7 Comforting Dishes You Should Definitely Make This Winter

Save the salads for spring and summer.



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Ryan Dausch

The best thing about winter? It’s a solid excuse to cancel your plans, slip into your sweatpants and curl up on the couch with a big plate of something that’s warm, cozy and comforting. So, next time you’re wondering what to cook during these chilly, gray months, try one of these stick-to-your-ribs recipes. Each one is full of the cozy warmth that you crave — and they might just make you happy it’s cold outside.

With Vivian Chan’s fast and easy recipe, you get two great dishes in just one recipe. She whips up a simple Bolognese while the shells boil, then stuffs the pasta with mixture of ricotta, roasted red peppers and Parmesan cheese. Once stuffed, the shells are nestled in the Bolognese and broiled until golden, gooey and delicious.

No one does comfort food better than Ree Drummond — just ask her hungry teenage sons! She says they love recipes that are meaty, hearty and homey — and her lasagna soup is all three. She uses both beef and sausage in her creamy tomato soup, then tops each bowl with luscious ricotta dumplings.

Ree Drummond's dish Lasagna soup, as seen on Food Network.

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Anders Krusberg

If you think the crust is the best part of a chicken pot pie, you’ll love Dana Beninati’s sheet pan recipe. She covers her chicken-and-gravy mixture with puff pastry, then brushes it with egg wash to get extra crisp and golden-brown.



Food Network Kitchen’s All-Crust Sheet Pan Chicken Pot Pie, as seen on Food Network.

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Renee Comet

If you ask us, there’s nothing better than a gooey grilled cheese sandwich. Jeff Mauro sticks to the basics with his no-fuss recipe — all you need is butter, bread and a few slices of American cheese. Want to kick it up a notch? Dip the sandwich in a bowl of his sweet and creamy tomato bisque.

There’s a lot to love about Jet Tila’s General Tso’s Chicken. As he says, “It’s one of those super crave-able dishes that has the sweet, the crunchy and the savory all in it.” Thanks to Jet’s Chinese chili garlic sauce, his version of this fan-favorite dish is even better than takeout.

Jet Tila's Food Network Kitchen's General Tso's Chicken as seen on Food Network

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Felicia Perretti

How do you make a chocolate chip cookie even more comforting? By baking one giant, extra-chocolatey cookie and topping the whole thing with sweet vanilla ice cream. If you want to make it extra decadent, a drizzle of caramel sauce is never a bad idea.

Food Network Kitchen’s Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie for Comfort All of the Skillet Cookies, as seen on Food Network

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Tara Donne, ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Everything is better with mashed potatoes — including this classic shepherd’s pie. Seamus Mullen updates his grandmother’s traditional recipe by swapping beef for lamb, using fresh veggies in place of frozen and adding a bit of horseradish for a kick.

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