12 Comfort Foods That Will Get You Through Winter

beef stew

February — perhaps the worst of the winter months. Thank goodness for comfort food to help us get by.

  1. lasagna

    Julia Turshen’s “A Nice Lasagna”

    This lasagna comes from Julia Turshen’s lovely cookbook, Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs (Chronicle Books, 2016). Not only is it the simplest lasagna you’ll ever make, it’s also the lightest and most elegant.

  2. potatoes au gratin

    Potatoes Au Gratin

    This dish involves layering thinly sliced potatoes with heavy cream and grated cheese, and then baking until the cream reduces and blankets the potatoes in a rich, creamy sauce. Definitely splurge-worthy!

  3. Thai chicken rice noodle soup

    Thai Chicken & Rice Noodle Soup

    Made with a rotisserie chicken and pantry staples, this fragrant Thai soup is almost instant gratification — and it’s guaranteed to leave you feeling cozy, happy, and all warmed up.

  4. Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders

    Marinated in seasoned buttermilk and pan-fried to crunchy perfection, these homemade tenders are delicious on their own, perched on top of a salad, or dipped in your favorite sauce.

  5. potatoes

    Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

    This rustic version of mashed potatoes is easy to make: simply boil a few pounds of baby red potatoes, smash them with a fork, and then mix them with butter, Parmesan cheese and seasonings.

  6. Sloppy Joes

    These smoky, spicy Sloppy Joes — or “Sloppy Jenns” as we call them around here — are made entirely from scratch. Pile the beef onto toasted buns and serve with my Sweet & Tangy Citrus Slaw.

  7. short ribs

    Easy Slow-Baked Boneless BBQ Short Ribs

    You can’t beat meltingly tender short ribs slow-cooked in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. It only 15 minutes of prep work and the oven does the rest. Simply slather the meat with sauce, put it in the oven, and let deliciousness ensue.

  8. roast chicken

    Sweet & Spicy Roast Chicken with Carrots, Dates & Pistachios

    In this sweet and spicy dish, chicken is immersed in a honey, citrus and chili-infused marinade, and then roasted with carrots and dates. Herbs, scallions and pistachios are added for freshness, color and crunch.

  9. italian meatloaf

    Italian Meatloaf

    This meatloaf is like one big giant meatball, only it has a lot more flavor and is a lot less work. Leftovers are even better the next day, sliced and topped with melted cheese in a warm sandwich.

  10. white chicken chili

    White Chicken Chili

    Made with a store-bought rotisserie chicken, this is an easy and delicious one pot meal that you can have on the table in under an hour.

  11. bolognese

    Fettuccine Bolognese

    This pasta in a richly flavored meat sauce is perfect for Sunday night family dinner. The sauce simmers on the stove for several hours, making the house smell delicious and inviting.

  12. beef stew

    Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes

    In this classic French beef stew, chunks of beef are seared in olive oil and then braised with garlic and onions in a wine-based broth. After a few hours in the oven, the meat becomes meltingly tender and enveloped in a rich, deeply flavored sauce.

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