recipes that can be described by any of the following adjectives: thick, hearty, creamy, cozy, cheesy, gooey, decadent, bubbly, and/or filling. I think that about covers it. Oh, also, “pairs well with wine”. I’m just saying.
Anyway, if it’s freezing where you live too, whip up any of these 17 warming comfort food recipes to feel a little bit better about the weather situation going on outside. If it’s not warm out there, heat up your kitchen with my favorite cozy, comforting dishes. And if you’re looking for a few more ideas, check out 15 of my favorite gluten-free winter soup recipes!
Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole (GF)
I remember making then eating Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole, knowing that it was going to blow your socks off – and luckily it has! This thick and creamy rice casserole is totally comforting, and has been a big hit with readers too.
Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna (GF Adaptable)
Sometimes when you’re craving a comforting lasagna you need it NOW – not after a laborious process of sautéing, layering, and baking. This Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna is made in just one skillet and is ready in a snap (read: 30 minutes!) Use GF pasta to easily make the dish GF.
Creamy Cheesy Chicken and Garlic Quinoa Bake (GF)
Obsessed is the word that comes to mind when thinking about each bite of Creamy Cheesy Chicken and Garlic Quinoa Bake. This cheesy, garlicky dish is the culinary equivalent to putting on your favorite pair of warm, fluffy slippers.
Homestyle Chicken and Noodles (GF version coming soon!)
Homestyle Chicken and Noodles is the definition of comfort food. Chewy egg noodles and fresh vegetables simmered in creamy chicken broth tastes like something your Mom would have ready for you at the end of a long day playing outside in the snow. Doesn’t get much better than this.
Crock Pot Shredded Beef Enchiladas (GF)
Comfort food doesn’t have to mean pasta – it can also mean juicy shredded beef and cheese rolled in corn tortillas then topped with enchilada sauce and baked until golden brown and bubbly. Crock Pot Shredded Beef Enchiladas is one of my favorite comfort food recipes here on IGE!
Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Spaghetti Carbonara (GF)
I didn’t think Spaghetti Carbonara – a simple Roman pasta dish – could get any better. Then I added bacon and brussels sprouts and realized the world could not go on without knowing Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Spaghetti Carbonara existed. This gluten-free dish is going to blow your pasta-loving mind!
Ben’s Beef Stew (GF)
Ben cranks out a big bubbling pot of his thick and hearty Beef Stew whenever the snow really starts to fall. It’s insanely comforting and filling. Perfect for warming up with by the fire with a big glass of cabernet.
Skinny Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Casserole (GF)
Skinny Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Casserole proves comfort food doesn’t have to be calorie-dense to be delicious. This lighter take on classic cheesy and broccoli rice casserole is filling yet light and satisfying.
Chicken, Bacon & Artichoke Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce (GF Adaptable)
If you want rib stickin’ comfort food, Chicken, Bacon & Artichoke Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce is your dish. Decadent, creamy, and based on one of my favorite pizza combinations, it is over-the-top delicious. Use GF pasta to easily make the dish GF.
Skillet Tater Tot Casserole (GF)
The classic Midwestern casserole gets a makeover in Skillet Tater Tot Casserole. This recipe contains no condensed soup, is made in just one skillet, and is even more tasty than you remember. Plus, come on…tater tots!
Lazy Girl’s Ravioli Lasagna (Not GF)
If the skillet version doesn’t strike your fancy, use ravioli instead of noodles and cheese in Lazy Girl’s Ravioli Lasagna, a quicker, simpler version of classic baked lasagna. Fun and delicious!
Creamy Kale and Mushroom Chicken Pasta (GF Adaptable)
Mac and Cheese gets a grown up spin in Creamy Kale and Mushroom Chicken Pasta. This absolutely delicious dish calls for one of my favorite creamy ingredients, mascarpone cheese, which makes each bite taste decadent and comforting. Use GF pasta to easily make the dish GF.
Skillet Chicken Parmesan (GF)
One Skillet Chicken Parmesan is ready in 30 minutes and, quite simply, ROCKS MY FACE OFF. Good quality marinara sauce, gooey mozzarella cheese, and freshly cooked pasta = pure comfort food.
Lighter Chicken Piccata Risotto with Crispy Capers (GF)
I made Lighter Chicken Piccata Risotto with Crispy Capers as an experiment and it turned out a hundred times better than I thought it would. Crispy fried capers tend to do that for a dish. This creamy, chewy risotto is easier to make than you think – it’s an upscale comfort food dish that you simply must try!
Beecher’s Kale & Brown Rice Gratin with Smoked Cheese Sauce (GF)
The recipe for Beecher’s Kale & Brown Rice Gratin with Smoked Cheese Sauce was inspired by a frozen, boxed meal I spied at a specialty cheese shop in Seattle, oddly enough. It’s thick, cheesy, creamy and super special due to a decadent smoked cheese sauce. This dish is the best.
Shortcut Vegetable Ragu (GF)
I’ve told you at least a hundred times that Monday night was spaghetti night at my house growing up, but we typically took a break during the hot summer months. That said, thick and hearty spaghetti sauce always reminds me of comforting winter meals around the family table, and Shortcut Vegetable Ragu is my little family’s go-to spaghetti night sauce. I recently made this with a friend who just had a new baby and the whole family went crazy for it. So good!
Smoked Sausage and Chicken Gumbo (GF)
When I think of comfort food I think decadent, thick, smokey, and a little spicy which Smoked Sausage and Chicken Gumbo definitely is. I am CRAZY for this recipe, and it’s the perfect one to cozy up with when it’s achingly cold and the snow just won’t seem to quit. I will be making this dish for decades to come!