20 Cozy Winter Comfort Food Recipes

World's Best Lasagna. Photo by TheWickedNoodle
World's Best Lasagna. Photo by TheWickedNoodle. Photo: TheWickedNoodle

"Warm and cozy" is an understatement when it comes to these winter comfort food recipes. As soon as the temperature starts to drop, break out this collection of chilly weather soups (Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini, anyone?), stews (everyone needs a good Beef Stew recipe in their arsenal), casseroles (Mamaw's Chicken and Rice Casserole is beloved for a reason), and meaty classics (you can never go wrong with this Easy Meatloaf or this World's Best Lasagna). No matter what you're looking for, you'll find a new favorite among these tried-and-true recipes.

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World's Best Lasagna

serving of World's Best Lasagna on a white plate with a fork

We're not exaggerating here: This is truly the best lasagna recipe on the planet. It's definitely a labor of love, but this recipe is definitely worth it.

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Grandma's Chicken Noodle Soup

When a recipe start's with "Grandma's," you know it's going to be good. This savory recipe is a tried-and-true classic that'll always be a hit.

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Beef Stew VI

closeup of a white bowl filled with chunks of beef, pearl onions, carrots, and potatoes garnished with a sprig of rosemary

Low and slow cooking is the key to this hearty recipe. The longer the stew simmers on the stove, the more flavorful it will be.

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Mamaw's Chicken and Rice Casserole

plate of chicken and rice casserole
Mamaw's Chicken and Rice Casserole. Melissa Goff

Is there anything more comforting than a chicken and rice casserole? Quick and easy, you only need to commit to 10 minutes of hands-on time.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

a bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

"This is an easy slow cooker recipe that cooks while you are at work," says user Janiece Mason. "It is wonderful on a cold, snowy day. I have four children who are picky eaters, and they LOVE this! Enjoy!"

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Easy Meatloaf

Easy Meatloaf on a white plate

Here's an easy, classic recipe to make for company or on a busy weeknight. Tip: Serve with Basic Mashed Potatoes to complete your comfort food meal.

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

a pot of Slow Cooker Pot Roast

This simple pot roast is the perfect set-it-and-forget-it recipe for busy winter nights.

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Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup

Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup

Sometimes you just want to indulge in a comforting bowl of carbs — that's where this recipe comes in. It comes together in under an hour, so you can whip it up whenever you need a wintertime pick-me-up.

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Best Damn Chili

Best Damn Chili

Honestly, this recipe title speaks for itself. This game-changing chili is perfect year-round, but we think it's especially tasty when the temperature starts to drop.

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Best Tuna Casserole

Best Tuna Casserole
Mackenzie Schieck

Even picky eaters will love this creamy, cheesy, and crunchy tuna casserole.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Two grilled cheese sandwiches cut diagonally on a plate with tomato soup in the background
Buckwheat Queen

Everyone needs to know how to make a classic grilled cheese sandwich. Serve with tomato soup, chili, or by itself — it's just that good.

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Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

"This was fantastic," raves user Heidi Claire. "I love red beans and rice and this was my first time making from scratch. This recipe was a huge success!"

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Homemade Mac and Cheese

mac and cheese in a glass pan

Who doesn't love homemade macaroni and cheese? This recipe is as simple as it is comforting and delicious.

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Chef John's Shepherd's Pie

Chef John's Shepherd's Pie

This easy-to-make cottage pie is sure to be a hit on any table.

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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole
King Ranch Chicken Casserole | Photo by Chef John.

This flavorful casserole is a Tex-Mex favorite. Warming, flavorful, and creamy, you can never go wrong with King Ranch.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup in a white bowl

This broccoli cheese soup is basically comfort in a bowl. Serve with Crispy French Bread for a deliciously warming meal.

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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini
Kathy Ryan-Ostrick

Make this hearty soup next time you're in the mood for a cozy Italian meal.

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Chicken Pot Pie IX

chicken pot pie with heart cut outs in the top crust

There's nothing quite like a made-from-scratch chicken pot pie. The best part? This filling recipe is easier than it looks.

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Creamy White Chili

closeup of a bowl of white bean and chicken chili
Melissa Goff

"This is the best chili recipe I have ever had," user JELZA says about this creamy recipe. "It is so delicious and everyone raves about how good it tastes. Don't count on leftovers!"

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Chicken Parmesan

Chef John's Chicken Parmesan recipe served on spaghetti
Chef John's Chicken Parmesan. Allrecipes

Chef John's quick chicken Parm is crispy, comforting, and deceptively simple to throw together on a busy weeknight.

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